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Range & Product Design Manager – BA Food

Malmö, Skåne County - Standort erkunden Design & Produktentwicklung Vollzeit


Company description

Here it is. Your chance to lead range development and create optimal conditions for - honest food for the many people and the planet.

Are you challenge to take on the responsibility to develop and establish this role for Business Area Food. Do you see excitement in change management, leading in the unknown and navigate in a complex organisation on a journey? If yes, this might be the perfect challenge for you!

At Business Area Food (BA Food) we are passionate food lovers that develop and provide delicious, desirable, healthy and sustainable food for the many people around the world. Food that is accessible and affordable for the many people. No doubt food matters to people and the planet and to the IKEA business. Our Food business is a strong contributor to the IKEA brand and business growth and we have the ambition to drive positive change in the food industry. The journey ahead in Food is very exciting. Over the next years, we will continue to strengthen the core of what we do-developing food that is good for people and the planet.  We dare to challenge ourselves, living our values, every day and we embrace the future and face the opportunities to enable success.

Now we want to strengthen our Food team with someone who shares our passion for food and our values
Do you want to be part of our exiting journey?
Right now we’re looking for a Range & Product design Manager. Someone who exercise value driven leadership together with product creation and development, has a great eye for Food trends and services and with a strategic ability as well as tactical and operational.          

Job description

As Range & Product Design Manager for BA Food you will be right in the center of our business and most of all our product development, taking part in creating what IKEA is all about, a fantastic range of products and for our customers at all IKEA Food meeting points. Creating the IKEA Food offer requires a holistic strategic capability plus an eye for the details, as well as creativity and a thorough understanding of people’s different tastes for Food.
As Range & Product Design Manager you are as well responsible for:

  • Together with a fantastic team of Range Design Leaders and Product Design Developers you will translate IKEA strategies into range goals and ultimately into strengthening our range and service offer.
  • Lead the creation of the range plan and building of the complete range, including the aspects of product, packaging and service offer to meet the expectation of the customers preferences and need
  • Visualize, communicate and clarify the long-term strategic range movements and direction before and during the development process
  • Lead and coach both the Range Design leaders and Product Design Developers to perform and deliver to the BA and IKEA Food range and product plan
  • That the range and product development capabilities are being used including transforming knowledge about the range development, products and packaging into action, ideation, exploration and co creation capabilities in the BA
  • Safeguard IKEA Foods unique identity, Democratic Design and commerciality on the BA range and products

In this role you are part of the management team and report to the BA Manager


Are you interested?

This is a new role within BA Food that require an open minded holistic mind at the same time you need to be challenged by working in the unknown and have a capability to connect to the whole IKEA value change and cooperate to make sure we develop products for the many people around the world.

Experience in strategic development and product development is needed. Knowledge, experience and passion for Food, Food trends and services are definitely a must. You are motivated by, and lead with IKEA values. You have an understanding of the IKEA pipeline, the development process and the basics of the Trading and Retail organisations within IKEA. You are a natural leader with a clear and defined leadership profile. We ask you to be many things, a sounding board for the team, a visionary and a strong leader. Even more, you need to be a motivator and a source of inspiration to others. And naturally we also need you to be communicative and expressive, while staying well organized and focused.
To be successful in this role, you have:

  • An ability to lead and develop business & people through empowering and motivating individuals and teams
  • A solid IKEA knowledge, or the willingness to acquire quickly, and feel motivated by the IKEA idea of creating better everyday life for the many. Experience from product development/production/selling/communicating is an advantage.
  • Proven experience from leading people to move from knowledge to insights, from imagination to action
  • Passion to develop and engage a network of relevant competencies on different levels and organisations within and outside IKEA
  • Passion for creating the best most affordable IKEA Food product range offer for the many people now and in the future
  • Experience from identifying and leading big strategic questions that creates big range movements and increasing commerciality,
  • A passion for being in reality – ”walk the floor”
  • An experience and motivation to help people stretch boundaries and challenging what already exist, nourish creativity and ”trust the process” climate
  • Experience from communicating and visualising vision, concepts and ideas

More Information

We look forward to getting to know you when you feel you have what it takes.
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, you do that under message to Hiring Manager. The last day to send your application is the 16th of October 2021. If you know you will apply, please send in the application a.s.a.p. to help speed up the process, it would be great if we can start meeting you as soon as possible
Please note the position will be based in Malmö until September 2023 when we move to Älmhult

Curious to know more? Let´s connect!
If you have any questions regarding this the role or recruitment process, please contact P&C Leader Joanna Byczynska at joanna.byczynska@inter.ikea.com or Recruiter Marie Sandman on +46 768545309