Quality specialist

  • Älmhult, Sweden
  • Full-time

Job Description

The Purchasing & Logistics is in lead for optimising the total IKEA value chain and contributing to the goal of providing better products at lower prices. We want to be economical with resources, finding more efficient ways to manufacture products and striving to make more from less. We are proud of the results we achieve, but also how we achieve them, demanding that production and other supplier activities are done under good working conditions.

Together with our partners we constantly develop and improve the way we work and grow together, to make the most of our competitive advantage of economies of scale. Our large-volume approach enables us to invest in efficient industrial production set-ups and focus on affordability, accessibility, sustainability and quality.

Together with Categories and Purchasing & Logistics Areas, the quality function develop and lead the quality agenda within Purchasing & Logistics to deliver to the Supply Strategy and the Quality for Life Strategy


About You


You are a person with passion for quality as always act with the customer, supplier and total IKEA in mind. You are a team player as easily build networks and cooperation with other is a natural way of working. 

As a good communicator you can explain and simplify complex structures for co-workers and stakeholders and deliver key messages clearly and effectively in different forums

We believe you are open minded and analytical with the ability to see the big picture. You can easily go from a holistic view into details, and back again, always striving against finding better ways to develop the business and striving to meet reality.

You are goal-oriented and structured with a proactive mind. You inspire, engage and motivate people by sharing experiences and coaching others. You are able to lead change in the context of the IKEA culture and values, setting direction and reaching the goal in collaboration with others.

We believe that you have;

• knowledge and understanding of manufacturing and it’s processes
• knowledge of quality systems incl. quality tools as problem solving, 5 why, root cause analysis and risk assessment
• a customer first approach in whatever you do
• knowledge about IKEA product documentation, quality standards and test methods
• experience of leading projects and its methodology and tools
• good skills as a trainers, to convey a clear message in a way so people get motivated and inspired
• university/ master degree in engineering or equivalent experience
• preferably experience within IKEA Purchasing & Logistics or IKEA of Sweden


About the Job

Quality Improvement Group (QIG) is part of the global quality function within Purchasing & Logistics and focus on the reduction of cost of poor quality and improvements in Customer Satisfaction towards IKEA suppliers. We are responsible for the IKEA Quality (GO/NOGO) standard and for the quality and manufacturing part of the IKEA supplier operation standard (ISOS). The focus is how to improve and control the production process incl quality tools, risk assessment and process control. QIG perform trainings and support the engineering and quality community in Purchasing & Logistics with the aim to raise the quality competence among our co-workers.

To secure all Purchasing and Logistics areas asses the quality standards in the same way, QIG lead compliance and calibration assessments with co-workers in the business at IKEA suppliers.


About the Assignment

You will perform trainings in IKEA quality GO/NOGO standard, ISOS and quality tools for trainers and co-workers to increase and secure the quality competence. You lead global projects within our quality field and develop/maintain and co-ordinate working methods and working instructions for quality in Purchasing manual. Connected to that, you will be part of the business review team as perform internal audits in purchasing related to way of working and purchasing manual.

Additional Information

Please contact Ronny Karlsson, QIG Manager +46 (0) 705244743 for questions regarding the position.

If you have any questions about the actual recruitment process, please contact Rebecka Staerner at rebecka.staerner3 @ikea.com. Please send your application in English and note that we do not accept applications by email.

Please note that we will evaluate the candidates continuously and the position might be closed before the last date 2017-09-30. We are looking forward to receiving your application!