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Sustainability Manager

Carugate, Lombardy Sustainability Full Time

Job description

WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE

• thorough knowledge of how to initiate, plan, execute, control and close a project • thorough knowledge of new business models based on circularity • in depth knowledge of how to balance and merge environmental, social and economic business aspects to define sustainability and how IKEA uses that knowledge in striving to make business, including new revenue streams, within the limits of the planet • good knowledge on relevant sustainability topics within the specific market area • good knowledge of how to transform our operations to become climate positive and contribute to a circular society • good knowledge of how to craft, describe, (respond to) and share information through the use of narratives to build trust, inspire and create an emotional connection to an audience with courage, joy and care • good knowledge of the possibilities to activate sales, new revenues streams / models and the use of the commercial calendar and relevant associated store activities • emerging knowledge of the different challenges faced by the different local communities where we are present and what IKEA can do to empower communities (CSR) • emerging knowledge of how to analyse (sustainability) data from digital sources to gain insights of IKEA customers for business purposes and decision making"

WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING DAY TO DAY

• to ensure continuous link between sustainability and brand position and business results • to be overall responsible for the integration and implementation of the sustainability People & Planet Positive strategy, through clearly defined accountabilities and responsibilities in the business and supporting as a competent business partner, while securing local relevance • to be the voice of sustainability, and by understanding consumers in the market, work across the business where decisions are made to set the People & Planet Positive requirements on the total country organization, empowering others to deliver • to integrate the sustainability agenda across all markets, customer meeting points, stores and units • to apply approved methods and tools from Group Sustainability to connect with relevant SO functions to all units to coach, guide and mentor in closing the performance gap • to work with others to help solve the challenges of the business with both a growth and purpose driven mind-set • to secure country adaption of the global direction and ambitions. Develop and continually maintain an outside-in perspective, following and listening for trends, topics and future thinking • to co-create in the conception, exploration and business case development projects in partnership with Group Sustainability, or when needed, drive country specific development projects, with a special focus on circular economy • to create and maintain a performance culture across the whole organisation • to be an effective external and internal spokesperson, participate in advocacy activities, events, networking and empower others (e.g. country and store managers) to become sustainability spokespersons • to set guidelines and secure positive impact on local communities where IKEA operates through deep understanding of the local communities and co-creating with identified key local stakeholders • to empower and engage all co-workers in creating a new IKEA with sustainability at the core by working together with the sustainability matrix, contributing and sharing key learnings" The aim is to selected a person who will contribute to enlarge our competences in Sustainability connected with business and Commerciality. Example of competences requested: deep knowledge of Circular Economy - management of "second-hand

ABOUT THIS WORK AREA

Some would call us idealists who want to change the world, but we are firm believers that we actually can have a positive impact on people, society and planet. We put our heads together to solve the big questions: how IKEA products can become circular by using material and resources in the best way, how to improve the lives of the people who create our products, and how IKEA can benefit the communities where we operate.