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Development Engineer

Älmhult, Kronoberg Engineering & Technology Full Time

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Curious on the life at home for the many people? We are now looking for a Development Engineer, come join us!

IKEA Components task within IKEA is to pursue the development of future unique and customer friendly solutions within fittings and components to the IKEA product range. We create substantial cost and quality benefits for IKEA in our development and trade of raw materials, components and fittings.

IKEA Components is part of the IKEA group and shares the IKEA vision and values. Our business is global and we are 1500 employees based in Sweden, Slovakia and China. Through co-operation with IKEA Purchasing Offices we are in addition represented at several other sites around the world.

IKEA Purshasing is part of IKEA Range & Supply which has the responsibility to develop, design, produce and supply IKEA stores with home furnishing solutions available to the many people. Each year IKEA Range & Supply introduces 2,000 new products in the IKEA stores. The total range is almost 10,000 products.

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About the job
We now have an exciting opportunity for a Development Engineer to join IKEA Components in Älmhult. The assignment focuses on the development and verification of IKEA’s range of easy assembly fittings, using technologies like ultra-sonic and CNC milling for pre-assembly. We work closely with IKEA of Sweden to secure the engineering, requirement and quality of the fittings. 

In the product development process you will be responsible for:
•    Identify critical and relevant customer needs; and create technical requirements based on these;
•    Develop a component solution and verify it at an early stage (using simulation, best practise, sample prototyping etc.);
•    Complete the solution with respect to DFM (Design For Manufacturing), complete set of requirements and DOE (Design Of Experiments) to secure full requirement fulfilment all the way to the end customer; 
•    Maintain the range over time with respect to new requirements/demands as well as improvements. 
Overall the Development Engineer will play a key role in contributing to better and safer products with the aim to enhance customer satisfaction.

About the assignment
As a Development Engineer you will be reporting to Deputy EQR Development Manager (Engineering, Quality & Requirement). Some of the key features are outlined below:
•    Responsible for a specific solution area within the IKEA product range;
•    Continuously improving the range with regards to democratic design (Form, Function, Quality, Sustainability and Low Price);
•    Developing new solutions within the range were gaps are identified. Working closely together with colleges at IKEA Components, development teams at IKEA of Sweden and Purchasing operations close to the component suppliers;
•    Securing complete component documentation during the component life cycle;
•    Creating and choosing verification test methods and strategies for the development phase;
•    Contribute to the creation of additional development tests needed to secure design during the development phase;
•    Communicate technical requirements to necessary partners during the component development phase (e.g. IKEA of Sweden, Home Furnishing supplier, component supplier);
•    Capture and communicate learnings about technical requirements to relevant stakeholders (e.g. IKEA of Sweden, Home Furnishing Business´s, EQR matrix).
•    Reporting manager Carolina Kroon


In this role you need to have a hands on approach, having a willingness to operate machines but also work with both development and improvement of the range. You enjoy solving problems and have a willingness to share and get knowledge in and from your environment. You will deal with both internal and external stakeholders why your ability to communicate in both a inspirational and clear way is important. Ideally you have a university degree within engineering in a relevant field. You will communicate with people from all over the world on a daily basis why you need to speak and write in English.

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IKEA offers an exciting and empowering working environment in a global marketplace. And as the world’s leader at life at home, you have exceptional opportunities to grow and develop together with us. At IKEA we believe that when you as an individual grow - IKEA grows!

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 run back and forth to Helsingborg two times a day

For questions regarding the recruitment process please contact Jonas Levin +46 72 886 53 84

Please send 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 want to work at IKEA and why you would be a good fit for this role. The last day of application is 7th of April.