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Engineering & Quality Leader - Category Carbon Steel

Shenzhen, Guangdong Engineering & Technology Full Time

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Company description

IKEAis one of the world's leading home furnishing companies. Our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. We do this by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford.

Job description

Weare building a better IKEA where we lead the business and create growth in a simplified and better way, based on our culture, values and with customers and people in focus. Creating a better IKEA Purchasing has the aim to ensure that our ways of working enables IKEA to grow and develop according to Growing IKEA Together 2020 and beyond.

When you grow, IKEA grows too.

Engineering & Quality Leader, Category Carbon Steel

 We want to continue working close together with all our suppliers with a common goal and plans to optimize our value chain, resulting in better products at lower cost. In order to succeed in this mission, we need to establish IKEA as the preferred employer by attracting those who share the IKEA values, ensuring a systematic development for all co-workers and inspire the co-workers to perform and remain with IKEA.

Your assignment

As Engineering & Quality Leader for Category Carbon Steel you will work within Category Area Metal, Plastic & Float Glass and report to the deputy Category Manager Carbon Steel and in matrix to Engineering & Quality manager Category Area MPFG. You will contribute by driving and developing the engineering and quality development work including the sustainability agenda, with focus to secure execution, in line with Category plans. The aim is to develop and secure the engineering and quality needs to deliver products satisfying customer expectations in all aspects of Democratic Design. The position is a part of the Category Management Team.

Other tasks which will be included in your assignment are:

Responsible for execution of the engineering and quality agenda for the Category in cooperation with Category management and Engineering and Quality Manager

  • Responsible to develop and implement Business Quality Leadership competences in the category and at our suppliers to secure consistency in our quality development

  • Act as a link between Category and HFB to secure that Category E&Q priorities are known and taken into consideration when developing the HFB specific action plans

  • Support the business development teams with implementing the Category Material Direction

  • Support the business development teams with implementing the Category sustainability agenda

  • Support BDMs in competence development needs regarding engineers

  • Support Production and Product engineers in local or global engineering/improvement/quality projects

  • Support in analyzing customer feedback, and development of project/actions to improve customer satisfaction

  • Support product development projects (News/Moves/Improves) in the engineering and quality dimension

  • Support business development team to implement quality assurance at suppliers and create pre-conditions for the suppliers to take full responsibility for their Quality performance

  • At any time, act as an ambassador of IKEA values and Role Model for Fact-based Business leadership

Is this the challenge for you?

We offer a challenging role where you will work on a global area and get the possibility to lead the technical and quality agenda for the category.

As an Engineering and Quality Leader you need to have:

  • Very good understanding of how your everyday work adds customer value by delivering to Democratic Design.

  • Very good understanding of the business impact of Quality and customer satisfaction connected to Quality.

  • Proven leadership skills in matrix organizations and ability to influence and make things happen.

  • Good knowledge about cost development and production improvement processes

  • Good understanding of IKEA Strategic Landscape, especially the Purchasing and Quality Strategies and IKEA Business model and Business Model for growth.

  • Good knowledge about IKEA Purchasing Manual and Supplier Development Process (SDP)

  • Good understanding of One IKEA Business Plan Process, IKEA Purchase Development Process (PDP) and Develop Product Offer process (DPOP)

  • Good understanding of Category specific material and production processes

With your analytical and holistic view you lead the business, always acting with the Customer, supplier, total IKEA and Quality in mind. You have the ability to lead on an operational/tactical level with the business strategy in mind. You perform analysis and are able to draw conclusions to support the right business decision. You have the ability to deliver results through involving, leading, developing and inspiring people in a remote environment, acting like coach and a mentor. You are a good communicator in English, both verbal and written, with the ability to communicate clearly and in a simple way.

Location and reporting

The Engineering & Quality Leader Carbon Steel will be located in Shenzhen or Shanghai, China and report to the deputy Category Manager Carbon Steel.

This role will require extensive travelling

Sounds interesting? Submit your application as soon as possible via this ad, however not later than 2019-03-20. If you have any questions regarding the position you are welcome to contact deputy Category Manager Anders Sandin, +46 72 886 55 45. For information about the recruitment process, please contact HR Business partner Katarzyna Kowalczyk-Krosnowska (

We look forward to receiving your application in English!