Kaufland continues to prepare for Australian entry

Posted by Andrea Hogan on 7th February 2018

Kaufland is continuing to prepare itself for an Australian launch, advertising a number of new local jobs.

Roles advertised recently include Head of Purchasing – Fresh Food, Head of Purchasing – Produce, Head of Purchasing – Non Perishable Food, Store Planner and Head of Marketing.

The discount German supermarket chain is also after a Quantity Surveyor and Junior Buyer.

Even more jobs likely on the cards

The advertised executive purchasing roles and marketing role mention that successful applicants will get to build their own department and teams.

These most recent job advertisements follow after Kaufland began 2018 by advertising for a number of jobs including property developers, architectural planning manager, building services engineer and Head of Business Intelligence.

Kaufland has not yet announced store numbers or locations for Australia but purchased its first Australian property in the outskirts of Adelaide’s CBD in October 2017.

At the time of the purchase, Kaufland told Australian Food News that the purchase was “an important step on the way to entering the Australian market.”

Kaufland also previously advertised other vacant positions in October 2017.

Kaufland is owned by the Schwarz Group, a privately-operated German company which also owns discount German supermarket chain, Lidl.

The company is headquartered in Neckarsulm, Germany and the first Kaufland store was opened in Neckarsulm in 1984. It describes itself as the world’s fourth largest retailer and stocks up to 60, 000 product lines.

Kaufland currently has more than 1, 230 stores across Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovakia. It employs approximately 150, 000 employees.

Alongside the usual supermarket staples and alcohol, Kaufland also sells general goods such as electronics, describing itself as a “hypermarket”. It has been compared to Australian chains like Woolworths’ Big W and Wesfarmers K-mart.


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