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Lean Navigator I IKEA Industry

Weliki Nowgorod, Nowgorod - Standort erkunden Qualitätsmanagement Vollzeit


Company description

IKEA Industry, part of the Inter IKEA Group, is the world’s largest producer of wooden furniture and is an integrated part of the IKEA value chain. IKEA Industry has 40 production units in 8 countries, with about 17,500 co-workers. Every year, IKEA Industry produces more than 100 million pieces of furniture for IKEA customers.

We are a diverse group of people working together, sharing the humanistic IKEA values. The values are the foundation of our work. By living them, we form the unique IKEA culture where team spirit and togetherness are key. In a constantly growing IKEA, every individual is taken care of, respected, acknowledged and included. People are themselves and respecting the uniqueness of every individual makes IKEA better.

Job description

We are looking for candidates with the aim to become Lean Navigators in the near future. Are you ready to join us?

Why join one of our IKEA Production System Team at IKEA Industry?

IKEA Industry has during more than 10 years ran a program to accelerate implementation of the lean production concept IPS (IKEA Production System). The IKEA Production System secures the best practices in performance management, operations and way of working which are implemented in the factories and in the larger organization. The transformation programs are driven by our Lean (IPS) navigators’ collaboration with management teams and co-workers.


Exciting challenge for You who wants to... 

  • Lead and drive transformation and change processes across a factory
  • Lead demanding projects on our sites across the network and help designing and implementing future operations in IKEA Industry factories, and at IKEA suppliers’ factories.
  • Develop and grow into the role as senior Lean/IPS navigator. You will in this position become expert in our lean transformation concept and drives our transformations aiming at implementing the best practices principles and improving performance in our factories and at external IKEA suppliers. In this role you will;
  • Drive shop-floor transformation or similar projects
  • Train operators & managers in lean transformation approach, tools and standards
  • Implement necessary support structures to ensure a sustainable change
  • Coach and challenge senior managers through the change process
  • Facilitate focused improvement workshops and in general contribute to the IPS concept, which is the IKEA way at looking upon Lean. You will also lead, coordinate and work closely with local lean navigators.


We are looking for you who are enthusiastic about developing and implementing new ways of working within production and business processes. You are driven by achieving result in collaboration with others, and has eager to learn. You are constantly looking for synergies and continuous improvements. You encourage people to achieve better together and an eagerness to build trust and relationships with stakeholders.

We think you will be motivated by this position if You...

  •  Are lean expert with several years of experience in implementing and managing successful lean projects and/or held a senior/managerial position in manufacturing.
  • Have a proven ability to drive improvement activities, delivering savings and develop lean thinking/concept to all levels of the organization to move them into a self-sustaining mode.
  •  Have an educational base at Bachelor level or equivalent.
  •  Have proven leadership skills and are a good communicator with a high drive, perseverance and analytical skills.
  •  Have interest and drive for future career development.
  • Are passionate about IKEA, our vision, business idea and values and you have a constant desire for renewal.
  • Enjoy to work in a constantly changing work environment and with new people
  • Speaks Russian or Lithuanian – that is a big plus!


The Lean/IPS team is a part of Operational Excellence Department at IKEA Industry. The Team’s mission is to support IKEA Industry factories and IKEA suppliers’ factories to continuous improvement by coaching and challenging, using our lean/IPS concept as base.

You will report to one of the Regional Lean Manager’s. You will lead/work closely together with a group of lean/IPS navigators. You will also closely work with group of change agents in collaboration with management teams, shop floor personnel and support functions.


The position requires frequent international traveling (150+ travel days/year). You need to have good communication skills in written/spoken English.

Location for this position is flexible, it can be based at any of sites in Sweden, Lithuania or Russia.  It is important to also be closely located to an international airport and preferably one of our sites. Please note that we have published this job opportunity in multiple countries and location, however there is only one open position.


Please note that this job-posting is about building up a bank of candidates for future Lean (IPS) Navigator vacancies that we expect in IKEA Industry in the near future. As part of the recruitment process we will organize Interview and assessment days continuously.

If you feel you could be the one we are looking for, please don't delay and send us your application in English as soon as possible, latest until February 13th 2022.  

Please note that we will also be interviewing continuously since we have vacancies currently available.

For more information or any questions regarding this position, please contact Sören Riis regional Lean (IPS) Manager via e-mail at soren.riis2@inter.ikea.com. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Ida Listrup, People & Culture Leader via e-mail at ida.listrup1@inter.ikea.com.