Product Design Developer-Trainee

  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Full-time

Company Description

Why you will love us

The IKEA Development Centre South East Asia is a partner and testbed for strategic development at IKEA. Our team is part of IKEA Purchasing & Logistics Area South East Asia, a group of 160 problem-solvers and doers, based in Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and Jakarta. The IKEA vision to create a better everyday life for the many motivates us to develop IKEA products that are sustainable, affordable and accessible for everyone. We have always challenged designs, processes or technologies in rebellious ways, and from surprising angles to get better answers. And guess what? We always will. It’s all part of our vision to create a better everyday life for the many. And it’s been keeping us going for more than 75 years.

Job Description

Do you want to be a part of creating a better everyday life for the many people? In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam you can. 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? 

In Development Centre SEA we are a group of down-to-earth, straightforward people with a passion for home furnishings. We come from all over the world, but we share an inspiring vision: “to create a better everyday life for the many people”. 

We are now looking for a young potential who can learn and develop as a trainee with the ambition to step into the role as Product Design Developer within a year.

The Product Design developer is responsible for: 

  • Leading 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
  • Leading content of the product development project with both vision and action
  • Leading IKEA Product Design from start to end
  • Leading visualisation and communication of the ideas and product movements before and during the development process (mood boards, drawings, pictures, prototypes)
  • Securing IKEA unique identity and Democratic Design in each and every product
  • Transforming knowledge in life at home to insights into actions on product level
  • Co-creating with development partners throughout total value chain
  • being applicable use existing platforms, shared solutions, standard colours and materials to design for lowest price
  • Identifying and enabling stories in the product design development to be used in communication


Why we will love you

In this trainee position you will learn and develop to be a Product Design Developer, you will learn how to balancing all relevant input for optimal Democratic Design and to strengthen the IKEA identity.

You will learn how to develop and engage a network of relevant competencies and stakeholders to get the best possible products, how to create insights about life at home and develop into products. You will be part of a team that will together develop on the factory floor.

We are looking for a young potential talent with strong communicating skills and that has the ability to visualize concepts and ideas. You have a great passion and interest in trends/movement, life at home and customer needs and what is in the market. This also touches upon materials, product construction and production etc.

We see that you have a university degree in design.

Entrepreneurial mind set is a must! You thrive on change and for acting in a dynamic workplace. Our corporate language is English, so fluency both verbally and in writing is required.

Additional Information

Sound interesting?
Please send us your application – CV and letter of motivation – in English. We really want to get to know you, so make sure you tell us why you would be a good fit for this role.

Curious to know more? Let´s connect!
For more questions about the role, please contact Nina Elmgren @ [email protected]

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