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At ALDI, our people are the key to our success. Our comprehensive 12 month Graduate Program will kick-start your career and fast-track your path to retail leadership. ALDI - Where the CHALLENGE is as big as the REWARD.

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On successful completion of the Graduate Program, you’ll take on the role of Area Manager, running 3-5 stores in a multi-million dollar business as if it was your own.

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Graduate Jobs

LOCATION

Canberra and 5 other locations

About Us

ALDI


At ALDI we are changing the landscape of retail in Australia, making a real difference to the lives of our customers and our people. As the nation’s low-price grocery leader, our business model is built on creating efficiencies at every level; to provide our customers with top quality products at the lowest possible price.

Our people make this possible because they are engaged, energetic and positive. We have created a culture that is focused on our people, caring for you by respecting and supporting your personal development.

ALDI’s rapidly growing network consists of over 10,000 stores across 18 countries which service millions of households. We are proud of the foundation of success we have established, especially in Australia. With over 500 stores nationwide and consistent expansion on the horizon, we provide stability to our employees and their families.

We are constantly looking for hard working and committed employees that align with our values of consistency, simplicity and responsibility. It’s these standards that differentiate us from our competition and that make ALDI an excellent employer.

So if you are up for a challenge, but with equal reward, choose a career with ALDI.

Graduate & Area Manager Jobs

ALDI


Graduate Program

As an ALDI graduate, you’ll undertake a comprehensive 12 month program, rotating through all aspects of our business and developing your skills as a leader. No other graduate program provides the opportunity to lead successful teams and provide solutions to real life challenges that positively impact the business. If you’re successful you will take on the role of Area Manager at the end of the program, running 3-5 stores and a multi-million dollar business as if it were your own. A strong academic record and a passion for retail is a must, but more than that, we’re looking for natural leaders who are good with people and who can move beyond academic study to take on tough, mind-stretching retail challenges.

It’s a fast paced and intense management based program with a lot of information to take on board. You’ll need to pick things up quickly, and build strong relationships with your colleagues, team and business leaders. We need you to be flexible as you’re expected to move around the state quite a bit during the program. All ALDI roles are hands on in nature, so if you’d prefer to sit back and watch this might not be the right fit for you. We have high expectations of all our team, so you’ll be set new challenges every day and expected to deliver on them.

One thing is for certain though - the challenges may be great, but so are the rewards.

The Rewards – What’s in it for you?

  • Market leading remuneration of $89,000 - $162,800 + Car
  • Be a part of a leading international retailer
  • Opportunity to progress to the Area Manager role at the end of the program
  • Comprehensive training and professional development
  • A mentor to support, guide and coach you along the journey
  • 5 weeks annual leave
  • Company car and iPhone from your first week

You will be responsible for:

  • Learning all aspects of Store Operations, Area Management and Logistics
  • Planning out the efficient day to day running of your workload
  • Managing and solving real business projects and challenges
  • Real deliverables and clear ownership and accountability
  • Leading a team and overseeing a 3-5 store area at the end of the program

Area Manager Program

For those up for the challenge, we also we offer an Area Manager program. To participate in this program you must possess a Bachelor or Master’s degree, demonstrate a strong academic record, have a minimum of 3 years business experience, and proven success in leadership roles. This year long program allows for a high level of autonomy and responsibility with the opportunity to manage your workload the way you want and effect change in both your area of stores and the wider business in general. The comprehensive 12 month program covers all aspects of the company and allows you to build on your established business knowledge.

The role of an ALDI Area Manager certainly is a challenging one. It is fast-paced and demanding with long hours, high expectations and tough goals to achieve. It is not the role for anyone who is scared of getting their hands dirty. You must possess outstanding interpersonal and time management skills. There is no such thing as a typical day, so you must be adaptive and resilient.

After the one year program you will oversee 3-5 multimillion dollar stores. This will utilise all the skills you have refined in your training period and will draw heavily on your leadership, business acumen, procedural knowledge and technical management. Organising a heavy workload and coaching team members to fulfil their potential requires a level head under pressure. In return for your dedication, we provide higher than industry average remuneration and a fully expensed company car and iPhone from your first week.

Our challenging but rewarding programs will help you develop the skills, experience and commercial insight to be a future ALDI leader. If you think you have what it takes to be the next ALDI Graduate or Area Manager and are ready to fast-track your career, check out our available opportunities.

If you have any questions or feedback, please email [email protected]

*Includes superannuation. Remuneration increases are staggered from $89,000 to $162,800 over a 5-4 year service period.

The ALDI Story

ALDI


Global Network

The first foundation stone was laid in 1913 with the opening of a small food store in the German town of Essen. It didn't take long for this little 'service store' to become a popular place to shop. During the '40s, an expansion program was created and more ALDI stores were opened.

By 1960 ALDI had grown to a network of over 300 stores. The prosperous family business was then divided into two independent companies: ALDI Süd - to service the South, and ALDI Nord - for the North.

'Self-service' was still a relatively new retail structure in the '60s and ALDI became the first company in Germany to adopt this new retail concept. While customers were still able to take advantage of the same high quality products as before, they could now purchase them at much more competitive prices.

In 1983, ALDI Süd started chilled distribution depots and sold fresh products such as cheese, yoghurt and sausages. Frozen products came in 1998 and were closely followed by fresh meat. ALDI, to this day, continues to keep up with the ever-evolving taste of the modern consumer.

Today, ALDI is a leading global discount supermarket with over 10 000 stores in 18 countries.

Australian Organisation

Since opening our first Australian store in 2001, ALDI Australia has quickly become one of the fastest growing retailers in the country. With a network of over 500 stores nationally and consistent expansion on the horizon, ALDI Australia is rapidly becoming the choice supermarket of the Australian consumer.

In just a short time, ALDI has managed to become one of Australia’s top ten retailers; influencing grocery prices, improving the perception of private label goods, and announcing a number of innovative market initiatives. In 2018 ALDI Australia was awarded the eftpos Australian Retail Awards for Retail Employer of the Year, and in 2019 we were awarded the Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice. From numerous CSR and green resources to our focus on lean and efficient business principles, ALDI Australia is now synonymous with providing customers with the best quality product at the lowest possible price.

ALDI Australia has over 13,000 employees throughout our retail stores, distribution centres and corporate offices. These are well paid, permanent and casual positions that are guaranteed to receive training and development to support career progression.

Our Vision and Values

Despite ALDI’s rapid expansion our philosophy still stands. All people, wherever they live, should have the opportunity to buy everyday groceries of the highest quality at the lowest possible price. ALDI Australia’s vision is to enable Australian shoppers to live richer lives, for less. This vision creates the values that ALDI lives by as a company and guides the way act with our customers, our suppliers and each other.

In order to achieve our overall vision, ALDI Australia stands by the following core values:

  • Consistency - Leads to reliability. We mean what we say. ALDI are consistent in their dealings with people, product, price and all other aspects of our day-to-day professional life
  • Simplicity - Creates efficiency, clarity and clear orientation within the organisation as well as for our customers
  • Responsibility - Stands for ALDI’s commitment towards our people, customers, partners and the environment. It also includes principles such as fairness, honesty, openness, service orientation and friendliness.

Grad Snapshot

ALDI


 

Ben

1. What is your background and what did you study?

I studied Commerce at UNSW, and worked as a duty manager at a cinema throughout this time.

2. What does a typical day as a grad look like?

The great thing about the graduate program is there isn’t really a ‘typical’ day at all. I’ve worked in stores, in the warehouse, in the office, and travelled across the state doing project work.

3. Could someone with a different background do your job?

Absolutely. I have colleagues with backgrounds in law, science, engineering, education, and even military.

4. What’s the coolest thing about your job?

The autonomy, the responsibility, and above all: the people.

5. What are the limitations of your job?

There are some long and challenging days, but I honestly don’t view that as a limitation. It’s a far cry from a ‘9-5’ desk job, which is my idea of limiting.

6. What 3 pieces of advice would you give your student self?

  • Travel, travel, travel
  • Defer your degree and keep travelling
  • Don’t live off instant noodles to save money, just shop at Aldi! (not sponsored, I promise)

7. What is your favourite ALDI product?

Our entire meat range is great, but the rump steaks are truly phenomenal.


 

Brodan

1. What is your background and what did you study?

My dual degree in Law and Commerce (majoring in finance) at the University of Queensland helped me land work in banks, professional service firms and law firms throughout my studies. I chose to study such a broad degree because I had no idea what I wanted to do when I graduated, but I never imagined I would end up working at ALDI.

2. What does a typical day as a grad look like?

There is no such thing as a typical day as an ALDI Graduate, and that’s what I loved about the Graduate Program! Whether you’re running a store, working in a regional department, or developing contacts at our Corporate Head Office in Sydney, every day brings an exciting new challenge.

3. Could someone with a different background do your job?

Absolutely. The diverse backgrounds of our Area Manager team is one of ALDI’s greatest strengths. As long as you have the ability to stay cool headed, think on your feet and solve complex problems, anybody can be an Area Manager.

4. What’s the coolest thing about your job?

I’m probably one of the only graduates in Australia that can say they have had the opportunity to gain insights and work in every role within the company they are employed by. At ALDI, that exposure included going into “The Chocolate Room” with some of our Buying Assistants – and yes, it was as amazing as it sounds.

5. What are the limitations of your job?

The Area Manager role is not a 9-5 job. It can be quite demanding at times; big hours, early mornings, late nights, weekend work, and even a possibility that you might be required to relocate. While the work isn’t for everyone, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

6. What 3 pieces of advice would you give your student self?

  • Use your free time wisely – you won’t be working 3 days a week forever.
  • Make a plan and stick to your deadlines – procrastinating doesn’t bode well in the workplace.
  • Shop at ALDI – throughout my studies I was definitely a convenience shopper. As there were no ALDIs within walking distance of my university accommodation, I spent a small fortune shopping with other retailers.

7. What is your favourite ALDI product?

Easy question, our Brownie Bites! I was warned about these delicious snacks by my mentor on my first day with the company but obviously didn’t heed the warning. Now I can easily eat 1-2 packs a day.


 

Carson

1. What is your background and what did you study?

I grew up in Western Sydney where I spent most of my childhood and younger schooling years. At the age of fourteen I relocated to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland with my family and have been there ever since. I studied Law, Business, English, Mathematics and Information Technology in my final school years whilst completing a Certificate 2 and Certificate 3 in Retail Management through McDonalds.

I graduated school and decided to take a management position at McDonalds. I also decided I wanted to study Law and got accepted into a law degree. Six weeks into the course, I realised it was definitely not for me! I changed my degree to a Bachelor of Business and chose two majors; one in Management and one in Human Resource Management. I spent the next two and a half years progressing through my degree and working part-time in management. I applied for ALDI in my final year at the University of the Sunshine Coast and started my position as a Graduate Area Manager in February of 2018. I consider it to be one of the best decisions I have ever made and I have not looked back since.

2. What does a typical day as a grad look like?

I don’t think there is a typical day as such. The graduate program is very structured and exposes you to the broader business which means you learn a lot about different departments. You spend time in Store Operations, Property, Safety, Warehouse, Purchasing and with established Area Managers learning their role. I would say that in the role of Area Manager you spend most days visiting stores, having meaningful discussions with your teams, recruiting new employees, and enjoying tackling the day-to-day challenges that arise. Each day is just as enjoyable as the last, it also helps to have a good sense of humour and optimism.

3. Could someone with a different background do your job?

Absolutely! There are so many different Area Managers and Area Manager Graduates that have unique backgrounds from Law to Engineering to Business and everything in-between. This job is about your ability in leadership and leading teams. You have to be people focused too; without our people, we wouldn’t be successful and that’s the same in this business as it is in any business. If you are passionate, motivated, optimistic, have a strong work ethic, people focused, and care about leadership then this career might just be the right one for you.

4. What is the coolest thing about your job?

I love the challenge that the job brings. Throughout the program, seeing the varied roles across the business in different departments showcased the different challenges we all face every single day. It also illustrated the strength and resilience of each person in the business to find a solution and overcome those challenges. As you get exposed to more and more challenges, you refine your decision making and then get thrown something completely new you have never seen before and it’s your job to overcome it. As an Area Manager you are surrounded by a strong culture that gives you support with even the most difficult situations. I am fortunate that I have excellent store teams, directors and colleagues that have helped me navigate some unique experiences and encounters in my time at ALDI and also challenge me to be a better version of myself every single day.

5. What are the limitations of your job?

Being an Area Manager in a retail business means long hours, time pressures, late nights, early mornings and weekend work. If you have strong time management and are able to prioritise effectively, you will be able to manage, control, and work these limitations into your working week. The results though are definitely worth it and you can succeed in creating a positive and stable work-life balance.

6. What 3 pieces of advice would you give your student self?

  • Enjoy the time you have at university! It is a great opportunity to learn, network, challenge, and develop your skills and leadership. Make sure you have fun at the same time and don’t be afraid to follow what you are passionate about.
  • Make a work-life balance a high priority. Take the time out of each day or week to spend time with or call your family. Take that holiday you have been saving for and learn good time management. Utilise the tools available to manage your days and prioritise. Even though in most jobs and at university you need to work long hours, you can still achieve a great work life balance despite this.
  • One of the best pieces of advice I ever received is to constantly be a student. You can easily fall into the trap of complacency even when there is so much to learn. You will never know everything, however you are likely to know someone who has the answer or can help to point you in the right direction.

 

Katie

1. What is your background and what did you study?

I started my career at 18 as a Mortgage Broker for several years until moving overseas to the UK where I stayed for several years raising a family and taking on a myriad of different roles from Sales & Finance at a scientific conference company to room leader in a childcare centre. Upon returning to Australia I studied a BBus majoring in Sustainability.

2. What does a typical day as a grad look like?

During our training we wear any number of hats as we are lucky to train over a variety of roles within the company. This means there is a steep learning curve as we need to have a strong understanding and capability in each role within a limited time frame. Each role comes with its own distinct and varied routines. Whilst working in uniform at store level or in transport we often start between 4am-6am, rostered until around 1pm or 3pm. Whilst some roles are more physically demanding than others, one constant is the amount of steps we do in a day and the amount of kms we rack up. The AM role is not an office job and whether we are stacking shelves, loading trucks, rostering, hiring, completing floor walks with our store managers, date checking or auditing any of the wide range of store standards, we’re always on the move.

3. Could someone with a different background do your job?

Definitely, we have Area Managers from many different industries including medical, defence, legal and finance to name a few.

4. What’s the coolest thing about your job?

The amount of autonomy and trust our managers put in us as we learn and improve, to ensure we have full responsibility within our role. We also have a lot of chances to create improvement and initiate organisational change.

5. What 3 pieces of advice would you give your student self?

  • Use your time as a student to get to know yourself and your weaknesses as well as your strengths.
  • Be honest about what you really want and whether you want to work on your weaknesses or play only to your strengths.
  • Be authentic, in interviews, during training (and generally!) to ensure whatever role you take on is a genuine fit and you can live what you do.

6. What is your favourite ALDI product?

It’s a tough call. I do all my shopping at ALDI so I use everything! I particularly like our Christmas biscuit selection lines and our Choceur Dark Chocolate block!


 

Stephanie

1. What is your background and what did you study?

Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing)/Bachelor of Music (Performance). Worked in hospitality since I was old enough to get a job, then switched to retail as an entertainment service provider at a cinema while I was studying at university. Worked my way up to management there and really enjoyed managing people. Decided to continue down that path on a bigger scale.

2. What does a typical day as a grad look like?

Meeting and getting to know a variety of different people, learning new skills and processes, making real business decisions from the get go, learning how a large business operates. So much learning, practice and self-development!

3. Could someone with a different background do your job?

Absolutely.

4. What’s the coolest thing about your job?

The level of responsibility you have.

5. What piece of advice would you give your student self?

You’re not going to nail everything the first time but keep trying, ask for help when you need it and don’t be too hard on yourself. You will get there.


 

Stewart

1. What is your background and what did you study?

Original from a farming community on the Murray River, I moved to Melbourne to study Mechanical Engineering and Finance.

2. What does a typical day as a grad look like?

Every day is unlike the last. While we may have regular meetings or catch ups with our managers, there are always projects and unplanned events that come up that you must utilise your experience, training and colleagues to ensure the best outcome is achieved.

3. Could someone with a different background do your job?

We have a wide range of backgrounds and experience for Area Managers in our region. From finance to physio and engineering to economics. Those with a strong work commitment and a passion for people will succeed in this role.

4. What’s the coolest thing about your job?

Being accountable for multi-million dollar businesses, leading a team of upwards of 100 and managing projects on a daily process are just some of the examples of the high levels of responsibility that comes with the role.

5. What are the limitations of your job?

Time. While you can always put in another few hours to get the job done, retail never finishes. Prioritising your time to ensure you have a good work/life balance can be a challenge at first, however it will develop your organisation and management skills.

6. What 3 pieces of advice would you give your student self?

  • Continue to drive your own training and personal development
  • Never stop asking questions
  • Always think “is this the best practice?”

7. What is your favourite ALDI product?

The scotch fillet steaks are some of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten and you simply can’t beat the price. I am honoured to be a part of a business that supports the local WA farmers and economy.


 

Thomas

1. What is your background and what did you study?

I studied a double degree in Law & Commerce at university as I wasn’t 100% sure on the career path I wanted to take. I was doing seasonal work in event management overseas in the UAE when the position at Aldi presented itself to me – I certainly haven’t looked back since.

2. What does a typical day as a grad look like?

Lots of moving around and constantly meeting and building relationships with new people. Throw in some auditing, a bit of recruitment and responding to calls and emails and you’ve got an average day! There are definitely no two days that are the same as an ALDI grad.

3. Could someone with a different background do your job?

Absolutely – there is no one specific mould that makes a good Area Manager. Any background that has encouraged critical thinking, attention to detail and relationship building will put you in great stead to take on the grad role.

4. What’s the coolest thing about your job?

The fact that I am not tied to one particular place, and that I have the freedom to move around between stores as I see fit in order to get the most out of each day.

5. What is your favourite ALDI product?

It’s got to be Knoppers!

How to Apply

ALDI


Applications

Graduate Program Eligibility

In order to qualify you:

  • Must be in your final year or have recently completed a Bachelor or Master’s degree in any discipline
  • Must be able to participate in all stages of the selection process
  • Must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold permanent residency at the time of application
  • Are flexible as you may be required to relocate within the state / region
  • Must be willing to undertake a background check and medical clearance
  • Possess a strong academic record and a passion for retail
  • Demonstrated prior leadership and/or retail work experience is desirable

Our Graduate Application Process:

  • Online Application
  • Video Interview
  • Psychometric Testing
  • Assessment Centre
  • Area Manager Session
  • Individual Interview
  • Offer of Employment

Area Manager Program Eligibility

To apply for our Area Manager program you must possess a Bachelor or Master’s Degree, have at least 3 years business experience and proven success in leadership roles.

Degree/Disciplines

We recruit Graduates and Area Managers from all disciplines.

Locations

New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory.

The ALDI Fit

We are seeking graduates or experienced business people who can provide practical solutions to real life challenges that positively impact the business. More importantly, you must possess the following attributes:

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • A high level of communication (verbal and written), interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Outstanding drive and initiative
  • An ability to work autonomously in a fast paced environment

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