Project leader - Water Solutions

  • Älmhult, Sweden
  • Full-time

Company Description

Range & Product Innovation, New Innovation

Do you want to work to change how water is used in the many people’s homes today?  Water is the world’s most important resource and we are looking for a new Innovation colleague with expertise in this area to help us lead the way!

At IKEA of Sweden in Älmhult the IKEA range is developed and made available to customers all over the world. It is also here we explore the future to create ideas and innovations for a better everyday life at home for the many people.

With the IKEA vision – to create a better everyday life for the many people - as a starting point, we focus on creating capabilities and solutions that are relevant in the life at home today and tomorrow.
With the task to capture the opportunities of a changing world, Range & Product Innovation has the responsibility to enable IKEA to meet the future. We are here to explore the big problems in life at home, creating solutions relevant for the many people Using Democratic Design as our guide, we collaborate with partners and customers and together challenge known truths in the world of ideas and technology.

Job Description

As Project leader for Water Solutions you will utilize your wide experience and knowledge in this field to provide innovative solutions that will create wellbeing and save water, energy and money for our many customers.
In this role you will be responsible to lead the collaboration with our different development and innovation partners in their field of expertise.

You will take the lead to deliver the solutions all the way to the market, going beyond customer expectations. Ýou do this by establishing and leading collaborations with innovative start-ups and major industry leading partners within the area of water.
By developing new concepts and solutions following our roadmap you will take an important role to enable as many people as possible to create their water positive home!


To be successful in this role we see that you have experience in leading development connected to water (filtration, drinking water, flow reduction, recycling and reuse of water). You are determined, passionate in what you do and driven by creating innovation with a meaning. With your problem solving approach, humbleness and willpower, open mind, curiosity and courage to try new solutions you contribute to our entrepreneurial IKEA culture and our vision.

You are willing to put in big efforts to make a sustainable global difference on how water is used in homes. You have the capability to build strong lasting relations with internal and external partners. You are passionate about creating the best sustainable solutions for the customers at the right price, quality, good function and with beautiful form.
Furthermore we see that you have proven experience in:

  • Solid experience from the area of fresh water products or solutions
  • Understanding of different materials and technologies used in connection to water
  • Going from insights into customers’ needs to ideation to a verified, scalable solution
  • Working in a fast paced, constantly changing environment, leading from questions and in the unknown
  • Leading multiple stakeholders and partners using situational leadership

  • First-hand experience living/working in a water stressed environment
  • Understanding of the characteristics and treatment of drinking water;
  • Knowledge of Project management methodology (e.g. Task planning, Time, Resource, Cost planning and KPI's)
  • Engineering knowledge (Drawing technique, 3D models, Material, Production, Construction)
  • Relevant IT tools knowledge level (Project Management tool, Office, 3D etc.)
  • Knowledge and experience of IKEA concepts, strategies and processes are a great advantage

Additional Information

Interested to apply?

This is a 2 year assignment on a temporary contract.

We look forward to receiving your application in English by latest 28th of October. Please note that we will be interviewing continuously, which means that we may close the application process earlier than stated if we find the right candidates. Please send us your application in English today!
If you have any questions about the position you are welcome to contact Development Leader Tobias Svanberg +46 766190745
If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Rasika Carlsson on +46 07 962 44 34.

IKEA of Sweden, or IoS, is responsible for developing the IKEA range and making it available to stores and customers all over the world. IoS is based in Älmhult – the heart of IKEA and the centre of IKEA range development and Supply chain.

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