My journey started at a careers fair. I spoke to a couple of members of the HR team and I did some research on gradireland. I got a real insight into what the programme entails. It has a really strong reputation and offers real, early responsibility. And it’s one of the top companies in Europe.
I started in Sales for a couple of months, working in two different Lidl stores. I got to experience different roles from Assistant right up to Area Manager. It was truly fascinating to see the inner workings of the stores and how everyone’s role played a part. I then went to Mullingar for Warehouse training and again worked from Warehouse Operative up to Logistics Manager. From a Logistics point of view, this was probably the most beneficial part to my training programme. It showed me how both the stores and the warehouse link up and play a vital part in the overall business structure.
I’m now in the Logistics Department at Head Office. I now have full responsibility for all waste and recycling accounts for IE and NI. My typical day can get quite busy. I move between managing contractors and their SLAs, developing and monitoring KPIs and project managing nationwide rollouts of costsaving initiatives. And you always have to expect the unexpected.
When you’re applying, do your research. Make sure your CV is tailored to the role and business where you’re applying. Most jobs need good time management, problem solving and communication skills. Evidence of these skills is just as important as your academic qualifications.
Robert Beirne was awarded ‘Graduate Employee of The Year’ and his current position is Logistics Project Manager.