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Innovation Facilitation Leader - IKEA Marketing & Communication

Älmhult, Kronoberg County - Explore location Exploration, Co-Creation & Innovation Full Time

Job description

We’re on the lookout for passionate doers, idea makers, creative thinkers - people who want to find answers to everyday problems in people’s lives, for society and the planet. 

What if you could inspire to make everyday life just a little bit better?

The answer is simple: You can. This is what motivates us at IKEA. We’re constantly searching to find new ways to be better. We use insights from real life at home all over the world, learning about the needs and dreams of people. We use our home furnishing knowledge to help inspire people with ideas and solutions that will help them live the life they want. 

At IKEA Marketing & Communication, we’re people-centric, have a passion for making great stuff, and we aim to be the best communication partner for the whole of IKEA. We work closely and together with our colleagues across IKEA, creating state-of-the-art communication at the lowest price.

The Innovation function at IKEA Marketing & Communication (IMC) has the purpose to support and evolve the innovation culture within IMC and IKEA. This is a startup of ways of working that you will contribute to establish.  

  • In the Innovation team you will have colleagues in the Digital Lab who´s assignment is to explore and collect knowledge about the future customer meetings, secure patents and influence that open external standards lead to lower costs for IKEA in the future. See last 10 minutes in Vimeo link below.
  • Together the Innovation function connects with all other Innovation Initiatives within IKEA. 

As Innovation Facilitation Leader you will support innovation from the explorative facilitation in workshops all the way to applying for funding. You will lead workshops within IMC and other IKEA companies when requested. The focus of the role is future customer meetings or co-worker interactions using technology. 

Here’s some of what you will do:

  • Support with facilitation methods to approach complex innovation challenges in projects and business development 
  • Lead workshops to effectively generate great insights and getting suggestions on the table. With informed discussion, assess their potential to meaningfully improve business outcomes 
  • Support with guidance and processes for next steps to allocate fundings from the IKEA Innovation networks and councils. 
  • Secure documentation, information and communication to stakeholders.  
  • Lead knowledge transfer through documentation and facilitation. 

We’re looking for someone experienced in working with and influencing senior business leaders in complex organizations. Someone with a strong ability to think and work differently to others and thus make a difference in all collaborations. 

You’ll need to:  

  • Be highly experienced in using group facilitation methodologies, facilitating large and small teams. 
  • Have good understanding of collaborative methodologies such as Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, Future Search, tools and methods to accelerate innovation workshop outcomes. 
  • Have good understanding within research on creativity in organizations, and know what factors affect people’s creativity, team creativity and innovation effectiveness. 
  • Have good understanding in the area of innovation and technology. 

More Information

Älmhult is an inspirational working environment, based on creativity and innovation, which gives you the opportunity to work and interact with people from all around the world. This is a place where you can focus on doing what you love. There are no dress codes or closed offices. No day is ever the same. All ideas are welcome. Everyone tries to pitch in when needed, and failures are seen as a way of learning. When you enter our workplace, we want you to feel that you can inspire billions of people all over the world.   

The last date to send your application is 11st Jan.2022. Apply when you are ready but do not wait too long. The recruitment is an ongoing process so if we find the right candidate, we might close the possibility to apply earlier. We look forward to receiving your application, your CV and a motivational letter in English


If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Recruiter Katie If you have questions about the role, please connect with Innovation Manager Martin Enthed.

If you wonder about more information, please check this link:

Public Talk (last 10 min about the lab):