Company Profile


We’ve been hitting the headlines for all the right reasons!

Whilst many of our major competitors struggle to maintain their market share and position, they are publicly acknowledging the ‘Lidl effect’.

Turn on the news or pick up a newspaper and you’ll likely come across an article describing how the UK grocery retail sector is being shaken up, with Lidl bucking the trend. We are continuing to expand and invest and consumers are voting with their feet as we welcome increasing numbers of consumers through our doors. We are one of the most ambitious retailers in the UK and the fundamental reason we continue to be so successful? Our people.

There have even been TV documentaries devoted to our success, and social media are all a-twitter!

We’ve been in the UK for two decades now, steadily building a loyal customer base with a business model carefully tuned to the market we serve. Now with over 600 stores in the UK alone, plus more to come, our simple retail philosophy and efficient working practices allow us to focus on what we do best - offering top quality products at the lowest prices.

You couldn’t choose a better time to share in our success, helping to drive our business onward to even greater heights. Your career prospects with Lidl UK are outstanding, and with your healthy ambition you will be reassured to know that right from day one you will recognised as the individual you are, with unique strengths and abilities and all highly valued. We will nurture you and your career because we know that your success will be our success and we are as committed to our people as we are to our customers.

Surprising graduate careers

Just like our product range, we look for uncompromising quality in our graduates. We choose talented, motivated and ambitious people, skilled communicators with natural drive, raw enthusiasm and ambitions to match our own. Specifically designed to kick-start your career, the roles we offer will bring out your full potential, so you’ll thrive in our fast paced environment where initiative is key and where commitment and achievement is always recognised and rewarded.

More #LidlSurprises

Did you know that since 2013 the average starting salary for a retail graduate has dropped by £1,000??

Ours however has RISEN by £3,000 so that at £38,000pa starting salary, it is £15,000 above the expected starting salary for all graduates in 2014.

Surprising industry recognition and awards

We are immensely proud by the recognition we’ve been getting from our own industry… and why not?

As a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer we’ve risen to No.31 in the rankings over the last five years. We also have seen TargetJobs, Guardian 300, RateMyPlacement and the National Council for Work Experience all recognise our achievements and we’ve no plans to stop receiving such accolades.

Undergraduates and Graduates

Our programmes develop managers of the future. Whether in your second year at University and considering options for a placement year, or in you final year and looking for that launch-pad training programme, there are opportunities to fast track in our thriving business. Graduates with the benefit of some professional experience looking to broaden their horizons and make their next move are also warmly welcomed.

The 2015 programmes we offer are:

  • Graduate Area Manager

    Start on £38,000 with the potential to earn up to £57,500 pa!

    You can also expect a fully expensed company car, pension scheme and private medical cover. Based regionally within the UK, our Area Managers oversee the day-to-day operations of a number of stores, ensuring employee wellbeing, customer satisfaction and overall profitability.

    This programme will not only offer you a wealth of knowledge in an environment where you will be encouraged to learn and develop, but will reward and encourage you to work towards your own personal goals.

  • Graduate Category Buying Manager

    With a £38,000 starting salary you can earn up to £57,500 pa!

    Entrepreneurial flair with a talent for negotiation is something you’ve got or you haven’t.

    It’s what makes the elite team of Buyers at Lidl so special. Our Wimbledon-based Buying department ensures the best possible range of products is sourced at the most competitive prices for our UK stores.

    Buying is responsible for sourcing the best range of products, negotiating the most competitive prices and ensuring our company is always driven forward through quality product selection. Fluent in German and English you will be motivated by wanting to show your entrepreneurial flair, decision making ability and ability to thrive in a high energy fast paced environment of negotiation and judgement.

  • 48-week Undergraduate Placement Programme

    £20,000pa (pro-rata) and 30 days holiday per year (pro-rate including Bank holidays)

    If you're working towards a business or retail degree, our award winning 48-week placement scheme will give you variety, responsibility and potential for long-term career opportunities in one of the most successful retailers in the UK today.

    As past winner of the NCWE Work Placement of the Year award and currently No.60 in the RateMyPlacement Top 100 Undergraduate Employer rankings, our placement scheme offers you priceless hands-on experience and knowledge spread over areas including Sales, Warehouse & Distribution and Property. With structured personal development and an assigned mentor and coach, your already outstanding drive and enthusiasm will continue to develop and gain a wealth of experience

    A full driving licence is essential.

Case Study

Don’t just take our word for it.

Research has verified what we already know... that all of us at Lidl feel enormous pride and motivation in the jobs that we do. Just as we embrace our commitment to delivering outstanding quality and choice to our customer so we look to deliver the same to all our people and we are proud to say that employee loyalty to Lidl UK just grows and grows.

  • Graduate Area Manager - Case Study:
  • Read a recent graduates’ first-hand account of working in the Lidl brand as an Area Manager. You will see how they were welcomed into a nationwide team of the most talented, ambitious and motivated professionals with great commercial awareness and hear about their achievements so far.

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  • Undergraduate Placement - Case Study:
  • This case study shares first-hand experience of working in the Lidl brand as an Undergraduate on a programme offering a solid foundation in retail, future direction and key tangible skills and experience.

    click here to view the full profile

Training & Profiles

Helping graduates develop their personal, commercial, organisational and management skills, our training and development programmes fulfil our people's potential and ensure the long term success of our business. We aim to build outstanding teams equipped with expert knowledge, offering platforms for long term career progression.

It’s not just about formal training though. You’ll discover how important it is to be part of a team that shares the same passion, commitment and drive. Just being part of Lidl UK is a great learning experience in itself. We’re proud of our company but never too proud to roll up our sleeves and help a colleague. That just about sums us up.

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Go on… Surprise yourself.

For full details on our range of graduate and undergraduate opportunities and for tips and advice on application, please visit

Come and meet us:

The Lidl recruitment team will be at Career Fairs across the UK this Autumn and we would be delighted to see you and help you find out more #LidlSurprises. For a full list of the events we are attending please click here.


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