We are an international chain of grocery stores, operationally successful throughout Europe and beyond and expanding strongly throughout the UK, with over 550 stores nationwide.
‘Anything but ordinary’ graduate careers.
Only for outstanding, committed individuals
This Autumn the Lidl Roadshow bus toured the nation visiting 23 university campuses to showcase our range of graduate opportunities and award winning placement programme. With a host of give-aways and prize competitions, it offered the chance to meet the recruitment team face to face and gain a whole new perspective on Lidl UK as an award winning employer. Don't worry if you missed the bus, though. Our website is packed with valuable career information, along with full details of current vacancies. It also features our graduate quiz, 'Lidl Known Facts' - a fun way to explore the world of Lidl UK and learn some surprising things on the way.
As an established international food retailer, with over 590 stores in the UK alone, Lidl are one of the UK's retail success stories. Our simple retail philosophy and efficient working practices allow us to focus on what we do best - providing top quality products at the lowest possible prices. After 17 years, we are still rapidly expanding throughout the UK.
Could you help to drive our business forward and maintain our high standards? We offer fantastic long-term career prospects for a challenging, fruitful career, full of variety. We are as committed to our people as we are to our customers and our success is down to the quality and hard work of the people who work with us.
The majority of our dedicated employees work at the forefront of our commercial operations, providing great service to our loyal customers. There are opportunities to work as Store Assistants, in supervisory roles, Store Management and District Management.
A new view on graduate careers
Uncompromising on quality, we look for the same in our graduates - talented and ambitious people with good commercial awareness, who are excellent communicators and highly motivated. Our exciting opportunities are specifically designed to kick-start your career and help you to achieve your full potential. In our fast paced environment, initiative is key, commitment is essential and all achievements are recognised.
Opportunities for Undergraduates and Professional graduates
Our programmes are designed to train retail managers of the future, but how far you go is ultimately up to you. Graduates with the advantage of some professional experience are warmly welcomed to fast track in our expanding business.
The programmes on offer are:
Graduate Area/District Management roles
Start your graduate career on £33K!!
Based regionally within the UK our Area Managers oversee the day to day operations of a district of stores, ensuring employee wellbeing, customer satisfaction and overall profitability.
Graduate Manager - Buying roles
Do you have the potential to progress into senior management quickly?
Our Wimbledon-based Buying department ensures the best possible range of products is sourced at the most competitive prices for our UK stores.
Graduate Manager Store roles
Gain a career that’s main ingredient is development and progression!
The Graduate Manager Store programme offers the ideal training platform to develop management and leadership skills within retail.
48-week Undergraduate placements
An award winning scheme!
If you’re working towards a business or retail degree, our 48-week placement will fill you with confidence. As an NCWE award winner for ‘Best Work Experience Provider’ in 2010/11, our placement scheme offers you the chance to gain valuable experience and knowledge spread over numerous areas of our business, including, Sales, Warehouse, Property and Construction.
International Traineeship opportunities
See the Lidl world of retail!
Join our 24 month International Traineeship programme if you are looking to gain exposure to all aspects of our European-wide operation before specialising in a chosen area of the business. Your chosen skill base will be put into practice both domestically and abroad.
Training and development at Lidl
Our training and development programmes are tailored towards helping graduates develop their personal, commercial, organisational and management skills. Fulfilling our people’s potential ensures the long term success of our business.
Try our Graduate quiz.
Why not take our ‘Lidl Known Facts’ quiz on our website. You will find plenty of facts on the way as you get an insight into Lidl that will help you understand why we have risen up the ranks on Times Top 100 Graduate Employer for four consecutive years. Progress through the test and you’ll discover our rich history and culture, and the real facts behind our rewards and benefits. You’ll get to understand why we are admired by customers and competitors alike - getting to know us from a new perspective, and revealing why our range of career opportunities for graduates are hitting all the right headlines!
To find out more about the range of graduate opportunities or to try your hand at our ‘Lidl Known Facts’ quiz, please click here
Name: Ben Hulme
Degree: BA (Hons) degree in English and German Studies, 2010
University: The University of Birmingham.
Role: Food Assortment Manager in our Head Office, Wimbledon
Name: Richard Hay
Degree: BA (Hons) joint degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Management Science, 2007
University: University of Strathclyde
Role: Graduate Area/District Manager in our Livingston region