SuperValu is Ireland’s leading supermarket brand, with more than 220 stores and over 15,000 employees right across Ireland. Shopping in SuperValu is not like any other supermarket, we like to think of it as an experience rather than a hassle. Our stores are full of unique characters that give the SuperValu brand a distinctive personality. We are rooted in communities, which means we understand the needs of local people and families. We’re passionate about real food and we are committed to providing wholesome food that is great value for our shoppers. Working at SuperValu is more than just a job, it’s an opportunity to make an impact on local communities and bring your own unique character and ideas to our business.
SuperValu is a network of independent food retailers, and the SuperValu brand is owned by Musgrave, Ireland’s leading food retail and wholesale company. Musgrave is a 140-year-old family-run business, with strong values and a commitment to supporting vibrant communities. At SuperValu, shoppers and employees get the best of both worlds. Stores are independently owned and operated by local people who are rooted in communities and committed to the local economy, but the brand benefits from being part of a national food group and multi-billion-euro business.
At SuperValu our greatest strength is our people. We bring food to life for our customers and make their everyday shopping experience better. We are down-to-earth and approachable, but we are also knowledgeable and take pride in being able to talk to customers about food. By joining SuperValu you’ll have the opportunity to bring your unique strengths to our friendly and dedicated teams. In return we’ll help you to grow and thrive in your chosen role.
We’re looking for passionate food lovers who can lead a team and manage every aspect of our stores – people who are as committed as we are to ‘real food, real people’ and delivering honest wholesome food to shoppers at great value every day. This is your opportunity to thrive in a role, and impact on local families and communities in Ireland.
If you’re excited by the idea of a customer-facing role, if you love food, and you want to grow within a market-leading brand, then there are plenty of opportunities in our stores. You’ll be able to make your mark and bring your own personality to the business, make connections with local people and become a part of a vibrant local community.
From our butcher counters, to our deli, from our scratch bakeries to our fish counters, we are delivering not just great customer service, but also a knowledge of and passion for food to help our customers make better choices every day. Our character and pride in our work is what makes shopping in SuperValu unique and pleasurable. Discover the range of in-store roles we have available.
Below is an example of a typical career path that some of our employees have followed. As all our stores are unique, so too are the opportunities available and this is just one example. You will be supported with learning and development at each step to grow your skills and knowledge as you progress in your career.
We asked some of our colleagues in-store about their experience working in Supervalu and their career journey so far.
Deli Manager, SuperValu Navan, Meath
I have been working in Smith's SuperValu in Navan for over 15 years. I moved to Ireland when I was 20 years old and it was my first job here (and the only one so far!). I started as a Sales Assistant in the Deli, was mentored by the Store Manager and Musgrave Food Advisor and got promoted to Deli Manager after 2 years. I've been in that role ever since. I am also a Food Safety Champion promoting food safety legislation in the store and encouraging other team members to follow good food safety practices, as training, supervision, and instruction are essential legal requirements for all food handlers
I began my career in retail, working part-time while I was studying at college. I liked retail because I made friends, liked being on my feet and feeling space around me in the store. At this time I worked in the grocery department and learnt how to merchandise, order, stocktake, manage compliance and deliver great customer service. I also learnt some key behaviours that have stuck with me throughout my career - the importance of showing up on time, looking the part, being part of a team and having each other's back.
After finishing my college diploma in financial management, I started in a management position with a fashion and homeware retail store, in the drapery/hardware department. However, after a period of time I realised that my real passion was food retailing and I wanted to return to this. I took up a position with the Nally’s Supervalu in Kildare as a Trainee Manager, where I received great training and experience and worked in a fantastic team who really supported each other.
My career in retail started when I was 16 years old and I was still in school, working in SuperValu Wellingtonbridge part-time, on evenings and weekends. I was an Honours student up to Leaving Cert year but chose not to go to college after finishing school. I knew even back then that I wanted a career in retail.
I started my position as a Trainee Manager when I was 19 years of age and within one year my manager put me on the Musgrave Trainee Manager programme. The training included completing a rotation around the store, spending 3 months in different areas, project work and working though the challenges and learnings along the way.
I began my career in retail seven years ago. Before this time I had worked in a factory, in construction and owned my own business. In 2010 due to the economic crash I found myself without a business and a job. I needed to diversify and took up a cookery course for ten weeks in the interim as I liked to cook. This began my love affair for cooking and, in particular, baking.
I went onto complete a three-year degree programme in DIT (now TU Dublin) at 40 years old. I had a tough time at school and never really understood why. It was when I was at college that I finally went and did something about it and I was then diagnosed with dyslexia. The college really understood what was required from me, how to support me and how to enable me to learn and develop with dyslexia. So much so that I was awarded Student of the Year and won a scholarship to Belgium, Germany and Poland.