Amazing. - Start something - I'm leading my teams to succeed.''

Amazing. - Start something - I'm leading my teams to succeed.''
You get the          The responsibility you get makes

                                                                             EVERYDAY AMAZING
                         it exciting. And meaningful.’’
    freedom to
    make your                  I love having
    own decisions.’’           a real impact
                               on the business.’’
       I’m leading my                         It was a great
       teams to succeed.’’                    chance to learn
I was just                                    more about myself.’’
to learn.     Start something
But Aldi                                                    You couldn’t
gave me
the lead
                                                            ask for better
on real                                                     support. Or a
                                                            better year.’’
    It’s incredibly challenging,      Aldi gave me the
    but so rewarding.’’               chance to lead
              Graduate Area Manager & in my own way.’’
              Industrial Placement Programmes

                            You have a lot of responsibility,
  I’ve learnt so            but you get so much support.”
  much more than
  I ever expected.’’              You’re learning every day.’’
Amazing. - Start something - I'm leading my teams to succeed.''
1913                                                                   1954

                        It's 1913 and a small grocery store                                       By now, Karl and Theo have already
                    opens in Essen, Germany. There at the                                       taken over the business. In 1954, they
                            counter stands Anna Albrecht.                                          make history by opening their first
                                 Over time, she’s joined by                                 self-service store in Essen-Schonnebeck.
                        her two little boys Karl and Theo.                                                       It’s a first in Germany.

                                                      1930s                                                          1961
                                                      By the 1930s, the family business                              The brothers now own
                                                      is well established but the Great                              300 stores, and decide to split
                                                      Depression makes things                                        the operation into Aldi Nord (North)
                                                      extremely difficult. Time for                                  and Aldi Süd (South) – which now
                                                      some Aldi bold thinking.                     S                 operate independently.

                    WHERE WE’VE COME FROM.
                                                     In a smart move, the
                                                     Albrechts acquire a liquor
                                                                                                 They decide to think
                                                                                                 of a name and come                BRECHT
                                                     licence, gaining an advantage
                                                     over their competitors.
                                                                                                up with ‘Aldi’, short for
                                                                                                   Albrecht Discount.              SCOUNT
                        They also let their customers
                          buy goods on account and
                             pay later. This results in                                                              1990
                              huge customer loyalty.                                                                 Aldi Süd are operating in Germany,
                                                                                                                     Austria and America. In 1990, the
                                                                                                                     business arrives in the UK. Customers
                                                     1947                                                            are amazed to see a true example of
                                                                                                                     ‘no frills’ shopping. Because overheads
                                                     Aldi reveal another string                                      are kept low, customers can benefit
                                                     to their bow: liquid soap which                                 from amazing quality at low prices.
                                                     doesn’t need a ration coupon.
                                                     (They were the only retailers
                                                     for miles who stocked this.)

                                                                                                 This business model
                                                                                          continues to work brilliantly.
                            The business wasn’t just                                             With award-winning
                           surviving now – all these                                        products and astonishing
                               strategies send their                                        growth, we’re going from
                                   turnover soaring.                                             strength to strength.

Amazing. - Start something - I'm leading my teams to succeed.''
Let’s be honest. You’ve heard plenty of campus gossip about
Aldi. ‘It’s really hard work. You’ll have loads of responsibility.’
Well, these things are true, but you need to check out the
other half of the story. We’re a responsible employer who
thrives on giving graduates unparalleled exposure, training
and support. We challenge our graduates because we want
them to do well, but we’ll be with you every step of the way.
So, if you’re willing to put the effort in, you can absolutely work
your way to the senior levels of Aldi. Which is an incredible
place to be. It’s worth knowing that most of our Directors
(even our CEO) started out as Area Managers.

Amazing. - Start something - I'm leading my teams to succeed.''
UK and Ireland                                                             USA

                        We’ve got opportunities all over the                                       In 1976, one year after our 500th
                        UK and Ireland, with 50 to 100 stores in                                   Aldi South store in Germany
                        each region. Once you’re online, you                                       opened, Aldi US officially launched.
                        can choose the region you’d prefer                                         It’s fair to say it’s going pretty well.
                        to be based (although we do ask for                                        After a recent expansion into
                        a bit of flexibility over the locations                                    California, we now have over 1,800
                        you cover). If you’re applying for                                         stores across the United States.
                        an Industrial Placement other than
                        General Management, you’ll be based
                        at our Head Office in Atherstone.



                                                                            Bolton        Goldthorpe

                                                                           Neston           Sawley

                                                                            Cardiff                Chelmsford


                                WHERE COULD YOUR
                                CAREER TAKE YOU?
Amazing. - Start something - I'm leading my teams to succeed.''
Germany                                    China                                     Australia

                                                                                                                           EVERYDAY AMAZING
Back in 1961, the Albrecht brothers        Not many people know we’re in Asia,       91% of Aldi Australia’s fresh
split the business into two groups         but here we are. And in 2012, we          fruit and veg are grown within
– Aldi Nord (North) and Aldi Süd           opened the Corporate Responsibility       the country. Now that’s some
(South). Aldi UK is actually part          Unit Asia in Hong Kong. Not only          sustainable sourcing.
of the Aldi South group.                   does it realise our CR goals both in
                                           the continent and across the whole
                                           business, it also helps us forge closer
                                           relationships with our suppliers.

                                 Aldi is a discount retailer with global presence. We have
                                 over 6,200 stores across 11 countries, and employ over
                                 150,000 people. So, we must be doing something right.

Amazing. - Start something - I'm leading my teams to succeed.''

                                       I came to use my skills.

                                       I left with
                                       even more.
Amazing. - Start something - I'm leading my teams to succeed.''

                                                                                                INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENT PROGRAMMES
INDUSTRIAL                                                      GENERAL            08
PLACEMENT                                                       PLACEMENT
PROGRAMMES                                                      CORPORATE BUYING 12
Our Industrial Placement programmes have really                 CORPORATE LOGISTICS
taken off. We’ve always offered placements within our
stores for aspiring Area Managers. But there’s now              PLACEMENT           13
also opportunities in eCommerce, Corporate Buying,
Corporate Logistics and IT. Quite a mixed bag.
                                                                ECOMMERCE           14
We need to be crystal clear about one thing though. If you
fancy a year off university, don’t apply. However, if you’re    PLACEMENT
looking to roll up your sleeves, push your knowledge,
and acquire valuable, unique skills, this is perfect for you.
These placements are for passionate, brave, inquisitive         IT PLACEMENT        15
students who want to prove their worth. You’ll have done
your homework on Aldi and the retail challenges we face.
You’ll want to be part of our business from day one,            WHAT ARE THE        16
and you believe you can make it even better.
Whichever placement you choose, we’ll invest real time
                                                                BENEFITS LIKE?
in you. Throughout your placement, you’ll experience early
responsibility, intensive training and rare exposure to the
internal workings of Aldi. We’re a big fan of rotating our
                                                                HOW CAN I APPLY?    17
students across different teams; it really demonstrates
how different operations fit together to ensure
a smooth-running business.
Just like everything at Aldi, the more you put in, the more
you’ll get in return. We want our managers to feel how
indispensable you are. We want you to go back to university                  YOU’LL GAIN
feeling like you’ve made a valid contribution to a thriving                  INSIGHT AND
global retailer. Together, we’ll make sure you have all the
opportunities you need to learn and showcase your skills.
Yes, it’ll be demanding – but we reward our people extremely
                                                                             FROM THE
well. And, of course, you’ll have the chance to apply                        VERY BEST.
for a permanent role after you graduate.

Amazing. - Start something - I'm leading my teams to succeed.''
DAY ONE                     WEEKS 1-2                   WEEKS 3-6                  WEEKS 7-12               WEEK 13                  WEEK 14
     You’ll settle into          The Area Manager will       Time to roll up your       You’ll shadow the        A chance for             Working alongside
     Aldi, sign your contract    walk you through our        sleeves and see exactly    Store Manager and        a breather on            the Area Manager,
     and meet the Store          fast-moving operation       what happens in our        experience their         a well-earned,           you’ll demonstrate
     Operations Director who     and why we’re doing so      stores, from stacking      challenging, rewarding   one-week                 your new-found
     will take you through       well in the marketplace.    shelves to serving         and stimulating role.    holiday. Enjoy…          skills. You’ll see
     your induction.                                         customers.                 It’s about learning to                            stores from a fresh
                                                                                        lead a successful                                 perspective and what
                                                                                        team and creating an                              goes into multi-site
                                                                                        environment where                                 management.
                                                                                        people feel really

     WEEKS 15-18                 WEEK 19                     WEEKS 20-23                WEEKS 24-30              WEEK 31                  WEEKS 32-33
     You’ll take the role of     Feet up and relax.          More Store                 You’ll be graded on      Holiday time already?    Back to working with
     an operational Assistant    You deserve it.             Management. It’s great     task completion and      Time flies at Aldi,      the Area Manager
     Store Manager.                                          to be on the front line,   leadership over the      particularly when        to gain insight and
     This is your time to                                    seeing how things          next 7 weeks. This is    you’re learning          experience from the
     really develop your                                     need to be run in such     your chance to show      so much.                 very best.
     management skills.                                      a fast-paced team          us how far you have
                                                             environment.               come already!

     WEEKS 34-35                 WEEKS 36-40                 WEEK 41                    WEEK 42                  WEEKS 43-47              WEEKS 48-52
     Head Office and Logistics   Now’s the time to put       You’ll be out and about    Kick back on another     Your final project       Your last weeks with
     is an invaluable part       all your knowledge          with an Area Manager,      holiday as you           work will focus on       the Area Manager will
     of your training. You’ll    together. You’ll be given   experiencing their day     reflect on how much      Store Operations.        help you fit all the
     learn everything from       a project brief that will   and all the different      you’ve learned and       You’ll show us how       pieces together.
     streamlining distribution   outline proposed areas      skills you need to do      experienced so far.      you can apply your       You’ll see how
     to vehicle tracking         for improvement across      a great job.                                        knowledge in different   everything works
     and routing. And who        Trading and Logistics.                                                          business situations,     as a complete
     better than the Financial   You can see your work                                                           and present your ideas   (and extremely
     Administration team         have a long-lasting                                                             to the Directors.        busy) business.
     to give you specialist      impact on regional (or
     training on balancing       even national) decisions.
     the books?

Amazing. - Start something - I'm leading my teams to succeed.''

                                                                                                                    INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENT PROGRAMMES

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENT PROGRAMMES
                                                                                                                                                           Andy, General                                                                         Grace, General
                                                                                                                                                           Management                                                                            Management
                                                                                                                                                           Placement                                                                             Placement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • Reading University
                                                                                                                                                           • Loughborough University
A placement like no other.                                                                                                                                 • Management Sciences Degree
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • Food Marketing and

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Business Economics Degree
                                                                                                                                                           • 2017-2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • 2017-2018

                                                                                                                                                      ‘‘   There’s a lot to learn.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 It’s all about being
                                                                                                                                                                                          I loved knowing where I stood before I even began                                     Anyone can probably tell that I’m really passionate
                                                                                                                                                                                          my placement. It meant I could feel like a fully-                                     about Aldi. It’s given me so many opportunities to

  PLACEMENT (UK-wide)                                                                                                                                      But the support’s
                                                                                                                                                                                          fledged team member from day one. Because of
                                                                                                                                                                                          the Industrial Placement structure, you cover a lot
                                                                                                                                                                                          of ground very quickly. Yes, there’s a lot to learn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 proactive and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                progress. I led a store, ran out-of-store projects, and met
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                so many people across the business. While you’re given
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                a lot of responsibility, it’s not overwhelming because
This is a fast-paced introduction to the reality of Aldi: how we tick,
what we’re made of, how we’ve transformed into one of the world’s
                                                                                                                                                           phenomenal.                    and it can be daunting at first. But the support is
                                                                                                                                                                                          phenomenal. Two of my Store Managers had over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 pushing your own               you get so much support. But I’m also not treated any
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                differently than people who’ve been at Aldi for years.
most successful retailers. You’ll learn about us, but you’ll also learn
a lot about yourself. When you’re handed the keys to a store and told,
                                                                                                                                                                                          20 years’ experience. So it was nice to draw on
                                                                                                                                                                                          their experiences and their stories. The amount
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 development.                   My advice for aspiring Placement students? Be proactive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and push your own development. If you do that, work
‘you’re in charge’, do you panic and run away screaming? Or do you find                                                                                                                   of exposure you get to the whole business is also                                     hard and give it everything, you really couldn’t ask for
your retail backbone and lead your store to victory? There are rotations                                                                                                                  incredible. One minute I’m presenting to 30 Area                                      better support. Or a better year.”
across store and office environments so you can see Aldi from both                                                                                                                        Managers, and the next I’m leading a store team.”
sides of the business, and how one depends on the other. Whether
you’re stacking shelves, organising resources or taking the keys to
a store, it’s a breathtaking snapshot of life as an Area Manager. All degree
backgrounds are welcome.

                                                                               09 22                                                                  10                                                                                                                                                                                      11
Amazing. - Start something - I'm leading my teams to succeed.''

                                       (Based in Head Office)

                                  This isn’t just about ‘Buying’. You’ll experience
                                  a large corporate environment that touches
                                  every aspect of the product lifecycle, from
                                  Corporate Responsibility (CR) and Quality
                                  Assurance to PR & Marketing. All link closely
                                  together, so you’ll get to see each one before
                                  specialising. Choose CR, for example, and you’ll
                                                                                       I’ve learnt so
                                                                                       much more than
                                                                                       I ever expected.
                                  be part of a team that comes up with new             It’s amazing how much responsibility Aldi’s given me. I really didn’t
                                  processes and business change that helps us          know what to expect, and was just hoping to learn how the business
                                  implement social and environmental solutions.        runs. But I actually took the lead on real projects! It meant I could
                                  Corporate Buying’s a busy area of our business,      make a positive impact on a wide range of Corporate Responsibility
                                  with rapidly changing priorities and plenty          areas such as waste, health, ethics within the supply chain, and
                                  of problem-solving. For all your hard work,          plastic packaging. The year’s also a great chance to learn more
                                  we’ll provide you with great opportunities and       about yourself. If you come in with an open mind, willing to take any
                                  responsibilities. And, as a high-calibre student     opportunity and just talk to people, you’ll get so much back. I’m a lot
                                  (from any degree discipline), you’ll apply your      more confident, and my work ethos is incredible now.”
                                  knowledge to real-life business situations.
                                  Ideally, you’re able to get yourself noticed
                                  by building strong relationships, and are
                                  confident in your fresh ideas.
                                                                                                                   Karinna, Corporate Buying Placement
                                                                                                                   • Aston University
                                                                                                                   • Business & Sociology Degree
                                                                                                                   • 2017-2018

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     (Based in Head Office)

Whether it’s by air, sea, road or rail, we move
millions of pallets packed with products from
all four corners of the planet. And you’ll be
part of the team that makes sure everything
is delivered to our Distribution Centres on
time, and in pristine condition. In fact, you’ll
experience every area in Corporate Logistics,
                                                    I provided real solutions
                                                    to real problems.
                                                    It was fantastic.
giving you exposure to all of the various           During my year in Corporate Logistics, I was mostly involved in
elements of our supply chain. Day-to-day,           projects that helped save costs throughout the supply chain. As a
you and your colleagues will work tirelessly        student, it made me feel quite empowered and important to the
with our Buyers to achieve market-leading           company’s success. I also got to spend four weeks working in an Aldi
supply chain costs. Which, ultimately, means        store, and another four in a Distribution Centre. It really helped me
getting the best services for the best prices.      understand how ideas and solutions might impact other areas of
Just like all of our Placement students,            the business. I applied to Aldi because I wanted to challenge myself.
you’ll be essential to the business, providing      I knew I’d get fantastic support, but I was surprised how friendly
real solutions to real problems. You’ll even        everyone is. I wouldn’t be where I am now without them.”
get to work on projects that will have an
actual impact on our bottom line.
What other student can say that before
they even graduate?
                                                                               Jack, Corporate Logistics Placement
                                                                               • Sheffield Hallam University
                                                                               • Business and Financial
                                                                                  Management Degree
                                                                               • 2017-2018


                                            (Based in Head Office)

                                       Proactive, switched on, insightful. That’s
                                       you. You know what’s going on in the digital
                                       marketplace and you’re fascinated by the
                                       latest ventures and cutting-edge thinking.
                                       At Aldi, we’re embarking on the best kind
                                       of journey; one that will see us doing great
                                       things our way. This is the store that never
                                                                                          I would definitely
                                                                                          recommend it to my
                                                                                          friends. I already have!
                                                                                          Aldi’s one of the world’s largest retailers, so I knew I’d get
                                       closes. More products are being added all
                                       the time. We know more than ever before            invaluable experience. I’ve even got to use programmes that
                                       about what our customers want from us.             I’ve never seen before! Aldi’s trusted me to make changes,
                                       And we love to question everything. With           suggestions and enhancements that could actually improve their
                                       rotations and mini-projects, you’ll get a well-    processes. Seeing the results is just amazing! Because I have a real
                                       rounded view of an online business, from           role with real responsibility, I genuinely believe my experience has
                                       technology and customer insight to online          been so much better than if I went anywhere else. I heard it would
                                       trading and content. A relevant degree             be challenging and very rewarding. Which is true. But what’s
                                       is handy, but it’s your interest and passion       most surprising is how genuine and supportive the people are.”
                                       that will really stand you in good stead. Your
                                       new-found digital skills will be transferable
                                       across any organisation (if we haven’t
                                       snapped you up, that is).
                                                                                                                      Cillian, eCommerce Placement
                                                                                                                      • Durham University
                                                                                                                      • Business & Management Degree
                                                                                                                      • 2017-2018

     (Based in Head Office)

The National IT department is at the very
heart of Aldi. Like the rest of Aldi, we’re made
up of small high-performing teams. You can
expect plenty of exposure and hands-on
experience of an IT department within a
global company. We support a great mix of
applications and processes that have been
                                                    It’s been an
                                                    incredible year.
                                                    The people are amazing.
                                                    So many people thought I’d be in a store all year. But I knew there’s
around for a long time, combined with being
at the cutting edge when we need to be. You         more to Aldi than that. I actually worked on projects that involved
could be part of a technical team supporting        implementing or improving the store’s technology, which has a huge
the live business, part of a large-scale            impact on the customer experience. Even as an Industrial Placement
project team, or even have responsibility for       student, I was expected to achieve great results. Having said that,
a smaller scale project by yourself. IT degrees     the development is incredible. In fact, I love Aldi because they’re so
are useful, but it’s more about having a            supportive. As much as I’ve enjoyed my placement in IT, and I hope to
natural interest in IT and a passion for what       maybe come back to it in the future, I’m definitely going to apply for
we’re trying to achieve as a business.              the Area Manager Programme. When I finish university, of course.”

                                                                               Luke, IT Placement
                                                                               • University of Sheffield
                                                                               • Information Technology Management
                                                                                  for Business Degree
                                                                               • 2017-2018

There’s always a bit

                                                      of give and take.
                                                                           In return, you’ll receive…

                                             £25,000                                The chance to apply                            4 weeks’
                                        for the 12 months                          for a permanent role                       holiday allowance
                                       you spend with us.                            after graduation.                       (plus bank holidays).

                                   Let’s get the basics right.

                                  You’re working towards a
                                                                             HOW TO APPLY
                                                                            We offer one of the best programmes
                                                                               around and things can get quite             You have 96 UCAS points
                                                                            competitive. But if you’re right for our     or 63 Scottish Highers* from
                                                                              business, you’ll see this as your first    your top 3 A-Levels/Scottish
                                                                              challenge. Our application window         Highers (or the equivalent in
                                  (in any degree discipline).              is open from 1st June until 30th April.      other relevant qualifications).

                                                              You have a                     You have the                       General Management
                                                              UK driving                     right to work                      applicants need access
                                                              licence.                       in the UK.                         to a car.

                                  *or the equivalent on the old tariff

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                                                                                                                             INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENT PROGRAMMES
  Step one                                                     Step two
  You’ll need to complete an                                   Lights, camera, action. It’s all about you.
  online application and various tests                         This is a chance to impress us in a short video called
  that will assess your judgement                              ‘Who am I?’. Show us you’re a determined, charismatic
  and analytical skills.                                       leader who we couldn’t do without. We’ve included                                  some helpful film clips on our website

  Step three                                                   Step four
  Group Assessment is hard. You’ve got to                      Well, you’re nearly there. If you’ve
  work as a team, but still let us know that                   passed everything else, you’ll then
  you’ve done your homework about Aldi                         have a final interview with the
  and that you’re a natural leader. It’s a fair                Managing Director. So make sure
  and consistent process, but make your                        you’re prepared!
  presence known!

                  Please check out our hints and tips on page 34

 Remember               The window to apply for all of our Industrial Placement programmes is 1st June
until 30th April. Places are in high demand so make sure you get your application in as soon as you can.

                                       Give it everything.
                                       We’ll give
                                       you more.


                                                                                                GRADUATE AREA MANAGER PROGRAMME
GRADUATE                                                       WHERE WILL I FIT IN?   20
PROGRAMME                                                      WHAT WILL I BE DOING? 21
                                                               WHAT CAN I EXPECT      22
All of our graduates follow the stores route and join          IN MY FIRST YEAR?
our Area Manager Programme. It’s the perfect introduction
to our business and a superb foundation for your future
success. You’ll get to know exactly how we operate,
how the team works, and how your actions will contribute
                                                               WHAT HAPPENS           24
to Aldi. And the best bit? You’ll receive incredible support
throughout your training with a dedicated mentor
                                                               IN YEAR TWO
and regular one-to-one sessions with some really               AND BEYOND?
talented colleagues.

                                                               HOW CAN I DEVELOP      26
                                                               AFTER THAT?
                                                               WHAT QUALITIES      30
                                                               ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
                         YOU’LL GET STUCK
                         INTO STORE LIFE.
                         IT’S THE BEST WAY
                         TO UNDERSTAND                         WHAT ARE THE           32
                         YOUR COLLEAGUES
                         AND THE CHALLENGES                    BENEFITS LIKE?
                         THEY FACE.

                                                               HOW CAN I APPLY?       33

                                                                divided                                       As an Area Manager,
                                                               regions.                                          you’ll report to the
                                                                                                         Store Operations Director

                                                                           Each region has
                                                                           its own Head Office
                                                                           led by:

                                                                                                         and look after the people,
                                                                                                     processes, efficiencies and targets
                                       a Managing                  a Group
                                          Director              of Directors

                                                                           an Administration team.

                                                                                                         of three or four stores.

                                       WHERE WILL I FIT IN?
                                                   Each region has its own                           The Store Managers (and their
                                              Regional Distribution Centre (RDC)                      team of Assistant and Deputy
                                                   which takes care of the                           Managers plus Store Assistants)
                                                        flow of goods.                                 will look to you for leadership.

                                          We also have our
                                          Corporate Head
                                       Office, based in our                                            You’ll be the link between
                                        Atherstone region.                                           these stores and the Logistics
                                                                                                        teams back at the RDC.

      It’s just you,
      your ambition

      (and some
WHAT WILL                                                      to taking control of processes and identifying ways to hit

                                                               ambitious targets. There’s an awful lot to learn and you’ll
                                                               adapt to new situations on a daily basis.

                                                               The whole time, you’ll experience mind-stretching
The Area Manager Programme’s gained a reputation               retail challenges that will sharpen your commercial edge
for being challenging. And rightly so. We’ll give you an       and turn you into a brilliant leader. We see ourselves as a
enormous amount of responsibility very early on.               family, so there’s always someone around to offer a helping
So while the first few weeks are spent getting to know your    hand or useful advice. The important thing to remember is
colleagues, our business model and the ins and outs of         we want you to do well. And with the training from a global
store life (and yes, you will be stacking shelves), by week    retailer, you’ll be equipped to conquer any challenge.
15 you’ll have had the keys to at least one store. You’ll be   In fact, you’ll be ready to start a rewarding and
in charge: that means everything from motivating a team        long-lasting Aldi career.

DAY ONE                         WEEKS 1-2                    WEEKS 3-13                      WEEK 14                       WEEKS 15-24
        You’ll meet your                An experienced               Time to roll up your sleeves.   You’ll have a week’s          We’ll give you the keys
        Directors and your new          colleague will help you      You’ll be stacking shelves      holiday to relax, absorb      to a store. Once the
        boss. They’ll outline exactly   get to grips with the Area   with colleagues, getting        all that knowledge and        detailed training’s done,
        what’s expected from you        Manager role and they’ll     to know our products,           think about the great         you’ll take ownership
        and prepare you for the         become your mentor           finding out about customer      start you’ve made at Aldi.    over a set list of
        year ahead.                     throughout your training.    service and learning our                                      responsibilities. Then it’s
                                                                     unique approach to store                                      time to put theory into
                                                                     management. With a                                            practice within the store
                                                                     week’s holiday squeezed                                       environment.
                                                                     in. Phew.

        WEEKS 25-28                     WEEK 29                      WEEKS 30-34                     WEEK 35                       WEEKS 36-37
        Taking charge of your own       Phew. Another breather.      You’ll spend the next           Bit of a change now as        Our huge network of stores
        £multi-million business         The programme’s really       five weeks learning the         you visit workshops           relies on a range of support
        for a three-week cover,         gathering pace now           ins and outs of the Area        hosted by our regional        operations. During your
        you’ll plan the rota, order     so it’s important to         Manager role, with plenty       experts. You’ll get to        Regional Office Training,
        over 1,700 products and         re-charge your batteries     of support from your            know everything from          you’ll get to know our
        manage your own team.           and just chill out for       Aldi mentor.                    Health & Safety and HR        Accounts, Trading and
        You’ll then spend a week        a week.                                                      processes, to Ordering        Business Administration
        getting ready to present                                                                     and Availability.             teams and the kind of
        your achievements to the                                                                                                   issues they handle.
        Store Operations Director.

        WEEK 38                         WEEKS 39-45                  WEEK 46                         WEEKS 47-51                   WEEK 52
        It’s holiday time again.        During the next seven        Some more rest,                 Ready to look after an        It’s time for your final
        A chance to reflect on          weeks, you’ll be assessed    happy in the knowledge          area? This is five weeks      review and we’ll look at
        the huge amount you’ve          on a variety of technical    that you’re near the            of in-at-the-deep-end         how far you’ve come. By
                                                                     finish line.
        learned and feel very           tasks, as well as your                                       exposure to life as an Area   now, you should be full
        proud of yourself.              leadership ability. Mixing                                   Manager. You’ll cover for     of confidence as you take
                                        the two is vital for your                                    your colleagues while         responsibility for your
                                        development, so you can                                      they’re on holiday and        own group of stores.
                                        motivate and engage the                                      really put your skills to
                                        teams around you.                                            the test.

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                                                                                                          GRADUATE AREA MANAGER PROGRAMME

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GRADUATE AREA MANAGER PROGRAMME
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to be a great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  leader who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Industrial
                                                                                                                                                      WHAT HAPPENS                                                                                                                can get the                                             was a fantastic
                                                                                                                                                      IN YEAR TWO                                                                                                                 best out                                                introduction
                                                                                                                                                      AND BEYOND?                                                                                                                 of your team.                                           to life as an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Area Manager.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I always knew about Aldi’s Area Manager
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Programme from my time at university. So when
                                                                                                                                                 Phew, it’s been quite a whirlwind        Your success as an Area Manager relies on                                               I left the Army, I looked into it more. I loved that    I got to spend six months in Head Office on the

  A year like no other.                                                                                                                          year, hasn’t it? Time to rest on your
                                                                                                                                                 laurels? No way. As a fully-fledged      two things: a massive focus on people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  it offered me the chance to become a leader
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  with real autonomy, and to make an impact
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Industrial Placement Programme, which meant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I could experience every different level of Aldi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  on my own area of stores. All with a bit more
                                                                                                                                                 Area Manager, thriving in a culture
                                                                                                                                                 of pace and responsibility, you’re
                                                                                                                                                                                          and a real pride in your area of stores.                                                stability than I had before. Obviously, there are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Having that broader knowledge made it easier for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          me to come back as an Area Manager. I was able
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a lot of differences between Aldi and the Army.         to see how I could support the whole business to
                                                                                                                                                 completely ready for the next            You’ll visit your Store Managers to get weekly updates and ensure that everything’s     But the skills you need are actually very similar.      move forward, rather than just my area. After all,
                                                                                                                                                 challenge. During years two,             running smoothly. You’ll also spend time with other Area Managers, sharing ideas to     You have to convey your ideas with confidence           Aldi encourages you to bring your own ideas to the
                                                                                                                                                 three and beyond, you’ll take your       make sure that your stores are performing in the best possible way. You’ll then work    and conviction, motivate your teams,                    table. It even helped during my secondment to
                                                                                                                                                 area and run it your way. Yes, there     with the Store Operations Director, talking through financial performances to plan      and support everyone to succeed.”                       the Buying department for three months, where
                                                                                                                                                 are targets to meet and processes        ahead. Then there’s the monitoring of KPIs, merchandising, checking cash handling,                                                              I worked on a seasonal project that maximised our
                                                                                                                                                 to follow. But beyond that, your         auditing, monitoring health and safety compliance… all kinds of challenges and                                                                  product offering during Christmas.”
                                                                                                                                                 diary is your diary. And everything      demands will come your way. You’re constantly learning new things and it can be
                                                                                                                                                 you do will impact on how the            tough. But, at the end of the day, you care about your colleagues, you want them

 WHAT CAN I EXPECT                                                                                                                               area performs.                           to do well and you’ll do everything you can to make your area successful.”

 IN MY FIRST YEAR?                                                                                                                                                                                                           Sam, Corporate Finance                                   Tom, Area Manager                                         Hannah, Area Manager
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and Administration Director                              • University of Birmingham                               • University of Birmingham
So what might your first year hold in store for you? It can vary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             • Warwick University                                     • History Degree                                         • Business Management
but we thought it would be helpful to show you the kind of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             • Business Management Degree                            • Joined Aldi in 2016                                        Degree
challenges you can expect. Not to mention all the support
and encouragement you’ll have along the way. So, deep                                                                                                                                                                        • Joined Aldi in 2012                                                                                              • Joined Aldi in 2016
breath, let’s see what you’re made of…

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                                        HOW CAN
                                                                                              Development is all about learning, putting yourself
                                                                                              in new situations and rising to any challenge. Which is
                                                                                              why, after a few years, we offer high-performing Area

                                        I DEVELOP
                                                                                              Managers the chance to take on a specialist secondment
                                                                                              within a totally new area. You might find yourself leading

                                                                                              people in Logistics, heading up a team in Head Office,
                                                                                              or even becoming an Area Manager in a different

                                        AFTER THAT?

                                                                                              country. Lasting 18-24 months, all of our secondments
                                                                                              are an amazing opportunity to learn more about our
                                                                                              business, and yourself.

                                        LOGISTICS AREA MANAGER                                 CORPORATE AREA MANAGER
                                                           Take your Area                                               Discover the inner workings of Aldi,
                                                       Manager knowledge into                                           and take on projects in a different
                                                        Logistics as you learn                                          business area across the UK or
                                                       more about this vital part                                       even support on projects within
                                                           of our business.                                             international departments.

                                                 Motivate and engage                               Work with external suppliers
                                               teams, while providing                           and new colleagues, using their
                                              support to a whole new                                skills and expertise to bring
                                                  range of colleagues.                              projects to life and broaden
                                                                                                                your knowledge.

                                                                 Up-skill Section Leaders,
                                                                                                                                    Shape the strategy of
                                                                 giving them the best tools
                                                                                                                                    your department, and
                                                                 and techniques to manage
                                                                                                                                    see your ideas impact
                                                                 growing teams.
                                                                                                                                    the whole business.

                                                    Create materials and
                                         implement projects that could
                                                                                               Push yourself out of your comfort
                                          affect Aldi Logistics across the
                                                                                                     zone, and develop an even
                                                        whole of the UK.
                                                                                                 deeper understanding of how
                                                                                                     our whole business works.


                                                                                                                     GRADUATE AREA MANAGER PROGRAMME
                   Take on a secondment
                   in Europe, the US or
                                                      When we expanded
                   even Australia.
                                                      across all five states,
                                                      including New York
                                                      City and Downtown
                                                      Boston, I was
                                                      right there at the
INTERNATIONAL SECONDMENT                              coalface. What an
    Discover different customer
   habits and how it affects our                      I was seconded to ‘South Windsor’, one of the US
                global business.
                                                      divisional offices which looks after stores across five
                                                      states. Aldi were extremely supportive as I planned
                                                      my departure, helping to arrange my visas and travel
                                                      arrangements. They also offered plenty of insight into
                              Implement your UK       my new area. On arrival, there was even more support:
                              knowledge to improve    a thorough orientation, help with accommodation,
                              a whole new Area.       bank accounts and phones, plus some mentoring
                                                      from a local colleague. Aldi was in its infancy in the
                                                      greater New England area but experiencing huge
                                                      growth. I went from working in Dundalk Co. Louth to
  Push yourself personally,                           interviewing staff for Queens, New York. Amazing.”
 immersing yourself into a
   completely new culture.

                   Pick up a new way of                       David, Buying Director
                   working, taking on the skills              • University of
                   and knowledge of colleagues                   Newcastle upon Tyne
                   operating in a totally
                   different marketplace.                     • Engineering Degree
                                                              • Joined Aldi in 2006


                                         It’s about the experience,
                                         but the journey’s amazing.

                                   ‘‘    Aldi is a place
                                         that really
                                                                                                      You’re the sort of
                                                                                                      person who wakes up
                                                                                                      in the morning and
                                         success.                                                     has a plan for the day.
                                         The Area Manager Programme lays the foundations              You’ll find former Area Managers across our entire
                                         for many different career paths, but you’ll also need        business, with many graduates moving into departments
                                         to make the most of every opportunity that’s                 such as Buying, Finance and Operations. To be successful
                                         presented to you. My programme gave me a wider               at Aldi, you need a drive for productivity and efficiency.
                                         lens, a broader perspective that’s enabled me to make        When you wake up in the morning, you’ve got a plan
                                         the right decisions for Aldi. It’s completely infectious,    for the day and you want to make everything happen
                                         you want to do well so that you can drive the business       in the most organised and orderly fashion. That’s how
                                         forward. You’re valued as an employee because                our business gets things done better and faster
                                         of the effort you put in.”                                   than the competition.”

                                                                                                          Fritz, Managing Director,
                                       Laura, Group HR Director                                           Corporate Logistics and Services
                                       • Durham University                                               • Manchester University
                                       • French and Spanish Degree                                       • International Business,
                                       • Joined Aldi in 2006                                                Finance & Economics Degree
                                                                                                          • Joined Aldi in 2006

The more I do,

the better
my future

                                          You’ll need to switch
                                          things up a gear.
                                       WHAT QUALITIES ARE
                                                                                                         Your academic achievements will tell us that you have
                                                                                                         intelligence and commitment. Now we need you to
                                                                                                         switch into a different gear, with a practical, business-
                                       WE LOOKING FOR?                                                   focused mindset that’s determined to achieve results.

                                       We do have a specific culture. Aldi is a well-managed,
                                       efficient business and everyone works in harmony to achieve         If you’re applying for the Area Manager Programme,
                                       great things. It’s also rather refreshing as people know what’s     you’ll have (or be working towards) a minimum of:
                                       expected of them. Wherever you’re based, you’ll have an             • 96 UCAS points or 63 Scottish Highers* from
                                       appreciation of your role within the bigger picture.                   your top 3 A-Levels/Scottish Highers (or the
                                                                                                              equivalent in other relevant qualifications)
                                       Aldi is built on the feisty determination of our people.            • 2:1 in any degree discipline
                                       It’s about never giving up; always striving for better, smarter     • UK driving licence
                                       and simpler ways of doing things. We’re a business with             • The right to work in the UK
                                       integrity: we’re fair to our partners and suppliers, and
                                       everything we do is for the benefit of the customer.                *or the equivalent on the old tariff

                                       You’ll need to be that person who’s happy to roll their sleeves
                                       up and get on with every task, no matter how challenging          We recruit all year round but – be warned – this is a
                                       or complex. You’re positive, make things happen and love          very popular scheme. Positions are filled quickly so the
                                       working with a supportive team around you.                        sooner you apply, the better.

 You need to come
 with a passion
 for people
                                                       There’s always
 and delivering                                        at Aldi. You’re
 results.                                              learning every day.
 I used to be a manager at a well-known retailer.      When I saw how structured the Area Manager
 So I was a bit apprehensive before applying.          Programme was, it gave me a real focus.
 But I’m so glad I did. Yes, it can be challenging,    I know it’s Aldi’s advertising strapline, but every
 but the sense of achievement and reward you get       day really has been amazing. There’s always
 is fantastic. The structured training plan put me     something different going on. Even now, four
 through so many different scenarios that really       and a half years into my role, I have to deal with
 enhanced my leadership skills. I learnt how to        things that I’ve never come across before. It just
 really tailor my approach. You work with so many      shows how much variety there is here. I’m still
 people, all with different experiences, strengths     developing all the time. You have to be resilient
 and development needs. I now know how to get          because things can go wrong. But that’s natural.
 the right results from every one of my colleagues,    It’s about how you learn from the experiences
 in the best way possible.”                            and how you move forward.”

     Chandni, Area Manager                                   Rob, Area Manager
     • Manchester Metropolitan                              • University of Birmingham
        University                                           • International
     • Biological and Biomedical                               Relations Degree
        Psychology Degree                                    • Joined Aldi in 2014
     • Joined Aldi in 2017


                                           £44,000 starting              A fully expensed            Discounted Health Cash Plan,          Your own £multi-million
                                          salary (which rises         Audi A4/BMW 3 series               and discounts on gym          business. As soon as you’re ready,
                                               to £77,870            (from day one, so you’ll        memberships, cinema tickets,        you’ll take full responsibility
                                           after four years).       need a full driving licence).         holidays and more.                for three or four stores.

                                                       The reward is the experience.

                                          But these are
                                        rather great too.

                                           With a dedicated          Health & Lifestyle package       Learning shouldn’t end after               Opportunities
                                         mentor from day one,       including a pension scheme,     your Area Manager Programme.              to travel the world
                                       you’ll get the support you    five weeks’ holiday, private    In fact, you’ll get development           with a European
                                         need to achieve your       healthcare (after six months)      opportunities throughout                or International
                                              full potential.             and life assurance.                 your Aldi career.                  Secondment.

HOW CAN                                         Step one
I APPLY?                                        You’ll need to complete an online
                                                application and various tests that will
                                                assess your judgement and analytical skills.
If you’re a graduate applying
for the Area Manager Programme,
it’s a five-step application and
selection process.

Step two                                        Step three
You’ll then be sent a link to complete an       Lights, camera, action. It’s all about you.
online psychometric test. This has been         This is a chance to impress us in a short video
designed to measure your core skills and        called ‘Who am I?’. Show us you’re a determined,
personal qualities, as well as to see if        charismatic leader who we couldn’t do without.
we’re right for each other.                     We’ve included some helpful film clips on our

Step four                                       Step five
Group Assessment is hard. You’ve got to         Well, you’re nearly there. If you’ve
work as a team, but still let us know that      passed everything else, you’ll then
you’ve done your homework about Aldi            have a final interview with the
and that you’re a natural leader. It’s a fair   Regional Managing Director.
and consistent process, but make your           So make sure you’re prepared!
presence known!

         Turn the page for some application hints and tips
APPLICATION FORM                                      VIDEO INTERVIEW
              Take time to proofread your                        Preparation is key. Carefully plan
          application. Before you press submit,                     when and where to record
           ask someone else to read it for you.                       your video interview.
        Research our history and business model,             Show us your drive and determination,
            then showcase your knowledge.                  and let your passion for Aldi shine through.
          Show us who you are, and give strong                        For more hints and tips,
          examples of your skills and attributes                    check out the helpful video
     to demonstrate why you are the right fit for Aldi.                   on our website.

                   HINTS & TIPS
               GROUP ASSESSMENT                                    FINAL MD INTERVIEW
       Be yourself and put your nerves to one side.         Reflect on the process so far and brush up
                                                               on your research of the Aldi culture.
                 Embrace the experience -
          this is your chance to show us you’re           Highlight the qualities and skills that make you
             a confident but natural leader.                      the right candidate for the role.
               Demonstrate that you can                         Draw on your experiences and give
            work well in a team and are open               clear examples of teamwork and leadership
                to other people’s ideas.                    (e.g. from sports teams or voluntary work).

                                                                     Donating food to
   We aim to halve                                                   vulnerable people.
    our food waste
   by 2030, starting                                                 In 2018, we donated over 2 million meals to
    with improved
     surplus food
                                                                     charities and community groups. In 2019,
    redistribution.                                                  we’re set to roll out food surplus redistribution
                                                                     from every UK store. This will see us donate
                                                                     over 3 million meals to over 1,800 charity and
                    reduced                                          community groups.

                  packaging on
                   nappies by

                                 How you can help?
                           If you’d like to help us reach our 2021   Committed to reducing plastic
  already replaced
  over 1,600 tonnes           goal, or help Teenage Cancer Trust     and packaging waste.
   of unrecyclable      directly, then you can learn more about
                                   the charity and get involved at   We’re working really hard to make all of our
                                     own-brand packaging 100% recyclable by 2022.
                                                                     What’s more, we’ve committed to halving our
                                                                     packaging and ensuring 50% of it’s made from
                                                                     recycled material by 2025.

This is all good news, but it’s important
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to remember why we’re doing it.
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• Around 7 people aged 13-24 are diagnosed with cancer
  every day in the UK.
• Teenage Cancer Trust provides specialist nursing and
  much needed emotional support.

Together, we’re having a positive                                    Supporting the
impact on people’s lives.                                            Teenage Cancer Trust.
                                                                     We’re also committed to raising £5million in
Here are just 3 of the                                               5 years to make sure that no young person faces
ways Aldi and our                                                    cancer alone. This is thanks to the fantastic
customers help to                                                    fundraising efforts of our Everyday Amazing
make a real difference                                               colleagues who’ve taken part in over 600 different
to people’s lives.                                                   challenges - including 95 half marathons!

You’ve made a good start.
But this is just the beginning.
There are a lot of opportunities at Aldi. And if you’re willing to roll up
your sleeves and give it your all, the end of the programme could be
the start of a long-lasting and rewarding Aldi career. Amazing.


           Awards here, awards there. We work very hard at being a great employer
           so it’s always nice to be recognised.
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