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People & Culture Leader

Älmhult, Kronoberg People & HR Full Time

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Here it is. Your chance to lead the people & culture agenda and translate our business plan into a competence plan in the most influential small town in the world.

Can you really reach out to the whole world, while working in a tranquil idyll in the middle of nowhere? In Älmhult you can. Älmhult, Sweden is home to IKEA Range & Supply. IKEA Range & Supply has the responsibility to develop, design, produce and supply IKEA retail channels with home furnishing solutions available to the many people. Each year IKEA Range & Supply introduces 2,000 new products in the 436 IKEA stores and other multichannel touchpoints in 52 markets around the world with the turnover of approximately 40 BEUR. The total range is almost 10,000 products. So what happens in Älmhult definitely doesn't stay in Älmhult. It reaches practically every corner of the globe.

IKEA thrives when our passion for people, business, life at home and creating a better everyday life come together. The IKEA vision, the IKEA business idea and our IKEA values are the guiding stars for everything we do. We are building on 75 successful years and are transforming our business and leadership into a new era.   Business Area Bedroom (HFB04 Bedroom Furniture and HFB05 Beds and Mattresses) are leading the range and business agenda for these areas across the IKEA value chain. If you have the drive and the expertise to lead the IKEA people strategies and put into actions in the Business Area, then you are the person we’re looking for! 

Job description

You are joining Business Area (BA) Bedroom in an exciting time! As People & Culture Leader you will be responsible for bringing people and business together to create that extra magic. You are a member of the Management team of the Business area. You will actively contribute to the growth by working in various constellations together with all businesses, matrices and support functions. We believe that you will: 

  • Develop and take the lead in the people journey that IKEA is on to, together with leaders and co-workers. The base of this journey are IKEA culture and values strengthened by that special can-do spirit!
  • Lead the People agenda and ensure that the People plan is ingrained as the everyday business
  • Member of the management team, contributing to all strategic decisions for the BA from a People perspective
  • Work with leaders to contribute to performance, with focus on leadership in a new era and by securing the HR processes
  • Influence and motivate leaders to continuously develop leadership capabilities in a new era
  • Focus on creating an environment and a spirit where we empower people, nourish creative and curious minds, learn from our mistakes and always strive to find the best solutions with cost consciousness in focus
  • Ensure that IKEA Business Area Kitchen, Bathroom and Home Appliances is known as a fantastic community to work within

You are based in Älmhult, an inspiring and international environment, endorsed by creativity and innovation. 


To be successful in this role, we believe that you want to make a difference. You believe in the power of people. You explore and love to think in new ways. You spark interest and curiosity in others. You have a strong drive and are constantly on your way. You are led by and lead through the IKEA culture and values. You have a strong belief in both people and teams’ potential and their ability to grow and develop. You are both strategic, tactical and operational in our approach.
You get things done! You also have a:

  • Extensive experience of management and leadership experience as well as working with complex problem analysis and solutions in large organisations
  • Documented experience to work on a strategic business agenda: adding value to business strategies and having experience from leading global People & Culture assignments
  • Ability to translate business needs in HR solutions
  • Ability to be a natural leader and skilled in change management
  • Experience in creating and implementing strategic plans and following up goals
  • Business understanding and proven ability to have made a difference by positively influencing the business directly
  • Ability to identify need for and drive change within the organisation
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to build trustful relations
  • Energetic,  driven and committed to deliver result in a high paced environment
  • Solution oriented team player
  • Experienced and motivated in working in a rapidly changing environment
  • High entrepreneurial drive: Stretching boundaries, challenging what already exists, always striving to develop better products and solutions

We see that you have strong motivations in the following areas:

  • Energetic,  driven and committed to deliver result in a high paced environment
  • Solution oriented team player
  • Experienced and motivated in working in a rapidly changing environment

More Information

Please send your application – CV and letter of motivation – in English as soon as possible by latest 1th of March 2020
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 under message to Hiring Manager. If you have any questions regarding this the role or recruitment process please contact Recruitment Specialist Marie Sandman on +46 768545309