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Sustainability Specialist, Sustainability Team

Assago, Italy Sustainability Full time
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Job Description

Job ID: REF18625Y

Date posted: 05/07/2024

Company description

The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people – our customers, co-workers, and suppliers. To be able to work close to our Supply Partners all over the world, 7 Supply Areas (SAs) within a total of 24 SA offices are established. 

Supply Area South is one of the total seven Supply  Areas within IKEA, and our co-workers are based in Istanbul, Bucharest, Milano, Pratteln and Karachi.

Job description

We are currently looking for a Sustainability Specialist in Sustainability Team based in Milan office.

Being the Sustainability Specialist, you will support business teams and will work closely with others on daily basis. You will secure that all IKEA requirements related to sustainability are met by IKEA business partners in Supply Area South. This will be done by performing IWAY (IKEA Supplier Code of Conduct) and other traceability, sustainability compliance verifications, implementation, and support activities in accordance with all relevant working methods.

The purpose of the Sustainability Specialist in the Supply Area South is to support the business in implementing and verifying sustainability-related requirements. The Sustainability Specialist is also responsible to secure that the IWAY (our code of conduct including sustainability strategy) and Supply Chain Security ways of working are understood and in place.

Your tasks will include:

  • Plan and perform IWAY verification, implementation, and support activities, in accordance with IWAY Working Methods and all other relevant mandatory documents at IKEA business partners
  • Responsible to perform initial sustainability compliance assessments for new suppliers
  • Responsible for root cause analysis of non-compliance and for creating understanding for the supplier in order to achieve compliance
  • Responsible to gather and analyse information and facts to draw conclusions about compliance/non-compliance, using auditing methods including in-depth interviews with individual and/or group interviews with different parties at the supplier
  • Secure timely and accurate verification information in the planning and reporting tools
  • Together with the business teams work to set priorities and goals for the Category and specific suppliers to execute sustainability actions/priorities
  • Responsible to secure the collection, verification, aggregation, and reporting of sustainability data and provide relevant analysis to support business decisions for the development of the specific suppliers
  • Facilitate sustainability-related trainings for business teams and suppliers.
  • Plan and execute sustainability projects in the region and on country level (e.g. circularity, renewable energy, secondary raw material)
  • Act as an ambassador of IKEA values

  • University degree in sustainability or one of the following engineering fields (environmental, chemical, or industrial)
  • Good knowledge and understanding of sustainability-related global and local trends and their impacts on the total business
  • Good understanding of different industrial setups, market-specific conditions, and macro-economic conditions
  • Good understanding of different supply chains and ability to identify the links to create, lead and execute sustainable business projects
  • Knowledge of management systems: ISO 14001, SA8000, OHSAS, and so on
  • Knowledge on Energy Management systems:  ISO 50001
  • Understanding of the upcoming EU legislations such as EU-DR, CSRD, CSDDD
  • Good understanding of IWAY, IKEA Code of Conduct and good verification skills, ability to conduct verification activities
  • Good knowledge of project management tools and methodology
  • Have an interest in people’s life at home; energy, drive, and commitment to deliver better products for the many people
  • Having fluency in English, Italian and Spanish (both spoken and written usage) is a must, Portuguese or French is a plus
  • Are honest with high integrity
  • Are highly willing to travel
  • Strong analytical skills
  • An active driver with a valid driving license

More Information

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, you are welcome to contact People & Culture Generalist Melike Asaner ( If you have any questions about the role, please contact Sustainability Manager Selen Karaca (

We are looking forward to your application! Please submit both your CV and motivation letter in English by 27th July 2024. We are reviewing applications as they come through, so don’t wait to apply!

Please note that we will be interviewing continuously, which means that we may close the application process earlier than stated if we find the right candidate.