More than 300 jobs are up for grabs at cut-price supermarket Aldi’s stores around Tyne and Wear.
It is recruiting around 160 stock assistants and 135 store assistants, as well as 19 deputy store managers and four assistant store managers to support the growing success of its stores.
We’re looking to attract applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, including supermarket, fast-food and clothing chains, who can demonstrate relevant retail experience, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.Steve Barnett, regional managing director, Aldi
The jobs are at stores in Sunderland, South Shields, Felling, Gateshead, Dunston, Wallsend, Palmersville and Newcastle, as well as a store in Fawdon, which is due to open later this year.
Store assistant and stock assistant roles involve things like operating tills, stock management and merchandising.
Full training will be provided over a 12-week period,.
Stock assistant roles are available from 10 hours a week, with salaries starting at £7.25 per hour and the prospect for progression.
Candidates who possess retail or people-management experience are also being sought for the deputy management positions.
They will work closely with the store manager and assistant store manager, and will have the responsibility of managing the team in their absence.
Deputy store manager positions start from 20 hours per week, with a starting salary of £9.15 per hour, rising to £10.75 per hour, plus £3.95 extra per hour when managing the store.
Applications and more information on all Aldi’s job vacancies can be found on the company’s recruitment website HERE.
Aldi regional managing director Steve Barnet said: “Tyne and Wear is a key area of growth for us, and the popularity of our existing stores, as well as our planned expansion in the area, has created an immediate requirement for additional store staff, providing significant job opportunities for people across the county.
“We’re looking to attract applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, including supermarket, fast-food and clothing chains, who can demonstrate relevant retail experience, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.”
Aldi was founded in Germany, and opened its first Uk stores in 1990.
Originally they were ridiculed as being cheap shops selling low-quality goods, whose customers could not afford to shop elsewhere.
All that has changed in recent years, as Aldi was named Supermarket of the Year two years in a row (2012/13), and won the Grocer of the Year award in 2013.
In February, Aldi narrowly lost to Waitrose, for the title of Supermarket of the Year 2015.
In April, it overtook Waitrose to become the UK’s sixth-largest supermarket chain.