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Data & Information Architecture Leader

Delft, Südholland - Standort erkunden IT Vollzeit


Company description

You see things a little differently. So do we. Leadership at IKEA is simple, clear and humble. We’re not fans of bureaucracy and complicated hierarchy. We believe that what you value is more important than what your CV says. Come see things a little differently with us.

About us

Inter IKEA Group brings together three core businesses: Franchise, Range & Supply and Industry. Together we work constantly to improve the IKEA home furnishing offer and make it more accessible for the many people.  

Our aim is to provide our partners in the franchise system with the best conditions to implement and operate the IKEA Concept, and to create a strong foundation for future expansion and growth. Read more about us athttps://about.ikea.com/.  

Together, we create a workplace where everyone feels free to be themselves – to experiment, try new ways, and dare to ask, “What if…?” We believe in everyday personal growth and offer the opportunity to develop your career globally.  

Job description

About the role

We are looking for someone to lead and frame Data & Information Architecture across all value streams in IKEA from a Shared Data & Technology angle. You will be responsible to evolve the IKEA canonical data model, supporting a  decoupled and componentized application architecture. This robust information architecture is a key element of our target technology landscape, enabling our business movements at speed and scale. You will also, together with your peers have the dual assignment to continuously improve architecture strategy and roadmaps for IKEA. You will support the process of identifying new technologies that will allow and enable us to meet more of the many people. We believe digital technology is core to develop and future-proof IKEA. 

More specifically, in this role you will be accountable for: 

  • Leading the Data & Information Architecture Aspect, together with your peers in each core business; Developing a strategic network (from senior leaders to subject matter experts), strengthening the foundational of a consistent data architecture across applications, integrations, and analytics 

  • Lead the work to anchor our IKEA canonical data model. Partner with Data & Analytics, as well as Integration teams to implement a decoupled data architecture, and a set of business APIs, independent of transactional systems.  

  • Support the framing of all initiatives with a robust Data & Information architecture direction and fit. 

  • Responsible for up-to-date architecture artefacts and data architecture patterns. Partnering with project teams to design, create and re-use of the same 

  • Evolve the Enterprise Architecture discipline and competences, especially value adding services like conceptual solution design, embedding architecture into the development teams (Classic or Agile), and creative ways of supporting the digital transformation. 

  • Shared Responsibility for the Inter IKEA Architecture Roadmap. 

  • Shared Responsibility for cross-domain architecture scrums / working groups to resolve strategic questions, continuously improve a consistent business and technology blueprint. 

In this role you will report to our Architecture Manager in Shared Data & Technology and work closely with the Architecture Manager at Inter IKEA Group to lead towards uniformity and commonality, contributing to the Inter IKEA architecture framework and delivering on the needs of IKEA. 

Are you looking for the challenge of your life? Come on board! 


About you

We are on the journey to transform our digital capabilities, bringing core business processes, people, data & technology together - an enabler for IKEA to become an even better home furnishing retailer in the future. A journey that needs passionate people who embrace change, dare to question and want to make a difference. If that sounds like you, come and join us. Together we can do great things. 

We will do some amazing things at IKEA Shared Data & Technology; therefore we need some amazing people – this position is not an exception. 

To be successful in this role, we believe you are a strong enterprise architect,  able to inspire and mobilize people towards clearly set objectives. 

We expect you to have a very good knowledge of information and business technologies with a specific focus on Enterprise Architecture concepts, methodologies and frameworks, and with the relevant experience and track record. You have had hands on experience in what it means to actually implement a robust Data and Information architecture framework in the context global and constantly changing Application landscapes. Ideally you also have had exposure building and managing the lifecycle of robust Data Architecture and business templates to be offered to a network of partners (franchisees). You are comfortable with agile project methodologies and modern IT operations approaches, specifically DevOps, CI/CD and Cloud. 

We are looking for a visionary, pragmatic and adaptable architect with strong willpower. You are curious and able to build relationships in order to establish strong trust between the architecture community and its stakeholders. It is also necessary that you carry natural credibility and you have a proven track record of reaching stretch targets. You are an energetic and collaborative leader who has a very good knowledge of IT and digital organisations, strategies and working methods. 

The IKEA culture and values are very much a part of our business and day to day work life. For you to thrive and grow with IKEA it’s important for us that you share our values! You can read more regarding our values and life at IKEA on our website www.ikea.com or just watch this video: https://bit.ly/ikea-what-if 

More Information

Questions & Support? Let’s connect.

This position is full time and is located in Malmö, Sweden or Delft, Netherlands. Travels, mainly to Sweden/Netherlands, will be required. 

If you have any questions about the role, please reach out to Hartwig Hennighausen (Hartwig.hennighausen@inter.ikea.com or +31 (0)650086419) Architecture Manager Inter IKEA Digital. You might have some questions about the recruitment process, and we are more than happy to answer those! Feel free to connect with the People & Culture Leader Marcus Svantesson (marcus.svantesson@inter.ikea.com). 

Please send your application – CV and motivation – latest 23 May 2021 and tell us why you would be a good fit for this role. We look forward to be receiving your application!