Tánaiste opens Aldi Ireland’s new corporate offices
18 January 2022 | 0
Aldi opened its new state-of-the-art corporate office in Naas, Co. Kildare last week, confirming it will recruit 600 new store staff this year.
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, officially opened the new 41,000 ft² Birch House, Millennium Park facility which will house Aldi’s national buying and marketing teams.
The Tánaiste’s visit to Birch House included a tour of the building, a presentation of Irish product and a virtual address to all Aldi head office staff which took place via Microsoft Teams to adhere to current public health guidelines.
The move reflects Aldi’s continued expansion over the past several years, which has seen its workforce grow to over 4,650 staff, supporting 149 Irish stores. Aldi has committed to a €320 million three-year (2022-2024) investment programme that will see it open a further 30 new stores across the country.
Significant growth has occurred in Aldi’s national buying and marketing teams, which have expanded from four staff in 2004 to 120 today. Aldi now works with over 330 Irish food and drink producers, spending over €1 billion with Irish producers in 2021, an increase of almost 20% on 2020, including €250 million on Irish food and drink during the busy Christmas trading period.
“This is more fantastic news from Aldi, another 600 new jobs being created, in addition to the 1,050 added last year,” said Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.
“This is a real testament to Aldi’s commitment to Ireland and the hard work of its existing team here,” he added. “I’m really pleased to see that Aldi will be further increasing its hourly rate and offers a living wage. A big priority for me is making sure sick pay is available to all employees and it’s great to see that Aldi has a scheme in place. This expansion is also great news for Irish suppliers, who partner with Aldi and demonstrates the strength of the grocery retail sector as a whole.”
Describing the opening as “a hugely exciting move”, Niall O’Connor, group managing director, Aldi Ireland said: “The new facility features our ‘Taste Kitchen’, a state-of-the-art development kitchen where our Buying team will be able to create and test new Irish products, helping us maintain our leading position as a retailer of Irish products.”
Aldi also confirmed it will recruit 600 new store employees this year. Employment opportunities are available at store assistant, assistant store manager and store manager levels across the country.