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Sustainability Specialist (m/w/d)

Dortmund, Germany - Sprawdź lokalizację Zrównoważony rozwój Pełny etat

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Company description

The IKEA brand is one of the most successful home furnishing brands in the world. We are a value-driven company with a passion for life at home and where our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people.

Who are we? We are IKEA - Purchasing and Logistic Areas (PLA) and the home for all Supply Business units. We have seven different Purchasing and Logistic Areas in which consists of more than twenty different sites. We are around 2600 co-workers and our responsibility is to lead with IKEA Culture & Values, secure compliance and empower an entrepreneurial spirit among all IKEA business functions. 

You will belong to PLA North in Dortmund office.

Job description

At IKEA we want to have a positive impact on people, society, and the planet. As a Sustainability specialist you will be the regional expert in specific sustainability areas, where you will lead and contribute to both regional and global projects, to move the sustainability agenda forward. It is your responsibility to understand the local preconditions in different markets and execute the sustainability agenda of IKEA. You will be supporting the business by implementing and verifying sustainability related requirements outlined in ‘IWAY’, our code of conduct. As a sustainability specialist you will work in close cooperation with our stakeholders, where you will have the responsibility to ensure that the sustainability agenda is an integrated part of our stakeholders’ development. It is your obligation to secure onboarding, training, and support both suppliers and business units in sustainability related topics, as well as IWAY and associated topics.

As a Sustainability specialist you will also:

  • Contribute to creating action plan related to sustainability development of IKEA suppliers
  • Responsible to plan and perform verification activities, secure timely and accurate verification information in the planning and reporting tools
  • Together with business teams participate in opening new IKEA suppliers and perform sustainability risk assessments
  • Contribute to both short- and long-term sustainability compliance, according to action plans, and prepare and implement relevant activities

IWAY - "the IKEA Way on Purchasing Home Furnishing Products" - is our code of conduct which, together with our sustainability strategy "People and Planet Positive 2030", forms the guiding star in our daily sustainability work.


As a Sustainability specialist you will contribute to a more sustainable life and better IKEA products for the many people. This by supporting various stakeholders and secure that IKEA products meet the highest possible standards in the area of environment and sustainability, which also includes human rights, working and social conditions. Therefore, you have a curiosity and are eager to actively search for new information and find new ways on how to improve our ways of working with sustainability at IKEA. You will work in close cooperation with various stakeholders across IKEA where you are keen to inspire both business teams and suppliers and to continuously maintain and improve compliance performance. As a person, you never compromise when it comes to compliance and you always have sustainability and the end customer in mind when taking decisions.

  • We expect you to have a university degree in sustainability, engineering, human rights or in some other relevant area
  • You find it easy to connect with others and are strong in stakeholder management
  • You have good presentation and communication skills and a passion for contributing to a better everyday life for people in our value chains
  • You are experienced in project management and have the ability to lead projects with both a holistic and analytical viewpoint
  • You have a good understanding of the manufacturing industry and related OSH & sustainability requirements
  • Readiness to travel frequently in the region (primarily in DE, NL, AT, CH)
  • Fluency in German, both written and spoken. Dutch is a plus.
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken


More Information

We offer you varied work tasks both in the office and at IKEA suppliers with a fun, friendly, non-hierarchical, open and international team atmosphere. Moreover, you have a wide range of education and self-development possibilities. We also hope you want to contribute with your unique competence to IKEAs future growth!

Sounds interesting?

Please submit your application online and in English, including your resume and cover letter, via our recruitment system SmartRecruiters as soon as possible, but latest on 28th March, 2023.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact the Sustainability Compliance Manager Mattias Lövgren ( Questions about the recruitment process, you can send us an email in the system, and we will come back to you as soon as possible.

Our culture and values are based on equal opportunities, and we are happy to consider applications from individuals with disabilities.

 We look forward to receiving your application!