R&D Director - ITAB Group

The ITAB Group is a global acting organization with headquarters in Sweden. It is a unique ‘shop concept’ organisation offering in-house production and shop-fitting solutions. With production plants extending into seventeen countries and by using innovative product and manufacturing technologies ITAB processes wood-based materials and steel into quality products that meet the wishes and requirements of the retail industry.

ITAB Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Guidance & Checkouts is responsible for the ITAB strategic product portfolio range within checkout arena, consumer guidance and Digital solutions in stores. Our mission is to design, develop and deliver a strong portfolio of products and know how.

Our R&D department is a central and very important part of the process and organization. ITAB SBU G&C’s R&D team is global with the main hubs in Sweden, Germany, Czech and China. The development covers both hardware and software. There is a need to develop and coach the development departments, set common processes, and align the development tools. 

Except from the daily tasks an important role for the R&D manager is, together with the commercial colleagues in the company, to create a future strategy and development plan for the company.

For this responsible, future-oriented position, we are looking for a Germany-based

R&D Director  (m/w/d)


  • Create and develop an efficient global R&D organization
  • Nurture and develop a ”right from me” and customer focused attitude
  • Lead and develop staff and establish processes and routines
  • Efficient development process in ITAB G&C for standard development, customer variants and customer unique solutions
  • Develop a process and improve communication between different plants to use resources in an optimal way
  • Take part in the development of the ITAB G&C roadmap
  • Take part in the management team of SBU G&C
  • Create an arena for continuous improvements and innovativeness
  • Plan projects timelines, projects tasks and follow projects through their entire lifecycle using appropriate tools 
  • Manage projects budget
  • Develop and follow full scale projects plans
  • Lead the implementation R&D projects from its inception to completion
  • Ensure that the necessary resources are available 
  • Coordinate and manage project team to achieve project objectives
  • Monitor and regularly report the progress of projects
  • Manage changes in project scope, adjust and/or provide alternate solutions
  • Ensure compliance with international certifications and quality standards
  • Identify projects risks and manage them


  • master’s degree in engineering
  • 3-5 years’ experience in a similar position
  • experience in technical project management (focusing on hardware and software projects) preferably for products aimed for mass production
  • Good Knowledge of modern R&D processes, methods and tools
  • Leadership qualities: You can lead according to the situation and motivate a cross-location team
  • Change-oriented and customer-focused
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Willingness to travel
  • Capacity to work in an international environment with cross-functional teams and with the different R&D Locations 


  • A challenging and international working environment with exciting tasks in an industry of the future
  • An open and dynamic corporate culture
  • Diverse development perspectives with opportunities for further education and training, management training and coaching programs
  • An attractive compensation package based on function and market conditions
  • ITAB values & way of working: ACT - Think Ahead, Think Consumer, Think Together


You are interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 31st July 2020, including details of your salary expectations and possible starting date.

Your contact person is Ms Ute Zeimens (Tel: 0221-3763312).



ITAB Germany GmbH is part of ITAB Group.  ITAB Group sells, designs, develops, manufactures and installs complete shop concepts for retail chain stores. With our expertise, long-term relations and innovative solutions ITAB is at the forefront as partner in the retail business.

ITAB offers career opportunities in an international workplace and strives for diversity and good working conditions. Together we are creating the ultimate shopping experience, close to you! Please find out more at www.itab.com. 

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Field of competence

Jönköping, Sweden

Instrumentvägen 2
553 02 Jönköping Directions +46 36 31 73 00 View page

At ITAB we help customers turn consumer brand experience into physical reality with our know-how, solutions and ecosystem of partners.

We are an international team constantly developing in line with a changing market. One of the key factors to enable ITABs full potential is the people within the Group. We aim to lead the way, with a passion for continuously creating an inspiring, innovative and sustainable shopping experience. Our success is based on entrepreneurial thinking, commitment and responsibility.

Our common way of working is to stay curious, to be creative and find smart, innovative solutions – Think Ahead. 

With passion for the market and retail business we will offer the ultimate shopping experience to our customers by understanding the consumers different ways of shopping – Think Consumer. 

ITAB is global with local competence and presence. We are building on close relations, collaborating within the Group as well as with our external partners –  Think Together.



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