Retail Graduate Management Programme

by Lidl

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Deadline: 8th March 2024
Start Date: 2nd September 2024
Salary: £38,000
Length: Graduate Job
Roles: Retail, Business Management, Human Resources, Logistics and Operations
Location: East Midlands, East of England, London, North East, North West, Scotland, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside
City: Kent, Bridgend, Doncaster, London, Exeter, Motherwell, Peterborough, Durham, Runcorn, Southampton, Wednesbury, Severn Beach, Dunstable

Retail Graduate Management Programme

This is it. Your chance to experience life at Lidl and all it has to offer. With experience spanning across our stores, warehouses & regional offices, you’ll build your leadership skills and develop your knowledge to become a retail management professional. 

This programme is rotational, taking you on a 23-month learning journey that gives you the best possible exposure to our core business areas, along with a range of opportunities to build your experience, resilience, and business acumen.

What you’ll do

Year 1: You’ll spend time in each of our core business areas:

  • Sales (store-based, 16 weeks): You’ll gain experience in key store roles, starting as a Customer Assistant and working your way up to store management.
  • HR (regional office-based, 4 weeks): You’ll discover how our HR teams facilitate the recruitment, onboarding, training, and development of our regional departments.
  • Logistics (warehouse-based, 16 weeks): You’ll learn the fundamentals of logistics and warehousing by rotating around our 3 core warehouse areas before joining the warehouse management team.
  • Supply Chain (regional office-based, 16 weeks): You’ll discover how to order products, manage quality and freshness, and deal with suppliers in our complex supply chain.

Year 2: You’ll choose the specialist route you want to take in store, warehouse, or supply chain management. You’ll then spend the next year honing your expertise and crafting your management experience to get the most out of your programme, putting you in the best position to take your career to the next level.

This programme is not for the faint hearted, but for the right characters, we offer a real opportunity to develop into a retail leader with the drive, confidence and skill set to succeed.  

What you’ll need: 

  • A 2:2 degree or above in any discipline by September 2024, having graduated no earlier than September 2022
  • A full UK driving licence by 1st March 2024
  • To live, or be ready to relocate, within a commutable distance from your chosen Regional Distribution Centre
  • To be legally entitled to work in the UK on a full-time basis
  • Assertiveness and confidence in your communication skills
  • The ability to maintain a positive mental attitude at all times
  • The desire to learn, develop and succeed in a fast-moving, challenging environment

Visit the Retail Graduate Management Programme page on our careers site for more details on our application process, locations, and assessment dates. 

What you’ll receive

This isn't getting by. This is getting what you deserve. We're proud to offer a salary of £38,000, a company car and a 30 days’ holiday (including bank holidays). You’ll also get to enjoy your 10% in-store discount, along with added corporate benefits, discounted gym memberships and access to wellness support services.

About Lidl

Want to broaden your horizons and experience everything Lidl has to offer? On our 48-week Retail Placement Programme, you’ll have the chance to explore every area of the business. You’ll gain a Lidl insight into our Sales and Logistics function, followed by experience in either Supply Chain, Property or Administration. To round off your placement, you’ll join us in one of our Head Office departments.

We're famous for being ‘Big on Quality, Lidl On Price’. Offering the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices has definitely helped us become the success we are today, but that’s only part of the story, because it's our people that bring Lidl to life. Although we’re lots of different people doing lots of different things, it’s all important, and we’re working towards the same goal.

Our energy and commitment reaches beyond the business - we support environmental action, fair trade, sustainable sourcing and animal welfare. And we make a big difference to some important charities too. But you’ll find out more about that when you join us.

If you’re looking for a hands-on programme with real exposure to the inner workings of an international business, then look no further.

How to apply

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Please note that applications may close before the application deadline, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

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