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Productie & Supply Chain Management

Production Engineer - CAT Paper

Prague, Czechia Kwaliteit & Lean Fulltime
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Job ID: R0007690

Publicatiedatum: 17/05/2024

Company description

Do you have a solid base in manufacturing and product development methodologies? Would you like a position where you work in a truly international environment? Then this might be a chance for you!

About IKEA

One brand, many companies, and many, many people – that’s us in a nutshell. Spread all over the world, we have a passion for home furnishing and an inspiring shared vision: to create a better everyday life for the many people. This, together with our straightforward business idea, shared values, and a culture based on the spirit of togetherness, guides us in everything we do.

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. To meet the needs of our customers we have a unique business model and value chain. It includes product development, design, supply, manufacture and sales. And of course, it starts and ends with our customers.

As Purchasing Development, we purchase the materials and the production capacity to produce both home furnishing products and food. We have more than 1,200 co-workers global wide and operates in 27 locations, this includes 6 category areas and Wood Supply & Forestry.

IKEA Purchasing Services (Czech Republic) spol. s r. o. is a purchasing organization which cooperates with furniture and home furnishing manufacturers located in Europe on producing furniture with perfect design and quality for many people, and which ensures distribution into retail stores IKEA worldwide. We are a team of about 150 co-workers of over 20 nationalities.

Your Opportunity

At IKEA, we see things a little differently. We onboard our suppliers as partners with whom we create long-term relationships. We want them to grow with us, become more efficient and achieve lower prices.

•    You can have the confidence and freedom to do things your own way, including organizing your time. Your well-being is our priority. A variety of rewarding work awaits you, which you will be able to combine alongside your hobbies or family.

•    Use opportunities for learning and growth working with suppliers! You will be able to travel to look at various manufacturing companies, understand new and different technologies, people and cultures.

•    Everybody is seen as a talent. In regular informal talks with your manager you can explore your development and career opportunities. We will support you on the way by internal and external trainings. We embrace making mistakes and learning from them.

As a part of Category Paper Products, you will have access to a huge knowledge base and experience in both leadership and paper material, production and value chain. We offer trust and space to test and try, explore, make mistakes and learn from it, and develop us and our partners. 

Luboš has been working at IKEA for 15 years, now as a Production Engineer. He says this about his work experience:

"When you mention IKEA, 90% of people think of a huge department store. They have no idea what's behind it. At IKEA Purchasing, we are like the lighting and sound engineers just like in the theatres. We are not in the forefront, but our important task in the background is to ensure the quality of products for IKEA customers. And we have perfect scenery, I mean the entire supply-chain landscape of a large, international company.".

Job description

You will work in a small, 3-member micro-team with a Business Developer who negotiates prices and take care of the overall commercial relation with the supplier and a Supply Planner who handles logistics. As part of the annual action plan, you will be responsible for the constant improvement of the quality of IKEA products as well as the production process and workflow through tools such as 5S, Lean, and machine capacity utilization. All with the aim of reducing production inefficiencies, in terms of sustainability and business ethics. You will also perform:

•    Developing relationships with suppliers – the micro-team regularly travels to the field in order to understand and solve issues firsthand, we see production from the ground up, help with the implementation of action plans, and cooperate in audit processes.

•    Data analytics – this will be a primary function and most of your office-hours.

•    Operation – helping suppliers with entering up-to-date product documents into the system to secure compliance, resolving claims/deviations from A to Z, regular communication with suppliers (emails, calls), meetings with management and the team, setting plans to start up new articles in production.


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

  • Proven experience in Quality & Compliance / Production environment, good knowledge of materials properties, production processes and technologies - minimum 3 years of experience.
  • The ability to think out-of-the-box and critically in the constant search for ways to improve our products.
  • Analytical thinking, which you will use in analysing processes from the beginning of product implementation, to data evaluation and finding improvements, cost savings, better design or quality.
  • Patience and good communication to help you find common ground with suppliers of different nationalities and to meet IKEA’s business demands.
  • The ability to manage time well, to balance between the factory floor and office work.
  • Being an active driver (driving licence B) - travelling is a part of the assignment since our engineers work closely with our suppliers. 

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Additional Information

This position will be based in Prague.

The selection process will take place continuously, so please send in your application (CV and letter of motivation) in English as soon as possible but latest July 31, 2024. Please note that we don’t accept application through email.

If you have questions about the position, please contact hiring manager Patricia Normand, Business Development Manager, at If you have questions about the recruitment process, please contact Lucie Drastilová, P&C Generalist, at

We are looking forward to your applications!


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