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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?
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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.








 

Project Manager
Aoife Clarke
"We are also getting great exposure to social media which is becoming bigger and bigger so it's fantastic to be part of a department at the centre of that"
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Aoife Clarke
   
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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Anne Minogue
   
Accounts Team Leader
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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Madeleine Tylicki
   
HR Coordinator
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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Julie Taggart
   
Operations Manager
Chris Bell
"The security of working for a large, successful retailer combined with an excellent benefits package provides me with the lifestyle I want to lead."
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Chris Bell
   
Property Manager
Ivan Magee
"Handling deadlines, learning to prioritise work, researching and working with others on team projects. These are the things which shape and develop your styles in your future work"
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Ivan Magee
   
Purchasing Manager
Liam Casey
"Having a broad education, and languages, have helped in working in Lidl."
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Liam Casey
   
Trainee Retail Manager
Patrick Quinn
"Other people are struggling to pay fees to get through college but Lidl are paying our way through a prestigious college system"
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Patrick Quinn
   
Store Manager
Tadgh Sugrue
"I manage and motivate a team of up to 20 staff. I monitor and control staff costs, store productivity, inventory differences, write-offs and running costs"
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Tadgh Sugrue
   
Merchandising Manager
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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Barry Kelly