Innovation Manager | IKEA Franchise

  • Delft, Netherlands
  • Full-time

Job Description

About You
You see innovation starting with evolutionary development going all the way to disruptive explorative innovations. And to do so you need to be well anchored in IKEAs integrated value chain and be able to work across teams, organisations, companies and countries!

People describe you as a visionary, pragmatic and adaptable leader with strong willpower and little prestige. You are curious and able to build relationships and cooperate with people in different units, hierarchies and cultures and communicate in a straightforward and open way. Furthermore you have the ability to prioritise, take decisions and delegate whenever needed. To do this it will help you to have a solid understanding of IKEA business processes, the IKEA franchise setup, the IKEA Concept, value chain  and a good understanding of Information Technology and relevant production models.

You have excellent knowledge and experience in leading all levels of innovation and all stages of innovation (from ideation to deployment). You possess great knowledge and interest in new technologies and digital solutions. You bring with you strong ability to lead and facilitate creative and innovative processes in cross functional organisations and areas. You have capability to navigate and lead business and people in a complex, ambiguous and fast-changing business and technology environment. You have the interest and ability to work on both strategic as well as tactical and operational level.

The IKEA culture and values are very much a part of our business and day to day work life. For you to thrive and grow with IKEA it’s important for us that you share our values! You can read more regarding our values and life at IKEA on our website or just watch this video:  

About the job
IKEA is on an exciting growth journey becoming more accessible to the many people. We are investing heavily to develop IKEA into the future. It also means delivering innovative solutions to meet our customers’ and co-workers’ needs here and now. As Innovation Manager you will facilitate a strong mind-set of innovation to create a unique advantage for IKEA both now and in the future.

In this role the main focus lies on supporting the needs of IKEA companies, where solutions shall support customers, customers or the business setup for both us and the IKEA franchisees. You will work in close collaboration together with many partners in the IKEA ecosystem and where the aim is to deliver to the IKEA Direction, the IKEA Franchise priorities and the (digital) franchise offer, all based on our IKEA Culture and Values.

In the role as Innovation Manager you will inherit a small but fantastic team as well as build new teams for cross-organisational projects and initiatives. Together with the innovation network colleagues, you will develop the innovation framework, partner up with other innovations in IKEA, and enable co-creation and co-worker engagement into the innovation ideation process. You will secure a digital infusion into our innovation portfolios and utilization of digital enablers in the IKEA Franchise innovation agenda.

About us
Inter IKEA Group brings together three core businesses: Franchise, Range and Supply. Together we work constantly to improve the IKEA home furnishing offer and make it more accessible for the many people.  

We are on the journey to transform our digital capabilities, bringing core business processes, people, data & technology together - an enabler for IKEA to become an even better home furnishing retailer in the future. A journey that needs passionate people who embrace change, dare to question and want to make a difference.

IKEA Franchise (Inter IKEA Systems) 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.

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.

Additional information
If you have any questions about the role, please reach out to Fredrik Axen Digital Manager; [email protected]
This position is located in Delft, The Netherlands. Please also note that we do only handle applications in English and no applications coming in by email.  We look forward to receiving your application together with a motivation letter at the latest 25 August 2021. 
You might have some questions about the recruitment process, and we are more than happy to answer those! Feel free to connect with the People & Culture Leader Frida Eriksson at [email protected]

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