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Steering & Leadership

Business Developer-Filled & Storage

Shanghai, China Business Development Full time
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Job Description

Job ID: REF18411C

Date posted: 11/07/2024

Company description

The IKEA brand is one of the most successful home furnishing brands in the world. We are a values-driven company with a passion for life at home. Our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. 

You see things a little differently. So do we. We believe that what you values are more important than what your CV says. We offer positions that will challenge your skills and let you grow. Come see things a little differently with us.

Job description

As a Business Developer, you will be an informal leader of a 3-member micro-team. With a Production Engineer, who takes cares of the production process and quality, and a Supply Planner who handles logistics. Based on the analysis, you will draw up an action plan once a year to reduce production costs and to develop better design for the customers, all within the framework of sustainability and ethical business practices.

You also can expect to:

  • Develop partnerships with suppliers – The micro team travels regularly, in order to solve production issues and to provide suppliers with feedback and help with the implementation of the action plan.
  • Create production calculations – Look for cost saving opportunities for both existing and new products.
  • Operation – Communicate with suppliers, the management in team meetings regarding project implementation and data entry.


To be successful in this role, below competences are important for you:

  • The art of dealing with people – empathy and great communication skills to coordinate your micro-team. This comes in handy when collaborating with suppliers and stakeholders in the IKEA supply chain.
  • An interest in production and discovering the latest technologies in home furnishing.
  • You know economics and finance – Understanding of company financials: cash flow, P&L, income statements and cost breakdowns.
  • Passion for business and the end-goal – Both will come in handy when negotiating with suppliers, where you are to be strict but fair. A solution-oriented person, concentrating on problem solving the regular business issues.
  • Analytical skills - working with numbers, negotiating prices, or setting priorities for your work, in a usually high paced and demanding environment.
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken. You are comfortable in presenting and engaging with stakeholders at all levels.

More Information

This position will be based in Shanghai. Travelling is a part of the assignment since we work closely with our suppliers. Please note that the selection process will take place continuously, which means that we may close the application process earlier than stated if we find the right candidates. So don’t delay, please send us your application in English as soon as possible.

Please note that we don’t accept application through email. All applications must be submitted through Smart Recruiters system.