Trainee Buying Manager - Full Time - Glasgow, Scotland


  • Contact: Human Resources
  • Reference: GB-040526

Looking for a change in career? 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 individuals could be the perfect opportunity for you!Recruitment Process

  • Submit application online with CV and cover letter
  • If your CV is shortlisted, the first stage will be a 30 minute phone interview with our Recruitment team. Please note that these phone interviews are likely to take place from 17th December
  • If the phone interview is successful, you will be invited to an assessment day at our Buying Office in Glasgow. This is likely to take place during the first week of January 2019
  • What will you do?

    • Responsible for market observation and defining product ranges and qualities through conducting thorough Product Range Analysis
    • Preparing, conducting and maintaining negotiations and contracts with national suppliers
    • Defining and ongoing monitoring of product retail prices
    • Maintaining ongoing communication and relationship management with suppliers
    • Responsible for conception and implementation of category strategies
    • Ensuring full availability of the products in your categories in all listed regions
    • Managing the development of individual packaging and artwork for specified products
    • Managing and maintaining close working relationships with the International Buying department
    • Traveling to Lidl's UK Head Office in Wimbledon, South West London approximately once a month for training and/or meetings

    What will you need?

    • Some commercial experience is required, but previous buying experience is not neccessary
    • German language skills highly advantantageous
    • Self-motivated, able to work independently within a high pressured environment
    • Excellent communication skills
    • A naturally analytical mind-set with plenty of common sense
    • Excellent standard of numeracy
    • Entrepreneurial flair with a talent for negotiating
    • 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
    • Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills
    • The confidence to make tough decisions
    • A strong team player
    • A 2:1 degree in any discipline (business preferred)
    • A full driving license

    What do we offer?

    • Starting from £40,000 with the ability to earn up to £63,000 (dependent on experience)
    • Fully expensed company car including private mileage
    • 35 days holiday per annum (pro rata, including Bank Holidays)
    • Private Medical Insurance
    • A contributory pension scheme
    • Brilliant opportunities for quick progression to senior management and long term career prospects
    • 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

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