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Business Development Manager-Plastic ( Shenzhen)

Shenzhen, Guangdong - Explore location Logistics & Supply Chain Full time

Job description

Company description

At IKEA, we do things a little different. We think, differently. Act, differently. And work differently as well. We like to break things. Like rules. And then make things. Like music-playing lamps. And beds disguised as sofas. Even plantballs that help us look after our planet. It’s all part of our vision - to create a better everyday life for the many. By 2030, we hope to help millions more look forward to going home.  

Want to help make this happen? Join our global purchasing business! It is filled with curious and passionate people, that get energy from influencing, interacting, and working together with others, to deliver great business results. Sounds like your kind of people? 

 If so, come and develop the IKEA business together with us! We are now looking for more Business Development Manager for Plastic Team and based in SZ.

Job description


At IKEA, we see things a little differently. We onboard our suppliers as partners with whom we create long-term relationships. We want them to grow with us, become more efficient and achieve lower prices. 

A few perks of being one of us: 

  • You get the privilege to take responsibility, find your way, innovate, and drive business in the IKEA environment 

  • You can have the confidence and freedom to do things your own way, including organizing your time. Your well-being is our priority.  A variety of rewarding work awaits you, which you will be able to combine alongside your hobbies or family.  

  • Use opportunities for learning and growth!  

  • Everybody is seen as a talent. In regular informal talks with your manager you can explore your development and carrier opportunities. We will support you on the way by numerous trainings. We embrace making mistakes and learning from them. It’s the best way forward. 

The assignment  

As a business development manager you get to work with both -  business and people and what better way? Business is done through people! 

You will actively contribute to the development of the long-term Category Business Plans. The objective is to deliver excellent results in purchasing by team-leading and to establish long-term business development with suppliers. Additionally, a significant part of your assignment is to inspire and empower your co-workers to perform at their best and to continuously develop!  

People agenda 

  • Use the art of dealing with people - empathy and good communication skills, in dealing with stakeholders as well as leading business through your team.   

  • Lead the competence agenda for your business team; including recruitment, development, performance management, retention and succession plans for co-workers in your team 

  • Motivate, inspire, mentor and coach your team  

  • Securing the preconditions for your team to succeed in your business environment  

Business agenda 

  • Set the business direction with clear Action Plan(s) to improve and develop business and supplier performance and deliver to Category Plan 

  • Identify and start-up new suppliers according to business needs through the business development team 

  •  Establish and manage cost budget for the team, optimally utilising resources to secure business goals and ensure organisational efficiency 

In totality your assignment is to connect people and business and through this contribute to the bigger IKEA business vision. 

Serena, a BDM in Shanghai office says: 

As business development manager, I act as an ambassador of IKEA values, constantly on the look-out to improve ways of working through tools and people. I focus on people and business development. As a leader in IKEA, I embrace our differences, leading with an open and trustful relationship. The mission as business development manager, is to learn, share and inspire. Not only can you develop your leadership, but also continuously learn from your team to continue contributing to  the end customer and business. 


To succeed in this role we see that you: 

  • come with great track record in leadership and business development. You lead by example and can bring out the best in your team and the people you encounter.  

  • lead on an operational, as well as strategic level, always keeping the holistic view in mind 

  • have high energy to build trust and partnerships to reach common goals and are on a constant look out for synergies.  

  • are fluent in written and spoken English and are comfortable in presenting and engaging with stakeholders at all levels.