Platform Engineer – Inter IKEA Group – Delft

  • Delft

Inter IKEA Group

Job Description

At IKEA, we do things a little different. We think differently, act differently, and work differently as well. We like to break conventions and make inventions. 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 has been keeping our co-workers going for over 80 years. By 2030, we hope to help millions more look forward to going home. Maybe you can help us?

About the area

Operations Management works together with operations teams across Inter IKEA to lead and develop the overall IKEA operating model, and to enable strategic movements towards IKEA goals. It includes teams for business insights, capability and process development, strategy and roadmap, data and technology.

We have chosen to organise our work in a product paradigm where we are building empowered teams that have the privilege to take responsibility while being supported by servant leaders.

Job Description

Welcome to the opportunity of a lifetime – we have an opening in our Analytics team in Operations Management, for a Platform engineer.

You will be the technical specialist for our Data Visualisation (DV) and Business Intelligence (BI) platform, Microsoft Power BI and Fabric.

You will together with the Digital Product Leader for the platform define, provide, monitor, follow up and continuously improve and optimize the platform to ensure a relevant, work- and cost efficient, available, scalable, and maintainable platform. As a Platform engineer in Operations Management you will:

  • Be the technical specialist for the platform
  • Be the expert in understanding how usage on the platform impacts performance and cost
  • Taking lead in implementing the technical roadmap for the platform
  • Lead and contribute hands-on to the digital development of the platform
  • Together with the Digital Product Leader be responsible for the ongoing operation of the platform
  • Safeguard compliance and consistency related to relevant digital frameworks, principles, guidelines, policies and standards
  • Make sure that the overall technology and architecture roadmap is being considered and followed in different decisions/ discussions
  • Secure that the platform capacity is set up and used in an optimised way, with the purpose to keep cost down and to re-use components where possible
  • Understand how the platform interacts with other platforms/ systems and being able to provide technical solutions in relation to other platforms
  • Understand and the ability to configure the platform based on recommendations from different IT partners
  • Work closely together with the different IKEA Core Businesses, IT vendors and partners, peers and colleagues

The job includes navigating in a complex ecosystem of digital products, platforms, organisations, way of working, processes, etc. where the transformation of setting the data foundation is ongoing.

About you

We are on a journey to set the data foundation. In this journey you will be a key player to reach our wished position in democratizing data and make it available for the many. Data has never been more important for the daily work life within IKEA and its importance will only increase. We need you to help us become better at handling how we manage and make our data more available.

We believe that you have knowledge and experience in the analytics domain, and specifically in the DV/BI area and that you have extensive knowledge and experience in Azure cloud technology and the Microsoft stack. Also, you should have knowledge of Agile and DevOps methodology. Understanding about how user behaviour and solution design impacts the platform, both from a cost and performance perspective is key.

You should enjoy reading technical documentation and understand how new features impacts the platform and the usage of it.

Further, it’s expected that you can communicate in a clear and understandable way, making complex and digital topics easily understandable for the user community. Having good analytical skills combined with being structured and organized is preferable. Also, deliver results through involving and engaging people and represent IKEA towards external IT suppliers and partners is expected in this role.

You take responsibility for your tasks and collaborate with others to ensure a sustainable and simple solution.

The core values of IKEA give energy to improve the things we are doing today and make them a little bit better tomorrow.

To be successful in this role, the following knowledge, skills, and experiences would be valuable: 

  • Good knowledge of platform engineering principles
  • Broad knowledge of platform engineering practices using industry standard toolsets
  • Good knowledge of design and architecture concepts
  • Experience in Power BI development for understanding platform users
  • Motivated by continuously developing and enhancing design skills and staying at the frontier of modern tools and technologies
  • Ability to lead by example, simplicity, efficiency, ownership and accountability
  • Ability to actively acquire new knowledge and skills and champion new methods and processes to improve performance
  • Ability to change direction as appropriate based on new ideas, approaches, and strategies
  • Ability to collaborate with others (including virtual) such as team members, stakeholders and suppliers to achieve goals
  • Good ability to communicate technical concepts and processes clearly at an appropriate level to team members, stakeholders and suppliers
  • Ability to understand the complexity of IKEA business and the role of technology as an integrated part of the business
  • Good knowledge of IKEAs corporate identity, core values and vision of creating a better everyday life for the many people

For this role it is of great value if you enjoy working towards customer-driven results. Understanding of the IKEA operating model, People, Process, Data & Technology and value chain is also advantageous.

Additional Information

This role is full-time (40 hours per week) and will be based in Malmö. This role sits in Operations Management, Enabling Functions. if you have questions about the recruitment process, please connect with Jamila Harmal via jamila.harmal2@inter.ikea.com 

Interested? Submit your CV, in English, by 16th May 2024.

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