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Sustainability Development Manager

Älmhult, Kronoberg County - Explore location Sustainability Full Time

Job description

Company description

IKEA strives to be the leader in sustainable, affordable life at home, inspiring and enabling customers to fulfil their needs and dreams at home. 

Sustainability is part of our IKEA vision to create a better everyday life for the many people and at the same time have a positive impact on the planet. We have the sustainability strategy, People & Planet Positive Strategy, with big ambitions and commitments for 2030. 

We now have the opportunity for you to join and lead the Sustainability Development team as Sustainability Development Manager delivering towards our vision to create a better everyday life for the many people. 

Job description

As the Sustainability Development Manager, you will lead the Sustainability Development team whose mission is to enable and support core business range and core business supply with expertise and competence to develop towards becoming People & Planet Positive. You will navigate the team that creates awareness, inspires, and challenges!

Working closely together with the Range Sustainability Manager and Supply Sustainability Manager, you will lead the identification and prioritization of new topics from the People & Planet Positive strategy and emerging issues: anchoring and securing buy in and resources to explore, develop and build competence and the sustainability agenda. 

You will manage the portfolio of specific exploration projects and lead the team in their deployment. You will also lead some of the projects yourself. The deliverables will be integrated into the running of the core businesses. Currently some topics within the Sustainability Development project portfolio include: Biodiversity, Water, Regenerative Agriculture, Responsible Recruitment, Livelihoods, Environmental Impact, Digital Sustainability and Product Passport. 

In addition, you represent sustainability in a number of councils and forums, such as the Innovation Council, which reviews and approves explorations delivering to future IKEA goals. You are an internal and external spokesperson for People & Planet Positive. 

You report to Range Sustainability Manager, Lena Julle. 


To be successful in this role, we believe that you:

  • Have a deep sustainability knowledge (both environmental and social) on a strategic and tactical level
  • Have a proven leadership with extensive experience with strategic development of sustainability topics in an international business environment
  • Have a strong will to influence and make a difference and you are passionate about leading, developing and coaching people in a changing environment
  • Are driven by the desire to develop a better everyday life and you thrive in an environment which involves problem solving, thinking outside the box and finding new solutions and innovations
  • Are an excellent stakeholder manager with a simple and straightforward communication style which builds credibility and trust
  • Live and share the IKEA culture & values

More Information

This is a full-time permanent position based in IKEA of Sweden in Älmhult, Sweden.

If you have any questions regarding the position or the recruitment process, please contact the People & Culture Recruiter Zuzana Vackova at 

Please submit both your CV and motivation letter in English latest by 13th June 2021 and tell us why you would be a good fit. We will be interviewing continuously, so don’t wait to apply online already today. 

We are looking forward to receiving your application!