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Business Developer for Category Professional Services - Contingent workforce

Älmhult, Kronoberg County - Explore location Business Development Full Time

Job description

Company description

You see things a little different. So do we. We believe people are at their best when life and work are in healthy balance. Come see things differently with us.

Our belonging

In Purchasing Development, our assignment goes hand and hand with the IKEA Business Idea. The Idea was created 75 years ago, with the goal to produce the ‘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. ​Affordability, accessibility, sustainability and quality are our main priorities.​ We develop and execute sourcing strategies and thus meet the supply markets/industries in 6 different categories. We are a true global organisation with 1300 co-workers placed in 27 different locations, close to the suppliers and the market. The business development teams work close together with both Suppliers and Product Development.

Who we are in Category Area Indirect Procurement

Indirect Procurement organisation (Category Area Indirect Procurement) is part of Purchasing Development and has received the task to operate across the Inter IKEA Group companies, between all three core businesses (Franchise / Supply /Range). Our ambition is to secure the best possible prerequisites for Inter IKEA Group to handle the new world, at the same time fulfilling the future needs of partnership and supplier innovations within Digital, Professional Services, Facility Management and Machinery & Equipment.

Category description

The Category Professional Services has 4000 suppliers delivering business critical services to support the management and development of Inter IKEA in the fields of

  • HR services, including contingent workforce, consultancy, payrolling, compensation and benefits, education and learning
  • Product, technology and material development services, including testing, laboratory, research, certification and engineering services
  • Marketing and communication services, including market research, translation, and communication content creation
  • Corporate management and development services, including management consultancy, insurance and financial services
  • Meet, travel and courier services, including airlines, hotels, venues and parcel delivery services

The sites we supply, as well as our supplier base, has an international scope with the point of gravity in Europe. The category area as well as the category is in a transformation.  At this moment we are in a build-up phase, so for you who thrive in a position where less is already decided, where you will have a high influence in both what to do and how to do it together going forward, this is a great job for you.

Job description

In accordance with the business plan, the Business Developer develops and implements-common action plans together with team members and internal stakeholders. This role delivers excellent performance in running operations and in building professional long-term business development. The Business Developer identifies and acts on new purchasing possibilities in order to secure an optimal sourcing set-up. Due to the fact Category Professional Services is in build up phase this role requires a more senior background to be able to navigate in unknown and be a valuable contributor in setting up the new organization and direction together with the management and business partners.

More specifically, your responsibilities will include:

  • Building professional long-term relationships with suppliers established on fact-based business leadership, by acting fair, honest, professional challenging.
  • Building strong relations with internal stakeholders across Inter IKEA.
  • Proactively working together with stakeholders and suppliers to identify and take the appropriate action on deviations, but also recognizing and anticipating on opportunities, future needs and developments.
  • Running sourcing activities and projects, such as tenders and contract re/negotiations.
  • Inducing and leading improvement activities, such as supplier development and purchase development process, by creating and implementing action plans together with stakeholders and suppliers.
  • Contributing in the development of ways of working and source to pay process for indirect procurement.


To shine and be successful in this role, we wish that you:

  • Have relevant expertise knowledge within Professional Services, preferably within the field of Contingent Workforce.
  • Have experience within procurement activities such as procurement strategy development, supplier & Business development, tenders, negotiations, and process development.
  • Have analytical skills and are able to process and analyse data, are strong in stakeholder management, collaboration, and can build relationships easily and quickly.
  • Able to establish and lead cross functional project teams and business teams, at the same time enjoying the team work.
  • Can work in remote management set-up.
  • Have high self-drive and able to work and lead in the changing environment.
  • Connect to IKEA values.

More Information

This is a permanent position based in Älmhult, an inspirational working environment, based on creativity and innovation, which gives you the opportunity to work and interact with people from all around the world. Älmhult has excellent commuting possibilities with hourly trains to Malmö, Lund and Växjö, and an IKEA shuttle bus running back and forth to Helsingborg two times a day.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Thomas Rönnblom, Category Manager, at If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Zuzana Vackova, People and Culture Recruiter, at

We look forward to receiving your application in English (CV and cover letter), at the latest by 6th February 2022!

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