Technical Project Leader

  • Älmhult, Sweden
  • Full-time

Company Description

IKEA Range & Supply has the responsibility to develop, design, produce and supply IKEA stores with home furnishing solutions available to the many people. Each year IKEA Range & Supply introduces 2,000 new products in the IKEA stores. The total range is almost 10,000 products.

Job Description

Would you like to reach out to the whole world, creating a better everyday life for the many people? In Älmhult, Sweden you can. Älmhult is home to IKEA of Sweden. Here the IKEA product range is developed and made available to stores and customers all over the world. We are here 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. That is our promise, and we do this every day with great passion and energy.   

About the job

As a Product Development Engineer (PDE) for LivingRooom & Workspaces you are responsible for bringing in all technical aspects into the product development cycle and act as a technical project leader. You have the exciting task to lead a team of highly skilled engineers and together you will help to develop product range for the many people.

The assignment  

It is all about leading the technical development in the product development process to secure creative, production adapted solutions that exceed customer expectation in quality. It consists of actively searching for information and knowledge contributing to technical development and share this amongst the product development team members and technical specialist. The PDE is highly involved in defining, executing, delivering and maintaining the product development project as well as securing the right competence and resources from a technical perspective. The PDE is responsible overall for leading and making sure the technical development projects are carried through and delivered in time, and following up on the results. Delivery, leadership, communication and working with people are a large focus in this role.   

Together with the Product Offer Development team the PDE is responsible for developing, revising and leading implementation of action plan for cluster of products (NEWS, IMPROVES and MOVES). This also includes responsibility for execution of NEWS, i.e. actual projects based on total action plan in the Business Area/Home Furnishing Business.   


We are looking for someone who has relevant technical work, and project lead, experience and most likely a University degree in Engineering. Preferably you have worked in product development for products to be used in the public sector with a good understanding of customer and legal requirements. It is also a plus if you have some electronic experience together with wood and flatline. To be successful in this role the person needs to be an excellent communicator and have a strong passion for people - to lead, manage, motivate together with the ability to create togetherness. An analytical mind-set in combination with a holistic view on strategic business decisions and the capability to build strong relations and trust with stakeholders and team members is essential. Apart from being an experienced Project Leader, it is considered as great advantage if the person have knowledge within a wide span of materials, construction and production technique. 

To be a PDE requires a way of bringing about enthusiasm, delegate responsibility and make people exceed expectations. This person is energetic, takes an easy going and straight forwards approach and is driven by creating pre-requisite for innovation, problem solving and have a sound business mind, always with the customer in focus.  
IKEA of Sweden is a truly global environment with co-workers from all over the world that is constantly changing, constantly developing. You will interact and work together with people from all around IKEA and the world. Our corporate language is English, so fluency both verbally and in writing is required.   Sounds interesting?  

Additional Information

IKEA of Sweden is a truly global environment, with colleagues from all over the world and you therefore need to be fluent in English both verbal and written.

The position is located in Älmhult, Sweden. Älmhult has excellent commuting possibilities with hourly trains to Malmö, Lund and Växjö and an IKEA shuttle bus back and forth to Helsingborg two times a day.

For questions regarding the position, please contact Rebecka Ludvigsson, Deputy EQR Manager, and regarding the recruitment process, please contact Johanna Hansson +46 73 376 1744. 

Please submit your application latest 1st April 2018

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