Buying Graduate Management Programme at Lidl

Where: London, United Kingdom

Deadline: February 14, 2020

Type: Graduate

About the company:

We’re Lidl, proud pioneers in the world of retail. With 760 stores, 13 warehouses and over 22,500 employees in the UK alone we’re undoubtedly an established retailer. But it doesn’t stop there. With our ambitious plans for UK growth and recent global expansion, we don’t like to stand still. Continually challenging and changing the world of retail as we know it, we want to make our stores, goods and shopping experience better than ever for our customers and our employees.

About the role:

Our Buyers influence every aspect of our product range: from which products we sell, to the way they look, their price – and the profit. Which is why they’re integral to the business and in this role, you will be too as you get to know the ins and outs of one of the most varied and influential areas in the organisation.

The Buying Management Programme will take you through an intense, demanding but incredibly rewarding 2 years of development. You'll experience everything from working in our stores to negotiating products and contracts on an international scale.

During the first year of this two-year programme, you will rotate through three key areas and experience regional training, insight into the Buying department and build an understanding of the ins and outs of the business and undertake category management training.

Following your first year, you will embark on a specialist route and take responsibility for a product category of your own and develop those skills you have further. This is a fast-paced programme with tangible results and bags of responsibility.


  • Ability to communicate confidently and effectively across all levels of the business
  • Passion for working as part of a team and also ability to work independently
  • Self-motivation and determination to succeed in a fast paced, challenging environment
  • A naturally analytical mind-set with plenty of common sense
  • Excellent standard of numeracy
  • Entrepreneurial flair with a talent for negotiating and networking at the highest levels
  • The ability to make important decisions and cope with the pressure of demanding targets and tight deadlines
  • Highly computer literate
  • A high degree of adaptability
  • The confidence to make tough decisions
  • Desire to learn, develop and challenge yourself in a demanding and dynamic environment
  • Possession of a full driving licence valid in the UK by September 2020
  • Live or able to relocate within a one-hour commute of the office

Qualification of a 2:2 degree level or above in any discipline by September 2020 or within the last four years.

How to apply:

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