Acquisitions Manager

Location UK / Antrim

Job Type Permanent full-time

Salary Not disclosed

Updated 1 week ago

Reference 1406145

 Job Description

Acquisitions Manager

Our Business

Lidl is the leading discount retailer in Europe trading in 30 countries and operating almost 10,000 stores with recent expansion into the USA. We entered the Irish market in 2000 and now have over 190 stores and 4,500 employees across the island of Ireland.

Our Head Office is currently based in Tallagh, Dublin 24. We have 4 Regional Distribution Centres across the island of Ireland.

The Role

Assist with the ongoing acquisition and development of a quality property portfolio for an international multi-site grocery retailer. Manage aspects of the site acquisition process including

  • site identification and appraisal,
  • negotiation and exchange of purchase / lease agreements,
  • management of the planning permission process and
  • procurement of all necessary statutory approvals.

Market Strategy

  • Assist in the development of detailed strategy within an assigned region to meet with the company’s expansion and relocation objectives.
  • Tracking of competitors’ locations, acquisitions strategy, turnover development and other relevant information.
  • Assist in the analysis of all available statistics e.g. demographics, traffic information.


  • Assist in the identification of suitable sites by analysing development plans and all other relevant market information to ensure compliance with the company’s established criteria.
  • Research and identify potential issues and risks associated with each site.
  • Prepare a detailed return on investment appraisal for each proposed site culminating in projected development expenditure and turnover.
  • Negotiate heads of terms with site owners / landlords.
  • Propose selected sites for consideration.
  • Assist in the review and management of purchase / lease agreements to ensure accurate representation of agreed terms.
  • Assist with the complete legal process through to contract closing.

Planning Permission / Building Regulation Approvals

  • Assist with the management, preparation and submission of planning permission applications via an external consultant team.
  • Attend meetings with Local Authorities on behalf of the company.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with property agents, potential business partners, professional organisations and the wider property community.
  • Continually keep abreast of market and industry trends, government policy and legislation.
  • Increase professional and technical knowledge by reading professional publications.

Administration / Compliance

  • Assist in the achievement of financial objectives by preparing detailed budgets, analysing variances to plan and initiating corrective action.
  • Assist with preparing regular reports and updates to advise on status of all live sites.
  • Administration for assigned region in line with company policy.
  • Ensure compliance with requirements, policies and regulations by enforcing adherence to corporate systems, policies, procedures and legislation, advising management on required actions.
  • Develop and manage good business relationships with company business partners, such as lawyers, architects and engineers

Your Profile

  • Qualified to degree level in Property, Planning, Surveying, Construction or related discipline or have at least 5 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Excellent MS products skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills & communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Self-motivated and able to work unsupervised individually or as part of a team.
  • Strong administration, organizational, documentation and analytical skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under strict timescales to meet deadlines and work on multiple tasks at one time ensuring that all tasks are completed.
In Return
  • £40,500 rising to £50,000 within 4 years
  • 29 days holidays per annum (pro rata, including Bank Holidays) rising to 34 days after 2 years’ continuous service
  • Company pension after 1 year
  • Company car
  • Full training in your new role
  • An exciting and diversified role
  • A pleasant team oriented work environment
  • Ample opportunity to recommend and implement improved processes & procedures based on your findings

Lidl is an equal opportunities employer.