Our buyers are polished negotiators, skilled relationship builders and expert all-round retailers. We will make the most of your commercial potential and transform you into a future leader.
Buying is one of the biggest, fastest-growing areas of our business. This is your chance to learn all about it – from the ground up – over the course of our two-year programme.
You’ll start by learning how our UK operations work – from stores and regional distribution centres right through to supply chain.
Next, you’ll shadow one of our Buying Managers, as you support them in managing and developing their category.
Year one rounds off with an international assignment in one of our international buying departments followed by in-depth department training. This will cement your experience to date and prepare you for year two.
Your second year is where your specialist training begins in earnest. You’ll take responsibility for an entire product category or part category. We’ll give you comprehensive training in managing your own product area. So expect to become an expert in everything from price negotiation to competitor analysis.
In keeping with our ethos, we look for quick-witted, problem-solving people with plenty of common sense.
We aren't your typical supermarket. We're an international phenomenon with a do-it-different, keep-it-simple, make-it-better approach to Retail.
This is big business. With operations in 27 countries, we have more than 10,000 stores and 135 retail distribution centres. This includes more than 630 stores in the UK and there’s an impressive schedule of new store and warehouse openings planned for the next few years.
Carefully structured training and development programmes take the raw potential of ambitious and eager graduates and undergraduates, transforming them into high-performing, polished Retail professionals capable of running the business.
To achieve this level of success and customer loyalty takes a special kind of culture. We have invested heavily in creating an environment in which people can thrive. Everyone chips in and pulls their weight.
The more effort people make, the more they’ll get back in return. In fact, nearly all of our senior professionals started out in-store, successfully developing careers in Sales, Property, Supply Chain, Logistics and Head Office positions.
You won’t find any learn-by-numbers, yawn-inducing, dull-as-dishwater graduate opportunities at Lidl. Our do-it-different, keep-it-simple, make-it better approach to what we do has helped us get to the top.
Lidl can offer you impressive opportunities to travel internationally too: combine this with an excellent rewards package and you can see why this is one of the most exciting opportunities on the market.
It's all about your team. There's a real camaraderie and everyone wants to help each other out.