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My current role requires a lot of self-motivation as it is largely autonomous, while colleagues are always on hand to give advice and counsel, the decisions as to how to progress cases or deal with problems are ultimately my call.

The job requires someone who is able to work under pressure, is comfortable with public speaking, is confident, assertive and decisive. These are all skills that can be learned with experience, involvement with organisations in school or university that involve managing workload, organising information and debating would all be useful in developing such skill sets.
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Contact details:
Contact Name:
HR Department
Address:
Great Connell Road
Newbridge
Co. Kildare
Email:
hr@lidl.ie
Web:
www.lidl.ie
Phone:
045 853 450

 
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What are the main occupation types employed?

Lidl’s 170 stores throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland are the lifeblood of the organisation. A comprehensive and structured on-the-job training programme is provided for all personnel who work in our stores.

Previous experience in retail or in a sales/marketing or management capacity is an advantage for Store Manager positions.  An essential attribute for all sales positions is a passion for retail and a desire to work in a fast-paced, customer-focused environment. 
Sales Operations Managers are typically graduates with a minimum 2.1 degree in any discipline with management experience.

Our Head Office is based in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. We regularly provide career opportunities at various levels in the functional areas of our business. We are focussed on recruiting individuals who wish to pursue a challenging and rewarding career path within the company.

Lidl employs people from a variety of occupations and sectors including:

  • Logistics/Supply Chain/Stock Control
  • Property/Construction/Engineering
  • Administration
  • Human Resources
  • IT
  • PR/Marketing/Advertising
  • Accounts and Finance
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Risk Management and Customer Service
  • Health and Safety
  • Project Management

What types of work contract are offered?

At Lidl Ireland we provide:

  • Permanent, full-time and part-time positions
  • Undergraduate degrees in Retail Management Degree Programme with Dublin Business School
  • Graduate opportunities including the Graduate Management Development Programme 

What are the key attractions?

At Lidl Ireland, we recognise that our people are our greatest asset and that our success is hugely attributable to the commitment and dedication of our workforce. That’s why we offer one of the industry’s most attractive benefits and compensation packages. 

Lidl employees at all levels receive a competitive salary along with other benefits such as career development and training.  In fact, many of our managers have successfully advanced their careers from starting positions in our stores.

All employees are provided with the training and support they need to reach their full potential and to progress at all levels in the organisation.  Structured on the job training is provided to all employees with opportunities for development of many skills including teamwork, customer service, people management and communication. 

Also provided, is a pension plan after a qualifying period and health cover.


What locations do you operate from?

Lidl currently has operations in more than 26 countries around Europe. In Ireland and Northern Ireland we operate from more than 170 locations. You can find your closest store by logging on to our website here.

In addition we have four Regional Distribution Centres in Charleville (Co. Cork), Mullingar (Co. Westmeath), Newbridge (Co. Kildare) and Nutts Corner (Co. Antrim).

Our Head Office is also located in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.


What are the current employment trends?

Maintaining a flow of new talent is fundamental to Lidl’s continued success in Ireland. Our undergraduate Bachelor of Business in Retail Management in conjunction with Dublin Business School and our Graduate Programme are examples of this.

The current employment trends in Lidl would indicate a demand for the following occupations.

  • Sales Operations Manager
  • Deputy Store Manager

For full details of current up to date vacancies are available here.


Describe any particular characteristics of your workforce?

Lidl is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome diversity in our workplace; there are almost 60 different nationalities represented throughout our workforce. We have employees from all over the world  - from Australia to Zimbabwe! Opportunities exist for many people including school leavers, graduates, college students, and people with previous experience.








 

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Julie Taggart
"The Premier Management programme proved most important as it give me practical experience which has been invaluable to me in this role."
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Trainee Retail Manager
Patrick Quinn
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Barry Kelly
"I completed transition year in secondary school and found it to be hugely beneficial. It gave me an appetite for a more practical career as oppose to academic"
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Madeleine Tylicki
"Languages in general open doors to anyone. In my job I have to have English and German and obviously having both fluently it is an advantage."
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Purchasing Manager
Liam Casey
"Having a broad education, and languages, have helped in working in Lidl."
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Sales Operations Manager
Lorraine Brophy
"I am currently participating in the exchange programme with Lidl Germany to further develop my knowledge of the language"
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Lorraine O'Leary
"Transition year helped me to develop my knowledge of what career path to take as you got to discover many different subjects instead of the set curriculum"
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Construction Manager
John McDonagh
"I studied the usual subjects and German was my foreign language. I loved Art and this had some bearing on my choice of Industrial Design for my degree"
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Trainee Retail Manager
Sarah Behan
"You need to be flexible and remember two very important things: there is no I in team and the customer is king!"
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Store Manager
Anne Minogue
"Career progression is important to Lidl …I train my staff to the highest level and hope they will progress the same way I did."
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