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Solution Architect | IKEA Retail Experience | Core Business Franchise

Malmö, Skåne County IT & Digital Solutions Full Time

Job description

Company description

The world is changing and the IKEA business is changing with it. For IKEA though, one thing will always remain the same ─ our vision to create a better everyday life for the many people.

We will strengthen and develop competences in order to meet the needs and dreams of the many people around the world and to be accessible, wherever and whenever they wish to meet IKEA.

We are looking for people who have experience from diverse retail organizations and other parts of the value chain ─ from supply to product design, development to manufacturing and everything in between. We offer a unique opportunity to develop a holistic view of the IKEA business. When you grow, IKEA grows too. Do you want to contribute?

About Inter IKEA Systems 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 which is updated, relevant, implemented and followed-up together with all IKEA trademark users.

We enable IKEA people in the value chain by developing new ways of working supported by processes, 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 a low cost.

We offer an open working environment where everyone feels comfortable to experiment, try new ways and dare to ask: “What if…?” And we offer possibilities for you to develop yourself and your career globally. Read more about us at

Job description

About IPEX - IKEA Planning Experience

The goal of IPEX is to support and empower customers to find their personal best home furnishing solutions. We create great experiences enabling customers to design their homes by providing activities and tools harmonized across channels to give the customer reassurance and confidence, enabling them to proceed in their buying journey and make decisions, independent of the channel or platform being used.

Our customers should experience an inspiring, fun, simple and rewarding planning journey based on their needs and preferences. Our co-workers and service partners should experience a fun, efficient and unbroken sales process. The planning experience will be an integral part of the entire seamless buying and selling experience and a key contributor to converting visitors into happy customers and to engaging with our customers from the start. Utilizing data around and about our products to create more personalized experiences is an integral part of the work we do.

About the Role

As Solution Architect, we expect you to bring all your knowledge and experience as developer, and use that when shaping solution architectures for IKEA’s planning experience applications. As Solution Architect, we do not primarily expect you to develop applications (although that can happen from time to time), but to lead and guide development teams, and in collaboration with our Business Analysts and User Experience specialists secure that applications are developed to meet our requirements.

You will:

  • In close collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders shape ideas into concrete, robust and appropriate solution architectures and transition roadmaps for implementation.
  • Collaborate closely with business and IT stakeholders (including suppliers) to improve solution architectures with learnings from best practices within software development and industry.
  • Lead solution architect activities within your assigned area.
  • Secure that the solution architecture reflects the requirements from many different stakeholders in the organisation
  • Communicate the solution architectures and transition roadmaps to relevant business and IT stakeholders within and across organisations. You will ensure understanding and alignment across the IKEA value chain.
  • Pro-actively identify and advise on opportunities (such as new technology) in order to deliver better business result.
  • Collaborate closely with IT suppliers, influence them with IKEA requirements and have a dialog about proposals to secure the best result for IKEA.


About you

You are passionate about technology and appreciate the mix of strategic thinking and turning architecture trends and requirements into practice. You get energized by working interdependently in agile teams. You are the type of person that can manage to see the big picture as well as the details. You collaborate and communicate with you stakeholders to build trust and partnership in order to reach our common goals.

To be successful in this role you have proven training in information technology, computer science or equivalent and you have a minimum of 5 years of progressive and diverse experience as Software Engineer and Developer.

You bring deep understanding and experience of shaping solution architectures, combined with a understanding of the current and future digital technology trends, industry standards, architecture frameworks and modelling techniques. You know how to work in an Agile, DevOps working set-up and how to deliver cloud-based solutions.

You have experience in some of the following areas:

  • Extensive knowledge of designing and developing API/Micro services architectures.
  • Understanding of modern data architectures, data extract mechanisms, functional decomposition and business rules engines.
  • Experience of web development using technologies such JavaScript, React,/Redux, JSON RESTful API, Node.js, CSS/SCSS, HTML and major JavaScript libraries.
  • Experience from cloud technology  platforms such as AWS and Azure. 
  • Experience from working with WebGL or any native 3D framework.
  • Experience in 3D game development/optimization AR, VR or machine learning implementations is a merit.
  • Experience with agile development practices, in which requirements and solution evolve through the collaborative effort of self-organising cross-functional teams.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, with the ability to engage and communicate with senior business-leaders and Technology Leadership

More Information

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

It is a full time position (40h/week). Occasional travel will be required.

Please send your application – CV and letter of motivation – in English by 1 March 2019. Do note that we are continuously interviewing for this position. 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.

If you have questions about the role, please contact Ulrika Brodin, Architecture Manager, on +46 72 084 34 35. If you have questions about the recruitment process, please contact Sofia Samuelsson, HR generalist for IKEA Retail Experience.