Senior Engineer METAL, Material & Innovation Development - Metals, IKEA of Sweden

den 17 maj 2017
den 5 juni 2017
Åsa Lidén

IKEA Swerea annonsbildThis position is a unique joint recruitment with one of IKEA’s R&D partners, Swerea IVF, a research institute within the fields of materials and production processes.
To continue to fulfill our overall IKEA vision “a better everyday life for the many people” we need better materials i.e. more sustainable and attractive materials that are safe and healthy. This development work is done together with R&D partners all over the world.
The Material & Innovation Development assignment is to develop new materials and technologies for IKEA, with focus on innovation and all elements of Democratic Design; meaning quality, function, form, affordability and sustainability. The focus will be on innovative and cost efficient metal solutions for high volume applications.
About you
We are looking for a senior engineer with a genuine technical interest in metal manufacturing and with the ability to see business potential in new technologies.You have probably a M.Sc/Ph.D or equivalent experience within the field of manufacturing processes for metals in combination with 10 years or more of related work experience. You have a track record of leading and managing R&D projects both with efficiency and with a positive mindset.
Technical knowledge within the following areas are of importance for the position:

  • Metallic materials
  • Manufacturing methods for metallic materials
  • Metallic surface coatings
  • Conceptual product development
  • Mechanics, dynamics and stress calculation on basic to intermediate level

The following skills are of importance to be successful:

  • Good communication skills and a positive and problem solving approach
  • Ability to build and maintain long term relations
  • Ability to identify technical needs and set strategic goals
  • To be well organized and have the ability to lead several projects in parallel
  • Fluent in English, both verbal and written

About the job
In this role you will be a part of our Metal team and lead developments within the field, connected to our strategic development plans. You will be deeply involved in setting the development plans, as well as being responsible for executing projects all the way from idea to implementation. The key challenge is to identify potential technologies and develop these together with external partners as well as stakeholders within IKEA.
The job includes tasks as:

  • Identify innovation and business opportunities
  • Scout for new technologies
  • Develop new technologies
  • Formulate plans for portfolio as well projects
  • Identify and initiate R&D projects and cooperation with innovation partners

Develop the strategic co-operation between IKEA and the Swerea group within the Metal area
About the assignment
The assignment is a joint recruitment together with Swerea IVF in Mölndal, Sweden, as a strategic partner within the area of material development. Several development projects are run with Swerea IVF as R&D partner using their laboratory facilities for developing new technologies. A key for successful co-operation is for IKEA to be on-site on regular basis. This set-up gives several advantages such as close day-to-day personal co-operation, fast and simple decision making for the managing projects, improved understanding for IKEA needs and demands. 
In practical this means that the position is located both at IKEA of Sweden in Älmhult and at Swerea premises. The assignment naturally requires travelling both within Sweden and internationally. It is a fulltime position and you are employed to 100% by IKEA of Sweden.
For questions regarding the position please contact
Åsa Lidén, Material & Innovation Leader - Metals (IKEA of Sweden) at +46 732 32 14 46 or Elisabeth Sagström, Department Manager Manufacturing (Swerea IVF) at +46 707 80 60 67,
If you have questions regarding the recruitment process please contact
Marie Pauli, HR Manager (Swerea IVF) at +46 707 80 60 93,
We look forward to receiving your application in English!