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Sustainability Leader

Ljubljana, Ljubljana Sustainability Full Time

Job description


• Proven advanced training in Sustainability (or other relevant area)
• Minimum 5 years of senior experience from working with strategic sustainability and/or business leadership
• Strong leadership capabilities, with excellent communication and networking skills with the ability to inspire and motivate people
• Knowledge of how to balance and merge environmental, social and economic aspects to define sustainability and how IKEA uses that knowledge in striving to make business within the limits of the planet
• Ability to focus, structure and prioritize between tasks and follow-up and to create an inspiring vision and secure its realization
• Ability to set direction, create and manage mind-term plans, set budgets and goals and follow-up on KPIs
• Strong drive and the ability to influence people and build trustful relationships to put sustainability on the agenda
• Fluent in English (spoken and written)


• 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.
• By understanding consumers in the market, be the voice of sustainability working across the business where decisions are made to set the People & Planet Positive requirements on the total country organization, empowering others to deliver.
• Integrating the sustainability agenda across all markets, customer meeting points, stores and units.
• Applying approved methods and tools from Group Sustainability to connect with relevant Service Office functions to all units to coach, guide and mentor in closing the gap performance.
• Working with others to help solve the challenges of the business with both a growth and purpose driven mind-set.
• 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.
• Conception, exploration and business case development projects in partnership with Group Sustainability, or when needed, drive country specific development projects.
• Create and maintain a performance culture across the whole organization.
• 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.
• Secure positive impact on local communities where IKEA operates through deep understanding of the local communities and co-creating with identified key local stakeholders.
• Empowering and engaging all colleagues in creating a new IKEA with sustainability at the core by working together with the sustainability matrix, contributing and sharing key learnings.


Your task will be to lead IKEA with sustainability at the core. A center of expertise focusing on: accelerating growth within the limit of one planet; empowering people to lead positive change; and building a more unique, inclusive and accessible IKEA - guided by the People and Planet Positive commitments.

IKEA South East Europe is an exciting and empowering region with great growth agenda in all countries – Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine. We currently operate 4 stores and we will open 2 new ones in the upcoming period.