Can you really reach out to the whole world, while working in a tranquil idyll in the middle of forest? In Älmhult, Sweden, you can. Älmhult is home to IKEA of Sweden and has the responsibility to develop, design, produce and supply IKEA retail channels with home furnishing solutions.
It’s time for IKEA to take the lead in a safety movement to enable safer homes and lives for the many people. Why? Because a safer everyday life is a better everyday life. At IKEA, we believe all people have the right to feel safe. It’s embedded in our values, and close to our heart. “Safer life at home” is a two-year strategic initiative that serves as the umbrella for other initiatives and activities in IKEA to accelerate how we work with product safety, taking the lead towards a safer life at home for our customers. “Safer Life at home” is driven from IKEA of Sweden in Älmhult. We are a small group of dedicated co-workers that work close and together with many different stakeholders across the whole IKEA value chain to make it happen.
We are now looking for a Project Leader within Safer Life at Home for Chest-of-Drawers US, based in Älmhult
As Project Leader within Safer Life at Home you will be a driving force to manage and mitigate risks related to Chest-of-Drawers (CoD) in the US. You enable an acceleration in the speed and dedication to the provision of stakeholder information around these risks.
The expected deliverables of this assignment are: • Reduction of risk related to CoD in the US, based on a risk map and action plan • Monthly reports to MD and IIG R&C as well as review meetings with the Operating Workgroup This needs to be delivered through the following activities and scope: • Identify risks and develop a mitigating action plan together with the responsible’s across the IKEA value chain for CoD in the US • Project manage risk mitigation activities in the franchisor (Inter IKEA) part of the value chain US CoD (e.g. consistency of warning information in product information (Assembly instructions, Good-to-Knows), automation of business rules to keep articles in scope up to date, get formal steering documents in place, get legal opinions where needed.) • Work closely with the franchisee (Retail) representatives in US on CoD (Ingka and Sarton) and monitor risk mitigation activities with them • Participate in US project working groups to mitigate risk, e.g. second market intervention support • Operate the project management tool for the above
Formally, this assignment reports to the CFO of IKEA of Sweden, who is the chair of the Operational Workgroup for the CoD US project of Safer Life at Home. On a daily basis, you will be part of the Safer Life at Home project management team, working closely with the project leaders for Safer Life at Home in general and for the US specifically.
Note that this is a temporary position from May 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022
We believe you are diplomatic, flexible, consensus-oriented and have a high sense of integrity and ethics. You also have good understanding of the IKEA franchise system and concept particularly related to North American affairs.
Furthermore, we believe you have good network within Inter IKEA. We also would like you to have good passion for creating a better life for the many people, with extra focus on a safer life for the many. You want to leave structural lasting impact, rather than only ad hoc point solutions.
You understand risk management methodology. Excellent project management skills and getting things done and followed-up are crucial for this role and so is attention for details.You are a good communicator; carefully and to the point phrasing and with fluency in both spoken and written English.
Please send us your application – CV and letter of motivation – in English. Make sure you tell us why you would be a good fit for this role. Please send at the latest 22 of April 2021.
This is a temporary position for the period indicated above, located in Älmhult, Sweden.
If you have any questions about the role, please contact Jirko Hoogerwerf, project leader Safer Life At Home, Jirko.firstname.lastname@example.org or if you have any questions about the recruitment process please contact Christina Appelqvist, +46-766113408