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New Business Manager, Purchasing & Logistics Area South Asia

Bengaluru, Karnataka - Explore location Business Development Full Time

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About IKEA

Our Vision: “To create a better everyday life for the many people”

Our Business idea: IKEA offers well-designed, functional home furnishings at prices so low that as many people as possible can afford them. 

One Brand, many companies
Around the globe, a large number of companies operate under the IKEA trademarks. All IKEA franchisees are independent of Inter IKEA Group.

IKEA Range & Supply has the responsibility to develop, design, produce and supply IKEA stores with home furnishing solutions available to the many people. Each year IKEA Range & Supply introduce 2,000 new products in the IKEA stores. The total range is almost 10,000 products.

Come and be yourself with us!

We’re a diverse group of down-to-earth, straightforward people with a passion for home furnishing. We come from all over the world, but we share an inspiring vision: “to create a better everyday life for the many people”.

Working within the Inter IKEA Group is like working with your friends. Our culture is based on the spirit of togetherness, enthusiasm and fun. We have locations around the world, and we can offer a wide variety of exciting roles and assignments. From product development to production and from distribution and store design to interior design. We’re always looking for people who share our positive attitude and values. People who have the desire to learn and grow personally and professionally right along with our business.

We believe in people,We focus on culture and values, talent management and developing our co-workers’ competence. We are working to develop a more diverse organisation that will give equal opportunities and deliver better business results. Gender diversity in management positions at all levels is just the beginning.We’re always looking for people who have the desire to learn and grow personally and professionally right along with our business.

Growing Together!IKEA offers an exciting and empowering work environment in a global market place. And as the world’s leader at life a home, you have exceptional opportunities to grow and develop together with us. 

About us, IKEA Purchasing & Logistics Area South Asia,

IKEA Purchasing and Logistic Area South Asia (PLA SA) we’re on an exciting journey of expanding our business by adding new suppliers & categories and strengthening our existing suppliers. If you like challenges and really making a difference, then this journey is for you!

We are team of more than 130 problem-solvers, based in Bengaluru, Dhaka and Gurugram. The IKEA vision to create a better everyday life for the many motivates us to develop, produce, supply and distribute IKEA products that are affordable and accessible for everyone. We have always challenged designs, processes or technologies in rebellious ways, and from surprising angles to get better answers. And guess what? We always will. It’s all part of our vision to create a better everyday life for the many. And it’s been keeping us going for more than 75 years. Welcome to join us to explore new opportunities!

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The role of IKEA Purchasing & Logistics is providing services to deliver IKEA range at the lowest total cost, making high quality available to the customer under good social and environmental conditions. Purchasing & Logistics Area South Asia is one of 8 Purchasing & Logistics Area, and our co-workers are based in Bangladesh and India.

We’re looking for an innovative and entrepreneurial leader who will drive and commitment to deliver better product to create a more affordable, accessible and sustainable for the many people and desire to find new business opportunities and make it happen through engaging and motivating people.

You will be leading business and people in a very dynamic region, full of business opportunities and a very clear agenda of optimizing the affordability and profitability for the newly opened retail market in India. Our active purchase region of India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is often connected to textile and handicraft but there is as well a big portion of new investments with the latest production techniques.

About the role

New business dares to explore and try new solutions to create an optimal value chain and business development. While keeping a strong focus on fact-based business leadership, innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit, New Business starts up new suppliers, new purchasing markets and product development partners. It also deploys and verifies new materials, production techniques and business models.

The New Business Manager delivers excellent business results and identifies new business opportunities from a democratic design and purchasing perspective. This is done together with the New Business team through in South Asia through the implementation of an action plan aligned with an IKEA category business assignment.

The New Business Manager is accountable for a professional relationship with suppliers through the IKEA Way of Doing Business, based on a shared business model, trust and transparency. In this role, the New Business Manager will also contribute to identify and act on cross-regional synergies & opportunities.

You will also be a part of our Purchase & Logistics Area management team, living our IKEA culture and values and making South Asia a great place to work.


You are a senior leader who loves to ask “why…” and “what if..” and you are passionate about developing business and people. You have proven experience leading teams and a great track record of delivering results through the people you work with. You easily build trust and partnerships to reach common goals across borders and functions.

You have a strong foundation in living and sharing the IKEA culture and values.

You bring a high energy and a positive, solution-oriented approach to your role as New Business Manager and a contributed member of the PLA SA Management Team. You are comfortable anticipating and leading change and very comfortable working in a remote environment.

We also see you have:

·        Strong stakeholder management skills

·        Strong negotiation skills

·        Project Management experience

·        Good knowledge of IKEA Strategic Landscape, especially the IKEA Range and Supply strategies

·        Very good knowledge of the business model for growth; deep knowledge of business development, value chain analysis and opportunities

·        Knowledge about life at home, customer needs and living situations

·        Very good knowledge of supplier capabilities, material and production including deep knowledge of industry and market specific conditions.

·        Good Knowledge about retail and supply chain possibilities and limitations

·        Experience in building Trustful and Strong high performing teams      

More Information

Get to know and learn more about IKEA culture and values,  Life at IKEA and Your possibilities IKEA – Life at IKEA

Please send us your application in English latest by 30th April 2021.  We would love to know more about you and your motivation for this job! If you have questions, please contact recruiting manager Marius Martinaitis or People & Culture Generalist Jaswinder Sharma.