Driven by strong values for over 75 years, our vision to create a better everyday life for the many people has led the IKEA brand to global success in home furnishings. Those values and that vision also guide us to create a better everyday life for IKEA co-workers, with work that offers challenges, growth, and freedom with responsibility, along with balance and respect for home life – so you have time for family and friends too.
You see things a little differently. So do we. That’s why your values are more important to us than just what’s on your CV. Here, you’ll find positions that challenge you, let you explore your possibilities, and give you a chance to grow– from a position like this one based in Shanghai, China, you never know where in the world a job with IKEA might take you! Why not come see things a little differently together?
In Purchasing & Logistics, you’ll find we do all this – and more:
Make and move millions of IKEA products every day, everywhere – across Asia and around the world – focusing on quality, affordability, accessibility and sustainability.
Ensure every IKEA product meets every element of our Democratic Design process – design, function, quality, sustainability, and a low price.
Emphasis efficiency with responsibility. That means low cost – but not at any cost.
Enable hundreds of millions of customers in countries all over the world to enjoy IKEA home furnishings, thanks to our global network over 1,000 suppliers, a highly-efficient logistics system optimised for managing large volumes, and an IKEA organisation consistently working to execute and constantly improve our business model.
About the job
Lead the engineering and quality implementation/industrialization of new products, as well as improvement of existing range to secure quality and compliance to all requirements.
In cooperation with IoS (HFB) and suppliers for new products, moving products to new suppliers as well as improving existing products according to the principles of Democratic Design.
About the assignment
Product Engineer will be responsible for a variety of responsibilities as below:
Lead and involve the right resources in Purchasing to secure the product development (NEWS and MOVES) projects are delivered on time, with quality and with full compliance.
Lead product development at the factory floor from a technical point of view and secure scalability for further implementation at other suppliers
Define together with HFB's the evaluation & test requirements the supplier has to fulfil during the development stage, follow up that requirements are fulfilled before production start and secure the product is at correct quality level according to IKEA Documentation
Participate in Contract Review and lead implementation of product documentation connected to new articles as well as product improves at suppliers
In cooperation with supplier and Product Compliance specialist, secure and verify that all IKEA requirement documents are correct, complete and available in the IT system at first delivery
Contribute to the development projects and design/product risk analysis (FMEA) from a technical perspective (create phase in DPOP), with competence in construction, material, production, quality and customer expectations.
Actively identify, put forward and lead/execute Product Improvements with priority to satisfy customers, as well to utilize material and energy in an efficient way
Conduct Production Risk Assessments for new products together with supplier and production engineer
Together with supplier organize and secure product is started right from the beginning and according to working methods in purchasing manual
Register product, arrange for Gate check before First Delivery, secure 1st batch production and first delivery inspection are completed and approved before hand over to Production Engineer (PNE)
This job is right for you, because you have:
Experience in product development and implementation of product specifications in production environment. Experience of relevant production technologies and materials and working with Production & Product Risk Assessment (FMEA). Understanding of customers' needs and expectations towards the key and secondary functions of different products (e.g. safety, durability, ergonomics etc.). Has a good balance between overall/holistic view and details. Ability to understand standards and share and live IKEA values.
You also have all of this to offer:
Deep knowledge of product development processes (e.g. DPOP, SDP, PDP) and technologies.
Good grasp of IKEA total supply chain and Total Cost approach.
An urgent, uncompromising attitude about quality. You don’t settle for less.
A process-oriented, structured approach – plus a keen analytical ability.
Project leadership and cooperating in teams to ensure product quality and customer satisfaction – always at reasonable prices.
A talent for big-picture decision-making and problem-solving; always considering the needs of customers, suppliers, and the entire IKEA value chain.
Growth mind-set and entrepreneurial spirit – open, agile approach that helps identify and adapt to opportunities in the market and supply chain.
User-centric focus – responding to what customers really want and need to live a better everyday life.
Fluent English and Chinese communication skills both in written and speaking.
Experience from IoS product development or Product Requirement and compliance PR&C.