Buying Graduate Management Programme


Employer: Lidl Limited

Salary: £38,000*

Reference: 335736/229

Date added: 1 day ago


This isn’t just choosing what to stock. This is picking a great career.

Our Buyers play a key 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.

The Buying Graduate Management Programme will take you through an intense, challenging but incredibly rewarding two years of structured development. You will experience everything from working in our stores, negotiating products and contracts and developing exciting product ranges, all on an international scale. This role offers the long-term scope to become a permanent Assistant Buying Manager with opportunities for further long-term progression.

Our Junior Buyers thrive in our fast moving, highly pressured environment where everyone has a voice, and we want to hear yours! This role is about having a passion for food retail and the desire to become an expert in your field. We look for individuals who are self-motivated, intuitive with a desire of going above and beyond their expectations. Our nearly 1000 Stores depend on you when choosing the right products for our customers

If you are someone who stands out from the crowd and who wants to make an impact and take ownership, then come and join our successful Graduate Buying Programme! We look forward to seeing your application.

Closing date for Applications: 17th December 2023

What you'll do

Be comfortable making multi-million pound decisions & negotiate the best possible commercial terms for the business - our success is down to you
Own your categories and you are responsible you are our product development and our chief taster to the sign off of packaging design
Manage the critical path from product concept to launch into our depots ensuring the stock arrives on time and full availability in store
Demonstrate an ability to challenge the status quo and always bringing your own ideas
Be confident building and maintaining new and existing relationships with suppliers
Use your sharp analytical skills along with the ability to identify trends, forecast sales and analyse data to support commercial decisions but don’t be afraid to go with your gut feeling
Drive to succeed and deliver outstanding results
Constantly striving to improve our customer offer. Getting better never stops.
Work as part of a team but equally happy when working independently on your categories
Experience working in a fast paced, challenging environment and develop yourself in a highly demanding and dynamic workplace
Spinning lots of plates at any one time –striving under pressure & multi-tasking is your thing!

What you'll need

A 2:2 degree or above in any discipline by September 2024 or graduated no earlier than September 2022
Possession of a full UK driving licence by 1st March 2024
Already live, or happy to relocate within a one-hour commute of our Head Office
To be legally entitled to work in the UK on a full-time basis
German language skills desirable but not essential
Be passionate about the food retail industry and a love for all things discount retailer
Strong Commerical Acumen and an Initiative-taker with entrepreneurial spirit
Work well under pressure to tight and often conflicting deadlines
Pragmatic, logical, resilient and quick thinking are all the words people would use to describe you!
A positive mental attitude at all times even in stressful situations
Be assertive and confident 
Able to attend the assessment day either on 21st or 22nd of February 2024

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 extensive training to succeed in your role and plenty of opportunities to progress your career here. We're proud to offer a competitive salary of £38,000 with an additional non-contractual 10% London weighting, company car and a generous holiday allowance. We also recognise that different people value different benefits, based on different lifestyles and needs, which is why we offer arrange of additional benefits including but not limited to: 

Barista Bar, restaurant and free onsite gym
On-site Car Parking (including electric charging in each space)
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
10% in-store discount card 

To find out a Lidl bit more visit our benefits page to see for yourself!

Please note your employment is conditional upon the Company's receipt of satisfactory references and if requested by the Company, a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Disclaimer: due to the high volume of applications we receive, we reserve the right to close a vacancy earlier than the advertised date. This is to ensure our teams can manage application levels while maintaining a positive candidate experience. Once a vacancy has closed, we are unable to consider further applications, so please submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 


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