Product Design Developer - CEDO

  • Älmhult, Sweden
  • Full-time

Company Description

Do you want to be a part of creating a better everyday life for the many people? In Älmhult, Sweden you can. Älmhult is home to IKEA of Sweden. Here the IKEA 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.

Do you have a passion for home furnishings and creating a great offer? Are you inspired by people’s real life at home? Are you motivated by reaching more of the many people through a desirable and affordable range offer? Are you interested in leading product development, change and improvements keeping the consumer and the business in focus? 

Right now we are looking for a Product Design Developer for our Business Area (BA) Cooking, Eating, Decoration and Home Organisation (CEDO). 

We are passionate to inspire the many people to cook, eat, decorate, personalize and get organized at home, and all with small means. In BA CEDO we believe that those special moments in life happen all around us all the time, no matter where we are. Our range supports the many people to embrace the moods and bring in the seasons. We celebrate true moments, and our range is truly making life better for the many people. Everywhere and anytime. 

Everything we do is based on a spirit of togetherness and enthusiasm, and we are now looking for someone who shares our positive attitude and values. 

As a Product Design Developer, you play a key role in our quest to improve everyday activities and needs connected to cooking and eating.

Do you want to join our fantastic team?

Job Description

We are looking for you who love delivering, coordinating and answering to current and future trends, needs, colours, materials etc. You have to work with metal as main material, and you bring soft touch to hard material. You also bring heart into the hard (material metal) and you are a professional in a humanistic way. You have a deep insight into the needs and dreams of consumers and their life at home and know how to lead design processes with an entrepreneurial approach.

As a Product Design Developer at IKEA of Sweden you bring product ideas to life through attention to all dimensions of the IKEA Democratic Design process; form, function, sustainability, low price and quality.

As a Product Design Developer you will be part of engaging the full capabilities of the value chain to deliver democratic design products with unique IKEA identity. You will work together with a multifunctional team of experts in design, sourcing & supply, engineering, marketing & communication and sales. Together, you co-create the final home furnishing product through a holistic and customer centric approach.

As a Product Design Developer for BA CEDO Cooking and Eating you are responsible for:
•    Leading the design development of better products delivering to all 5 dimensions of Democratic design being the specialist in form and function always starting with the price tag
•    The content of the product development project with both vision and action
•    Securing IKEA unique identity and Democratic Design in each and every product
•    Transforming knowledge in life at home to insights and into actions on a product level
•    Co-creating with development partners throughout total value chain, from consumer to supplier
•    When applicable, utilising existing platforms, shared solutions, standard colours and materials to design for the lowest price possible
•    Identifying and enabling stories of the product design development to be used in communication
•    Contributing in creating a high performing project team through trustful relationships
•    Contributing in creating the Range and Product plan

In order to be successful you need to work closely with your team members and be capable of visualizing ideas and concepts in a simple, clear and inspirational way to bring people on board in the product development process. You will work in close collaboration with other project teams within the business area as well as across others.

Qualifications

A Product Design Developer is someone who has a genuine interest in people, their life at home and developing products; someone who has the ability to see things from a customer’s perspective and conceptualize things that don’t exist. In order to be successful in the job as a Product Design Developer, we expect you to have a university degree in a design discipline or product development or equivalent knowledge and several years of experience in working with product development.

A Product Design Developer is someone who is innovative, curious and likes to challenge the existing. Someone with the ability to work with conceptual ideas, who is able to turn these into final solutions and to lead the content of the project from start to end.

You have an eye for design and get motivated by finding new ways of working. You are energetic, driven and determined, enjoy working closely with people, at a fast pace and have great communication skills.

Additional Information

Please note that we have a preferred candidate for this position.

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