Aldi is famously known for running an efficient operation in their stores. While large grocery chains may have dozens of employees working at any time, Aldi runs its stores with a much leaner staff. Even though Aldi has a reputation for being a discount grocery store with low prices, they still manage to pay their employees well. This post will focus on Aldi careers and the jobs roles available in Aldi stores.
Several years ago, I worked with a friend to freelance recruit for Aldi on the side of my day job. Recruiting for Aldi allowed me to get to know Aldi stores well. I have been incredibly impressed with the efficiency in which Aldi operates. Aldi tends to pay higher than most of its competitors. Still, as an employee, you will have to work for that extra money. Regardless, Aldi is still frequently recognized as a top employer in many areas.
What Job Roles are Available at Aldi?
When I recruited for Aldi, we worked with districts all over the country. Our primary markets were in the midwest, so some of these job titles could differ depending on your location. However, there were only four types of positions available at Aldi stores in most areas.
Those positions include cashiers, shift managers, manager trainees, and store managers. We’ll also discuss district manager positions.
Even though there are distinct differences between each position, there is a lot of overlap. For example, it’s not uncommon to see a store manager running a cash register or stocking shelves. Given the lean staff on-hand at any time, everyone must chip in to ensure lines move quickly and shelves are stocked.
A cashier position is exactly as you would expect. A cashier spends most of their time checking out customers as quickly as possible while still providing exceptional customer service. However, cashiers are also likely to chip in and help with other tasks. For example, stocking shelves while checkout lines are less busy. Some Aldi stores will also hire store associate positions, which tend to be a hybrid of the cashier, stocker, and other responsibilities.
Cashiers at Aldi generally make a higher wage compared to cashiers at most other grocery stores. A cashier’s starting salary can range from $15 to $18 an hour, plus opportunities for medical coverage, vacation time, and 401(k) retirement plans.
Shift Manager Positions
A shift manager is responsible for assisting with supervising day-to-day store activities. Their responsibilities include managing schedules, developing operational plans, and identifying training opportunities with the team. A shift manager is also an assistant store manager in many locations.
In general, shift managers are responsible for assisting store managers to ensure the success of all aspects of the store. A shift manager’s starting pay can range from $20 to $24 an hour, including the same benefits as a cashier.
Store Manager Trainee Positions
Aldi typically does not hire store manager positions directly into their stores. Instead, they hire store manager trainees, who will spend time training alongside a strong store manager to learn all aspects of the position. The length of time to become a store manager depends on several factors, including your performance and store manager opportunities.
Most store manager trainees do not become a store manager in the store where they are hired. Therefore, you should be aware that new store managers likely need to move to a different location, usually in the same city, to manage a store when ready, and when an opening is available.
Starting pay for store manager trainee positions typically starts at around $25 an hour plus benefits.
Store Manager Positions
Once you’ve completed training as a store manager trainee, you could be eligible for a store manager position. However, Aldi would rarely hire an individual directly into a store manager position without going through their training program.
Store managers are responsible for all aspects of running their store. Their responsibilities include performance goals, inventory management, scheduling, and personnel management. However, like any position at Aldi, it’s not uncommon for store managers to jump in and run a cash register or stock shelves when needed.
New store managers will typically make between $70,000 and $90,000 annually, including potential bonuses. Store managers work an average of about 45 hours per week, but that depends on a fully staffed store and other factors.
District Manager Positions
District managers have oversight over several Aldi stores within a specific region. They have responsibility for ensuring stores are performing effectively, reviewing pricing and merchandising, implementing the company’s strategy, and providing other support to their store managers.
District managers’ hiring approach is different from the other Aldi positions that we’ve already covered. When Aldi hires a district manager, they want someone to stay with them for many years. As a result, store managers typically do not move up into district manager positions.
Their hiring approach typically brings on high potential candidates right out of college or with a few years of experience and puts them through an extensive training program to become district managers. More recently, Aldi has started bringing on more District Manager intern positions, allowing Aldi to build a pipeline of potential district managers while giving them training on the job.
District managers start at $90,000 per year and make more than $115,000 by year five. This also comes with benefits, a signing bonus, and a company car.
How Do You Get Hired at Aldi?
Aldi pays well and provides excellent benefits, though working for Aldi is not easy. Given the limited staff in stores, most team members are on their feet running cash registers or stocking shelves most of the day.
Therefore, in my experience recruiting for Aldi, they typically look for individuals with experience at other big-box retail stores such as Walmart, Target, Home Depot, and Lowes. Hiring managers usually look for evidence that you are willing to work hard all day long. The job can be physically demanding compared even to other big-box retail locations.
High school education is appropriate for most Aldi positions located in stores. A college degree is required for district manager positions and other more senior positions in their corporate office. Aldi drug tests for all positions, so you’ll need to be prepared to pass a drug test before getting hired. See this frequently asked questions (FAQ) information on the Aldi careers website that provides additional details on how to get started in the interview process.
Aldi Careers Available to You
This post primarily focused on jobs that you can get in an Aldi store. Aldi also has other positions available in their warehouses and corporate offices. However, for those interested in working in an Aldi store, you would be signing up for a job where you’ll need to work hard, but the pay and benefits provide outstanding compensation for your efforts.
If you are struggling to get hired through the Aldi careers website, you could try to find a recruiter in your area that works for Aldi. Aldi relies on recruiters in most areas to place positions, especially district manager and store manager trainee positions. If you are ready for a fun and challenging career, Aldi may be the best place.
Mark is the founder of Financial Pilgrimage, a blog dedicated to helping young families pay down debt and live financially free. Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in financial management and a Master’s degree in economics and finance. He is a husband of one and father of two and calls St. Louis, MO, home. He also loves playing in old man baseball leagues, working out, and being anywhere near the water. Mark has been featured in Yahoo! Finance, NerdWallet, and the Plutus Awards Showcase.