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Business Developer

Прага, Hlavní město Praha - Изучите местоположение Управление полная занятость

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Company description

IKEA Purchasing Services cooperates with furniture and home furnishing manufacturers in Europe and distributes it worldwide. Our task is to find and develop suppliers to produce furniture with perfect design and quality for as many people as possible. There are about 150 of us in Prague - Zlicin, a team made of over 20 nationalities.

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.

  • 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 working with suppliers! You will be able to travel to look at various manufacturing companies, understand new and different technologies, people and cultures.
  • 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 internal and external trainings. We embrace making mistakes and learning from them.


You will be an informal leader directing the steps and activities of a 3-member micro-team in IKEA Components - Packaging and Handling Materials category, consisting of a Production Engineer, who takes care about production process and quality, and a Supply Planner, who handles logistics. Based on the analysis, you will draw up an action plan once a year to reduce production costs or develop better design for customers, all within the framework of sustainability and ethical business practices. You also can expect to:

  • Develop partnerships with suppliers – the micro-team regularly travels to the field in order to solve issues firsthand production from the ground up, and, provide suppliers with feedback and help with the implementation of action plans,
  • Create production calculations – you will look for price saving opportunities for existing products and demand the production of new ones, especially from existing suppliers,
  • Operation – regular communications with suppliers (emails, calls), management and team meetings, the project implementation and data entry.



Please read what you need for the role:

  • You are aware of economics and finance – understanding of a company financials like cash-flow, P&L, income statement etc., able to work with cost breakdown, the price is alpha and omega for us,
  • You have a passion for business and the end-goal, both will come in handy when negotiating with suppliers, you have to be strict but fair, solution-oriented person, concentrating energy on fixing all the normal business issues,
  • You use the art of dealing with people, empathy and good communication skills, in coordinating your small micro-team and in dealing with suppliers and many other stakeholders in the IKEA supply chain,
  • You have an analytical skills that are necessary for working with numbers, when negotiating prices, or when setting priorities for your work, which is usually high paced and demanding,
  • You have an interest in production and discovering the latest technologies in home furnishing.
  • You are fluent in English, both written and spoken. You are comfortable in presenting and engaging with stakeholders at all levels. 

People within IKEA value a culture of humbleness and open-mindedness. We don't have a rigid hierarchy system and encourage everyone to talk to anyone, and we don't have a dress code. We are characterized by enjoying long discussions and a relaxed, natural order with a great deal of personal responsibility. We want people to be proactive, engaged, internally motivated for results and eager to learn.​​​​​​​

More Information

Submit your application as soon as possible however not later than January 31st 2022.Please note that we will be interviewing continuously, which means that we may close the application process earlier than stated if we find the right candidate.

Please submit your CV in English.