Our Buyers influence every aspect of our product range: from which products we sell, to the way they look, their price – and the profit. Which is why they’re integral to the business and in this role, you will be too as you get to know the ins and outs of one of the most varied and influential areas in the organisation.
The Buying Graduate Management Programme will take you through an intense, demanding but incredibly rewarding 2 years of development. You'll experience everything from working in our stores to negotiating products and contracts on an international scale.
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 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.
This opportunity is within two areas, at our Head Office in Wimbledon, London and in our Motherwell office in Scotland. Apply for the area that you want to work within to be considered.
Our Assessment Centre will be held in mid 2020 in London.
Start dates can vary from June 2020 to September 2020 depending on the area you have chosen and your availability, this will be confirmed during the process.
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