Transport Business Developer

  • Älmhult, Sweden
  • Full-time

Company Description

Supply Chain Operations organisation with its ~ 750 co-workers connects our customers with IKEA products in a simple, affordable and sustainable way. We deliver excellent transport and logistic solutions today, tomorrow and over time by optimizing replenishment solutions, defining physical goods flow capacity needs, managing the goods flow, sourcing & developing transport & logistics capacities and leading & securing supply quality.

Do you have a passion for developing business? Do you like handling different types of challenges and topics at the same time with various stakeholders both internal and external in a fast-pacing environment? Then this position might be something for you!

Job Description

Food Logistics Services is a part of IKEA Purchasing and Logistics and is responsible for the steering, co-ordination and development of cold chain transport solutions for IKEA. This includes creating and maintaining sustainable transport set-ups in close cooperation with external business partners as well as the internal stake holders in the IKEA Supply Chain.

If you love the idea of joining a new business in Inter-IKEA, you are not afraid to venture in the unknown and are motivated by co-creation and collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders, then we would love to get to know you!

About the assignment
In your assignment as a Business Developer, you will be responsible to find new external service providers, develop and negotiate agreements to secure transport capacity with a positive service-, availability-, price- and cost-development. Your focus is also to minimise the environmental impact within your geographical area of responsibility and be on top of the technology development therein. You will be ultimately responsible for all business discussions with a number of carriers in your scope and to optimise the flows in your predefined market. Your main focus will be to:

  • Have responsibility for the total business of a defined market with a number of service providers
  • Continuously develop service providers to secure long term capacity needs and customer availability
  • Be responsible for minimizing the prices and contributing to lower cost for a number of service providers
  • Increase and secure the performance level, fulfilling the IKEA demands
  • Establish and secure the fulfilment of the transport agreement/contract
  • Increase the share of low emission transport modes and usage of alternative fuels
  • Be business responsible for pre-defined market(s)
  • Secure co-operation with Supply Partners to optimize results
  • Take the role as IKEA ambassador when communicating with external parties.


About you
We are looking for you with experience from working with business development. Experience from other parts of the supply chain is valuable as well as a good knowledge and understanding of the transport industry.

You will work in an international environment and must be fluent in English, both spoken and written. You have a University degree in Logistics, Economics or business administration or equivalent work experience. We want you to be business minded, able to analyse the market, challenge cost structure and be comfortable negotiating with stakeholders. You have good knowledge of the Supply Chain, able to take decisions, find synergies, optimise the network and spot business opportunities. You work in midterm perspective to deliver the goals, but also able to conceptualise and build/deliver long term plans. You will be part of a team and working together to deliver result but also able to work independently. We place emphasis on your personal skills; to be successful in the role it is very important that your communicative and social skills are excellent. You also have the ability to create, maintain and develop business relations. In return IKEA offers you a challenging position with great development possibilities. You will work in an environment where your ideas are heard, where there is an opportunity to learn new skills and where the goal always is “to create a better everyday life for the many people”. IKEA offers down-to-earth, straightforward people the possibility to grow, both as individuals and in their professional roles.

You are also sharing our values and want to take responsibility for making these values a living reality in our everyday life.

Additional Information

For more information or any questions regarding this position please contact Susanne Svan [email protected] and questions regarding the recruitment process Helena Sjölander at [email protected] 
The position is a fulltime and located in Älmhult. Please note that we will interview continuously, so please send us your application online as soon as possible, but on 25 th June the latest. 

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