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Aldi wants its graduates to come in as a Trainee Area Manager and run their own business within a year. It's big stuff!

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About Aldi

Aldi is a leading global discount supermarket chain with over 9,000 stores in over 18 countries. Based in Germany, the chain was founded by brothers Karl and Theo Albrecht in 1946 when they took over their mother's store in Essen which had been in operation since 1913; it is one of the world's largest privately owned companies.

Your Career

What to expect

Day 1

A big welcome to Aldi. Day one is all about meeting your Directors and spending time with your new boss. They'll help you outline exactly what's expected from you and prepare you for that all-important year ahead.

Weeks 1-2

You'll spend this time understanding your new role with an experienced colleague who will become your mentor throughout your training.

Weeks 3-10

Time to roll up your sleeves. There's no point being a manager unless you know the nitty-gritty of store life. You'll be meeting colleagues, stacking shelves, getting to know Aldi's products and learning its unique approach to customer service. By week 10 you'll start to run the show.

Weeks 11-22

Aldi will give you the keys to your own store. Once the detailed training's done, you'll show how you can take control, smoothly run your own £multi-million business, and motivate your team around you.

Weeks 23-24

Time for a couple of weeks' well-earned holiday. And with a good wage coming in, you'll be able to holiday in style.

Weeks 25-26

Aldi's huge network of stores rely on a range of support operations. During your Regional Office Training, you'll get to know its Accounts, Trading and Administration teams and the kind of issues they handle.

Weeks 27-28

Two weeks to learn everything you need to know about Logistics. You'll be the key link between Logistics and Operations, so it's important to understand both sides, inside and out.

Weeks 29-32

You're over halfway now, so it's time to focus on Area Manager Training. You'll learn how to run a portfolio of stores, develop teams and lead them to exceptional levels of performance.

Week 33

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

Weeks 34-39

More Area Manager Training. You'll start to expand your specialist areas now as you master everything from financial planning to store merchandising.

Weeks 40-47

Ready to look after an area? This is seven 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.

Weeks 48-50

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

Weeks 51-52

Time for your final review. Aldi will take a long, hard look at how far you've come over the year. By now, you should be fully prepared and feeling confident to take responsibility for a group of stores.



  • pension scheme


  • private healthcare (after 24 months)


  • fully expensed Audi A4
  • opportunities to travel the world


This is a graduate training programme with a difference. It throws you straight in at the deep end of retailing and it covers every aspect of management; from store operations to financial administration, from logistics to property management.

Of course, you won't be left to 'sink-or-swim', there is a full support system in place - a team that will do everything to make you a success and achieve your full potential. You'll start in store and be managing one within weeks.

You'll apply your leadership skills, commercial awareness, technical and management ability directly. And, as and when you're ready, you'll be given a multi-million pound area of 4 to 6 stores to run as if you owned it.


Progress is carefully monitored and as soon as you're ready (which could be in less than a year), you will take responsibility for four to six stores - effectively running your own multi-million euro business.

Prospects for secondment to Europe or even further afield are a reality within the first three years.