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Lidl careers and training schemes

With over 600 stores in the UK alone, we are one of the UK's retail success stories. After 19 years, we are still rapidly expanding throughout the UK.

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The Company


‘Anything but ordinary’ graduate careers.
Only for outstanding, committed individuals

About us.

As an established and truly massive international food retailer, with over 600 stores in the UK alone, we 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 19 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 Area/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 £35K!!

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 and Finalist in 2013, 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.

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Live Jobs

Job title Location Salary
Lidl - German Speaking Graduate Buying Manager South East, London £38,000 + benefits + Bonus
Lidl - Graduate Area Manager Nationwide £38,000 + benefits + Bonus
Lidl - Graduate Store Manager Nationwide £32,000 to £40,000 + benefits

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Training & Profiles

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.

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Case Study

Undergraduate Placement - Case Study:

It’s a great feeling to be surrounded with people who share your ambition and pride in a job well done.

Our own research has verified what we already know... that we at Lidl feel enormous pride and motivation in the jobs that we do and our loyalty to Lidl UK just grows and grows.

This case study provides first-hand experience of working in the brand, demonstrating that our programme offers you a solid foundation in retail, direction for your future and key tangible skills and experience, transferable within any given career. This will give you a real overview of what it is like to work for Lidl UK - anything but ordinary.

Graduate Case Studies:

Read first-hand accounts of two Graduates experience of working in the Lidl brand and how they became part of a nationwide team of the most talented, ambitious people with great commercial awareness who are highly motivated.

Case study 1

Case Study 2

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Job starts:

30 September 2014






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