Sunday 24 September 2017

The rewards of retail

Store managers at Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland are given a high level of responsibility and a benefits package which includes a company car, health insurance and extensive training.

Leading retailer Lidl is on a recruitment drive for store managers for its Irish operation and is looking for people “with a strong sense of respect, trust, responsibility and recognition” to fill the roles.

According to Tara Cahill, head of recruitment and employer brand at Lidl Ireland, the store manager role attracts a variety of different people and backgrounds.

“It is exactly what makes our workforce interesting,” she says. “We look for candidates with a minimum of two years’ management experience in a previous role within a similar business sector.

“We also look for potential employees that are exceptionally focused on delivering excellent customer service. At Lidl we live each day with our corporate values at the forefront of everything we do.”

Lidl now employs over 5,000 people and has around 190 stores across the island of Ireland.

Store managers are responsible for managing, motivating and developing a team of customer assistants and deputy store managers and creating an environment of respect and trust.

They assist with the recruitment and development of the best possible talent to ensure the long-term success of the business and monitor staff costs, store productivity, inventory differences, write-offs and operational costs.

The level of responsibility and ownership given to management is one of the most attractive aspects of working with Lidl, in Cahill’s view.

“The opportunity to develop and manage staff gives you such a strong sense of pride. Seeing colleagues progress is rewarding,” she says. “In addition the store manager benefits package with Lidl is very appealing.”

The benefits package includes a company car, a company pension after one year, private employee medical insurance; initial training from an experienced team member and 20 days’ holidays a year, rising to 25 days after two years.

The opportunities to progress to senior level generally within Lidl are endless, notes Cahill.

“As a large multinational company, we not only offer opportunities for progression nationally but also internationally.

“We offer a variety of programmes to our management that provide opportunity for both personal and professional development.”

Training and career progression generally is very important within Lidl. For example, its Store Management Development initiative allows current store managers to undergo a blended mix of classroom and on-the-job learning. “The aim is to provide our store managers with the tools they need to perform at their very best,” says Cahill.

Lidl is currently recruiting store managers nationwide. For more information and to apply visit jobs.lidl.ie or jobs.lidl-ni.co.uk

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