Product Design Leader – Product Development

  • Älmhult, Sweden
  • Full-time

Company Description

Älmhult is the home of 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 vision and ambition. Today at IKEA we are on an exciting journey to offer desirable and affordable design, create better products and better homes for many more customers around the world as we continue our expansion, meet new needs and challenges

At Range and Product Design, we are truly committed to lead, facilitate and inspire the IKEA vision to come alive throughout the creation and development of the complete product range offer – Our identity.

We are co-creating a more surprising, forward-leaning affordable and desirable offer in close collaboration with partners and stakeholders throughout the entire value chain. We are enablers to unleash creativity and create the best possible preconditions to develop better products and solutions in life at home with a strong and clear IKEA Identity.

As Product Design Leader in Range and Product Design Matrix, you lead and enable the development of better products to significantly move all parts of democratic design by solving the needs and dreams of the many people’s everyday life at home, with the full capabilities of our value chain.
We develop our creative processes through exploration and ideation and engage the many people and the many partners to our product development to enable lower costs and faster time to market always with a clear IKEA Identity.

We are now looking forward to welcoming a new colleague to our team, who will work with the specific assignment in Product Development

Job Description

You will lead, coach and facilitate the product development to happen across business areas, functions and value chain. This to enable the exploration and development of better products in a home furnishing context for a better everyday life strengthening the IKEA product range identity.

Your tasks will be centred around the development of new methods, tools and capabilities within DNP/DNS (Develop New Products/Develop New Solutions) alongside driving our networks forward. You will also coach and facilitate in product development projects and take part in the continuous development of the Product Design Developer assignment. 


To make a difference in this assignments, we believe that you have/are

  • A Masters in Product Design/Development or equivalent.
  • Good understanding of the IKEA vision, IKEA direction and strategic framework.
  • Proven track record within IKEA portfolio.
  • Excellent understanding of Democratic Design, Home furnishing the IKEA way, IKEA identity, styles and what good looks like.
  • Deep apprehension of life at home, diverse customer needs, societal trends and movements.
  • Nourish a creative environment and creativity in others and you are able to lead without direct mandate and manage accountability without controlling.
  • Skilled facilitator, experienced with facilitation of constructive conversations, balancing both IKEA and individual stakeholder’s needs.
  • Enjoying to coach and mentor others to develop in their assignment.

In this role you report to Product Design Manager.

Additional Information

Does this sound like something you would love to be part of? Please submit your application – CV and motivational letter in English – by September 12th. We really want to get to know you, so make sure you tell us why you would be a good fit for this role.

If you have any questions about the assignment, please contact hiring manager Henrik Heegaard Christensen, +46 72-352 88 30 . With questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact People & Culture Recruiter Jakob Bergstrom, +46 70-147 48 90.


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