Stefan, Trainee Area Manager, 2015
Stefan’s an adventurous soul, who's always looking for the next new experience. After studying in Poznan in Poland (his hometown), he hot footed it to the UK to gain his MA, and has travelled to the USA every summer for hard-won internships. Independent and driven he visits at least three new countries every year, and continues his education with lectures at the London School of Economics.
Stefan joined our scheme after working in-store where his manager spotted his star quality. Having an open mind and positive approach has helped Stefan adapt in his fast-paced role, where no challenge is ever just a walk in the park. Adapting well to change and finding the adventure in the everyday will see Stefan go far in his travels and his career at Lidl.
A few years ago I spent my summer in the USA completing an internship as a Store Manager at an America retailer. I got a great insight into working in retail and knew it was where I wanted my career to go. Lidl stood out to me because of the dynamic business approach and high-level of internationalisation, as I’ve always enjoyed working in cross-cultural environment.
What’s it been like so far?
It has exceeded my expectations, during the last two years I've learnt a lot more about the retail business and myself than I could have imagined. It helps that the training is very structured; on day one I received a training plan detailing all I needed to learn. In that time I have worked across a variety of business areas such as: sales, logistics, supply chain, buying, and currently I am a Trainee Area Manager in our Southampton region.
You’ve brought your best – where do you hope Lidl will take you?
I would like to work within a business area that allows me to broaden my horizons and deepen my expertise in the field of sales and management
Stefan’s top tips for new grads?
Work hard and never stop believing that anything is possible.