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Software Engineering Manager – Sustainability, Group Digital, Ingka Group

Amsterdam, North Holland - Explore location Sustainability Full Time

Job description


What if you could play a part to create a better everyday life for the many people.

Hej! My name is Marjana and I am privileged to lead the global engineering teams of Sustainability domain in Business Ventures.

So, here’s why you should be joining IKEA:

And here is why you should be joining Sustainability:

This area will be one of the key enablers of the global digital transformation that IKEA is undertaking and will be driven from a new IKEA digital hub in Amsterdam, with an important impactful opportunity to be part of a lifetime transformation in one of the most iconic companies worldwide.

I thought I would share why I joined IKEA and why I hope you want to join as well:

●IKEA culture and values resonated with me since the very beginning: Humbleness and willpower / Leading by example / Different with a meaning / Constant desire to renew and improve / Togetherness and enthusiasm / Give and take responsibility / Simplicity / Cost-consciousness:

●The ambitious journey IKEA is going after:

o Transforming such a global iconic brand is breath taking and one of the most amazing challenges that you can find in the world

o Change everything (almost!) - The world is changing, fast. Urbanization, technology and digitalization are disrupting and changing retail forever, and as a result, IKEA is disrupted…. We are inspired by our past and are confident about who we are and why we do what we do. For sure, some of our assets are forever strengths – our vision, business idea, culture and values, our unique offer and our unique ways of meeting customers. But, in order to reach our vision in the future, we need to change now.

●Our DNA , ‘Testing & Learning’, marries with my belief of the power of agile product focus.

●Our strong belief that diversity in teams delivers better thought through outcomes. We have a high focus on diversity. One example of this is that we have 50% male/female managers within IKEA and the commitment is to have this in every part of the organization.

●The flexible work life balance. We know when people are happy, they do their best work.

●The incredible people I have met, very humble, supportive and absolutely committed to lead home-furnishing retail into the future and create a better life for more of the many people, by putting the customer at the heart of all we do.


Sustainability is an incredible and impactful area for us as a company. We build up the digital capabilities for initiatives leading to becoming circular by 2030 and providing clean energy services to the many people.

As an Engineering Manager you are the line manager for a team of software engineers and you are accountable for the technical delivery within our digital organization. You will have the exciting challenge to:

●Build and run the technology that underpins our global 40 Billion Euro business, operating across 377+ stores and 30 countries.

●Creating software with a greenfield approach, with a massive scale impact in one of the IKEA key areas for the coming years.

●Work in a startup alike environment, but with all the support of a global, iconic and value-driven company like IKEA.

●Build and lead, inspire and motivate a high performing team of engineers. You will help the teams drive a cloud first agenda, adhere to modern software engineering principles, utilize the proper tools, and automate everything to enable the specified business outcomes. Recruitment, performance, competence and career development of individuals will also be part of your responsibilities.

●Provide technical domain knowledge, architectural leadership and coach the teams in high class standards for software engineering and operations

●Work closely with the assigned product owners and all groups within the Digital Technology organization in order to deliver the assigned digital products and services

●Help build a digital mindset and an engineering culture that is accountability and results orientated, where Lean principles and a DevOps mindset will be in the core.

●You should be ready to be one the first engineering managers of the new digital hub in Amsterdam – and ready to help us welcome the rest! As always, and especially now, we need someone who can identify themselves with the IKEA culture and values since you will be an important ambassador for new co-workers.

We are big believers in enabling our leaders to act with autonomy and as such you would lead on the technical decisions of how you want to build and implement your products.

The home office for this role will be Amsterdam, but occasionally there will be travel globally to meet some stakeholders and partners We believe a healthy and flexible life balance is important, so together we will strive to create a work environment where you feel in control of your life balance, can be yourself, grow and excel in both your personal and professional life.

What would we ask from you?

We are looking for technology leaders who share our values and are ready to change the world and be part of an ambitious, yet exciting journey within IKEA.

The ideal candidate will excel in the following four areas:

1)Solid technical background

•You have a good balance of breadth and depth in technical knowledge. You are experienced with SDLC, TDD, test automation, continuous delivery, DevOps, code versioning, having a shift-left security mindset and link with industry standard toolsets.

•You have experience creating software at global scale, preferably in cloud-based microservices architectures.

•You have knowledge of design and architecture concepts (i.e. microservices, API-first, event-driven architectures, design patterns, observability and monitoring capabilities) and the ability to apply them within the software development lifecycle.

2)People skills

•You have a real passion for managing engineers and building high performing, happy, focused and empathetic teams.

•You have experience building and growing engineering teams at a pace: hiring, inspiring, and mentoring them.

•You love to inspire your engineering teams and others to build the highest standard of software that builds confidence with our customers, operations and stakeholders due to its excellence in agility and resilience.

•You like to create a one team atmosphere between all co-workers in engineering, product, data science, business development, operations etc.

•You are inclusive, humble and passionate about creating a learning organization.

3)Delivery obsession

•Early and continuous delivery of value to our customers is your obsession. Still, the software your team builds must be robust, scalable, secure and reliable.

•You have experience in startups or companies with a clear Agile and Lean culture

•You are comfortable with uncertainty and with a greenfield context where everything is still to be done.

•You enjoy building your teams with a DevOps mentality to develop new, scalable, enterprise technology, able to run globally 24/7.

4)Customer Orientation

•You have passion for using technology to build products that solve real world problems

•You don’t perceive technology as an end, but as a way to transform the world, creating amazing products and experiences that impact our customers worldwide

•You have a relentless passion and vision for meeting the customer promise and will motivate engineers to be outcome focused and innovate/learn to solve challenges.


In this role you will report to me, Product Engineering Manager of Sustainability domain. The role is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

You might have some questions about the recruitment process and we are more than happy to answer those! Feel free to connect please reach out to Annette Björkquist-Åhstedt at

Please note that we will be interviewing continuously. We look forward to hearing from you!