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<IKEA Japan/Chiba> Country Business Navigator, Full Time

Chiba, Chiba - Explore location Business Development Full Time

Job description


• Business Partnering: Strategic, tactical and operational business partner, with strong analytical skills, translate business needs into financial consequences and solutions.
• Networking: Strong network and relationship builder both within and outside of the own organization.
• Business acumen: ability to recognize external trends and translate them into business opportunities.
• Communication: Strong communicator with capacity to influence decisions and create energy and commitment within the organization.
• Change oriented: to able to handle a constantly changing environment with many different stake holders and demands.
• Commercial business knowledge and cross-functional understanding of how IKEA operates.
• Good understanding of IKEA’s strategic landscape and direction
• Good understanding of data science, new technologies, analytics and their wide ranging application in business context
• Good knowledge of the IKEA Concept, the IKEA Brand Identity and the IKEA Culture & Values
• In-depth knowledge of IKEA business tools, processes and cycles

• Degree in Business Administration /Economics or related field or extensive experience in the field (retail experience preferred)
• Minimum 3 years’ experience from Business Navigation working with both commercial and financial processes (If Internal Applicant).
• Strong communication and networking skills with capacity to influence decisions and commitments in different parts of the organization.
• Fluency in English and Japanese


• Provide country management with information, analysis and expert insight to support, challenge and steer the country towards growth, optimal performance and sustained long-term profitability.
• Provide accurate, timely and relevant business information and expertise to the necessary target groups in a way which inspires and engages them to take meaningful decisions and actions to achieve the goals
• Partner with the units in their financial performance and be responsible for the subsequent country financial submission to global retail business navigation
• Have a full overview of the P&L and take responsibility for specific lines of the country P&L supporting challenging and steering the units and central functions to achieve their goals in these areas
• Contribute functional expertise to the country pricing process to maximize commercial opportunities and achieve country gross margin goals
• Identify and actively pursue business opportunities as they arise
• Work, and follow up with, appropriate partners in units and SO functions to secure the effective implementation of tools, processes and best practice to secure the customer experience and the strong retail foundation.
• Carry out functional reviews and support the units in improving their functional review outcomes in order to achieve growth, optimal performance and sustained long-term profitability and to improve competence and the customer experience
• Secure the performance measurement and support to improve performance of the major KPI’s by being close to operations such as organizing workshop for business improvement, benchmark activities etc.


The Country Business Navigator is actively steering the markets, by being a pro-active business partner who takes a multi-dimensional view of the business, the needs of customers and organization, performance impact, and impact on the balance sheet and cash flow management.

The Country Business Navigators delivers for assigned areas of responsibility on the business plan process, goal setting & resource allocation. Furthermore, the Business Navigator steers and challenges the actual business performance.