Solution Architect

  • Älmhult, Sweden
  • Full-time

Company Description

What is IKEA Communication

The mission of IKEA Communication (ICOM) is to create and produce excellent communication that positions IKEA as a strong, unique and meaningful brand. We contribute to IKEA with global consumer centric and content driven communication. We strive for an agile way of working in an everlasting journey of developing the business. At ICOM we believe that our workplaces should be about people. They should be sustainable and reflect our values and needs, both in the physical and the virtual working environment. We believe that we perform, innovate, collaborate and meet our business goals in the best way when we are able to choose where, when and how we work.

Job Description

Here it is. Your chance to bring your innovative mind, 3D Backend and software technology skills to the most influential small town in the world.

Can you really reach out to the whole world, while working in a tranquil idyll in the middle of nowhere? In Älmhult you can. Älmhult, Sweden is home to IKEA Communications AB, aka ICOM. ICOM produces, which is visited around 1.6 billion times a year. We're also behind the IKEA catalogue with a yearly circulation of around 220 million copies. On top of that, we churn out a ton of content for social media, not to mention motion media and 3D work so cutting edge that it makes the folks in California sit up and take notice. So what happens in Älmhult definitely doesn't stay in Älmhult. It reaches practically every corner of the globe.


Right now we're looking for a Solution Architect. Someone who’s always on the outlook for improvement, fine tuning and innovation. Someone with the talent of leading the technical requirement gathering and design for custom solutions. Someone who could ensure that major changes to system and integration architecture are successfully delivered.

The department of Development & Operational IT (D.O.I.T) is one of the enablers for opportunities at IKEA Communications. Technology innovations change society and people’s lives. This goes specifically for the rapid development in the area of communication, which has a big impact on how people communicate and consume. Therefore D.O.I.T is not just a support function at ICOM, but part of our core business with the purpose to integrate technology development with our business.

As Solution Architect you will be the responsible to drive the technical design and implementation in the system development life cycle, providing technical recommendations for our 3D VR & AR products and services. You evaluate distributed architectures and identify physical and virtual hardware and software needs, while maximizing maintainability and cost-effectiveness.

In the role you will be responsible for:

  • Provide modern, scalable and high-performing technical solutions.
  • Researching, designing and implementing new software functionality.
  • Monitoring and developing existing software and identifying project issues or risks and present areas for modification.
  • Review and validate solutions based on database technologies.
  • Integrating existing software and getting incompatible platforms to work together.
  • Translating business requirements into technical solutions.
  • Evaluate technologies for company-wide adoption.
  • Prepare and present communication material, acting as a technology advisor.


To be successful in this role, you must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or computer science related area.
  • Experience within system and integration development (preferably within 3D production processes).
  • Self-starter motivation with strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience and knowledge of 3D Production Processes, PLM systems, Media Production as well as familiarity with VR.
  • Experience from working with enterprise, solution or technical architecture.
  • Experience architecting, managing and supporting shared compute infrastructure software.
  • Familiarity and experience from modern SDLC processes and techniques, including agile development. Also experience with MS Biztalk, MS Dynamics AX, MS .NET framework, MS SQL or Qlikview (Python, Oracle), HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript.
  • Outstanding communication and relationship building skills, and collaborative mindset.
  • Excellent presentation and verbal skills with technical and non-technical audiences, as well as fluency in English in required.

Additional Information


We look forward to receiving your application and link to previous work, as soon as you have decided that this could be something for you. Please state in your application which of the areas that you have the most experience and passion in.

This position was posted 2017-12-05 and may be online up to 4 weeks following this date. We do not have an application deadline for this position. We take candidates into the recruitment process continuously and close the position down once we have found the right candidate.