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Prototype Engineer within Wood

Älmhult, Kronoberg Design & Product Development Full Time

Job description

Company description

IKEA of Sweden (IOS), Älmhult, is where the IKEA products is developed and made available to our stores and customers all over the world. It is here that we explore the future and create ideas and innovations for a better everyday life at home for the many people. With the IKEA vision – to create a better everyday life for the many people - as a starting point, we focus on creating capabilities and solutions that are relevant in the life at home today and tomorrow. The Prototype Shop supports the product development process with prototypes of products and technical solutions. Here we create the unique IKEA prototypes and give technical support to designers, product developers and engineers. The goal is to always contribute to development of products and new innovations.

Job description

Are you the one who´s turning upside down on furniture, trying to figure out the construction at the same time that you are annoying your partner?

Do you get that glimpse of deep interest in your eyes when you are looking at a sketch of construction?

Do you know why prestige is the opposite of true cooperation and knowledge sharing?

Would you call yourself a bit of a nerd when it comes to realising a construction, as in product in real life?

Is creative your middle name?

If yes – please keep on reading!

The assignment

IKEA of Sweden is looking for an Engineer to our Prototype shop when one of the team members will retire during the spring.  

A common day in the team often starts with a question coming in from our development organisation, for a technical challenge, within the development process. You will take the expectations and needs from requests and drawings to a creation of a prototype, that demonstrates the product design and it’s characteristics. In other words – you will give life to our great ideas. It could also be that you stepping in as a speaking partner to share your knowledge and ideas on tricky questions. You will work in a dynamic and high-tech workshop environment where the latest equipment such as CNC routers, 3D printers, Laser-cutters and other sophisticated hardware and software are part of your available tools.

Our team work cross functional within and are sharing competence and experience in the interaction with other specialists.

And of course – you will have a lot of fun!


We are looking for you who have the practical engineering skills together with impressive knowledge within a specific material area, in this case wood.

You are in other words a candidates with knowledge and experience within the following areas:

  • Proven knowledge from using tools, machinery and equipment for wood.
  • Proven ability and experience from working with CAD and digital machinery.
  • Experience from a manufacturing industry or a production setting. 
  • Since IKEA of Sweden is a truly global environment, with colleagues from all over the world you need to be fluent in English.
  • Experience of construction and reading technical drawings e.g. CAD and measured images.

Creativity is the core in you! Creativity as in finding the best down to earth prototypes and not as in creation of a visionary design. You are a person with open, curious and innovative mind! You are a true problem solver and you always have the business and the customer in focus. 

More Information

Please send us your application – CV and letter of motivation – in English. Last day for application is Sunday 2020-02-23. 

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact hiring manager Henrik Holmberg +46 766 190 155 . For questions regarding the recruitment process, you are welcome to contact Maria Fröberg Larsson +46 766 190 996.