Most students & graduates will be well accustomed to the Lidl brand. It is a major food retailer with over 9,000 stores across Europe. There are currently over 630 stores in the UK, with plans underway to create even more. Since the first stores were opened in 1973, they have grown in popularity due to their amazing value.
The company aims to provide top quality products at the lowest possible prices, and the extensive network of stores is unrivalled in the discount sector.
The Graduate Area Manager Programme is open to graduates from all degree disciplines, and covers every area of retail management, including logistics, supply chain, and team leadership. There is also a Junior Buyer Programme that is focused solely towards graduates with foreign language skills. Both schemes are structured yet very hands-on, giving recruits plenty of responsibility from the first day.
Opportunities to progress at Lidl are readily available for graduates who show potential to be the senior leaders of the future. Coupled with the excellent salary and benefits package, competition is often extremely tough. For those willing to work hard and excel though, progression can be quick and exceptionally rewarding.
There is an extremely competitive starting salary of around £36,000, a company car scheme, 35 days of paid holiday each year, and a contributory pension scheme.
Lidl aim to double in store count over the next 15 years.