The current economic climate is having a negative effect on many high street retailers. However, one shining light in the food retail sector is Lidl, the discount supermarket chain famous for offering quality products at low prices.
Lidl are currently expanding rapidly throughout Europe and beyond and for many years has been a well-established name in Germany, where it was founded in 1973. The first Lidl store in the UK opened its doors in 1994 and there are now more than 400 stores in operation. This number looks set to increase significantly in the future, meaning that there are plenty of job opportunities with Lidl.
Jobs with Lidl in the UK
To operate a busy chain of retail stores Lidl employs a large number of staff in a variety of roles. Aggressive expansion plans, from 380 to 500 in the next few years, mean it is highly likely there will be a Lidl store in a town near you and as new stores open there are plenty of job vacancies open for application.
Lidl Store Assistant Roles
A store assistant employed with Lidl is employed at the heart of the action. Candidates must be prepared to work hard, in an incredibly fast paced environment. A wide variety of duties are undertaken by store assistants, meaning that you should be prepared to do a variety of tasks throughout the day, from stacking the shelves to operating the checkout.
Being flexible and being able to work as part of a team means you are well rewarded. Lidl pays its in-store staff an above-average wage, starting at around £10.10 per hour. Job vacancies exist for both part-time and full-time positions and you should note that your shift pattern might vary over time.
Lidl offers all in store staff a comprehensive training package so you are fully equipped to deliver first class customer service. Successful candidates are also provided with a generous holiday entitlement and company pension scheme.
How do I find details of any in-store vacancies?
You can check the Lidl website for details of any live job vacancies.
By using this website you can also download the Lidl application form (PDF format). Lidl no longer accepts printed job applications. Another great way of finding details of job vacancies is to ask in your local store. Keep your eye on any notice boards and chat with a supervisor or Store Manager. You can hand your letter of application and CV to a store employee, who will ensure it is forwarded to the relevant personnel. Remember whilst talking to staff in-store you should be well presented and make sure they understand you are really keen to work within the organisation. Keep motivated and if there are no vacancies at one particular time try again later.
Lidl Store Management Roles
If you want to further your career within the retail industry and are looking for a dynamic, ambitious and exciting employer then Lidl is the ideal choice.
The supermarket regularly recruits managers and assistant managers to work within its ever growing network of stores and if you have a demonstrable talent for retail management then you should contact Lidl to see if there are any suitable vacancies. Thanks to its comprehensive training scheme, Lidl also successfully recruits from within. This means that store assistants who work hard and demonstrate they are ready for the challenge of management are often considered for any vacancies that may become available.
It is worth noting that Lidl will only recruit high calibre candidates for managerial roles; people who are highly motivated, can manage a team of staff and are capable of running stores with significant turnover and demanding targets. You will be fully trained over the course of 24 weeks and will be mentored by existing managers.
Store Managers within Lidl are rewarded well, with a starting salary of around £45,000. Deputy managers are paid around £32,000
In addition to in store managerial job vacancies opportunities also exist for managers in the following fields:
- Supply Chain Management
- District Management
How do I apply for a Managerial Vacancy with Lidl?
Your first port of call should be the Lidl website, where you can download the application form. You can also search to see if there are any managerial vacancies in an area close to you.
When you are ready to apply, complete the form and ensure your CV is fully up to date, detailing your previous experience in retail management. You can then write to the following address:
Recruitment & Training Dept
Lidl UK Ltd
19 Worple Road
The Internet is a great place to find details of job vacancies with Lidl. However, you may also find it useful to attend careers fair when Lidl will be in attendance. This gives you a really good opportunity to chat with their HR managers and store employees so you gain an insight into who the company runs and what it expects of its employees. You may even get some tips on forthcoming vacancies and how to apply!