You’ve probably heard a lot about the Area Manager Programme by now – that we give our graduates a fantastic package (including a fully expensed company car) 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.
You’ll meet your new boss and the rest of the Director team. They’ll outline exactly what’s expected from you and prepare you for the year ahead.1 (of 14)
An experienced colleague will help you get to grips with the Area Manager role and they’ll become your mentor throughout your training.2 (of 14)
Time to roll up your sleeves. You’ll make sure shelves are stocked with our customers' favourite products, find out about customer service and learn our unique approach to store management.3 (of 14)
You’ll have a week’s holiday to relax, absorb all that knowledge and to think about the great start you’ve made at Aldi.4 (of 14)
We’ll turn up the responsibility level and give you the keys to a store. Once the detailed training’s done, it’s time to put theory into practice within a store environment.5 (of 14)
Taking charge of your own €multi-million business for three weeks, you’ll oversee the rota, order products and manage your own team - the exposure is unparalleled. You’ll then spend a week getting ready to present your achievements to the Store Operations Director.6 (of 14)
Phew. Another breather. The programme’s really gathering pace now so it’s important to re-charge your batteries and just chill out for a week.7 (of 14)
With plenty of support from your Aldi mentor, you'll learn the ins and outs of the Area Manager role.8 (of 14)
Our huge network of stores relies on a range of support operations. So during your Regional Office Training, you'll get to know our Accounts, Trading, Logistics and Business Administration teams.9 (of 14)
It’s holiday time again. A chance to reflect on the huge amount you’ve learned and feel very proud of yourself.10 (of 14)
You’ll be assessed on a variety of technical tasks, as well as your leadership ability. Mixing the two is vital for your development, and your team.11 (of 14)
Some more rest, happy in the knowledge that you’re near the finish line.12 (of 14)
Ready to look after your own area of stores? This is five weeks of in-at-the-deep-end exposure to life as an Area Manager. You’ll cover your colleagues while they’re on holiday and really put your skills to the test.13 (of 14)
It’s time for your final review and we’ll look at how far you’ve come. By now, you should be full of confidence as you take responsibility for your own group of stores.14 (of 14)
We’re divided up into thirteen regions.1 (of 6)
Each region has its own Head Office led by:2 (of 6)
a Managing Director, a Group of Directors and an Administration team.3 (of 6)
Each region has its own Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) which takes care of the flow of goods.4 (of 6)
We also have our National Head Office, based in our Atherstone region.5 (of 6)
As an Area Manager you’ll report to the Store Operations Director.6 (of 6)
You’re now a fully-fledged Area Manager, with complete control of your area. All kinds of challenges and demands will come your way.
But with world-class training under your belt, and as part of a network of Area Managers, you’ll know what to do or have someone to offer advice. Most of your time will be spent visiting your stores and getting weekly updates from your Store Managers.
Because we're growing so fast it's likely that you'll spend one day a week on recruitment and development - so you'll receive plenty of training on how to put together the perfect team.
After a number of years in the role, you could be offered a secondment in the UK, US or even Australia. All will give you an even greater appreciation of store life, and an excellent foundation for your future Aldi career.
Discover more about how and why Aldi means more. Our brochure includes lots of profiles from Graduates and Directors, so you can hear about real experiences and see where you fit in.View now
Meet some of our Graduate Area Managers and learn why a career at Aldi means more.
After a few years, for those who really impress us, there’s the chance to do a secondment in Europe, the US or even Australia. It means you’ll soak up different Aldi cultures, bring fresh ideas back to Ireland, and take your personal and professional development up a gear. You see, although you’ll be familiar with our business, you’ll be pushed out of your comfort zone, and given a new platform to show everyone how capable you are. But don’t worry – wherever you are in the world, you can expect the same Aldi support.
And while it’s the same job on paper, it’s likely that you’ll find yourself learning from scratch. That’s down to the subtle and not so subtle variances in cultures and operating markets. One way or another, it will require a real sense of adventure, resilience and open-mindedness. Why not take a look at David’s story?
"When we expanded across all five states, including New York City and Downtown Boston, I was right there at the coalface. I was seconded to ‘South Windsor’, one of the US divisional offices that looks after stores across five states. Aldi were extremely supportive as I planned my departure, helping to arrange visas and travel. They also offered plenty of insight into my new area. On arrival, there was even more support: a thorough orientation, help with accommodation, bank accounts and phones, plus 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 interviewing staff for Queens, New York. Amazing."
We wouldn’t be this successful without recruiting strong-minded, brave people to share our ambitions. We do have quite a specific culture. It’s well-managed, efficient and everyone works in harmony with a combined sense of purpose. Responsibilities are crystal clear and everyone knows what’s expected of them. The question is, do you have the kind of qualities we need? Take a look at our video to learn more about our environment.
A starting salary of €67,925 which will rise in increments to €111,300.1 (of 7)
It's very smart, that's for sure. It arrives on day one so you'll need a driving licence.2 (of 7)
Alongside the great pay, you'll be able to take advantage of some fantastic lifestyle perks we have to offer. These include money off holidays and discounted tickets to events and more!3 (of 7)
Our wellbeing programme links to five key areas of wellbeing; physical, mental, nutritional, financial and social. Colleagues have access to an online wellness portal containing information and guidance, 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme and wellbeing related benefits.4 (of 7)
It’s important to us that you feel looked after, now and in the future. You’ll be given five weeks’ holiday every year plus bank holidays. There’s also a pension scheme (after 2 years), private healthcare and life assurance.5 (of 7)
With a dedicated mentor from day one, you’ll get the support you need to achieve your potential. But that doesn’t mean your learning will end after the programme. In fact, you’ll get development opportunities throughout your Aldi career.6 (of 7)
This is the big one. As soon as you’re ready – which could be even less than a year – you’ll take full responsibility for up to four stores.7 (of 7)
You’ll need to upload your CV, complete an online application and various tests that will assess your judgement and analytical skills.
You’ll be sent a link to complete an online psychometric test. This has been designed to measure your core skills and personal qualities, to see if we’re right for each other.
Lights, camera, action. It’s all about you. This is a chance to impress us in a short video. Show us you’re a determined, charismatic leader who we couldn’t do without.
Group Assessment is hard. You’ve got to work as a team, but still let us know that you’ve done your homework about Aldi and that you’re a natural leader. It’s a fair and consistent process, but make your presence known!
Well, you’re nearly there. If you’ve passed everything else, you’ll progress to an interview with your Regional Managing Director. Successful candidates will then progress to final interview with members of the Regional Director Team.
We work incredibly hard to do a great job for our people and our customers. Over the years, we’ve won all kinds of accolades and added many awards to our trophy cabinet.
Aldi has featured in gradireland's Top 100 Leading Graduate Employers for over ten years.9 (of 12)
We are proud to have been placed 9th in the Times Top 100 Best Graduate Employers for 2022.10 (of 12)
We are proud to have been placed 5th in the Times Top 100 Best Graduate Employers for 2021.11 (of 12)
We are thrilled to have been named the Times Top 100 'Graduate Employer of Choice' in the Retailing category.12 (of 12)
Applications for our 2023 Aldi Graduate Area Manager Programme are now closed. Our application window for the 2024 programme will open at the start of the next academic semester.
If you're a graduate and you've got a 2:1, your degree could be in any discipline. If you're in your final year at University/ College you'll need to be on track for a 2:1 in any discipline.
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.
Possibly, but usually only within your chosen region. We're a fast-growing business so it's important to have a flexible, understanding approach.
You'll need to provide the very best support to your store team. So that can involve working weekends and bank holidays; we do ask for you to be flexible and we'll accommodate your needs in return.
We recruit approximately 100 Area Managers every year, across the UK and Ireland. But this could change as our business continues to expand.
A full driving licence by the time you commence employment and eligibility to work in Ireland.
Yes, CV’s are a mandatory part of the application process. Please ensure to include your qualification history and results within your CV.
Yes is the short answer. As long as you've met the criteria of course.
All candidates whether successful or not will be notified. We are understandably receiving a high volume of applications at the moment so it is taking longer than usual to process, but assure you we are working very hard to process as many applications as we can.
All of our Area Manager group assessments will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. If your application is successful, we will let you know the details closer to the time.
Please ensure to read all email correspondence you receive which will detail the preparation required prior to the group assessment. Please ensure you attend the virtual group assessment using a laptop or desktop computer. Mobile phone devices are not suitable for the purposes of the group assessment. Please ensure you have a pen and rough work paper available to take notes during the centre.