A year in industry is a great way to see how a company works. But our Retail Management Placement Programme provides so much more. Over the year, you’ll experience real responsibility. In fact, fast rotations across store and office environments will give you a breath-taking snapshot of our business and the skills you need to succeed. What will you do when you’re handed the keys and told: “You’re in charge”? Well, it’s time to find out.
Please note that our Placement Programmes are for university students currently studying towards an undergraduate degree, who are seeking a 12-month sandwich placement before their final year of study.
The application window for our 2023/2024 Retail Management Placements is now open.Hear from our recent Placements
You’ll settle into Aldi, sign your contract and meet the Store Operations Director who will take you through your induction.1 (of 18)
The Area Manager will walk you through our fast-moving operation and why we’re doing so well in the marketplace.2 (of 18)
Time to roll up your sleeves and see exactly what happens in our stores, from stacking shelves to serving customers.3 (of 18)
You’ll shadow the Store Manager and experience their challenging, rewarding and stimulating role. It’s about learning to lead a successful team and creating an environment where people feel really motivated.4 (of 18)
A chance for a breather on a well-earned, one-week holiday. Enjoy…5 (of 18)
Working alongside the Area Manager, you’ll demonstrate your new-found skills. You’ll see stores from a fresh perspective and what goes into multi-site management.6 (of 18)
You’ll take the role of an operational Assistant Store Manager. This is your time to really develop your management skills.7 (of 18)
Feet up and relax. You deserve it.8 (of 18)
More Store Management. It’s great to be on the front line, seeing how things need to be run in such a fast-paced team environment.9 (of 18)
You’ll be graded on task completion and leadership over the next 7 weeks. This is your chance to show us how far you have come already!10 (of 18)
Holiday time already? Time flies at Aldi, particularly when you’re learning so much.11 (of 18)
Back to working with the Area Manager to gain insight and experience from the very best.12 (of 18)
Head Office and Logistics is an invaluable part of your training. You’ll learn everything from streamlining distribution to vehicle tracking and routing. And who better than the Financial Administration team to give you specialist training on balancing the books?13 (of 18)
Now’s the time to put all your knowledge together. You’ll be given a project brief that will outline proposed areas for improvement across Trading and Logistics. You can see your work have a long-lasting impact on regional (or even national) decisions.14 (of 18)
You’ll be out and about with an Area Manager, experiencing their day and all the different skills you need to do a great job.15 (of 18)
Kick back on another holiday as you reflect on how much you’ve learned and experienced so far.16 (of 18)
Your final project work will focus on Store Operations. You’ll show us how you can apply your knowledge in different business situations, and present your ideas to the Directors.17 (of 18)
Your last weeks with the Area Manager will help you fit all the pieces together. You’ll see how everything works as a complete (and extremely busy) business.18 (of 18)
The Retail Management Placement Programme is a real job with actual responsibilities. But it's also a chance to give back- to yourself, your team and your community. That's why we look for people who can find smarter ways of working. Watch Bethan talk about her experience
You’ll need to complete an online application and tests that will assess your judgement and personal qualities, to see if we’re right for each other. This has been designed to measure your core skills and analytical abilities.
Lights, camera, action. It’s all about you. This is a chance to impress us in a short video called ‘Who am I?’. Show us you’re a determined, charismatic leader who we couldn’t do without. We understand that filming this kind of thing can be daunting for some, so we've included a helpful film clip below.
If all goes well, you’ll be invited to a Group Assessment where you'll need to work as a team, but still let us know that you’ve done your homework about Aldi. We’re looking for your drive, professionalism and natural leadership skills. It’s a fair and consistent process, but make your presence known!
Well, you’re nearly there. If you’ve passed everything else, you’ll then have a final interview with the Regional Managing Director. So make sure you’re prepared!
Possibly, but only usually within your chosen region. We’re a fast-growing business so it’s important to have a flexible, understanding approach.
For the Retail Management Placement you'll need to provide the very best support to your Store team. So that can involve working weekends and bank holidays; we do ask for you to be flexible and we'll accommodate your needs in return.
It starts in the July after you’ve completed your second year of university.
The Group Assessment will be held virtually. The Final Managing Director Interview will be held at the Regional Distribution Centre within the region to which you have applied. If your application is successful, we'll let you know all the details nearer the time.
A full driving licence and access to a car are essential on our Retail Management Programme as your role will cover various aspects of in-store and head office training, as well as project work.
If, after graduating, you’re considering Aldi as a career choice – and you performed well on the placement – chances are you’ll be invited to apply for a permanent position. Your Direct Leader will need to recommend you first though.
Ready to get stuck in? Of course you are.
The application window for our Retail Management Placements starting in July 2024 is now open.Search for a role