German supermarket chain Kauf­land is hiring key staff for Australia

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Kauf­land, the German supermarket giant, has stepped up its move into the Australian market.

The company, owned by privately held Schwarz Group, one of the world’s largest retailers, is advertising key positions in Australia.

Among them is “Head of Business Intelligence” based in Melbourne’s CBD.

“Build The Company’s Business Intelligence Capability from Scratch,” says the job advert.

“Work with One of the World’s Largest Retailers. Additional Annual Leave with Service. Create and a support a Retail Business Intelligence Team that can empower Kaufland Australia departments with relevant insights and analyses.”

The company also wants to hire property developers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. The company typically likes to own its retail sites rather than lease them.

Kaufland is what’s known as a hypermarket chain with warehouse-style stores more like Costco than Coles or Woolworths.

Of the $90.3 billion spent at Australian supermarkets in the year to March, Woolworths got 35.7%, Coles 33.2% and IGA about 9%.

Another German supermarket chain, Aldi, has built what is believed to be a bigger than 10% share of the Australian market and is pushing harder into the eastern states.

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