AF24243 - Expansion Interior Designer | IKEA - Service Office | Dubai Festival City

Department: IKEA
Country: United Arab Emirates
Location: Dubai | UAE
Closing Date: 09-Sep-2016
Al-Futtaim

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim is one of the most progressive regional business houses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Al-Futtaim employs in excess of 44,000 people, operates through more than 200 companies and represents more than 225 international brands across industries as diverse as retail and wholesale trading, distribution, real estate development, leisure and hospitality, insurance and financial services. The group has significantly expanded its business operations in recent years through a strategic acquisition plan and has entered a number of new territories, increasing its footprint beyond the GCC and Greater Middle East to encompass Africa, South East and North Asia, Australasia, East Africa and Europe.

Entrepreneurship and rigorous customer focus has enabled Al-Futtaim to grow its business by responding to the changing needs of the customers and societies in which it operates. Al-Futtaim is committed to offering customers an unrivalled choice of the world’s best brands with exceptional standards of customer service and after sales support.

Structured into four operational divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate and retail, Al-Futtaim maintains a decentralised approach, giving individual businesses flexibility and versatility to maintain a competitive stance. This benefits employees, providing a clearly defined work culture where individuals are empowered with authority and responsibility for their work.

The success of Al-Futtaim is attributed to proactively managing change whilst upholding the values of integrity, service and social responsibility. The majority of businesses, built on a portfolio of world leading brands, dominate their sector.

Retail

The foundation of Al-Futtaim’s retail network was established in the early 1990s with the launch of the internationally renowned and popular IKEA, Marks & Spencer, Toys R Us and ACE franchises in the UAE.

Representing some of the world’s most popular international brands, Al-Futtaim’s retail network extends throughout the UAE, GCC and North Africa and has a significant presence in Singapore and Malaysia following the acquisition of The Robinson Group in 2008.

In 2012, Al-Futtaim acquired a shareholding in Royal Sporting House, which is active in distribution, direct retail stores and shop-in-shops. The Singapore-based fashion, sports and lifestyle retail giant has 600 stores and many additional points of sale are spread around the world with over 399 in South East Asia, over 74 in the Middle East and over 126 in the South Pacific region.

  • 837 stores in 18 countries
  • Occupies 5.6 million sq. ft. of retail space
  • 13,000 employees
  • Serves 30 million customers each year

IKEA

IKEA is the world's largest home furnishings store, founded in Sweden over 60 years ago. Our operations around the world are constantly increasing with new stores and markets added to the success story.

At IKEA not only our furniture is down to earth, straightforward and inspiring, but so is our work ethics. Despite being the leading home furnishing retail franchisee across the world, we at IKEA still give you the room to grow! At IKEA "creating a better everyday life for the many" isn't only our vision, it's our way of life!

About the Business:

One of the companies bearing Al-Futtaim name is IKEA.  

IKEA is the world’s largest home furniture store, founded in Sweden over 60 years ago. Our operations around the world are constantly increasing with new stores and markets added to the success story.

At IKEA not only our furniture is down to earth, straightforward and inspiring, but so is our work ethics. Despite being the leading home furnishing retail franchisee across the world, we at IKEA still give you the room to grow! At IKEA “creating a better everyday life for the many” isn’t only our vision, it’s our way of life!

Job Purpose:

To secure a very accurate planning of the assigned area during the commercial planning and to secure a very accurate implementation of the assigned area during the commercial build-up. Be the natural source of know how for IKEA new stores during the commercial planning and build up, therefore I need to be up to date regarding all new solutions and ideas. Always be a good example in all the tasks assigned during the new store projects.

About the Job:

To ensure we visualize the uniqueness of the IKEA product range within room settings, homes, vignettes, compacts, sales support areas and co-worker areas, shopping centers and other IKEA unites to distance us from the competition.

Optimising the use of the IKEA store layout and store media by developing and implementing range presentation solutions that strengthen the connection between the IKEA offer and the every lives of the many people.

Securing a deep knowledge of all store media and clarifying the main purpose of each media.

Securing a very accurate implementation of the assigned area during the commercial planning and the implementation of the assigned area during the commercial build-up.

Reflecting the IKEA brand identity and creating visual impact in all commercial, sales support and co-worker areas.

To work with the Service Office (SO) Communication & Interior Design (Com &In) colleagues, expansion colleagues and other functions to secure the alignment of our stores with global and national priorities within the assigned areas of responsibility.

 

NEW STORE PLANNING AND BUILD UP

Production of the commercial plans package of the assigned area in the commercial planning and build up phases.

Actively support the Interior design leader expansion in implementing the commercial brief.

Using range presentation solutions that are relevant to the many peoples life at home in the national market and that it accurately reflects demographics, living conditions and the visitors needs and wants.

Securing solutions that reflect a wide variety style expressions and functions to meet individual tastes and stimulate our visitors to change their home furnishings more often, using IKEA style groups and IKEA living situations.

Plan the store layout in assigned areas so that it is used to create optimal visual impact, a good overview and support the commercial brief priorities.

Working with the graphic communication planner expansion, visual merchandiser planner expansion to ensure consistency in how we communicate throughout our new stores.

Working with my SO Com & In colleagues to ensure that all we communicate to the stores is consistent, understandable and cost-effective for them to implement.

Work towards the agreed time schedules for new store commercial planning and build up periods.

Create and prioritize the action plan for the assigned areas during the commercial build up.

COACHING

Sharing good ideas and coaching the new store interior designers to improve their competence.

Work with manuals, global directions and tools within the assigned area of responsibility.

Support the new stores to ensure the uniqueness of the IKEA Brand identity in range presentation and store communication during the commercial build up phase.

Participate in workshops for new store interior designers on IKEA principles in connection to the IKEA range presentation and transfer of know how.

REGIONAL SUPPORT

Support the SO Interior Design Leader when required to ensure the uniqueness of the IKEA Range Presentation in the current stores is developed in order to distance us from the competition.

Working with SO Interior Design Leader in developing solutions that communicate the IKEA product range in a way that reflects its width and depth and strengthens our low-price profile on all levels.

Working with SO Com & In colleagues and the commercial team to plan and implement new stores and rebuilds to secure that the IKEA Concept reflects our local market needs.

 

About You:

Minimum Qualifications and Knowledge:

  • has thorough knowledge of the role and responsibilities of the Communication & Interior Design department
  • has a passion for interior design, home furnishings and design

Minimum Experience:

  • 3 years in a similar role.  
  • Ideally knowledge of the IKEA Concept                                  

Job-Specific Skills:

  • understands customer buying behaviour and buying decisions
  • knows the competition on the local market
  • has experience in incorporating the commercial calendar into the Communication & Interior Design action plan
  • has thorough knowledge of the role and responsibilities of an Interior design manager.

 

Behavioural Competencies :

Practical ability and enthusiasm for completing tasks, interpersonal Skills, business acumen, problem solving, confident, positive approach.

Note: you will be required to attach the following: 1. Resume/CV
 
Al-Futtaim offers highly engaging and supportive work environments in a culture that values, recognises and rewards quality performance.