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Robert Beirne, Logistics Project Manager, Lidl Ireland

Winning the gradireland Award was a truly fantastic moment...

Degree subject BSc (Hons) in Technology Management (NCI)
Job title Logistics Project Manager
Employer Lidl

Why did the Lidl graduate programme appeal to you?

I was first made aware of the Lidl graduate programme through a careers fair in my college. Lidl had a stand set up in the atrium of the college and were inviting students to speak to their current graduates. This really appealed to me as it gave me the opportunity to actually speak to graduates who were currently on the programme and not just someone from the HR department. Throughout college I had been working in a transport company and it was something that I had really enjoyed. when I read the description for the Logistics stream on the Lidl careers website, it was evident that that was the one for me to apply for, as a Lidl graduate, you really “learn from the ground up.”

Can you tell us a bit about the selection process?

The application form, although may seem straight forward and easy to fill in, was something which I really spent a bit of time on when answering. I felt it was important to fully expand on all answers and to really sell myself for the potential position. The next phase of the process was the assessment centre. The Lidl graduate assessment centre day was not only a great experience but also gave me a real insight into how exactly a big multinational company like Lidl actually works.

How tough is the programme and what did it teach you about yourself?

I would describe the Lidl graduate programme as “challenging” rather than “tough”. Lidl graduates are given high levels of responsibility; working to tight deadlines and getting difficult projects over the line are all in a day’s work for a Lidl graduate. what I learned from my time spent on the Lidl graduate programme is that you will face different types of challenges on a daily basis and it’s how you deal with and overcome these challenges which is the key to success.

What does your daily job involve and what’s exciting about it?

Currently I am responsible for all of Lidl’s waste and recycling accounts. my typical day is made up of managing contractors to ensure all SLAs are maintained and achieved. I am also responsible for developing and monitoring our KPI’s. A big part to my role is project managing, what I find most exciting about my job is that no one day is the same, your time is key as you will have numerous amounts of different projects running at the same time so being able to prioritise and multi-task is extremely important.

Can you tell us a bit about how it felt to win the gradireland Graduate Employee of the Year Award?

Winning the gradireland Graduate Employee of The Year Award was a truly fantastic moment, and it was a great night! I had put a great deal of time and effort into the submission so that it would include all aspects of my work and what I had achieved while on the Lidl Graduate Programme.

What are your plans for your future career?

My plans for the future with Lidl are to further develop and expand my skills set within the company’s logistics department. I have recently taken over responsibility of an additional section in logistics, focusing on the maintenance, operational health & safety and compliance. This Autumn I will also be flying over to Germany to spend some time training in the Lidl International Head Office in Neckarsulm. while there, my time will be focused on business areas such as Transport, waste & Recycling and Operational Processes.