Centra is Ireland’s leading convenience brand, with over 480 bright and accessible stores and more than 11,700 employees right across Ireland. We are dedicated to giving our customers the best shopping experience, high quality food and drink, and quick solutions for busy lives. We’re passionate about healthy living and being active – taking every opportunity to guide our shoppers to make better food choices and ‘Live Everyday’. Centra has won numerous awards for the way we have redefined convenience shopping, whether that’s the new food ranges we have developed, the service we offer or the modern store designs we have created. Working with Centra is more than just a job, it’s an opportunity to join an energic and motivated team of people based in one of Ireland’s vibrant communities.
Centra is a network of independent food retailers, and the Centra brand is owned by Musgrave, Ireland’s leading food retail and wholesale company. Musgrave is 145-year-old family-run business, with strong values and a commitment to supporting vibrant communities. At Centra, 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.
We’re looking for committed, enthusiastic food lovers, who can lead a team and manage every aspect of our stores. This is your opportunity to thrive in a role, grow within a market-leading nationwide brand; and have an impact on local communities in Ireland.
From our deli to our bakeries, 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. Your character and pride in your work is what makes shopping in Centra unique and pleasurable. Discover the range of in-store roles we have available.
If you’re excited by the idea of a customer-facing role, if you love food, or 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 energy and ideas to the role.
We offer a range of exciting career paths in all departments of our stores. 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 Centra and their career journey so far.
Centra, Castle Street, Sligo.
I started working in Centra as a Sales Assistant. I was 22 and had just finished studying for a business degree. I didn't know what I wanted to do but I knew that I didn't want a 9 to 5 office job. I had previous retail experience and was told of my management potential at that time, but I still wasn't sure. What I did know was that I enjoyed the buzz of working in retail. Read More.
Centra, Borrisoleigh Tipperary.
I started working in Centra on a part-time basis when I was in school, mainly on Saturdays and Sundays. 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. Read More.
Centra Curragh Camp
I started working in retail at the age of 15 in SuperValu as a part-time sales assistant. At 16 the manager asked me to move to working more hours in the evenings and I started to actively look to upskill in all departments. I had a curiosity and wanted to know how and why you do things. I spent time learning on the job in the butchery department, the bakery, deli, and back office. Read More.
HR & Operations Manager
Centra – Lee Group, Charleville, Cork & Pallasgreen, Limerick
I started part time working in Lee’s Centra in Charleville when I was 19. I was doing a four-year degree in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick in Childcare. I worked full time for all the holidays and part time during college. During this time, I was given responsibility of opening and closing the store along with other responsibilities. Within 6 months I was promoted to Supervisor on my shift. Read More.