Graduate Area Manager Programme
You’ve probably heard a lot about the Area Manager Programme by now – that we give our graduates a fantastic package (including a BMW 3 series) and that it’s ‘really hard work’. These are true. But there’s so much more. We’re also a responsible employer who thrives on giving graduates unparalleled exposure, training and support. Throughout the year, you’ll learn the ins and outs of store life, before discovering what it takes to lead your own Area. Afterwards? Well, it could be just the start of an exciting career full of amazing opportunities. In fact, if you put the effort in, you can absolutely work your way to the senior levels of Aldi.
The Area Manager Programme’s gained a reputation for being challenging. And rightly so. We’ll give you an enormous amount of responsibility very early on. You’ll spend the first few weeks getting to know your colleagues, our business model and the ins and outs of store life (yes, you’ll stack a few shelves). And by week 15, you’ll have the keys to at least one store. Then it’s time for you to start running things. That means everything from hitting ambitious targets and controlling processes, to motivating your team.
You’ll make sure everyone has what they need to achieve their goals and feel fulfilled. It’s fast-paced and there’s a lot to learn. In fact, you’ll adapt to new situations on a daily basis. But you won’t do this on your own. We’ll give you a huge amount of support and training, and there will always be someone around to offer a helping hand or useful advice. It’s just the Aldi way. And just remember, we all want you to do well.
Throughout the whole programme, you’ll experience mind-stretching retail challenges that will sharpen your commercial edge and turn you into a brilliant leader. And after 12 months, you’ll run a £multi-million business and take on three or four stores. It’s the start of a rewarding and long-lasting Aldi career. Ready?
What you'll need
There’s a specific Aldi way of doing things, so we’re after people with the right mind set. We’re efficient and determined, but everyone pulls together and works in harmony. So have you got the Aldi attitude?
- 96 UCAS points or 63 Scottish Highers (or equivalent on the old tariff) from your top 3 A-Levels/Scottish Highers (or the equivalent from other relevant qualifications)
- A 2:1 degree in any discipline
- A driving licence
- The right to work in the uk
All of our graduates follow the store’s route onto the 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 to Aldi. And the best bit? You’ll gain a lot of skills from your hard work, but receive amazing support and incredible benefits (which you can see below).
- £44,000 starting salary (which rises to £77,870 after four years).
- Health & Lifestyle package including a pension scheme, five weeks’ holiday, private healthcare (after six months) and life assurance
- Discounted Health Cash Plan, and discounts on gym memberships, cinema tickets, holidays and more.
- A fully expensed BMW 3 series (from day one, so you’ll need a full driving licence).