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Engineering & Quality Leader - Paper

Älmhult, Kronoberg County - Explore location Engineering & Technology Full Time

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Do you want to be part of developing both the Quality and Material agenda for a Purchasing Category and lead its execution in a global environment? If yes, this might be the perfect challenge for you! 

Job description

You will join Paper Category Management Team and report to the Category Manager. As part of Category Area Specific HFB Quality matrix you will drive the department’s engineering and quality agenda, with a focus to secure execution in line with your Category business plan. You will  develop and maintain category’s engineering competence with an aim to deliver products fulfilling customer expectations in all aspects of Democratic Design. 

Main Engineering & Quality responsibilities included in your assignment are: 

  • Execution of the engineering and quality agenda for the category in cooperation with Business Teams, Category Manager and Engineering and Quality Manager 
  • Develop and implement leadership competences in the category and suppliers to secure consistency in quality development 
  • Ensure that Quality & Lean Manufacturing tools (for example Process & Design FMEA, Six Sigma, SMED… etc.) are used among the business development teams and suppliers 
  • Leading Production and Product engineers in local and global engineering/improvement/quality projects 
  • Analyze customer feedbacks, development projects/actions in order to improve customer satisfaction 
  • Participate in product development projects (News/Moves/Improves) in the engineering and quality dimension 
  • Work together with business development teams to implement quality assurance at suppliers and create pre-conditions for the suppliers to take full responsibility for their Quality performance 
  • Secure Category specific knowledges & competences through Skill Matrix) for all engineers 
  • Act as an ambassador of IKEA values and Role Model for Fact-based Business leadership 

The Engineering and Quality Leader within Category Paper will also have a Material Owner Assignment which includes responsibilities that are spanning from Material Direction creation, to approval of new materials, risk evaluation as well identification/definition of related requirements and test methods. 


We offer a challenging role where you will work on a global area and get the possibility to lead the engineering and quality agenda for the category. 

As an Engineering and Quality Leader you need to have: 

  • Proven record of consistently delivering results in leading and developing both business and people 
  • Good knowledge of Continuous Improvement methodologies and tools (both from Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma) 
  • Good understanding of materials and related production processes 
  • Good knowledge of Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA) set up including production processes, process control, cost calculation and materials 
  • Good knowledge of Project Management tools 

From our internal applicants, we’re also expecting you’d hold: 

  • Very good knowledge about IKEA Purchasing Manual and Supplier Development Process (SDP) 
  • Good knowledge of One IKEA Business Plan Process, IKEA Purchase Development Process (PDP) and Develop Product Offer process (DPOP) 
  • Very good knowledge of IKEA Supplier Operating System (ISOS) 
  • Very good understanding of building and executing Category plans 
  • Very good understanding of how your everyday work adds customer value by delivering to Democratic Design. 
  • Good understanding of IKEA Strategic Landscape, especially the Purchasing and Quality  
  • Strategies and IKEA Business model and Business Model for growth. 

Your role in a snapshot? 

With an analytical and holistic view, you lead the business and always act with the Customer, supplier, total IKEA and Quality in mind. You have the ability to lead on an operational & tactical level with the business strategy in mind. You perform analysis and are able to draw conclusions to support the right business decision. You have the ability to deliver results through involving, leading, developing and inspiring people in a remote environment, acting like coach and a mentor. You are a good communicator in English, both verbal and written, with the ability to communicate clearly and in a simple way. 

More Information

The Engineering & Quality Leader for Paper will be located in Älmhult (Sweden). We look forward to receiving your application online in English latest 21th of October. For information about the position, please contact recruiting manager Mikael Nilsson, Category Manager Paper and if you have questions about the recruitment process please contact Aivita Grockyte 

Please note: this role will require extensive travelling 

IKEA Range & Supply 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 introduce 2,000 new products in the IKEA stores. The total range is almost 10,000 products.