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Our Retail Management Placement

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.

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What you'll need

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What we'll offer you

Our Application Process

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Online Application

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.

Video Interview

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.

Group Assessment

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!

Final Interview

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!


Applications are now open however spaces fill quickly, so we recommend that you apply as soon as you can.

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.

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Ready to get stuck in? Of course you are.

The application window for our Retail Management Placements starting in July 2024 is now open.

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