You’ve probably heard a lot about the Area Manager Programme by now – that we give our graduates a fantastic package (including an Audi A4 or a BMW 3 series) and that it’s ‘really hard work’. These are true. But there’s so much more. We’re also a responsible employer who thrives on giving graduates unparalleled exposure, training and support. Throughout the year, you’ll learn the ins and outs of store life, before discovering what it takes to lead your own Area. Afterwards? Well, it could be just the start of an exciting career full of amazing opportunities. In fact, if you put the effort in, you can absolutely work your way to the senior levels of Aldi.

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Case Studies

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

"Having the skill set is one thing, but having the right attitude is another."


"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.

Application Procedure

You’ll need a minimum of:
• 96 UCAS points or 63 Scottish Highers (or the equivalent on the old tariff)
• from your top 3 A-Levels/Scottish Highers (or the equivalent from other relevant qualifications)
• 2:1 in any degree discipline
• UK driving licence
• The right to work in the UK

Interviews Aldi Interview Reviews
  • 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.

What's the 2019 Aldi graduate starting salary?

If I start at Aldi in 2019/20, what would I earn in 5 years?