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Business Developer (m/f/d, permanent, fulltime) for Green Plants

Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia Business Development Full Time

Job description

Company description

IKEA offers well-designed, functional home furnishings at prices so low that as many people as possible can afford them. The role of IKEA Purchasing & Logistics is to buy, produce and distribute the IKEA range at the lowest total cost, making high quality available to the customer under good social and environmental conditions. Purchasing & Logistics Area North (PLAN) is one of 8 Purchasing & Logistics Areas in the world, and our co-workers are based in Älmhult, Dortmund, Moscow and Kaunas. PLAN consists of several functions, such as Purchasing Development, Transport+Logistics Services, Customs Service Centre, Quality Support Centre and Warehousing Logistics.

Job description

As a Business Developer you will be working within defined part of the business and legal framework of IKEA – to secure excellence in running operations by optimizing the purchasing possibilities. Furthermore you will participate in creating an efficient supplier structure.

About the job

  • In your role as Business Developer you will contribute to optimize costs of IKEA products on every day base.
  • Together with each supplier set the goals and create action plans based on the Category directions that will enhance the full potentials of the business.
  • Negotiate with suppliers according to IKEA values and guidelines.
  • Evaluate and develop existing production capacities.
  • Build effective and actively maintain relations with suppliers.
  • Be responsible that suppliers meet social and environmental standards.
  • Be responsible for the delivery and quality performance.
  • Secure the right competence to challenge and develop suppliers.
  • In all situations act as an IKEA Ambassador.


Beside knowledge and experience in the field of purchasing and a proactive attitude we believe you have:

  • Good knowledge in material and production including experience in identifying main cost drivers for efficient production in the supply chain.
  • Lots of energy, drive and commitment to reach excellent results.
  • Capability to handle business with a big picture in mind and turning that into concrete actions.
  • Persistence in pursuing goals despite obstacles at the same time as maintaining flexibility in the business.
  • Excellence in communication with capability of influencing others.
  • Genuine interest for building and maintaining long term relations.
  • Willingness to work in a truly international environment and travel within Europe on a regular basis.
  • Share the IKEA values, culture and have a strong interest to work for a home furnishings company.
  • Academic degree in economics or equivalent experience.
  • Driving License (B)

A fluent communication in written and spoken English is a pre-requisite for this role with an ability to work.

More Information

We are looking forward to hearing from you soon!

We offer you a variety of tasks with a fun, friendly, non-hierarchical, open and international team atmosphere. Moreover, you have a wide range of education and self-development possibilities. We also hope you want to contribute with your unique competence to IKEAs future growth!

Sounds interesting?

Submit your application online via our recruitment system SmartRecruiters as soon as possible but latest on 17th of August 2020. If you have any questions regarding this position, please send an email to the recruiting team via SmartRecruiters.

Additional information

Please note that this position is in Dortmund, Germany. We look forward to receiving your application IN ENGLISH. We only accept applications via SmartRecruiters.

Our culture and values are based on equal opportunities and we are happy to consider applications from individuals with disabilities.

In some cases recruitment processes may take time, so we kindly ask you to be patient in this regard.

Looking forward to receiving your application!