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Better Homes Leader

Älmhult, Sweden Business Development Full time
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Job Description

Job ID: R0007934

Date posted: 11/07/2024

In RA Kitchen and Appliances we are a diverse group of down-to-earth, straightforward people with a passion for home furnishing. We come from all over the world, but we share an inspiring vision: “to create a better everyday life for the many people”. We develop safe and affordable products for a beautiful, playful, and more convenient life at home. Everything we do is based on a spirit of togetherness and enthusiasm, and now we are looking for someone who share our positive attitude and values.

We are looking for a Better Homes Leader!

As a Better Homes Leader you lead the creation of home furnishing solutions with focus on activities around kitchen, appliances & bathroom within RA Kitchen & Appliances and RA Bathroom and collaborate with other Range Areas for the completeness. You work closely with the Product Design Developers, Commercial Offer Leader, and other Better Homes Leaders.

We are therefore looking for a person with a high level of home furnishing competence and the capability of creating coordinated solutions, from the start as well as adding to existing solutions, utilizing the IKEA styles and CMFs as a base. You are creative, knows what good looks like, can inspire and visualize, as well as organize your own time and schedule as well. You are excellent at communicating the range to different stakeholders across IKEA; within IoS, for media & communication purposes, towards Retail etc. In addition, you have competence in color, materials, and IKEA style groups. And most importantly, you have a strong feeling for what people LOVE around the globe and the desire to inspire people around you.

As a Better Homes Leader you will:

  • Identify opportunities based on life at home activities and work across RAs to create range coordination recipes to serve as the foundation for communication and media briefing.​
  • Facilitate coordination across different Home Furnishing Businesses for the Growth Plan agenda
  • Create coordination and style guides to visualize and communicate the range offer towards internal and external stakeholders
  • Contribute to the development of material expression guides within Range and Product Development 
  • Support other roles with a high level of home furnishing competence
  • Support and advice in matters covering style coordination, home-furnishing knowledge, consumer needs and long-term priorities
  • Support Product Design Developer and Range Managers in identifying range gaps and new opportunities
  • Gather insights in Life at Home and Home furnishing trends to share with the range team

The Better Homes Leader is a position that requires deep knowledge of the IKEA range, home furnishing & interior design, global market home furnishings and social demographics. To be successful in this role, we believe that you have a broad understanding of the IKEA media landscape and what works best in each media. You have senior interior design experience from work on a global or national level with a commercial perspective. We think you have a degree in Visual Merchandising, Interior Design or Fine/Applied arts or working experience of the same value.

As a person, you are the go-to person of the team. You should have the ability to build good and strong relations with people, creating a positive and creative working environment based on the IKEA values: You are organized and a self-starter and ensure that your deadlines are met. You are also a great team player enjoying connecting and collaborating with others.

  • Passion & knowledge about life at home and customer needs
  • An eye for styles, design, aesthetically combining materials, color, form, function and price
  • Able to form your own opinions and be firm with them
  • Structured and well-organized
  • Able to work under pressure and with many tasks ongoing simultaneously
  • Great communication skills (visual, verbal & written) and networking capabilities
  • Ability to lead without formal mandate
  • Independent and proactive
  • Knowledge about how to set a visual direction, identifying “the next thing”
  • Knowledge and experience in using digital tools like the DPD tool would be nice to have

Position is placed in Älmhult (Sweden).

More Information

August 5th 2024 is the closing date to apply for this role. Please send your application – CV and motivation – in English and tell us why you would be a good fit for this role. We look forward to hearing from you! Just so you know, we will be continuously reviewing applications and interviewing candidates and we will close the job ad once we've found the right candidate. 

Due to summer vacations the recruitment process we may be slow in coming back to you!

If you have questions regarding these roles, please contact hiring manager Nanette Weisdal, Any questions about the recruitment process, please reach out to Recruiter Christina Appelqvist, +46-766-113408.

At IKEA we believe that we’re better when we’re physically together for collaboration, dialogues and conversations. We believe in the power of human interactions; the informal chats, the energy, belonging and creativity generated by people being in the same place. Our approach is that we spend most of our time in the IKEA workplace and with flexibility to work from home when relevant.

Would you like to be part of creating a better everyday life for the many people? By developing affordable products and solutions for people all around the world? Älmhult is home to IKEA of Sweden and here the IKEA range is developed based on the Democratic Design process and made available to stores and customers across the world.