This is a permanent full-time position based in Älmhult,Sweden with excellent commuting possibilities with hourly trains to Malmö, Lund, and Växjö, and an IKEA shuttle bus running back and forth to Helsingborg 3 times a day.
At Business Area (BA) IKEA Home Smart you will join an amazing group of talented, passionate people with an entrepreneurial mindset who are set on democratizing the smart home.
We develop smart products to enable a smarter life at home for people all over the world. We are curious and passionate about creating solutions that solve real-life problems, helping people realize their dreams, all on their terms because we believe everyone deserves a smart home.
To succeed, we look for new ways of integrating technology and digital solutions into furniture and life at home. We explore opportunities throughout the home, and we work closely with other Business Areas to both drive transformation of the existing range and develop new smart products to attract new customers to IKEA. We’re still at the beginning, there’s lots more to come.
In the UX Team, we would like to work with people that are passionate about creating innovative solutions and inclusive user experiences. This is a team built upon energetic and friendly team players, who are driven and committed to delivering great results in a dynamic environment. We have a high entrepreneurial drive, always stretching boundaries, challenging what already exists, and always striving to develop better products and solutions. We love the diversity of human nature and we hope that you do, too.
Right now, we are looking for a mid-to-senior level User Experience Designer for IKEA Home Smart that will focus on physical product experiences and how users will interact with our products through physical interfaces. You will support the development and collaborate with engineers to realize these tangible experiences. You will design product experiences where requirements evolve through iterations through testing.
Beyond buttons and dials and lights, you will design end-to-end experiences for smart products. Not everyone uses an app to make their home smarter when they start. Physical devices play a big role in This is where you come in.
As a User Experience Designer, you will create compelling experiences for smart home products and our eco-system that can reach a wide variety of people. For this,
You will define and control interaction paradigms for IKEA Home smart physical products like smart lights, smart blinds, smart speakers, smart air purifiers, and more as well as solve complex paradigm problems on the platform level.
You will work very closely with Product Owners, Product development teams, Industrial Designers, and Software Engineers in the creation of brand-new products for IKEA.
You will occasionally lead external agencies for project-based UX design assignments and drive insight-based decisions through data and evidence as well as empathy.
You will connect the needs of design, engineering, and business in a great balance.
You will do this by ensuring a clear synergy between user behavior, technology, and IKEA needs and by challenging existing solutions by driving meaningful creativity throughout the development process.
Moreover, you will:
Support teams in creating future experiences and create aspirational concepts for the future of smart home
Use early prototyping, and research and testing as everyday tools to refine the experiences
Partner with UX researchers to maximize research and design impact
Challenge existing solutions by driving meaningful innovation and creativity throughout the development.
Encourage stakeholders to prioritize solutions that are beneficial for the user, the society, and the planet
To be successful in this role, we think you
Have a university-level education in the areas of Interaction Design, Industrial Design, or similar.
Have a proven track record as a UX professional, with ideally 4+ years of experience as a designer working on innovative digital solutions, including physical interfaces for consumer products.
Have experience with modern digital and physical product development processes from global organizations, including Agile and Lean.
Are skilled in storytelling, user flows, wireframing, and usability with an ability to make complicated technology friendly to many people.
Are fluent in English, both verbally and in writing.
Please submit a portfolio of your work either as a link or as a PDF, so that we can get to know your work. Applications with a portfolio are mandatory.
If you are having questions regarding the process contact Recruitment Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to summer vacation, our selection process will be longer than usual, we will continuously interview for this position.
This is a permanent position based in Älmhult, 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.
At IKEA, we do things a little differently. We think, differently. Act, differently. And work differently as well. We like to break things. Like rules. And then make things. Like music-playing lamps. And beds disguised as sofas. Even plantballs that help us look after our planet. It’s all part of our vision - to create a better everyday life for the many. And it’s been keeping our co-workers going for over 75 years. By 2030, we hope to help millions more look forward to going home.
IKEA of Sweden, or IoS, is responsible for developing the IKEA range and making it available to stores and customers all over the world. IoS is based in Älmhult – the heart of IKEA and the center of IKEA range development.