School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing

My placement at ALDI

Business Information Technology student Daniel Johnson talks about his year-long placement at Aldi and how it helped benefit him.

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Daniel Johnson
Published on 05 Jan 2021

Many of the degrees at Leeds Beckett offer the opportunity to take a year out working in Industry. After a tough recruitment process, and many applications, I was thrilled to be successful in securing a year supporting IT at ALDI in the Business Intelligence and Reporting team.

The level of trust given to me from the start was amazing. After my first month I was compiling data to present to directors on a weekly basis. Despite this responsibility, I had support around me from all members of the team. The team were welcoming and happy to help me settle in. They also helped explain things I was unsure of.

As time progressed, the projects I was working on began to expand as my workload increased. I was involved in a range of projects with the majority of my time being spent developing automatic dashboards for director level and above. I was trusted to gather requirements and work alone to produce visualisations to display data as part of a useful summary. Once these were developed, the Managing Director of IT for ALDI UK & IRE complimented me personally on this work. It was a great feeling knowing I had actively contributed to the business.

ALDI made me feel valued by investing time and money to put me on training courses throughout my placement. I completed an SQL course, a resilience and wellbeing course, time management training, communication courses and I was able to gain a qualification in ITIL Service Management. These courses allowed me to develop as an individual and feel better prepared to tackle my final year.

I spent some time on offsite visits to improve my understanding of the wider business and how it works. I spent a day touring the newly opened warehouse, which gave me an understanding of how it worked and how the reporting I was involved in was used on site. I also went to Germany to visit the International IT Office. I spent several days there and explored various departments and got the opportunity to talk with a number of people about their roles within ALDI.

Towards the end of the year, my latest project was to redesign the procedure for various teams in the office. A colleague and I created a new process for all reports to follow. It allowed me to apply the knowledge I gained at university into the real world.

Overall, my placement with ALDI was incredible, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to return to following my final year at university.

Daniel Johnson

Daniel studies BSc Business Information Technology in the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing.

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