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Architects with experience in retail and sustainability

Helsingborg, Skåne County Expansion Full Time

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About Inter IKEA and Core Business Franchise

Inter IKEA Systems B.V is the franchisor and the owner of the IKEA Concept, including the IKEA trademarks. In Core Business Franchise we are responsible for the IKEA strategic framework and keeping it together through an IKEA Concept. We ensure that this concept up to date, relevant, and implemented and followed-up together with all IKEA trademark users. We facilitate people in the value chain by developing new ways of working supported by process, methods, tools and services, and we also develop the business by leading:

  • The development of solutions that will ensure a unique and successful meeting with existing and new IKEA customers.

  • When and how IKEA expands, enabling one common way of working with high impact at low cost.

We offer an open working environment where everyone feels comfortable to experiment, try new ways of working and dare to ask: What if…? We also offer possibilities to develop yourself and your career globally. 

About the assignment

We provide unique IKEA specialist competence in developing, improving, designing, establishing and operating Customer meeting points (IKEA Stores and places where customer meets IKEA) based on a market approach across all IKEA markets.

We coach, mentor, support and challenge IKEA retailers in their expansion plans.

We cooperate with our IKEA franchisees in 52 countries all over the world. We work in a multicultural environment, were we are comfortable using English (spoken and written) to communicate.  International travel to meet our customers and our business partners is also part of our job.   

About the role:

As an Architect in Customer meeting points you:

  • Lead IKEA expansion projects by delivering according to our processes together with peers across the totality of IKEA.
  • Take an active role in the team and collaborate with other retail architects in various projects and activities.
  • Contribute in the development of frameworks (consisting of requirements, principles and guidelines) for assigned customer meeting points.
  • Facilitate, plan and produce retail architecture design, in cooperation with relevant internal and external stakeholders.
  • Actively grow and maintain the professional network within physical and digital retail design.
  • Participate and lead generation thinking in the development of IKEA meeting points in a multi-channel environment.

Do you want to take part in designing IKEA customer meeting places worldwide?  Would you like to work in an open-minded and international environment?  Then we are looking for you!

About you

We are looking to recruit architects with 3 different profiles, or a combination of:

  • Architect with retail interior design focus

  • Architect with urban design experience

  • Architect with retail construction experience

We believe that you meet the following requirements:

  • Proven skills in creative leadership, used to coach both colleagues as well as customers.
  • Good understanding of how global trends and developments can impact IKEA, especially in the area of retail, consumer behaviour, digital technology, economy, sustainability, life at home, design, media and communication.
  • You have the ability to keep the strategic focus and at the same time bring it down to tactical solutions.
  • You are a driven architect with a genuine interest in exploring and developing retail design with an agile approach.
  • You have strong interpersonal skills and find it easy to build relationships and earn trust, with an IKEA value based approach. Excellent communication skill and proven experience in both coaching and facilitation.
  • You are taking responsibility for action and results, making things happen and are interested in solving challenges by thinking flow oriented.

Based on your profile we believe that you have one two of the specific competencies:

  • Degree in architecture (Master degree certificate from an Architecture or Interior Design education or equivalent working experience) and the experience of working as an architect or interior designer.
  • Degree in building engineering (Master degree certificate or equivalent working experience) and the experience of working with a design and construction of retail projects.
  • Passion for sustainability and knowledge about the sustainable design and Life Cycle Assessment or BREEAM.
  • Proven track record of place making through delivering urban design projects in complex city environments
  • Proven track record of making successful retail destinations in the city environments


You have a solid retail background with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the business. You have experience from different fields and can link them to retail architecture.

Does this sound like your next challenge? We welcome your application!

Please send your application – CV and motivation letter - In English by 28th of November 2019. We really want to get to know you, so make sure you tell us why you want to work at Inter IKEA Systems and why you would be a good fit for this role. This is a full time position currently placed in Helsingborg, but within the upcoming years the Company aims to move the business from Helsingborg to Malmö. This means that the location of the position also will change to Malmö.

For questions contact Olga Sandberg +46 72 193 72 77 or Milena Carinci +46 70 927 91 29

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