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Product Design Developer - Range Area Store and Organise Furniture - IKEA of Sweden

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Älmhult, Sweden Design & Product Development Full time
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Job Description

Job ID: R0008024

Date posted: 11/07/2024

Do you want to be a part of creating a better everyday life for the many people? In Älmhult, Sweden you can. Älmhult is home to IKEA of Sweden. Here the IKEA range is developed and made available to stores and customers all over the world. We are here to offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. That is our promise, and we do this every day with great passion and energy. 

Range Area Store and Organise Furniture is a stable and successful business and has been for many years. To secure a future as successful as the past, we are building a renewed, improved, and wider livingroom offer for the future. 

Do you have a passion for home furnishings and creating a great offer? Are you inspired by people’s real life at home? Are you motivated by reaching more of the many people through a desirable and affordable range offer? Are you interested in leading product development, change, and improvements keeping the consumer and the business in focus?  

Right now, we are looking for a new Product Design Developer to Range Area Store and Organise furniture. 
 
We are looking for you who have a can-do attitude, who love delivering projects on time, who is a born coordinator (people & products) and who can react to current and future trends; colors, materials etc. We’re looking for you who have deep insights into the needs and dreams of consumers and their life-at-home realities across the globe and who have the know-how to lead design processes with an entrepreneurial & collaborative approach. 

As a Product Design Developer at IKEA of Sweden, you bring product ideas to life through attention to all dimensions of the IKEA Democratic Design process; form, function, sustainability, low price, and quality. 

As a Product Design Developer, you will be part of engaging the full capabilities of the value chain (from supplier to consumer) to deliver democratic design products with a unique IKEA identity to create a better everyday life for many people. You will work together with a multifunctional team of experts in design, sourcing & supply, engineering, marketing & communication, and sales. Together with your team, you create the final home furnishing product through a holistic and customer-centric approach. 

As a Product Design Developer for RA Store and Organise furniture, you are responsible for: 

Led the design development of better products delivering to all 5 dimensions of Democratic design being the specialist in form and function always starting with the price tag 

The content of the product development project with both vision and action 

Securing IKEA's unique identity and Democratic Design in each and every product 

Transforming knowledge in life at home to insights and into actions on a product level 

Co-creating with development partners throughout the total value chain, from consumer to supplier 

When applicable, utilizing existing platforms, shared solutions, standard colors and materials to design for the lowest price possible 

Identifying and enabling stories of the product design development to be used in communication 

Contributing to creating a high-performing project team 

Contributing to creating the Range and Product plan 

Qualifications 

In order to be successful, you need to work closely with your team members and be capable of visualizing ideas and concepts in a simple, clear, and inspirational way to bring people on board in the product development process. You may also work in close collaboration with other project teams within the business area, as well as across other departments. 

A Product Design Developer is someone who has a genuine interest in people, their life at home, and developing products; someone who has the ability to see things from a consumer’s perspective and conceptualize things that don’t exist. In order to be successful in the job as a Product Design Developer, we expect you to have a university degree in a design discipline or product development, or equivalent knowledge and several years of experience in working with product development. 

A Product Design Developer is someone who is innovative, curious, and likes to challenge the existing. Someone with the ability to work with conceptual ideas, who is able to turn these into actual solutions and lead the content of the project from start to end. 

You have an eye for design and get motivated by finding new ways of working. You are energetic, driven, and determined, enjoy working closely with people, at a fast pace, and have great communication skills. 

Additional information 

IKEA of Sweden is a truly global environment, with colleagues from all over the world and you therefore need to communicate well in English, both verbally and in writing. 

Does this sound like your next challenge? 

We look forward to receiving your application – CV and letter of motivation – in English by latest 9th of August. 

Please note that since it is summertime (vacations coming up..) it might take longer than usual before you hear from us. We will not start our interviews until earliest August.

This is a full-time job position, located in Älmhult, Sweden. 

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Hiring Manager Johan Lagerström at johan.lagerstrom@inter.ikea.com. If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Recruiter, Jonas Levin at jonas.levin@inter.ikea.com
 

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