ALDI SOUTH IT - The places to be
A pleasant, inspiring working environment promotes our motivation and fun at work. Find out more about where we are represented with our stores, in which beautiful region of Germany our administrative locations are located and how it feels to work and live there.
The world of ALDI SOUTH
It all began over 100 years ago with a grocery shop in Essen-Schonnebeck – today, the sun literally never sets in the sales territory of ALDI SOUTH. With a total of 7,200 stores, supported by our administrative offices in Mülheim, Duisburg and Dusseldorf, are an integral part of the retail sector in eleven countries on four continents. And we continue to grow. Have a look at where you can find our stores.
Working in a metropolitan area: What’s in for you
Living and working in the city by the river.
Mülheim an der Ruhr, the home base of ALDI SOUTH: attractive living space, excellent road network, and an inner city with one of Germany’s oldest pedestrian areas – since 2003, a lot has been happening in Mülheim thanks to the “Ruhrbania” project. The result: the river promenade, the museum mile, and a lively range of cultural activities which, besides the long-established open-air stage, offer a year-round programme. Nature-lovers can also find an oasis of peace and tranquility near the city: the “Ruhraue” river meadows and MüGa public park and gardens invite you to sit down and relax or power it out on a bike ride, a jog or a stroll around the vicinity.
Rhineland industrial culture in transition to an international hub.
Duisburg is traditionally a harbour side city for trade and industry: but it has also transformed in recent years. Besides the industrial areas and the largest inland harbour in Europe, the number of local recreational areas, sports events and cultural attractions is constantly on the rise. In particular, festivals like the “Traumzeit” (Dreamtime) festival characterise the city’s cultural landscape. But also Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, the former coal and steel production plant turned public recreational facility, is now a stage for various different cultural events, such as the summer open-air cinema and the “Ruhrtriennale” annual music and arts festival. Duisburg is also located on an important hub of the dense transregional network of motorways, railway lines, and waterways which service the Rhine-Ruhr area.
Urban lifestyle in the NRW state capital.
Dusseldorf belongs to those German cities that time and time again win the title of most liveable metropolitan area: window-shopping along the Königsallee (King’s Avenue), strolling through the laneways of the old town centre, and at the same time benefiting from excellent international connections via road, rail and air. Whether Amsterdam, Paris or Brussels – it’s all just a hop, skip and a jump away. Dusseldorf airport is the third-largest airport in Germany and the most important international travel hub within the region of Northrhine Westphalia. The city is clearly the most important metropolitan area within the Rhine-Ruhr area and is located just 30km from Mülheim.
Peace and idyll in the green capital of Europe.
The city with a population of 580,000 is very active in environmental matters and has therefore managed to transform itself from a heavy industry coal-mining town into the pulsating green heart of the region of Northrhine Westphalia in just a few years. This role model performance impressed the “Green Capital Jury”, which comprises various EU institutions, so much so that Essen won the title of “Europe’s Green Capital” in 2017. On top of this there is also the “Zeche Zollverein” UNESCO world heritage site and the title of “Cultural Capital of Europe 2010” – definitely loads of good reasons to consider Essen as a place to live. Especially for families there is a lot on offer: the Gruga park and Lake Baldeney are perfect destinations for a daytrip.
The "New Dortmund": Steel, coal and beer 2.0.
Particularly well-known in the earlier days for its coal and steel industry, today Dortmund is a hub for the logistics, insurance and retail sectors. Above all though, beyond the German borders it is also famous for its football team and fan culture. In addition, Dortmund offers a solid infrastructure: seven universities and modern media agencies are located in the city, the half of which is also covered in greenery. The inner city is also home to countless appealing cultural establishments as well as the popular event and sports venue, the Westfalenhalle. The Westenhellweg is one of the most highly-frequented shopping precincts in Germany and is also found in the heart of Dortmund’s inner city.
Kölle Alaaf: Why Cologne is more than carnival.
The Dom cathedral, Cologne Carnival, and Kölsch-style beer: with more than one million residents, Cologne is the most populated city in the region of North Rhine Westphalia. The Rheinauhafen is the best example of how even the smallest area can also become a pleasant living space. Culturally speaking, Cologne has a lot to offer even in the carnival off-season: Germany’s leading media city provides an active nightlife with countless Kölsch bars, a classical programme by the Philharmonic Orchestra, concerts and sporting events in the LanXess Arena, as well as a wide selection of museums.
Flexible work environment in our international IT
FutureWork – that is our common understanding of our hybrid working world. Click through the questions and find out how we work together at international IT.
FutureWork encompasses many aspects of our work: how and where do we want to collaborate and share information, what do leadership and trust mean in this context and what will our offices look like in the future? The basic rule for communication following our hybrid approach is: the more emotional the topic, the more synchronous the communication channel. We use Microsoft 365 tools in particular to organise our personal work and to collaborate within teams and projects. So we use mobile working and our offices in a targeted way, based on the individual themes and activities.
With FutureWork, we have created a working environment in which we can collaborate efficiently both virtually and on-site at our office. Therefore, with a view to work, we harmonise the personal life situation of our employees with our corporate goals to the greatest possible extent. Specifically, this means that our employees can decide on their working hours and place of work within Germany with the approval of their line manager. The office is our “home base” and also another communication channel. Our teams use this option quite differently. Consequently, it is equally possible to mainly use mobile working or to use regular on-site team days. At our office locations, we will create even more inspiring working spaces and concepts in the future in order to further promote team spirit and collaboration.
Following our FutureWork approach, we provide a working environment in which we can collaborate both virtually and on-site at our various office locations. So, when you are not in the office, you can work from anywhere you like – provided you are in Germany. Mobile working is only allowed within Germany and is unfortunately not possible from abroad. However, we are constantly on the lookout for ways to offer our employees additional benefits and are checking whether new developments can also be implemented in our company. Among these is the topic of remote work abroad. In this framework, our employees also have the opportunity to carry out their work from selected countries. The maximum number of remote work abroad days is 30 working days per calendar year for employees with a five-day working week.
In order to make optimal use of mobile working options, we provide our employees with the appropriate technical equipment so that, for example, they can use an additional monitor, keyboard, camera and much more at home in addition to their notebook. For this purpose, our employees have a budget they can spend at an equipment partner. At the office, they can easily book their desired workstation for the day via a shared desk tool.
We primarily use Microsoft 365 tools to organise our work and collaborate in teams and projects. Microsoft Teams is our central hub for communication via channels, chats, calls and video conferences. Fast and transparent communication is the focus here. Tools such as SharePoint, OneDrive, OneNote, Planner and To Do also help us to work collaboratively and in an organised way. Moreover, we have introduced Yammer as an internal social network. For optimal use, our FutureWork Pioneers and numerous training courses assist our employees in getting to know all the tools.
With FutureWork, our first step is to create a uniform understanding of how and in which places we communicate and collaborate with each other, be it in digital form or in person. In doing so, we mainly pursue two goals: transparency and efficiency. As the number of tools for everyday digital communication and collaboration increased, a development that was even accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a need for a common definition of collaboration. We use this digital competence for the success of our Mülheim-based international organisational unit.
Our journey to the future is not yet complete. We want to continue learning from experience. We have introduced Yammer as an additional tool for the transparent communication of information across departments and hierarchies. However, there are other aspects that are also important in order to determine what our work will look like in the future. For example, we have just started to redesign and rebuild our office spaces in order to also understand our office as a relevant tool for us and to harmonise the use of this tool with changing and future needs.