Buying Graduate Management Programme - Lidl

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Our Buyers play a major role in influencing every aspect of the range of goods that we offer to our customers: from which products we sell, to the way they look and taste, developing our supply base and continuing to drive our market-leading position. Our buyers define the success of our business!

The Buying Graduate Management Programme will take you through an intense, challenging but incredibly rewarding two years of structured development. You'll experience everything from working in our stores, to negotiating products and contracts, all on an international scale.

During the first year of this programme, you will rotate through three key areas of the business and experience regional training, insight into the Buying department, undertake category management training and build a complete understanding of our business. In your second year, you will embark on a specialist route, taking on individual responsibility for a category and honing your expertise.

This role offers the long-term scope to become a permanent Assistant Buying Manager with opportunities for further long-term progression. This programme is a 23-month contract.

What you'll do

In your first year you will find out everything there is to know about our retail operations within one of our regional distribution centres. You'll spend time working in stores, in the warehouse, supply chain team and also the administration department. All of that before you join colleagues in the head office to begin your specialist training. In head office you will rotate around the functional areas of the wider purchasing department such as marketing and quality assurance before spending time with finance, supply chain and logistics. Alongside this training you'll also be given a mentor in another buying manager who you will shadow, picking up the basics of category buying management.

  • Show curiosity how the buying processes works
  • Make decisions and think on your feet
  • Demonstrate an ability to challenge and negotiate
  • Be confident building and maintaining new and existing relationships
  • Use your sharp analytical skills along with the ability to identify trends, forecast sales and analyse data to support commercial decisions
  • Drive to succeed and deliver outstanding results
  • Work as part of a team and independently
  • Experience working in a fast paced, challenging environment and develop yourself in a demanding and dynamic environment

What you'll need

  • A 2:2 degree or above in any discipline by September 2021 or within the last 4 years
  • Possession of a full UK driving licence by September 2021
  • Already live - or happy to relocate - within a one-hour commute of Lidl GB Head Office
  • German language desirable but not essential
  • Be passionate about the food retail industry
  • Be assertive and confident in your communication skills

What you'll receive

This isn't getting by. This is getting what you deserve. Working at Lidl is rewarding, in every sense, because we give you the training to succeed in your role and plenty of opportunities to progress your career. We're proud to offer a competitive salary of £37,000 with an additional non-contractual 10% London weighting, company car and a generous holiday allowance. Save for your future with our pension scheme, or save today with an in-store discount, plus extra discounts on days out, cinema tickets and much more.



With our ambitious plans for UK growth and recent global expansion, we don’t like to stand still. We’re Lidl, proud pioneers in the world of retail.

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