About Aldi
On the face of it, Aldi is a quirky, down-to-earth supermarket, providing its customers with great quality at discount prices. Take a look at the bigger picture and it’s quite breathtaking. We’re one of the most impressive retailers in the global business market today; a supermarket that’s getting it right. We’re winning all kinds of awards and new stores are springing up all over the UK and Ireland (currently one every week). Combine this with over 9,000 stores worldwide – and continuing expansion throughout Europe, North America and Australia – and you’ll see why it’s an incredibly exciting time to join us.

The things that make us a great retailer also make us a great employer. Clarity features throughout our business: everyone knows what’s expected of them and they can see how their efforts affect the business. We’re a very responsible company, always treating our people with decency and respect. Progression is based on merit and there’s a clear pathway to personal success. People are often surprised at how open we are. Even with a business model that’s incredibly watertight, we’re open to fresh ideas that will help us become even better. It’s a fantastic place for graduates who are willing to work hard and learn from the very best.

We do pay well and make sure you’re rewarded throughout your Aldi career. We also do everything we can to provide you with security and stability. The fact that people tend to stay with us for such a long time is a good sign (perhaps the best sign) that we do take care of our people.

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Case Studies

  • Name: Dilip Patel
  • Role: Area Manager
  • Joined: February 2010

"Aldi is a company that thrives from people giving 100% in every single task they do. Candidates have to be sure that they have the right attitude to work for the company. Having the skill set is one thing, but having the right attitude is another. At Aldi you need to have a ‘can do’ attitude and have self-motivation to carry out the job."

Training & Profiles

This is a graduate training programme with a It’s a graduate programme like no other. Twelve months to jump head first into the fastest, most challenging retail waters. But we’ll be there bobbing along next to you on a reassuring dingy, making sure you have every last drop of training you need. We’re talking everything from Store Operations and Financial Administration, to Logistics and Property Management.

At the end of your 12-month programme, we’ll ask you to take charge of a £multi-million area of three to four stores. Some people might crumble under the pressure but you’ll rise proudly to the challenge. You’ll see it as the perfect chance to apply your leadership skills, commercial awareness and management prowess. Bring it on.

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Application Procedure

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  • Aldi - Graduate Area Manager Opportunities at Aldi

    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

  • Aldi - Graduate Area Manager Opportunities at Aldi

    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

  • Aldi - Graduate Area Manager Opportunities at Aldi

    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

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If I'm not successful this time round, could I reapply?
If you've already applied but not been successful, you’ll need to wait 12 months before reapplying. But you’re welcome to apply for other roles any time.

Will I need to relocate?
Possibly, but usually only within your chosen region. We're a fast-growing business so it's important to have a flexible, understanding approach.

I have a Masters qualification but did not get a 2:1 in my degree, can I still apply?
The minimum requirement for our Area Manager Scheme is a 2:1 degree. However we also have plenty of other management opportunities within our stores with further information available on our website.

Besides my academic qualifications, what else will I need?
A full driving licence and a valid UK work permit.

I don’t have a business or retail degree, and I haven’t got experience in management. Is that ok?
We ask for a minimum of 240 UCAS points, points from your top 3 A levels, excluding general studies, (or the equivalent accreditations such as BTECs and BACs). And, in terms of degree, we need a 2:1 in any discipline.

When and where will the group assessments and interviews be held?
The group assessment and final MD interview will be held in the regional distribution centre that's closest to where you applied. If your application is successful, we'll let you know all the details nearer the time.

What will my working hours typically be?
You’ll need to provide the very best support to your Store team. So that means working around 50 hours a week (this will involve weekends and Bank Holidays). We do ask for you to be flexible and we’ll accommodate your needs in return.

How many graduates are you looking to recruit?
We recruit between 150 and 200 Area Managers every year, across the UK and Ireland. But this could change as our business continues to expand.

I've already graduated, can I still apply?
Yes is the short answer. As long as you've met the criteria of course.

How many graduates are Aldi looking to recruit?

Aldi recruit approximately 100 Area Managers every year, across the UK and Ireland. But this could change as the business continues to expand.

I don't have a business or retail degree, or management experience. Can is still apply to Aldi?

Alongside a 2:1 degree in any subject, you will need a minimum of 96 UCAS points (240 points if using the old tariff) from your top 3 A-Levels (excluding general studies). This shows Aldi that you're not only focused and committed but you have a strong work ethic.

When's the best time to apply for the Aldi Graduate Scheme?

As soon as possible! Aldi recruit all year round but spaces go very quickly, particularly in the Autumn.