Guest Post: Naeem Desai – Life on the Lidl Graduate Management Programme, part 2

Naeem is a graduate of MSc Management, and has recently started on the Lidl Graduate Management Programme. He will be sharing his experiences over the coming months.

My first day in the Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) started with an introduction to the team, including the Regional Director and Senior Managers. I was then trained on how to do the job of a Warehouse Operative, and I was picking stock that would be sent out to the 96 stores serviced by the RDC. It wasn’t long after this that I was training new employees on how to do the same role.


The amount of responsibility given to me was phenomenal and by the end of the first week I was given my own recruitment project to manage, which essentially was to recruit and train new employees for the RDC, and to manage the Human Resource matters for over two hundred existing employees. I was trusted and considered capable of managing such an important project independently. I’m continuously challenging myself because I want to develop. I’m learning so many new things, and juggling so many different tasks. Having so much responsibility helps me grow as a person, and I love every minute of what I do. It’s true what they say; no two days are the same at Lidl.


Here’s an example of what one-day looks like in the life of a Lidl Graduate:

7:45 Tea and Oreos!!

8:00 Team Briefing Meeting

8:30 Prepare For Recruitment Project Meeting

9:00 New Employee Company Inductions

10:30 Train New Employees

11:45 Lunch

12:15 First Round Interviews

14:00 Second Round Interviews

16:15 Employee Disciplinary Hearing

17:30 Recruitment Project Meeting

18:30 Finished For The Day!