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Sustainability Business Partner - Ingka Centres (maternity cover)

Malmö, Skåne County - Explore location Sustainability Full Time

Job description


You have extensive experience of working with sustainability in a business environment, preferably in a retail and/or customer-centric business, creating and implementing long-term strategic & tactical plans and communicating the business case for sustainability. Finding a sustainable approach to business development is something that you are passionate about and you share our belief that it is good business - to do good business.

You can effectively communicate and negotiate with stakeholders in a way that clearly demonstrates the value and importance of the desired sustainability outcomes, and you can do it in English through both spoken and written communication. You know how to balance environmental, social, and economic aspects to make successful business within the limits of the planet and having a positive impact on people. Sounds like you?

Additionally, you have:

•Knowledge on how to manage organisational and personal change, seizing opportunities, generating and challenging ideas, willingness to challenge established views.
•Successful project management experience.
•Strong internal customer service orientation.
•Strong coaching and influencing skills.


This is a maternity cover assignment with a 1-year temporary contract.

The Sustainability Business Partner is the bridge between their designated Meeting Places and the Sustainability team in the service office. They are responsible for translating the Ingka Group Sustainability Strategy for the Meeting Places’ context and facilitating & enabling access to the Sustainability team’s expertise and services. The business partner leverages their knowledge of both sustainability and the Meeting Place operating & commercial environment, to support the Meeting Places in adapting global frameworks and tools to local contexts, and in developing tactical plans and activities in fulfilment of the People & Planet Positive Fundamentals.

You will develop close relationships with the members of the Meeting Place team in Sweden, Finland and Germany, including Meeting Place Manager, Community Engagement, Customer Experience, Core Operations, Partner Relationship and relevant Cluster Operations Manager, and secure local ownership and competence development. As business partner you will feed insights and communicate Meeting Places’ needs back into the Sustainability team and Commitment teams.

Amongst other things, you will:

•Act as a subject matter expert towards the Meeting Place teams in regard to delivering sustainability activities in their local contexts and facilitate access to Ingka Group and Centres sustainability expertise where required.
•Support the Meeting Places in the deployment, local adaptation and implementation of global tactics, frameworks and tools.
•Understand the needs of the Meeting Place teams and leverage your understanding of the Meeting Places, local markets and communities, for the continuous development and improvement of the global tactics & action planning, service catalogue, frameworks and tools.
•Identify local best-practices and insights and share through the Sustainability Business Partners network to accelerate the quick and effective implementation of good practices across the global portfolio.
•Coach and support Meeting Place teams in the fulfilment of the People & Planet Positive Fundamentals, development of Sustainability Action Plans, annual target setting and follow-up on performance.
•Contribute to and participate in Fit For Purpose Teams, Key Movement Initiatives and business integration activities, to secure sustainability input into Centres’ business development and ways of working.

In this role you will report into Jenny Pidgeon, our Sustainability Manager, and be based in Malmö, Sweden or one of our Meeting Place locations.


Together with IKEA Retail and Investments, Ingka Centres is part of the Ingka Group,

We’ve embarked on an exciting journey to transform our shopping centres into destinations always anchored by IKEA, and that go way beyond shopping, offering a carefully selected series of activities, events and initiatives tailored to the needs of the communities that surround them. That’s what we call “meeting places”.

As a long-term partner of IKEA, we share our vision, our culture and our values, while what makes our businesses different is the way we fulfil our vision. If the idea of IKEA is to create a better life at home, we work hard to create a better everyday life outside of the home by developing virtual and physical meeting places where people can meet shop and connect with their communities.

We have big plans for the future that involve expanding to new locations, opening smaller-scale concepts closer to the city centres, digitalisation, and most of all, living up to shared sustainability goals. We’re constantly looking for energetic, purpose-led and creative people who’d like to join us on our journey to create meeting places around the world.

Sounds exciting? There’s a lot more to know about us! Take a look at our website, read our stories and try to imagine how you can be part of our team helping us reach our goals!

Sustainability Business Partner role sits within the Commercial & Digital domain. They work closely with our meeting places to turn ideas into practical and value-creating solutions. It’s a vital domain that welcomes co-workers with different backgrounds – like concept, marketing, sustainability, digital and commercial business development.


Do you have any doubts about the role? Please contact Jenny Pidgeon on
Do you have questions about the recruitment process? Please connect with Maris Opelts on

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, though no later than 22 October 2021.

We look forward to receiving your application!