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If you're looking for a new role or considering a career change or you're a school-leaver who's unsure about what to do next, the good news is you've got plenty of career options to choose from.
Even if returning to education isn't right for you at the moment, there are still so many exciting opportunities out there to choose from, where you can learn all the skills you need on the job.
If you're looking for a fresh start and a new role, Centra and SuperValu offer so many different career paths, ideal for those looking to work in a customer service role where no two days are the same.
With loads of sales and management roles available in stores nationwide, it could be the perfect solution for any school-leavers or job seekers looking for their next step.
With that in mind, here's everything you need to know about career opportunities at SuperValu and Centra...
Sales Assistant Roles
Do you love working with people and learning new skills? SuperValu and Centra offer Sales Assistant roles that are customer focused and people orientated, with some amazing opportunities for progression too.
Katie, an Assistant Manager in a Centra in Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, began working in the shop part-time while she was in secondary school, continuing to work there while she studied to become a Beauty Therapist in college.
"I worked on the checkouts, stacking shelves and general cleaning duties throughout the shop. During this time, I learnt how to operate the tills, how to manage money and the importance of customer care."
After graduating, she worked in a beauty salon for about six months and after realising it wasn't right for her, returned to the Centra store. There, she was given the opportunity to progress to a management role, and get some qualifications to back it up.
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There are a range of management roles available in SuperValu and Centra stores nationwide, such as Trainee Managers and Assistant Managers, giving you the chance to learn essential team management skills on the job.
When Katie returned to Centra, she was given the opportunity to progress to a management role, where her responsibilities included "running the cash office, putting together the rosters and maintaining of pricing throughout the store. I also worked on payroll, invoicing and accounts."
A year later, an opportunity arose for Katie to further her education through Centra as she took on a Business Higher Certificate in Retail Management and a degree in Retail Management through TU Dublin. "This helped me to gain more knowledge and confidence and I now feel I have more opportunities to branch off in different directions in retail."
Fresh Food Roles
Across their delis, bakeries and butchery counters, both Centra and SuperValu have loads of fresh food roles for anyone interested in a career surrounding food preparation and customer care, with opportunities for career progression along the way.
Declan, Group Bakery Manager for SuperValu's Wexford stores, found himself without a job after the economic crash. As he always enjoyed cooking, he took up a 10-week cookery course which kickstarted his passion for baking and led him to pursuing a baker role at the SuperValu St. Aidan's store in Wexford.
"I took up a full-time position as a baker in the St Aidan's store and within three months became the Head Baker in that store. When I became the Head Baker there were five staff working in the department and now there are 24. The sales targets that were set to be achieved over five years were achieved in the first six weeks of the new bakery department opening up in St Aidan's."
Declan's career has gone from strength to strength since then, as he was appointed to Group Bakery Manager in 2019. In this role, he's responsible for six stores and their teams, as well as growing the bakery sales in each store.
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