Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Chris Bell from Lidl to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Chris Bell

Operations Manager

Lidl

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  Chris Bell
People management experience and understanding is vital, the ability to get the best out of those around will always make you successful. A degree is needed to be considered for this job as an entry point, but for those without a degree, Lidl has an excellent record on internal promotion. I started as a deputy store manager with 2 years management experience from a previous employer and worked my way to this position over 5 years. An interest in supply chain management and personnel management are essential to perform at the highest levels in retail. Flexibility, commitment, determination, maturity and good communication skills are required for this position. Enthusiasm for the role is often overlooked as a factor in success. I find that those who love their work really do succeed more often.
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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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