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Software Engineering Manager - IKEA Home smart

Älmhult, Kronoberg Engineering & Technology Full Time

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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 introduces 2,000 new products in the IKEA stores. The total range is almost 10,000 products.

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IKEA Home Smart
IKEA Home smart was initiated as a project in 2012 with the ambition to enrich life at home by incorporating digital elements and technologies into products and solutions. Several launches within the smart home has followed since then and now IKEA has taken the strategic decision to invest even more in the home smart area by establishing IKEA Home smart as its own business unit within IKEA of Sweden.

By working together with all other departments within IKEA, the business unit of IKEA Home Smart will drive the digital transformation of the IKEA range, improving and transforming existing businesses and developing new businesses to bring more diverse smart products to the many people. We are just getting started, are you ready to join us?
We are a diverse group of professionals from across the world that are passionate about working together to create business results. To continue to be the leader in life at home, it is a necessity to utilize our curiosity and explore how to fulfil dreams and solve every day needs using new technologies, digital solutions and related services.

About the job
Are you a passionate senior leader with the ability, curiosity and courage to lead people, software development and actions in a way that empowers People and Business to grow together? Do you want to contribute to create new smart products, digital solutions and services to make life at home better for the many people? Then we are looking for you! 
As a Software Engineering Manager you will lead the technical development of software and systems in the area of smart homes. You will be responsible to secure planning and execution of all projects in the development portfolio from the perspectives of range and product engineering, focusing on software and system perspective.

This is a senior leadership role within IKEA. You will be a member of the Management team and deliver to the Business Plan and Business agenda. Your main focus will be on securing and leading the engineering development team with the aim of efficient usage of resources and significantly increasing the customer experience in connection with function, quality, sustainability and low cost. 

We want you to truly contribute in leading in line with our values, where togetherness, giving and taking responsibilities and simplicity is key to success in everything we do. We have a strong business foundation to build from and lots of competent co-workers, fully engaged to grow and develop further. You co-lead an innovative unit where learning, joy and performance work hand in hand for a better IKEA.

Your main tasks and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
•    Lead, support and motivate the technical resources within IKEA Home smart;
•    Sponsor and support the IKEA Home smart business teams, and create the preconditions for them to excel in their daily work;
•    Development of digital competence throughout IKEA;
•    Drive, motivate and act as a role model for collaborating across IKEA and networking with relevant IKEA organizations.

Furthermore, with the support of the matrix, you will be contributing to the development of guidelines and common ways of working. You will be acting as an ambassador for IKEA and IKEA Home smart when meeting co-workers in different situations.


•    You have deep knowledge in software development and development of digital solutions utilizing agile ways of working including tools and methods;
•    You have a deep business and technical development knowledge on a strategic and tactical level;
•    You have experience from the industry/market of Internet of Things and creating digital solutions and digital interfaces for consumer products
•    You are a humble leader with extensive experience from strategic development and international business;
•    You have a strong will to influence and make a difference and you are passionate about leading and coaching people in a rapidly changing environment;
•    You are an excellent stakeholder manager and you are business minded with a simple and straightforward communication style which builds credibility and trust;
•    You are driven by the desire to develop range and business and you thrive in an environment which involves problem solving and finding new solutions and innovations

We see that you have strong motivations in the following areas:
•    Passionate about creating a great user experience and innovations in the area of smart homes;
•    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.

More Information

As a Software Engineering Manager you will report to the IKEA Home Smart Manager.
The position is located in Älmhult, Sweden. National as well as international travel up to 50 days a year may be required as part of the role. Älmhult has excellent commuting possibilities with hourly trains to Malmö, Lund and Växjö and an IKEA shuttle bus back and forth to Helsingborg three times a day.

If you have any questions about the role please don’t hesitate to contact hiring manager Björn Block +46 (0)72 352 7502. And if you have any questions about the recruitment process you are welcome to contact recruitment specialist Johanna Hansson +46 (0)73 376 1744.

We are looking forward to your application! Please submit your CV and motivational letter in English today. We are reviewing applications as they come through and will close the advert as soon as we have found the right candidate.