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Operations Manager

Chlastawa, Lubusz - Explore location Production Full Time

Job description

Company description

IKEA Industry, part of the Inter IKEA Group, is the world’s largest producer of wooden furniture and is an integrated part of the IKEA value chain.As IKEA’s own furniture manufacturer our role is to offer a unique advantage for IKEA as a world leader in home furnishing.

IKEA Industry has nearly 38 production units, across 21 sites in 8 countries: Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Portugal, Sweden, Lithuania, China and Hungary.

Our operations include forestry, sawmills, boards, component and furniture production. IKEA culture and values shape everything we do. Not only do the IKEA values bring us together, they also help us to do business successfully

IKEA Industry has a common organization for product and manufacturing development which is used as a common resource together across our factories and with the rest of IKEA for development within material, technique and future products within the Industry production.

Zbąszynek Site is the largest furniture production complex in the world, in our factories  located in Zbąszyń, Zbąszynek and Babimost we employ over 3,400 people

Right now we are looking for Operations Manager for one of our 5 production plants.

Job description

Do you like production? are you interested in the subject of Industry 4.0? Are Lean Manufacturing working methods your second nature? Are you good at collaborating with other people, motivating, driving and leading change?

This could be your next step!

In IKEA Industry Zbąszynek we are looking for candidates to fill the position of Operations Manager. The person employed on this position will be in charge of operations in two production plants. Main tasks will include: continuous improvement of production along with cost optimization, supervision over all processes in both factories, as well as managing the cooperating team.


Main tasks

  •        Participation in the creation and implementation of long-term and short-term plans of the Branch.
  •        Implementation of a culture of continuous improvement, ensuring working methods are consistent with the principles of Lean   Manufacturing.
  •        Development and implementation of new products. Developing modern standards for managing production processes.
  •        Modern management of subordinate teams, including supporting talent development processes, ensuring succession in the area and supporting the Diversity & Inclusion agenda.
  •        Supervision and responsibility for the quality of production, compliance with quality standards and the requirements of technical documentation.
  •        Continuous improvement of safety and ergonomics in the area.
  •        Ensuring and controlling work safety, compliance with health and safety regulations and environmental protection at production sites.
  •        Share examples with other factories and implement good practices from other areas
  •        Responsibility for KPI`S of the area.


Who are we looking for

We are looking for a person who knows production issues, is enthusiastic about business development and innovation, and is able to work in large teams. If, as a person, you have an approach to values that corresponds to IKEA values and you like to work in different cultures and on different hierarchical levels, you have a passion for leading change and developing people, then we will have a good fit. 

We also believe that you have a combination of the following knowledge and capabilities:

  •        Experience in the manufacturing industry
  •         Minimum 5 years of experience in leading and influencing teams
  •        Very good knowledge of Lean Manufacturing tools
  •        Knowledge of tree processing technologies will be an additional advantage
  •        Conceptual, strategic and analytical thinking skills
  •        Ability to manage the budget
  •        Very good command of English
  •        Have a Master of Science or University Degree in engineering or Economy



More Information

Location for this position is Zbąszynek, Poland Please note that we have published this job opportunity in multiple countries and location, however there is only one open position.

Do you feel challenged and inspired by what you have seen in this job ad? If “yes!” we would love to know more about you and your motivation for this job! Please send us your application in English as soon as possible, but no later than  20 June 2022