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Posted 7 June by Aldi Featured

What happens in Year Two and beyond?

Year Two is a pretty special time. You’ve done all the groundwork, and you’re now a fully-fledged Area Manager. Because things move so quickly, you’ll have gained an incredible amount of experience and you’re completely ready for the next challenge. During years two, three and beyond, you’ll take full control of your area. And, with world-class training under your belt, you’ll be more than ready.

Every stage of your Area Manager journey will feature two things: a massive focus on people and a real pride in your stores. You’ll spend much of your time visiting your stores and getting weekly updates from your Store Managers. How’s the store doing? How are the team working together? If you spot any areas for improvement, you’ll be quick off the mark to put effective solutions in place.

Because we’re growing so fast, it’s likely that you’ll spend one day a week on recruitment and development: interviewing candidates, having updates with new starters, mentoring Trainee Area Managers, that kind of thing. The success of an Aldi store is all down to the quality of its people, and you’ll receive plenty of training on how to recruit the perfect team. And one thing’s for sure, your employees will become like an extended family.

Then there’s the financial planning, monitoring of KPIs, checking cash handling, merchandising, auditing… all kinds of challenges and demands will come your way. There’s always plenty to learn and you’re constantly growing as a Manager. Plus you’ll be part of a network of Area Managers who are all going through similar challenges, so there’s always someone to offer advice.

One or two years into the programme, you could be offered a placement in the UK or abroad, or an opportunity to do some project work that will take you outside of your normal operating function. Like the chance to explore more efficient technology, or roll out new functionality across the region. These are the projects that will give you an even greater appreciation of store life and an excellent foundation for your future career at Aldi.

Who we're looking for

We wouldn’t be this successful without recruiting strong-minded, brave people to share our ambitions. We do have quite a specific culture. It’s well-managed, efficient and everyone works in harmony with a combined sense of purpose. Responsibilities are crystal clear and everyone knows what’s expected of them. The question is, do you have the kind of qualities we need?

A 2:1 degree

Alongside a minimum of 240 UCAS points (96 points if using the new tariff) from your top 3 A levels (excluding general studies), this shows us you’re not only focused and committed but you have a strong work ethic. You’re excited by every new challenge that comes your way. Please note we also accept 150 Scottish Highers (63 points if using the new tariff) as an equivalent to UCAS points.

That extra 'sparkle’

Bursting with charisma, you influence people around you with your passion and ideas. But you also treat your colleagues with decency and respect; you understand that we’re stronger together.

Focused, resourceful and ready to drive productivity

You’re always mindful of the bigger picture and can see how your efforts directly affect Aldi’s success. You’re a tough and resilient character who enjoys the challenges of a dynamic and fast-paced environment. This means working a five day week, including some weekends, as well as overseeing store operations from opening or closing.

A driving licence

Finally, you'll need a driving licence since part of our generous package includes a car.

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