Retailer Lidl to create 600 jobs

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Supermarket Lidl is to hire 600 staff over the next two years following major growth in its share of the Irish market.

Recruitment will commence immediately for roles in store operations, warehousing, distribution, and head office.

The jobs will add to the 4,000-strong Irish workforce already employed by the company.

According to recent Kantar WorldPanel market share analysis, the low-cost German retailer continues to deliver month-on-month increases in market share which now stands at 11.9% of the grocery market.

There are a variety of roles on offer in store operations such as managers, deputy managers, and store assistants to support the growing store network and ongoing extension of existing stores in 146 locations.

Further recruitment will also be undertaken in warehouse and distribution support, in particular for Lidl’s largest warehouse which is in planning at Newbridge in Kildare.

The head office roles include those in buying, which oversees the purchase of over €500m worth of Irish-sourced goods from 180 suppliers annually as well as administration, accounting and finance, property and facilities management, marketing, communications, and human resources.

The retailer said all roles “will provide opportunities for long-term career advancement” and stressed its strong workplace reputation.

It said that in the 2016 Ireland RepTrak report it was ranked seventh overall for its workplace reputation.

Lidl, which opened its first stores in Ireland in 2000, recently published an independent economic report which said the retailer has contributed €1.5bn to the economy in the past 16 years.

Commenting on the jobs announcement, HR director with Lidl in Ireland Maeve McCleane said the jobs were a sign that the retailer was going “from strength to strength”.

“Lidl is now recognised as a leading employer of significant scale in Ireland and with that brings a wealth of opportunities for ambitious and dynamic people with a passion for delivering exceptional service for Lidl Ireland’s 1.5m weekly customers, whether they work in store or in a variety of other roles throughout our business,” she said.

Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the 600 jobs were a “vote of confidence” in the Irish economy and workforce.

“It is encouraging to see recruitment across all parts of the business which will provide opportunities for those with a wide variety of skills.

“I am particularly pleased that much of this employment will be spread across the country in Lidl’s stores, regional offices and distribution centres which is a key objective of the Government’s regional jobs plan,” she said.

Information on all vacancies are available on www.jobs.lidl.ie