Having completed an internship, Dwight joined Lidl and is enjoying the responsibility of being an Assistant Team Manager. Alongside his day job, he’s studying to complete his AAT Level 4 and is looking forward to building on his people management skills and what lies ahead.
What were you doing before you joined Lidl?
I've been at Lidl just over four years now. Before coming here, I was doing an internship in Accounts Payable.
Can you tell us a bit about what you do?
Along with another assistant team manager, I help run a team of about twelve people. We handle all the invoices from everything to do with the advertising costs, to the purchases of stationery. I ensure that the department runs smoothly and guide the team. I think sometimes accounts administrators are the unsung heroes. If we weren’t doing everything we do, there wouldn't be any stock on the shelves, and they wouldn't be able to repair all the assets. So, I think we play a very important role.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I like problem-solving. I like analysing costs and seeing where things are missing and where things should have been placed elsewhere.
What’s been your biggest challenge so far?
I’d have to say our last year end, because it was my first year in an authoritative position, and we had quite a few new staff at the time. It was a combination of trying to train new staff; to get everything I needed to get done - done, and motivating the team to work a little bit faster, that little bit harder. We made it though and I think we're in a much better position for this year.
And what about your greatest achievement?
It has to be my progression at Lidl. I started off just over four years ago in one of the four accounts departments and since then, I've worked in two other accounts departments before being promoted to Assistant Team Manager. I know I work hard. I know I work well… and I’ve got the results for it. Knowing that I'm being looked at and my progression is being monitored and people are suggesting me for certain roles and certain responsibilities, is really positive.
What makes LIDL different?
Probably the growth of the business. Every accounts team has grown in numbers. The number of invoices we've received and suppliers we deal with has also grown. When I started, I think we only had six hundred odd stores. And now we're well over 700. It’s rewarding to see it grow.
What would you say to someone who was thinking of working at Lidl?
I think, in today's climate, to find a job that gives you a pay rise upon your annual yearly review; to find a company that is stable and secure and to find a company that's growing whilst other supermarkets are downsizing…. That’s all really convincing. Job security and prospects are really important in today's day and age.
How do you see your future?
I’ve not been in this role long, so I need to carry on improving my people management skills and learning everything I can possibly learn to improve. And then I’m excited to see what other opportunities open up for me. I'm sure they will, because they have so far.
Can you think of four words to describe Lidl?
Rewarding. Growing. Inclusive. Fast-paced.