Communication & interior design

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Are you curious, passionate, creative and love to inspire?

Communication & Interior Design are holding meet and greet events across the country. Interested?

| Visual Merchandising

| Interior Design

| Graphic Communication

Then, you are looking at your future. We are creating new opportunities within the Communication and Interior Design Teams. We will be hosting recruitment meet and greets in stores.

 

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“Are you curious, passionate, love to inspire and have a design based qualification then we would love to meet you. Here at IKEA UK and Ireland we are looking to meet and greet new talent. In all our stores we have a team of creative individuals that seek new ways to create inspiring solutions for your home…If you are curious then why not come along to a meet and greet recruitment event to join The Communication and Interior Design Teams across the UK and Ireland in a store near you. We are looking for Communication & Interior Design Managers, Interior Design, Visual Merchandising Managers and Deputy Managers, Deputy Graphic Communication Leaders and Communication and Interior Design Co-Workers. Please check out our link for more details and sign up for your nearest store.”


How does it work

Do I need to bring a portfolio?

It is always great to be able to share your work and have some visual aids to help do this. We suggest a couple of examples of your work that you are most proud of. 

What shall I wear?

At IKEA we like people to be themselves so wear what you feel most comfortable in and that best represents yourself. 

What will happen at the event?

This will be a very informal gathering of like-minded people. Each store will have their own unique approach. However, in all stores it will be an opportunity to meet and greet with some of the members of the Communication and Interior Design Team in your local area.

Recruitment events

Edinburgh 29th September 6.00pm Book your place

Gateshead 22nd September 6.00pm Book your place

Nottingham 29th September 7.00pm Book your place

Manchester 28th September 7.00pm Book your place

Bristol 25th September 6.00pm Book your place

Southampton 28th September 6.00pm Book your place

Milton Keynes 20th October 5.00pm Book your place

Wembley 27th September 7.00pm Book your place

Croydon 27th September 6.00pm Book your place

Lakeside 22nd September 6.00pm Book your place

Cardiff 29th September 6.00pm Book your place

Reading 22nd September 6.00pm Book your place

Sheffield (external location) 22nd October 10.30am to 4.00pm Book your place

Birmingham 29th September 7.00pm Book your place

Glasgow 22nd September 6.00pm to 8.00pm Book your place

 

 

Career paths as unique as you are

We offer exceptional career and learning possibilities. We encourage you to try different roles, change between functions and even move abroad (if that’s what you want). You can design your own career path according to your development plan and future goals. We believe in everyone’s ability to develop. Because as you grow, IKEA grows too. Come see things a little differently with us.

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What we today call democratic design influences and benefits every part of IKEA - from our development facilities in Älmhult, to our suppliers around the globe, including local artisans in places like India and South East Asia. Over the years we’ve learnt that by constantly asking ourselves, “Is there a better way?”, bright ideas can come from just about anywhere, from anyone.

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We encourage you to follow your passions, try new roles or keep growing in a position you love. Explore just a few of our co-worker stories and you’ll see that each journey is unique and rewarding. What will your IKEA journey be?

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Andrew Derome

How did you get started in IKEA and what have you done so far?

I joined IKEA as a part time sales co-worker in the then cook shop department while studying furniture and product design at university, I realised that to work for IKEA aligned really well with what I was doing at university and hoped it would lead to a job at the end as I wanted to utilise the skills I had gained. I soon found a function and permanent home within communication and interior design that allowed me to do this. This year I will celebrate 18 years with IKEA, I’ve worked as a visual merchandiser and interior designer, I have lived and worked in a number of different countries and currently I am the communication and interior design manager in the Croydon store.

Why did you want to work with IKEA?

I originally joined IKEA because of the opportunities it had to offer me, I wanted the chance to use the skills I had gained through university. What has kept me at IKEA are in part those opportunities but more importantly the IKEA vision and values, I really love the idea of great design at a price people can afford, I love solving the challenges thrown up by the way we live and providing solutions for the people visiting our store. I really enjoy talking with our customers to understand how they live and how we can be better.

What is your favourite aspect of the IKEA culture and values?

This often changes for me my focus can shift but what I really connect with is togetherness and enthusiasm, I really enjoy working as part of a team where each member is valued for what they bring and that co-workers from all levels can contribute to ensure that their perspective is taken in to account, solutions are developed by co-operation between people and functions.

What are the most inspiring responsibilities or tasks you have in your current role?

I take huge energy today from the people that I work with, the responsibility of building and leading a team of talented creative individuals is very challenging but really motivating to me. Recruiting, training and developing talent seeing each individual succeed and support IKEA to grow. I also take a lot of energy when contributing to all the projects that we take on as a team, pushing not only the interior designers and visual merchandisers but also my partners in other functions to really think about the customer and the shopping experience in the store, how can we really connect with and inspire our customers.

What advice would you give someone thinking about this job?

Be prepared to take responsibility, to make decisions, to take action, the only wrong decision is to do nothing. The only expectation is that you learn from your mistakes and build on that learning to make better decisions in the future.

 

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Ciran Kunner

How did you get started in IKEA and what have you done so far?

I started in IKEA towards the end of 2012 on a year’s secondment to cover maternity leave as a Graphic Communication Co-worker in Nottingham. Within a couple of months of working for IKEA I knew it was the company I wanted a career with as I loved how everyone held the same values. My secondment year passed and I managed to secure the role of Graphic Communication Leader. Whilst at Nottingham I was lucky enough to go on the Specialist training where I was able to train in various stores such as Almhult, Hamburg and Delft.

I got to deepen my knowledge in my specialism and meet some amazing people. After some years in Nottingham I took my next opportunity to be Graphics Communication Leader in IKEA Tottenham in London, my home town. I loved working in a London store with such a diverse market and like in Nottingham an amazing team. With the market in London being so diverse many languages are spoken by visitors to the store. This created a great opportunity with graphics to ensure the visual language was for the many. Most recently I have started an exciting journey with IKEA Reading opening the first store in the UK & IE in 7 years.

Why did you want to work with IKEA?

IKEA has always been a part of my life. I remember family trips to IKEA Wembley and Croydon when I was child and spending a whole day in the blue box. Later as I grew up I felt like IKEA grew with me. I remember going to get all the home furnishings I needed when I started University and then when I moved into my first flat. I remember feeling as a customer that IKEA really knows me and always give me great ideas. It’s for this reason that I want to share that feeling with all the customers that enter through the doors by offering them inspiring home furnishing solutions.

What are the most inspiring responsibilities or tasks you have in your current role?

At IKEA Reading we have a brand new store and many of my colleagues are at the beginning of their journey with IKEA, I believe I have an amazing responsibility of being an inspiring leader to them. Guiding the team to have an understanding on how store communications can support range presentation and how we can meet the customers in the best way.

What advice would you give someone thinking about this job?

Simplicity is key! Keep it simple with store communication and always remember to take the overview into consideration. Don’t forget to see the store through the customer’s eyes.

What is your favourite aspect of the KEA culture and values?

One of my favourite aspect of IKEAs culture and values would be togetherness and enthusiasm. Working within a team with a strong spirit is contagious and inspires me every day. Another favourite value is daring to be different and not being afraid to try new ideas and challenge ways of working. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t – but that’s okay it’s all a learning!