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Product Design Engineer, within Safer Life at Home

Älmhult, Kronoberg County - Ontdek meer over deze locatie Engineering & Techniek Fulltime

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Company description

Can you really reach out to the whole world, while working in a tranquil idyll in the middle of forest? In Älmhult, Sweden, you can. Älmhult is home to IKEA of Sweden and has the responsibility to develop, design, produce and supply IKEA retail channels with home furnishing solutions. 

It’s time for IKEA to take the lead in a safety movement to enable safer homes and lives for the many people. Why? Because a safer everyday life is a better everyday life. At IKEA, we believe all people have the right to feel safe. It’s embedded in our values, and close to our heart. 
“Safer life at home” is a two-year strategic initiative that serves as the umbrella for other initiatives and activities in IKEA to accelerate how we work with product safety, taking the lead towards a safer life at home for our customers. “Safer Life at home” is driven from IKEA of Sweden in Älmhult. We are a small group of dedicated co-workers that work close and together with many different stakeholders across the whole IKEA value chain to make it happen.

We are now looking for a  Product  Design Engineer to Safer Life at Home.

Job description

As Product Design Engineer within Safer Life at Home you will review and where needed improve wall attachment technical solutions for wall attachment applied across the entire IKEA range, with focus on storage furniture. Focus on both the wall attachment hardware itself, as well as how this is connected to the product and the wall. Take a consumer perspective and find improvements to overcome potential barriers to wall attachment.
Why? Because at IKEA we believe that every customer has the right to feel safe. Making consumers aware of the risks at home empowers consumers to take action and create a safer life at home
Part of your assignment include:

  • Investigate any safety or ease of installation related challenges and root causes, leveraging existing knowledge and creating additional insights where needed.
  • Develop concepts to improve on possible challenges and root causes.
  • Develop application plan which existing or new solution to be applied in which part of the IKEA range going forward.
  • Develop transition plan of how to move from today towards desired situation tomorrow.
  • Manage technical project issues/risks in a systematic way, facilitate escalation and apply corrective actions.
  • Enable and secure development partners and supplier’s contribution to the product development from a technical perspective.
  • Perform product risk assessments together with relevant competences.

Note that this is a temporary position to August 31, 2022


To succeed in this role, you have a strong desire to create a better everyday life for the many people, especially a safer everyday life and make it easy for the consumer to attach furniture correctly to the wall. Project management skills across different functions and organisations. Product development and improvement skills from a technical perspective. Analytical skills to work in a structured way with across a wide range of products and a strong will to influence and make a difference

You have a solid mechanical design background, preferably with experience in area of wall attachment.
Job specific capabilities:

  • Technical project leading capabilities (facilitate, inspire, stimulate and coach)
  • Technical expertise to take on and provide technical leadership
  • Build relationships, intercultural and cross functional collaborations
  • Problem solving skills and ability to apply creative and analytical thinking
  • Communicate effectively in both technical and non-technical terms
  • Translate project ambitions into technical product solutions
  • Ability to scope & plan detailed development tasks
  • Prioritize, take decisions and delegate

You are with fluent in both spoken and written English.
You share of course our values and knows value driven leadership inside out

More Information

Sounds interesting?

We are especially looking for you who today work as consultant or self-employed.
Please send us your application – CV and letter of motivation – in English. Make sure you tell us why you would be a good fit for this role. Please send at the latest 17th of June 2021.

This is a temporary position for the period indicated above, located in Älmhult, Sweden.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Jirko Hoogerwerf, project leader Safer Life At Home, Jirko.hoogerwerf1@inter.ikea.com or if you have any questions about the recruitment process please contact Marie Sandman on +46 76854530