Graduate

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About Us

Aldi is one of the fastest-growing grocery retailers in Ireland today and we’ve been in the gradireland ‘Top 100 Leading Graduate Employers’ for over ten years. We’re also No.3 in the Times Top 100 ‘Best Graduate Employers’ for 2017. It’s a position that no other retailer has been able to match. All of our graduates join our Graduate Area Manager Training Programme, which has generated quite a bit of gossip around campus. And not just because of the great package and Audi A4.

You’ve probably heard that it’s hard work, and you’d be absolutely right. But you need to check out the rest 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’re with you every step of the way. You’re critical to the future success of our business. In fact, the majority of our Directors started their Aldi life on the programme. So we know that knuckling down is the only way to achieve real success.

The programme lasts for twelve months and success will rely on you being hungry for responsibility and confident in your own capabilities. Mostly it’s about earning the trust of your store team. In the early days, they’ll teach you the ins and outs of store life (including stacking shelves) – it’s the only way to understand the challenges they face. Once you’ve understood how the store works and start to manage the whole operation then, crucially, your team will be happy to take guidance from you. The programme moves fast. By week 14, you could hold the keys to at least one store.

Eventually, you could be running your own €multi-million business.

Want the lowdown on a year like no other?

Then download the brochure right here.

A Year Like No Other. Explore the images to see what happens in your first 12 months.

  • Day 1

    Day 1

    You’ll meet your Directors and your new boss. They’ll outline exactly what’s expected from you and prepare you for the year ahead.

  • Weeks 1-2

    Weeks 1-2

    An experienced colleague will help you get to grips with the Area Manager role and they’ll become your mentor throughout your training.

  • Weeks 3-13

    Weeks 3-13

    Time to roll up your sleeves. You’ll be stacking shelves with colleagues, getting to know our products, finding out about customer service and learning our unique approach to store management. With a week’s holiday squeezed in. Phew.

  • Week 14

    Week 14

    You’ll have a week’s holiday to relax, absorb all that knowledge and think about the great start you’ve made at Aldi.

  • Weeks 15-24

    Weeks 15-24

    We’ll give you the keys to a store. Once the detailed training’s done, you’ll take ownership over a set list of responsibilities. Then it’s time to put theory into practice within the store environment.

  • Weeks 25–28

    Weeks 25–28

    Taking charge of your own €multi-million business for a three week cover, you’ll plan the rota, order over 1,500 products and manage your own team. You’ll then present your achievements to the Store Operations Director.

  • Week 29

    Week 29

    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.

  • Weeks 30-34

    Weeks 30-34

    You’ll spend the next five weeks learning the ins and outs of the Area Manager role, with plenty of support from your Aldi mentor.

  • Week 35

    Week 35

    Bit of a change now as you visit workshops hosted by our regional experts. You’ll get to know everything from Health & Safety and HR processes, to Ordering and Availability.

  • Weeks 36-37

    Weeks 36-37

    Our huge network of stores relies on a range of support operations. During your Regional Office Training, you’ll get to know our Accounts, Trading and Business Administration teams and the kind of issues they handle.

  • Week 38

    Week 38

    It’s holiday time again. A chance to reflect on the huge amount you’ve learned and feel very proud of yourself.

  • Weeks 39-45

    Weeks 39-45

    During the next five weeks, you’ll be assessed on a variety of technical tasks, as well as your leadership ability. Mixing the two is vital for your development, so you can motivate and engage the teams around you.

  • Week 46

    Week 46

    Some more rest, happy in the knowledge that you’re near the finish line.

  • Weeks 47-51

    Weeks 47-51

    Ready to look after an Area? This is five weeks of in at- the-deep-end exposure to life as an Area Manager. You’ll cover for your colleagues while they’re on holiday and really put your skills to the test.

  • Week 52

    Week 52

    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.

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What happens in Year Two and beyond?

Year Two is a pretty special time. You’ve done all the groundwork, and you’re now a fully-fledged Area Manager. Because things move so quickly, you’ll have gained an incredible amount of experience and you’re completely ready for the next challenge. During years two, three and beyond, you’ll take full control of your area.

 

Every stage of your Area Manager journey will feature two things: a massive focus on people and a real pride in your stores. You’ll spend much of your time visiting your stores and getting weekly updates from your Store Managers. How’s the store doing? How are the team working together? If you spot any areas for improvement, you’ll be quick off the mark to put effective solutions in place.

 Because we’re growing so fast, it’s likely that you’ll spend one day a week interviewing candidates, having updates with new starters, mentoring Trainee Area Managers, that kind of thing. The success of your Aldi store is all down to the quality of its people, and you’ll receive plenty of training on how to recruit the perfect team. And one thing’s for sure, your employees will become like an extended family. 

 

Then there’s the financial planning, monitoring of KPIs, checking cash handling, merchandising, auditing… all kinds of challenges and demands will come your way. There’s always plenty to learn and you’re constantly growing as a Manager. Plus you’ll be part of a network of Area Managers who are all going through similar challenges, so there’s always someone to offer advice.

 

One or two years into the programme, you could be offered a placement abroad, or an opportunity to do some project work that will take you outside of your normal operating function. Like the chance to explore more efficient technology, or roll out new functionality across the region. These are the projects that will give you an even greater appreciation of store life and an excellent foundation for your future career at Aldi.

 

Benefits

When you work at Aldi, you’ll see exactly how your efforts, determination and fresh ideas are shaping our wonderful business. We don’t offer average packages because we don’t employ average people. We want to make sure that you’re happy, fulfilled and proud to work for us.

€61,000 starting salary

Your generous starting wage will rise to €99,600 after four years.

Opportunities to travel the world

If you’re performing really well, we’ll suggest a UK, European or even International Secondment (typically to the US or Australia).

A fully expensed Audi A4

A thing of beauty that’s for sure. It arrives on day one so you’ll need a driving licence.

Health & Lifestyle Package

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, private healthcare (after six months) and life assurance.

Training & Support

You’re in at the deep end but you’ll have our full support and encouragement throughout the year – and beyond. We’re just that kind of business.

Your Own €Multi-million Business

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 three or four stores.

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Who we're looking for

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, then try the quiz to see if you could be an ‘Aldi’ person.

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We like it here

We're rather proud of what we do and how we do it. Come and take a look.

Do we like each other?

If you're frantically nodding away  to all three points, maybe it's time to take the 'Like' test.

A 2:1 degree

At least a 2:1 degree which shows us you’re not only bright and committed but you have a strong work ethic. You’re excited by every new challenge that comes your way. 

That extra ‘sparkle’

Bursting with charisma, you influence people around you with your passion and ideas. But you also treat your colleagues with decency and respect; you understand that we’re stronger together.

Focused, resourceful and ready to drive productivity

You’re always mindful of the bigger picture and can see how your efforts directly affect Aldi’s success. You’re a tough and resilient character who enjoys the challenges of a dynamic and fast-paced environment. This means working a five day week, including some weekends, as well as overseeing store operations from opening or closing.

A driving licence

Finally, you'll need a driving licence since part of our generous package includes a car. 

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Meet our Area Managers and Directors

The Area Manager Programme is a critical part of our business, which is why we’re extremely focused on your future. In fact, many of our Directors were previously Area Managers at various locations across Ireland.So you know that Aldi will absolutely invest in your progression. In our eyes, everybody is valued and everyone has an important role to play. This creates a really positive environment that enables people to thrive.

Our people achieve success through their own merit and their ability to win the respect of others. There are no egos here. We love doing business with honesty and integrity, and we're led by people who have Aldi's best interests at heart.

Seán
Store Operations Director
University of Limerick
Joined Aldi in 2010

The Area Manager Programme is a critical part of our business, which is why we’re extremely focused on your future. In fact, many of our Directors were previously Area Managers at various locations across Ireland.So you know that Aldi will absolutely invest in your progression. In our eyes, everybody is valued and everyone has an important role to play. This creates a really positive environment that enables people to thrive.

Our people achieve success through their own merit and their ability to win the respect of others. There are no egos here. We love doing business with honesty and integrity, and we're led by people who have Aldi's best interests at heart.

Seán
Area Manager

University College Cork

Joined Aldi in 2016

The Area Manager Programme is a critical part of our business, which is why we’re extremely focused on your future. In fact, many of our Directors were previously Area Managers at various locations across Ireland.So you know that Aldi will absolutely invest in your progression. In our eyes, everybody is valued and everyone has an important role to play. This creates a really positive environment that enables people to thrive.

Our people achieve success through their own merit and their ability to win the respect of others. There are no egos here. We love doing business with honesty and integrity, and we're led by people who have Aldi's best interests at heart.

Amy
Area Manager

University College Dublin

Joined Aldi in 2013

The Area Manager Programme is a critical part of our business, which is why we’re extremely focused on your future. In fact, many of our Directors were previously Area Managers at various locations across Ireland.So you know that Aldi will absolutely invest in your progression. In our eyes, everybody is valued and everyone has an important role to play. This creates a really positive environment that enables people to thrive.

Our people achieve success through their own merit and their ability to win the respect of others. There are no egos here. We love doing business with honesty and integrity, and we're led by people who have Aldi's best interests at heart.

Emer
Area Manager

University College Cork

Joined Aldi in 2015

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Where will you fit in?





Have a scroll through to learn how different roles work together, and where you'll fit in.

Where are we?

There are new stores (and store extensions) opening all the time. But right now, the picture looks something like this. Ireland is divided up into 2 Aldi regions. Each region has its own Head Office led by a Managing Director, a group of Directors and dedicated team of Administrators. Importantly, each region also has its own Regional Distribution Centre (or RDC) which takes care of the flow of goods, ensuring that our customers get all their favourite products on time.

As an Area Manager, you’ll report to the Store Operations Director and look after the people, processes, efficiencies and targets of your stores. The Store Managers (with their team of Assistant and Deputy Managers, as well as Store Assistants) will be looking to you for guidance and leadership. You’ll also be the valuable link between these stores and the warehouse teams back at the RDC.

 

    • Naas

      Opening in 2004, Aldi’s first Regional Distribution Centre in Ireland was located in County Kildare. All of our stores nationwide were serviced by this centre until demand and growth required the introduction of the Mitchelstown Regional Distribution Centre in September 2013.

    • Mitchelstown

      Further south, a second Regional Distribution Centre, located in Mitchelstown, North Cork, opened in September 2013.

  • United Kingdom

    • Aldi entered the UK market in the year 1990. We have 9 Distribution Centres across the UK with 50 - 100 stores in each region. Aldi is one of the fastest-growing grocery retailers in the UK and is also a regular contender for the top spot in The Times Top 100 ‘Best Graduate Employers’.

  • Germany

    • Back in 1961, the Albrecht brothers split the business into two groups: Aldi Nord (North) and Aldi Süd (South). The latter (which includes Aldi UK and Ireland) consists of over 5,000 stores. Did you know that Aldi Süd was the first big retailer in Europe to ban eight pesticides that were found hazardous to bees?

  • America

    • In 1976, one year after our 500th Aldi South store opened, Aldi US officially launched. We now have 1,500 stores across 34 states, plus recent expansion into California. This is where we initially launched our new concept store called ‘Aldi Food Market’ with fresh food and extensive chilled ranges at the heart of the offer.

  • Australia

    • Opened in 2001, we’ve got 400 stores serviced by 6 Distribution Centres. 91% of Aldi Australia’s fresh fruit and veg are grown within the country. Now that’s some sustainable sourcing. We were also the first Australian supermarket to join the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex) which ensures more ethical practices in our supply chain.

  • Hong Kong

    • Not many people know we’re in Asia, but here we are. In 2012, we opened the Corporate Responsibility Unit Asia in Hong Kong. Not only does it realise our CR goals in the continent, it also helps to forge closer relationships with our suppliers.

  • Austria

    • We opened our doors in 1968. We’ve got 457 stores, 7 Distribution Centres and over 9,000 employees. Plus, we have 237 home-grown organic products and environmentally friendly cleaning products in our range. And, as of the beginning of 2016, we’ve been operating entirely carbon-neutral.

  • Switzerland

    • Opened in 2005, we’ve got 180 stores, 3 distribution centres and 2,410 employees. The first new store triggered a rush of bargain-hunters in one of the world’s most expensive countries. The car park at Altenrhein was full within 30 minutes!

  • Slovenia

    • Just like our Swiss stores, we opened in 2005. Although smaller in scale – we still have 78 stores, 1 distribution centre and over 1,300 employees. The stores carry around 700 food lines, including typical Slovenian products.

  • Hungary

    • We threw our doors open in 2008, across 107 stores, 1 Distribution Centre and with the help of over 1,800 employees. So far, we’ve won two ‘Superbrands’ awards (2014 and 2016). These awards recognise quality retailing in Hungary.

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How about an International Secondment?

David - Buying Director

After a few years, for those who really impress us, there’s the chance to go on a secondment in the UK, 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.

 

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?

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Application Process

So you’re ready to apply. We recruit all year round, but spaces go very quickly (particularly in the Autumn) and it’s really competitive. However, if you’re the kind of person we’re after, that won’t put you off. In fact, you’ll be thinking ‘bring it on’. You should be aware that we may ask you to consider working in a location other than your initial preference.

Step 1

You’ll need to complete an online application and tests that assess your judgement and analytical skills. 

Step 2

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!

 

 

Step 3

Well, you're nearly there. If you've passed everything else, you'll then have an interview with your Regional Managing Director, so make sure you're prepared!

Step 4

Final interview with two Regional Directors

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FAQs

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Events

Why not meet us in person? You can find out some great information, and even chat to current graduates at a whole range of events. To help you find the event nearest to you, we’ve put together this nifty little calendar. We’ve also included important dates such as application deadlines, which you can then put into your diary.

  • January

    23rd January 2018
    UCC Spring Recruitment Fair
    Devere Hall, Student Centre, UCC
    30th January 2018
    NUIG Careers Fair
    Bailey Allen Hall, NUIG
  • February

    15th February 2018
    Gradireland Live
    Main Hall, RDS Dublin
  • April

    18th April 2018
    DIT Careers Fair
    DIT, 2 Aungier Street, Dublin
  • June

    6th June 2018
    gradireland Summer Fair
    RDS, Dublin
  • October

    4th October 2018
    University Of Limerick Careers Fair
    UL Sports Arena, University Of Limerick, Limerick

Can't wait any longer? Go for it. You should be aware that we may ask you to consider working in a location other than your initial preference.