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  • 17.12.2018
  • Graduate Buying (Head Office)
  • Head Office Wimbledon, London

Buying Graduate Management Programme - Head Office - Full-Time - Wimbledon

Our Buying department is at the forefront of our success. Not only is it one of our largest and fastest expanding departments, it influences every product in every store. From the way a product tastes to how the packaging looks to the final retail price, it all starts here.

Wasting no time in making decisions every day…decisions that will impact on the success of each and every Lidl store in the UK, you will relish the challenge of negotiation, especially at high levels. Backed by training and support, your self-confidence will grow even further.

Thriving in a fast paced environment, and possessing real entrepreneurial flair, joining this dynamic and highly motivated department full of likeminded, gifted individuals could be the perfect opportunity for you!

What will you do?

What will you do?

In your first year you will find out everything there is to know about our retail operations within one of our regional distribution centres. You'll spend time working in stores, in the warehouse, supply chain team and also the administration department. All of that before you join colleagues in the head office to begin your specialist training. In head office you will rotate around the functional areas of the wider purchasing department such as marketing and quality assurance before spending time with finance, supply chain and logistics. Alongside this training you'll also be given a mentor in another buying manager who you will shadow, picking up the basics of category buying management.

Once you’re up to scratch with the basics, you’ll go international spending three days within a buying team in another Lidl country. Here you will meet Junior Buyers from across the globe as you showcase what you have learned so far. The days will include training courses on buying, negotiation and communication and will finish with a product range review and feedback from the team.  

And that’s just year one. Year two will be about specialising and honing your talents in negotiating and competitor analysis as you manage your own product area, developing hands-on operational and managerial abilities, every day. It’s tough and will challenge you to push yourself out of your comfort zone and test your commercial skills to the limit. That said, it’s a huge career opportunity – and who knows what’s next.


What will you need?

What will you need?
  • A 2:2 degree or above in any discipline by September 2019 or within the last 4 years
  • Possession of a Full driving licence valid in the UK by September 2019
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently within a high pressured environment
  • Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills
  • A naturally analytical mind-set with plenty of common sense
  • Excellent standard of numeracy
  • Entrepreneurial flair with a talent for negotiating and networking at the highest levels
  • The ability to make important decisions and cope with the pressure of demanding targets and tight deadlines
  • Highly computer literate
  • A high degree of adaptability
  • The confidence to make tough decisions
  • A strong team player
  • Required to travel throughout the UK, role may also and may involve occasional international travel
  • German not essential but preferred

Where will you be based?
In our UK Head Office in Wimbledon, South London. Your initial training could take you to various sites throughout the UK mainland and may also involve a trip to our International Head Office in Germany.


What do we offer?

What do we offer?
  • Earning £36,540 per annum
  • 10% London Weighting benefit (non contractual) for employees working within the M25
  • Two year Programme
  • Fully expensed company car including private mileage
  • 30 days holiday per annum (pro rata, including Bank Holidays
  • A contributory pension scheme
  • 10% discount on all Lidl products, in all stores throughout the UK
  • Access to corporate discounts on a range of products and services (including holidays,  home and garden products, leisure activities and more)
  • Initial training and on-going development from an experienced team member
  • Brilliant opportunities for quick progression to senior management and long term career prospects



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