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Retail Placement Programme

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This isn’t just a job. This is starting a journey. Over the course of 48 weeks, you’ll get to see all sides of our business. From a Lidl insight into Sales and Logistics, to a taste of either Supply Chain or Human Resources. It’s your choice. Either way, you’ll develop the skills you need to go far. And you can decide where you want your career to take you. Begin a future as extraordinary as you.

Please note, that your application will involve completing three online exercises, designed to help us find out if you’re a future Lidl leader. You can find out more and complete a practice exercise when you visit:

As part of your application, you will also complete a video interview and face-to-face assessment centre. We look forward to receiving your application.


What you’ll do:

This is an incredibly rewarding opportunity to experience a placement year like no other. It’s the chance to build your leadership skills and find the direction you want to take. As you rotate through a series of placements, time will fly and you’ll gain great exposure in the following areas.

Sales: You’ll start as a Customer Assistant and get know the basics of Lidl before taking on management responsibilities. You’ll gain a well-rounded view of how our stores operate while testing your leadership skills.

Logistics: This module will give you great insight into our warehouse operations. You'll learn how to select products for orders, manage deliveries and find out what it takes to manage a team of up to 200.

Head Office: You’ll spend two weeks with our Head Office team, working with one department to discover what life is like inside our UK HQ.

Supply Chain/Human Resources: You’ll join one of our office-based teams in these areas, depending on which path you choose. Working alongside talented colleagues, you’ll become familiar with a range of essential tasks and projects.

Regional Project: Your regional management team will give you the responsibility and autonomy to run your very own project. This will give you vital exposure to project management and you’ll have the chance to make a lasting impact on the business. (Past projects have improved our audits and customer service training)

What you’ll need:

  • To be studying for an undergraduate degree in any subject
  • To already have some work, volunteering or extra-curricular experience (ideally)
  • A full UK/EU driving licence by 1st March 2023
  • To live (or relocate) within a one-hour commute of your chosen location
  • To be legally entitled to work in the UK on a full-time basis for the duration of your placement

Our assessment centre’s take place in the regions with expected dates to be within the months January or February 2023.

What you’ll receive:

This isn't getting by. This is getting what you deserve. Working at Lidl is rewarding, in every sense, because we give you the training to succeed in your role and plenty of opportunities to progress your career here. We're proud to offer a competitive salary of £23,000 per annum and 30 days’ holiday per year pro rata. Save for your future with our pension scheme or save today with a 10% in store discount, plus extra discounts on days out, cinema tickets and much more.

Please note your employment is conditional upon the Company's receipt of satisfactory references and if requested by the Company, a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Meet Annabel, one of our Placement Programme students!



You will be able to apply for a specific region whether that is near your University, family home or you are looking for an opportunity to experience somewhere new - it is down to you.

Start Date:

Upon offer we will inform you of your exact start date, this will be within the first 2 weeks of September 2022.

Our Locations

Check out the map below to see our regions and warehouse/office locations.

Lidl GB Locations