Mission: We are focused on offering customers top quality products at the most competitive pricing in convenient locations.
Having been around since the 1930’s, and opening our first UK store in the early 90’s we have never looked back. Instead, we have expanded rapidly and now have over 640 stores and nearly 20,000 employees in the UK alone.
Lidl, which was crowned Best Supermarket at the 2016 Good Housekeeping awards, takes pride in providing top quality products at the lowest possible prices throughout the country, from Kirkwall to the Isle of Wight.
In recent years Lidl’s quarterly wine collection has been embraced by the British public, enabling households up and down the country to buy premium wines such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape at incredible value.
Regular world food themes give customers a chance to excite their taste buds with a range of produce from all over the world including the South of France, Italy, Poland and Cornwall. Whilst its roots may be in Germany, Lidl UK is passionate about working with British producers and two thirds of its products are sourced from the UK.
Internationally, we have over 10,000 stores and around 210,000 employees. We also have over 135 warehouses shipping some 1,600 products to almost every country in Europe.
As an employer we have a simple philosophy, we keep our employees happy, our employees keep our customers happy, and our business continues to grow and flourish. Everybody wins!
We are a proud bunch here at Lidl. Proud of our achievements, proud of our growth, and proud of our unwavering commitment to quality. In a recent employee survey, our employees told us what they think are the best things about working for Lidl. Some of the highlights included team culture, competitive salaries, loyalty and job security.
We recognise that every employee is a piece in the Lidl puzzle, and each person’s contribution is valued. We foster a culture of respect, one that encourages employees to be themselves.
Discount prices certainly don’t mean discount careers, with long term career prospects and a progressive environment in which to grow and develop.
First and foremost, we’re all about satisfying our customers and we always aim to provide outstanding value for money. We believe in efficient decision making, and simple working practices which unites our business and helps us grow. We respect and follow all applicable laws, and take our economic, social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’re committed to being fair to everyone who works for us, and through respect and support we honour our promises and believe in trust. We maintain a working environment filled with praise, recognition and constructive criticism, which allows us to surround ourselves with the best people possible.
Our Personnel & Welfare Coordinators (PWCs) provide excellent support and advice on all employment matters. They’re friendly, approachable and great listeners. Your conversations are completely confidential so you can always talk to your PWC openly and receive their expert advice.
Health & Wellbeing
Your health and wellbeing are important to us. That’s why we support a number of initiatives such as company promoted sports clubs and sporting events. These activates vary from region to region and from year to year, but current and past clubs and activities include running, football, netball and basketball clubs, as well as paid participation in the Kingston Run and the Banana-man Triathlon. In 2012 in the spirit of the London Olympic Games, we held our very own Lidl-Lympics, with regional teams competing in various events from go-karting, football and rounders to running, golf and netball. Great fun was had by all, but particularly by the winning teams who were all treated to a luxurious gala dinner and dance hosted by David Walliams!
In recent years our Retail Placement Programme has earned us a finalist and a winning spot in the NCWE National Placement and Internship Awards, as well as ranking 36th out of the top 100 employers in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards. On the graduate scene, we are also thought of highly, currently ranked 25th in the Times Top 100 graduate employers and 118th in the Guardian UK 300 graduate employers. We also recently won best student marketing campaign in the Target Jobs Graduate Recruitment Awards.
We’re serious about our work, but we want to have a good time too. Our Family Fun Days held last summer are the perfect example. These all-day events, held in every region, gave us a chance to thank our employees and welcome their families to a fete-like event with activities that ranging from bouncy castles and rock climbing walls to face painting, crazy golf, and arts and crafts.
Two years. One intensive programme. Huge responsibility. A lot of hard work. And some big rewards. That’s the Lidl Graduate Management Development Programme.
Ours is a no-nonsense, roll your sleeves up, kind of scheme. Starting as a Customer Assistant in one of our 640 stores, you’ll be running a store by the end of your first six months. Then it’s on to a warehouse where you’ll start as a warehouse operative and learn all you need to be a Team Manager six months later. Now you know how we operate, it’s time to specialise – whether that’s in a regional or head office – building and applying your knowledge. And if you’ve put enough in, by the end of it you’ll be a manager in a field you’ve shone at.
It’s a path that takes grit, a great work ethic, a desire to learn and a perfectionist streak. That’s why we expect all our grads to have a 2.1 (or 2.2 plus a postgraduate qualification), impressive people skills and the flexibility to be based within an hour of a Lidl regional warehouse of your choice (so you’ll need a driving license too).
In return, our training and support is second-to-none. The market-leading salary, mobile phone and brand new Audi A4 are nice to have too. But that’s our way of thanking you for the part you’ll play in helping us continue to grow, maintain our challenger brand status and stay one of the UK’s most exciting retail success stories.
I have been working at Lidl full-time (More than 10 years)
Excellent teams within the business
Very demanding but yet rewarding
Advice to Management
Work hard, work smart, enjoy our business and don't forget the ones at home.
I applied online. I interviewed at Lidl (Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland).
It was a one to one interview. There were two people doing the interview. The asked me to tell them about myself and then asked a couple of scenario questions like when have you been flexible at work and tell me an example of when you've had to deal with a difficult customer. The interview was very easy going and both people were very nice.
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