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Global Engineer Quality Leader - Natural Fibres & Industrial Bamboo(SH or Jakarta or Ho Chi Ming)

Shanghai, Shanghai Municipality Engineering & Technology Full Time

Job description

This position will be located either in our office in Shanghai in China or Jakarta in  Indonesia or Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, depending on where we find the most suitable person.

“Are you a curious engineer? Continuously looking for solutions and ideas on how to create more from less? Do you enjoy working across countries and turning the multi-cultural potential into pure energy? Are you genuinely interested in sustainability as a way to achieve beautiful products at low cost for the many people? We are looking for you who have a strong drive to make things happen together with the teams and suppliers working with the IKEA range in natural fibers and bamboo.

About the job

You will lead and execute the global engineering & quality agenda for the IKEA range in natural fibres and bamboo. Experience from a similar position in the retail industry is a requirement, ideally connected to furniture production.

Your assignment comes with a high dose of freedom so we expect you have proven track record in going from identifying and scoping business needs to interacting and managing with stakeholders to leading and inspiring partners and colleagues to perform and deliver on the engineering & quality agenda.

You will be part of the management teams for Category Natural Fibres and Category Bamboo Industrialised, where we expect you to contribute in developing the engineering & quality agenda by challenging status quo when needed as well as securing synergies and innovation as much as possible.

With the assignment´s global scope, you have experience in leading teams remotely and in using mentoring and/or coaching to achieve results with your colleagues and teams. When not leading and interacting remotely, you also feel energised by frequent travelling to where the business is located. Today mostly in China, Vietnam, Indonesia and other markets in South East Asia, but business travels to Mexico and other markets in South America might be required in the future as we´re expanding in this region.

Some examples of work tasks:

  • lead the material & technique development as well as product improvement at our suppliers
  • initiate and follow up engineering & quality projects
  • lead production and product engineers in local or global projects
  • contribute in recruiting and developing the engineering team
  • contribute to the product development process
  • contribute in cost development agenda (working with value chains)
  • secure that defined quality tools are used
  • secure customer feedback analysis to improve customer satisfaction and when needed organize and facilitate quality workshops
  • secure implementation of quality assurance at suppliers

Is this the right challenge for you?

Capabilities & Motivation

  • You have capability to handle business with big picture in mind
  • You are passionate about people and able to lead the business through them
  • You are open-minded and creative, but you also know how to realize new ideas or how to lead new concept initiatives
  • You have excellent communication skills, you can build and maintain business relations
  • You have experience in working with supplier development
  • You understand materials and productions, which includes also production costs
  • You have sound knowledge of Six sigma methodology, DMAIC approach, root cause, value stream mapping or risk analysis
  • You have experience in quality assurance set up including production processes, process control, cost calculation and materials
  • You are familiar with a lean management concept and other operational efficiency improvement methods
  • You are used to work with project management tools
  • You speak English fluently
  • You have interest towards of people’s life at home; energy, drive and commitment to deliver better products that exceed customer expectations

Why will you enjoy working with us?

  • You will work in an international environment – leading and influencing the global agenda in the small but fast growing categories Natural Fibers and Bamboo Industrialized

How is it to work in IKEA?

  • We do not intend to only fill in the position here – we want to accept unique personalities who will share our values and contribute to build great business success and influence globally
  • We listen to our colleagues, we understand their needs and we support their ambitions and build on their strengths, there are endless career opportunities;
  • We offer a possibility to work in a fast growing company and in an environment where people, team, passion for business and delivering the results are the main drivers.

If you want to be part of something big, this could be the right challenge for you. We are looking forward to getting to know you soon!

Sounds interesting? Please let us know about you

IKEA offers an exciting and empowering work environment in a global market place. And as the world’s leader at life a home, you have exceptional opportunities to grow and develop together with us. 

IF you have interest, please contact HRBP, Barbora Taušová (