Swedish furniture manufacturer and distributor IKEA plans to hire another 496 employees for the opening of its world’s largest store in Pasay City.
IKEA Philippines will be the company’s largest outlet in the world, with a super-sized warehouse and call center operations to support e-commerce functions. The online store will open before the opening of the physical store in the second quarter of 2021.
“The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Creating meaningful, stable jobs and great workplaces is just one way that we fulfil this vision—more important than ever during these challenging times,” said IKEA managing director for Southeast Asia and Mexico Christian Rojkjaer.
IKEA Southeast Asia owns IKEA stores in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Mexico.
Rojkjaer said the company was looking to fill a wide range of vacancies, including sales associates, recovery associates, food assistants and customer service associates . It is also opening posts for part-time employees.
New hires will join a team of 73 people already working for IKEA in its Makati office and a project office at the Pasay construction site. As part of the recruitment drive, IKEA will bring home 20 overseas Filipinos from IKEA stores abroad — primarily from the Middle East. The company will continue filling local positions until June 2021.
IKEA Philippines store manager and market development manager Georg Platzer said the IKEA culture and values made it different from other retailers where co-workers at all levels are encouraged to lead, ask questions, share ideas and drive the business.
“Part-timers are treated like full-time members of the family, with all the same benefits as full-timers on a prorated basis—including health insurance, annual leave, subsidized meals and IKEA discounts,” he said.
There are endless possibilities to grow and develop as co-workers take charge of their own learning journey and move across functions, Platzer said.
“At IKEA, it’s all about putting ‘we’ before ‘me’, empowering people to make decisions, and challenging the status quo,” he said.
IKEA’s Southeast Asia and Mexico said they supported all co-workers, despite closures of up to 73 days throughout the pandemic.