ALDI are a fantastic employer for anyone looking to start or progress his or her career in the retail and supermarket industry. Despite tough economic trading conditions Aldi are continuing to grow, increasing its market share year on year and building more stores across the UK. Aldi has received several accolades this year, named “Best Supermarket 2021” by Which?, plus “Grocer of the Year” and “Discount Grocer of the Year” in The Grocer Gold Awards.
To help build upon this recent success and facilitate further growth Aldi recognises the skills its employees bring to the organisation. Aldi has job vacancies for a variety of roles and whether you are looking for a full-time job, part-time job or even a graduate position it is possible Aldi will have a vacancy of interest.
If you have ever visited Aldi you may notice the supermarket operates with not enough staff as some of the other food retailers. This is because Aldi has a policy of recruiting high calibre individuals at all levels, who have a strong desire for career progression and a willingness to learn. Aldi staff are generally well-motivated thanks to the comprehensive training schemes in place and the above-average salaries paid to them.
Aldi Store Roles
If you are looking for a job vacancy with a busy retailer then Aldi is the ideal choice. Not only does Aldi offer fantastic career prospects regardless of your starting position, but it also pays salaries much higher than the majority of UK food retailers.
- Store Manager
- Assistant Store Manager
- Deputy Store Manager
- Store Assistant
- Stock Assistant
- Caretaker / Cleaner
- Store Apprenticeship
To work in-store with Aldi you need to be 18 years old and over. You also need to be motivated, bright and able to think quickly. With less staff in-store than some of its competitors, Aldi store assistants are expected to “muck in” and undertake a vast number of jobs to ensure the store operates effectively. This means that you are unlikely ever to be bored as the variety of work varies. Working as part of a team is vital, so you need to demonstrate that you can interact well with other people and take direction if required.
You don’t need to work full-time with Aldi, although full-time jobs are available. Part-time vacancies from 15 hours upward per week are also available, making the store a popular place for people with family commitments and students.
Aldi has been recognised by The Sunday Times for being a leading UK employer for university graduates. The retailer has a well-developed training and management scheme in place and new recruits are financially well rewarded. This makes Aldi a prime target for applicants and the scheme is often over-subscribed.
If you are considering applying for a Graduate position with Aldi you need to do your research beforehand in order to demonstrate that you have a good understanding of the company and what it will expect from you. As Aldi prides itself on recruiting only high calibre candidates, with at least a 2:1 level degree. You should ensure that your CV sells you and your abilities and will make you stand out from the competition.
Graduates employed by Aldi are rewarded well. For example, a Graduate Area Manager will be initially paid around £40,000 p.a. and will benefit from a company car, which is currently a brand new Audi A4. Successful candidates will also benefit from the pension scheme, healthcare scheme, life assurance, five weeks of paid holiday, international secondment possibilities and the prospect of a directorship after five years.
Training is constant and demanding. Aldi expects its graduate recruits to gain a good understanding of the operation in a short space of time. Regardless of position, the successful applicant will be trained in areas such as logistics, property management, product trading and financial administration.
Career progression for graduates can be rapid. The best candidates can be managing up to 6 stores by the end of 12 months but you really need to be driven and dedicated to achieving this.
Aldi is recognised for rewarding its staff well, and the benefits offered to Store Assistants include:
- You’ll get £10.10 per hour, rising to £11.00 per hour. If you’re in London, you’ll get £11.55 rising to £11.85 per hour. Not too shabby.
- 27 days paid holiday entitlement.
- A comprehensive initial training package, initially lasting around 6 weeks.
- Clear career progression if desired.
How do I apply?
You can find all of the Aldi jobs on https://www.aldirecruitment.co.uk/. If you see a vacancy of interest to you then apply directly online. It will also be beneficial to keep checking the notice board of your local store or chatting with a manager in the store. Vacancies are often advertised at the store level and can be filled very quickly.
Although Graduates are often promoted to the positions of Store Manager and Assistant Store Manager Aldi also has a policy of external recruitment. It recognises that some of the brightest and most capable managers may not have attended university but has developed their career through previous retail employment.
If you are a person with a high level of confidence and a good deal of commercial acumen then you may be right for a managerial position with Aldi.
However, pay levels are high because Aldi only recruits the best candidates, who are willing to work hard in order to achieve success. For both managerial positions, employees are expected to work a 48-hour week and be able to demonstrate that they can not only run a busy store, but also motivate and manage the people who work in it, whilst ensuring high levels of customer satisfaction.