What you'll do
Consider yourself to be a Foodie you’re our product developer after all
Be comfortable in supporting your Head of Department making multi million pound decisions and devising solutions to complex problems you help drive the decisions for your categories
After training, you will be expected to lead a category and assume responsibility and accountability for everything from the tasting of samples to the sign off of packaging design our success is down to you
Manage the critical path from product concept to launch into our depots and ensure the stock arrives on time
Entrepreneurial flair with a talent for negotiating and networking at the highest levels you’ll be in daily discussions with not only Account Managers, but also Commercial and Managing Directors of some of the UK’s biggest manufactures
Be confident presenting to Buying Directors and Board Directors internally
Use your sharp analytical skills along with the ability to identify trends, forecast sales and analyse data to support commercial decisions but don’t be afraid to go with your gut feeling
After training, you will be in position to negotiate the best possible commercial terms for the business with a drive for achieving outstanding results
Constantly striving to improve our customer offer. Getting better never stops.
Collaborate with your fellow buyers and colleagues in other departments, but ultimately have the initiative to drive your own work independently
Spinning lots of plates at any one time multi tasking has to be your thing!
Reports into one of the Heads of Buying as part of a team of buyers
What you'll need
Be passionate about the food retail industry
Experience working in an buying environment, ideally within retail.
Experience within food retail is desirable but not essential
Possession of a full UK driving licence
Already live - or happy to relocate - within a one-hour commute of Lidl GB Head Office, Tolworth, Surrey
To be legally entitled to work in the UK on a full-time basis
German language skills desirable but not essential
Common sense, pragmatic, logical and quick thinking are all the words people would use to describe you
Self-starter with entrepreneurial spirit
A positive mental attitude at all times even in stressful situations
Be assertive and confident in your communication skills
Have presence, confidence and conviction in your ideas
Works well under pressure and to tight and often conflicting deadlines
A 2 : 2 degree or above in any discipline
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 extensive training to succeed in your role and plenty of opportunities to progress your career here.
We're proud to offer a competitive salary from £47, up to £59,* (depending on experience) with 35 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.
includes 10% non-contractual London Weighting allowance