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Deputy Director of Global Expansion & Development - Ingka Centres

Malmø, Skåne County - Beliggenhed Ekspansion Fuldtid



You share our passion for the peoples need to meet and believe that shopping centers should be more then just about shopping, a place that provides local communities for a reason to meet, share experiences, laugh, and spend time together. That’s what we call Meeting Places. You are a visionary, just like us, and do everything with wellbeing of people and planet high on your agenda and know how to combine sustainability concepts with commercial decisions because… its good business to do good business.

You are a broad minded and commercially thinking specialist that sees opportunities within real estate space that go beyond shopping, and able to effectively communicate your vision leaving specialists delivering the project inspired and motivated. With a long-standing experience in leading real estate teams within a large, international development and/or investment firm, you have acquired the necessary leadership skills to inspire, grow and develop people that often work remotely, and your honest and transparent approach has helped to develop a strong network in the real estate world.

Having spent over 10 years in senior roles related to commercial real estate development, you have gained a strong knowledge and understanding of the fields that impact the success in this space. Risk & return analysis, design, legal aspects, sensitivity analysis, marketing, assessing business cases are all areas you have high sensitivity towards, and you know how to use them when making strategic business decisions. Sounds like you?

Additionally, you have:

• Knowledge of the functioning of real estate markets and how this impact the success of a development program
• Ability to unravel complex challenges and finding solution by exploring multiple options
• Ability to manage multiple stakeholder groups with sometimes contradiction objectives
• Knowledge of managing resources and coordinate people and financial capital, material and (digital) information to maximise efficiency and performance
• Sound judgment to make timely and effective decisions


As a Deputy Expansion & Development Manager at Ingka Centres you will lead a team of professionals in the fields of real estate development, design, and investment. Ensure a good connection and collaboration with other parts of Centres and the broader Ingka landscape that work together in the development projects. You will support the Expansion & Development Manager in the full width of the function and in doing so, ensure that we create best in class meeting places globally. You will ensure that we have cross functional, fit for purpose teams in all projects with the right people in the right places and stimulate a growth mindset and adaptable attitude throughout the process of a meeting place development.

Through thorough onboarding into the Ingka Centres business and elements surrounding the role, the successful candidate will be positioned to become the successor of the Expansion & Development domain manager, ready to step into this role during the year of 2022.

Amongst other things, you will:

• Deliver best in class meeting places and mixed-use projects in a sustainable way
• Secure good collaboration between project teams and other domains within Centres and with functions at Ingka Group Real Estate, Ingka Group Expansion and IKEA colleagues within the broader Ingka landscape
• Be responsible for a timely and accurate reporting on quality and progress of the pipeline and divestment plans
• Contribute to the overall goals of the E&D domain by actively supporting the E&D manager
• Lead and grows teams and people with the IKEA values in the core

In this role you will report to Jan Kristensson, our Expansion & Development Manager and be based in Malmö, Sweden.


Together with IKEA Retail and Investments, Ingka Centres is part of the Ingka Group,

We’ve embarked on an exciting journey to transform our shopping centres into destinations always anchored by IKEA, and that go way beyond shopping, offering a carefully selected series of activities, events and initiatives tailored to the needs of the communities that surround them.
That’s what we call “meeting places”.

As a long-term partner of IKEA, we share our vision, our culture and our values, while what makes our businesses different is the way we fulfil our vision. If the idea of IKEA is to create a better life at home, we work hard to create a better everyday life outside of the home by developing virtual and physical meeting places where people can meet shop and connect with their communities.

We have big plans for the future that involve expanding to new locations, opening smaller-scale concepts closer to the city centres, digitalisation, and most of all, living up to shared sustainability goals. We’re constantly looking for energetic, purpose-led and creative people who’d like to join us on our journey to create meeting places around the world.

Sounds exciting? There’s a lot more to know about us! Take a look at our website, read our stories and try to imagine how you can be part of our team helping us reach our goals!


The Deputy Expansion & Development Manager role sits within our Expansion & Development domain whose purpose is to source, develop and establish meeting places that contribute to the expansion plans of IKEA Retail and drive visitation as well as steer towards optimizing the portfolio by investing in assets and divesting of assets.


Do you have any doubts about the role? Please contact Jan Kristensson on jan.kristensson@ingka.com.
Do you have questions about the recruitment process? Please connect with Maris Opelts on maris.opelts@ingka.com.

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, though no later than 21st of June 2021.

We look forward to receiving your application!