Projects & Business Solution Manager | IKEA Expansion | Core Business Franchise

  • Malmö, Sweden
  • Full-time

Company Description

You see things a little differently. So do we. You believe that there are no secrets to success, It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from our mistakes. Come to see things a little differently with us.

About us

Inter IKEA Systems (Core Business Franchise) owns the IKEA Concept and is the worldwide IKEA franchisor. We are specifically responsible for the IKEA strategic framework, ensuring the IKEA Concept is updated, relevant, implemented and followed-up – together with all IKEA trademark users.

How do we do this? By enabling people across the IKEA value chain, and creating unique content to develop the IKEA business. Here are some examples of our different assignments. 

We develop solutions that will ensure a unique and successful meeting with IKEA customers.

We lead the work around when and how IKEA expands in the world, enabling one common way of working with high impact at a low cost.

We create the preconditions to strengthen the IKEA Culture and develop the right competence to meet customer and business needs.

An important part of our success is our unique culture and open working environment. Together, we create a workplace where everyone feels free to be themselves – to experiment, try new ways, and dare to ask, “What if…?” We believe in everyday personal growth and offer the opportunity to develop your career globally.


Job Description

About the role

In this job you will be part of the management team of IKEA Retail Operation Solutions & Support. This is an organisation of more than 40 people within Inter IKEA Systems assigned to continuously develop, deliver and support retail processes and digital solutions to enable expansion and implementation of the IKEA Concept.

The scope is defined by the business processes that are dependent on digital products in order to function and is provided in a Retail Package consisting of business processes and IT systems to IKEA retailers. 

There are currently 11 franchisees outside the INGKA group operating 24 markets with more than 50 IKEA stores and 16 e-Commerce operations. The total turnover of these markets is around 4 Billion EUR. There are committed plans to open IKEA in 13 new markets in the coming 5 years as well as a number of new stores in existing countries. Supporting the future additional expansion of these markets is a large part of what Retail Operation Solutions & Support do.

In this assignment

You will work in close cooperation with the most of our franchisees and be in regular contact with the Retail IT Managers of these markets to understand their needs on business processes and digital products

Lead and develop people in the team, currently 10 direct reports, so as to enable them to realise the goals as stated in the action plan.

Lead and work closely together with peers across the totality of Core Business Franchise and across IKEA to strengthen and contribute to a strong and relevant IKEA franchise offer.

Lead and develop suppliers used to develop and maintain the retail package together with retailers who are also using the same suppliers.


About you

You have big passion on people. You have great interest to lead, coach, support, challenge people and support people to grow. You lead people with IKEA values.

You also have big passion to support IKEA reach 3 billion through develop, deliver and support with retail process and digital products.

Working with many different people together across the world gives you a lot of energy.

You easily build trustful relationships, which enable you to successfully lead and collaborate across different assignments. You are structured, on top of things and you always follow through. You take responsibility, support others and deliver your work with a sense of urgency.

You have in-depth understanding and recent experience of the IKEA business throughout the value chain as well as experience of leading a digital organisation.

What more are we looking to find in you? You love working at IKEA!  You are motivated by leading business and people together to drive business results. You are desired to find and develop new opportunities by engaging and motivating people!


Additional Information

A few more details for you

This is a full time role (40 hours per week) located in Malmö Sweden.

The 18th October 2020 is the closing date to apply for this role. Please send your application – CV and motivation – in English and tell us why you would be a good fit.

If you have any questions reg. this role or the process, please connect with the HR-Generalist, Gregor Podlewski.

We can’t wait to hear from you!




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