With roots dating back to 1913, Aldi came to the UK in 1990 and are now
one of the UK’s fastest-growing supermarkets and most successful
retailers. Voted the fifth best graduate employer in the UK by The Times
Top 100, the Aldi Graduate Programme offers so much more than a
challenge – you can make a real difference.
Training and Development
All graduates enter the business
on the Area Manager Training Programme. It’s gained a reputation for
offering an enormous amount of responsibility. So graduates get more
than just a great salary and a full expensed car. Over 12 months,
graduates get everything they need to take control of a multi-million
pound area of up to four stores – allowing decisions to be made that can
really make a difference.
'' You’re not just looking after the business – you’re looking after
your team. ''
You’re taught to look after people’s wellbeing from day one. You have a
lot of responsibility when you’re an Area Manager. I’m trusted to run
several Aldi stores, manage performance and have senior meetings with
the Operations Director. But one of my biggest responsibilities is
looking after the people that work in the stores. That’s one of the
first things you learn at Aldi – to focus on everyone’s wellbeing. So I
make sure that people are supported, have what they need and are
reaching their goals. I’m an ambitious person, so I love helping
everyone to thrive. It’s so motivating to know that you’re not just
looking after the business – you’re looking after your team.
Training & Profiles
Graduates also receive incredible support throughout their training,
with a dedicated mentor and regular one-to-one sessions with talented
colleagues. It’s the perfect introduction to Aldi and a superb
foundation for future success.
It gives graduates a wider lens to make critical business decisions
later on in their journey. After a few years in the role, graduates may
get the chance to take on a project role within one of Aldi’s regions,
national departments, logistics, or even an international secondment in
countries such as the US or Australia. Further into the future,
high-performing area managers could even move into a director role – for
example, within buying, finance or operations.
What we’re looking for
Area Managers will need to have a 2:1 at undergraduate level, 96 UCAS
points (240 points if using the old tariff) and a full UK driving
£44,000 starting salary rising to £77,870 after four years (Graduate
Area Manager Programme)
The application process
Online applications include a psychometric test and you’ll create a
short video to convince Aldi you’re a strong and charismatic leader.
Group assessment follows, which involves team-building and a chance to
demonstrate your Aldi business knowledge. You’ll then have a final
face-to face interview with the regional managing director. Aldi recruit
all year round but it’s best to apply as soon as you can.
1. Online application
This included employment history, and questions like where you have obtained leadership skills, etc. Very straightforward.
2. Group interview
Around 12 of us in a room. Started off going round the room taking turns making a
The application was in various stages.
1: Online application and competency based questionnaire.
This was your average competency questionnaire ('Give an example of when you demonstrated leadership?' etc), along with questions such as 'Why
filled out application form, attached my CV and Covering letter. was called to assessment for a group interview. had a chance to introduce myself. followed by a presentation (2 min) about anything at all. they give you some time to prepare prior to