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Register Your Interest - National Buying Placement (Plastics and Packaging)

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Job Details

Deadline: Ongoing
Start Date: July 2025
Salary: £26,000
Length: Placement (10 Months+)
Roles: Retail, Purchasing and Supply, Business Management
Location: West Midlands
City: Atherstone

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Register Your Interest - National Buying Placement (Plastics and Packaging)

Are you looking for a Placement where you will be in the thick of the action from the start? Here at Aldi, you will get exactly that, as you experience a year like no other. Gaining real responsibility and making an impact from day one. This is your chance to join one of the market-leading retailers and Times Top 100 employers, learning the ‘ins and outs’ of Buying.

This is a fantastic opportunity to kickstart your career and be inspired by a company that means more!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Placement within ALDI’s Plastics & Packaging team. The successful candidate will be working directly with the National Buying Department to identify opportunities to refine our packaging and trial new formats in store.

The successful candidate must have excellent project management skills and be a confident communicator, able to train and engage key members of the Buying Department and liaise with suppliers. The role will require developing a solid understanding of the UK recycling infrastructure and packaging requirements for food and non-food.

Key responsibilities:

  • Supporting the Buying Department to deliver ALDI’s market leading Plastics & Packaging pledges
  • Engaging key internal and external stakeholders on the topic of packaging
  • Identifying, implementing and reviewing packaging projects from start to finish
  • Liaising with ALDI’s internal and external communications teams to share key updates
  • Attending offsite packaging conferences to review market opportunities
  • Visiting suppliers and manufacturers to understand their operations and review packaging trial options
  • Undertaking market reviews to assess the industry position

Key skills required:

  • Ability to understand and communicate complex information
  • Excellent presentation and training skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Ability to prioritise and work simultaneously across multiple projects

Please note that our Placement Programmes are for university students currently studying towards an undergraduate degree, who are seeking a 12-month sandwich placement before their final year of study.

You’ll need to be working towards a 2:1 degree, have 96 UCAS points from your top 3 A-Levels (or equivalent qualifications), possess a driving licence and have the right to work in the UK.


  • Competitive Salary: £26,000 salary
  • Holiday Allowance: With four weeks' holiday allowance, plus bank holidays, you'll be able to put your feet up and come back raring to go.
  • Future Opportunities: If, after graduating, you’re considering Aldi as a career choice – and you performed well on the placement – chances are you’ll be invited to apply for a permanent position. Your Direct Leader will need to recommend you first though.
  • Wellbeing: Colleagues have access to an online wellness portal containing information and guidance, 24/7 Employee Assistant Programme and wellbeing-related benefits.
  • Training & Support: With a dedicated mentor from day one, you'll get the support you need. And even once the programme ends, you'll get great development opportunities throughout your Aldi career.
  • Health & Lifestyle: You can also join our discounted Health Cash Plan and take advantage of gym membership discounts, discounted cinema tickets, money off holidays and more!

Application Process:

  • Online Application
  • Video Interview
  • Group Assessment
  • Final Interview 

The Placement application window may close early due to high volumes of applications; therefore, we recommend you apply soon.

About Aldi

A Placement at Aldi provides unique learning experiences from different areas within the business and fantastic rewards- it’s the perfect introduction to a career in retail. With opportunities across Retail Management, Buying, eCommerce, Global Business Coordination, IT, Supply Chain and National Projects; you’ll make the most of your skills at Aldi and continue to develop.

You’ll take on lots of responsibility quickly with whatever placement you choose, while receiving incredible support throughout. With determination and extraordinary focus, you’ll learn a lot about yourself as you tackle brand new situations and learn where your strengths lie in our fast-paced environment. We want you to go back to university feeling like you’ve made a valid contribution to a thriving global retailer - plus those who get recommended by their Direct Leader could get the chance to apply for a permanent role after Graduation!


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