One of the UK’s best graduate employers are seeking top-quality Loughborough candidates to join their Area Manager Programme

Aldi is partnering with Loughborough University because it recognises that Loughborough graduates make outstanding candidates for its competitive Graduate Programme. The Aldi Graduate Area Manager Programme is award-winning (Aldi placed 5th in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list in 2020 and features in the UK Guardian 300 Graduate Employers list) and offers outstanding benefits and opportunities to develop and progress in the business.  With 100 new positions available across the country each graduate season, Aldi prides itself on recruiting hardworking and ambitious Loughborough graduates.

Aldi Area Managers are responsible for maintaining multiple stores and are involved in every aspect of the business, from people management and ensuring stores meet sales targets to implementing new initiatives.

Aldi is Britain’s fifth-largest supermarket with more than 900 stores nationwide, 11 Regional Distribution Centres, and employs over 36,000 colleagues across the business. It adapted to the pandemic quickly to support its customers and colleagues during the last 12months and is now undergoing an ambitious growth period, aiming to operate 1,200 stores by 2025. The business already has strong roots within elite level sport as the current official supermarket partner of Team GB.

Benefits of Aldi's Graduate Programme

Benefits package includes:

  • Salary of £44,000 rising to £79,040 after four years
  • Fully expensed BMW
  • Excellent work-life balance
  • Full training and support and real opportunities to progress within the business.

With stores world-wide there are opportunities to travel. There’s also a wellbeing programme, discounted Health Cash Plan, gym membership discounts and much more.

Apply to Aldi's Graduate Programme here

Why do Aldi want to recruit Loughborough graduates?

Aldi is sponsoring a university team to support its recruitment drive to seek top-quality candidates for its award-winning Graduate Programme. It has a hugely popular Graduate Area Manager Programme and recognise the unique skillset Loughborough students can bring to the role.

Aldi is looking to recruit hardworking, ambitious and determined graduates who pride themselves in staying positive, not giving up and enjoys taking on new challenges – because no day is ever the same as an Aldi Area Manager. Aldi understands that Loughborough students are smart thinkers and sees the multiple commitments they sign up to as a positive, demonstrating an ability to manage multiple things at once and remaining highly motivated.

Why Aldi is for you?

You’ll get rare exposure into how a multimillion-pound business works, you’ll experience challenges that will sharpen your commercial edge and turn you into a brilliant leader. As a global business, Aldi offers opportunities to work all over the UK and Ireland as well as International secondments.

Aldi also offers high-performing Area Managers the chance to take on a specialist secondment within a totally new area. You might find yourself leading people in Logistics, heading up a team in Head Office, or even becoming an Area Manager in a different country - all secondments are an amazing opportunity to learn more about the business, the industry and yourself.

“To have a business on board of Aldi’s stature highlights the incredible global reputation we have at Loughborough. The combination of academic ability and sporting success means our students are highly sought after.

This partnership provides a fantastic opportunity for our students to build their graduate careers with an established brand. Aldi is a household name, and its graduate programme is a great platform for our students to build their experience beyond Loughborough.”

Jo Simpson, Commercial Director at Loughborough Sport

“Aldi is currently working towards an ambitious growth target, aiming to operate 1,200 stores by 2025. We’re therefore constantly on the lookout for the brightest new talent to support us in our pursuit and take the business even further.

“I’m particularly proud to be returning to Loughborough and supporting the next generation of talent through their university journey, having studied there myself. Aldi is passionate about arming potential colleagues with the core skills required to help them secure graduate positions and ultimately launch their own careers.

“Sponsoring the Men’s Performance Football Team is a great way to do this, as the hard work and dedication the players put into being part of the team mirror the invaluable qualities that make a strong candidate for the Aldi Graduate Area Manager Programme.”

Matthew Godbold, Area Manager at Aldi and a Loughborough University alumnus