Aldi values your progression, says graduateNews
In recent years, German supermarket Aldi have grown their market share in the UK but also launched one of the most sought after Graduate Programmes.
Aldi is now competing to be one of the UK's largest supermarkets and is growing its market share each year. The company believes by investing in its managerial staff it can continue to grow at such a rapid pace and they are relaying on their Area Management programme to play a key part.
Sophie Smith, an Area Manager for the Clayton, Gorton and Heaton Chapel areas in Manchester, believes the company wants to see her succeed and says it is evident in the amount of responsibility she's given.
"The best thing about working for Aldi is the amount of responsibility I am given on a daily basis. Particularly for my age, I feel like I am trusted with a lot," she says.
"The responsibility I am given grows the longer I am with the business. This tells me the company values my progression and they are thinking about my future, which is really important to me."
After studying Psychology at Lancaster University, Sophie knew she wanted to work in Management in Manchester.
"I did have experience in retail but never in supermarkets before. I did a degree in Psychology but I knew my personality of suit a managerial role and the retail sector seemed to offer the most opportunities in that environment."
"I did a lot of research around loads of different graduate schemes and Aldi stood out to me, first and foremost, for the responsibility they offered early on. There is a steep learning curve from the moment you join the business and that really appealed to me."
Since joining Aldi in 2012, Sophie is still excited about each new day and is very excited about the future.
"It is a very diverse role and I am exposed to new things all the time and have to adapt to new situations – I like the fact you never know what each day will hold."
"Aldi was my first exposure to the supermarket world and I haven't looked back since."
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