Lidl Graduate Program 1466 views

Graduate Programme Facts

# of Positions 7
Main Location Kolding, from 2023 Aarhus
Duration 18
Functions Procurement, IT, Finance, Sales, Marketing, HR, Central Logistics
Time per rotation 1-6 months
Requirements MSc Degree and Drivers Licence
Language Requirements Danish and English, German is an advantage

Applications Open
16 Nov
Applications Close
3 Jan
Programme Start
1 Aug

Our take on the Lidl Graduate Programme

Lidl has seen an impressive development since its humble beginnings in 1973 with a single store in Ludwigshafen in the southern part of Germany. The company has established itself in Denmark and is acquiring market shares and expanding with more shops.

Germany has a long history with using developing schemes for graduates and many larger German companies have today a graduate programme. The case is the same with Lidl that has made a well-developed programme, The Lidl International Graduate Programme. The company make sure you are introduced properly to the business and quickly develop a business acumen. The international rotation in the German headquarter is a nice touch, which will bring you closer to the strategic decisions, gather a deeper understanding and extent your network.

Finally, the graduate program offers good list of employer perks, including a car. However, one disadvantage can be that the main location will be Kolding, which can be less attractive to graduates that has been studying on for example Zealand.  On the upside, the company is planning to relocate to Aarhus in a newly-build, modern headquarter in 2023.

Graduate Programme Benefits

  • Unique career opportunities
  • A strong team spirit and network with Lidl Graduates from up to 32 Lidl countries
  • Mentoring scheme and individualized career path
  • Option for health care scheme
  • Discount scheme with several providers of travel, shopping, culture, fitness, etc.
  • Competitive salary package incl. Pension
  • Company car in the BMW 1 Series throughout the process
  • Language teaching

Application process

Cognitive test (1)
Shortly after applying
Video interview possibly followed by a phone interview
Primo January 2021
Personal profile, cognitive test (2) and personal conversation
January 2021

Stories from the Inside

Meet their people


Actual Graduate Progressions:

International Graduate – Marketing -> Project and Campaign Manager in Marketing

International Graduate – HR -> Project Manager, HR Development & Engagement

The Verdict

What's good
  • "Strong and well-developed programme"
  • "Tracks within most professional disciplines"
  • "You learn German"
What's not so good
  • "Located in Kolding until 2023"

Lidl Graduate Program

German retailer with more than 133 stores in Denmark

  • Rank: 26
  • Company size: 1001-5000
  • Global: Yes
  • Graduate programme: Yes
  • Intern programme: Yes

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