About the author

Magnus Carlsson has 30 years of experience working with strategic sourcing, of which 25 in Ikea. He was strategic manager of the supply chain organisation with responsibility for developing and managing the implementation of Ikea’s purchasing strategy. This included, among other things, designing and implementing the category sourcing organisation. He has also been the purchasing manager for several international purchasing offices and was responsible for Ikea’s global textile, metal and veneer furniture sourcing as well as for central sourcing of components and raw materials. He as also led the development of Ikea’s concept for supplier development and for Ikea’s business plan process.

In addition, Magnus Carlsson has ten years experience with pedagogy and education within the Swedish defence forces. He has designed and implemented a large number of sourcing programmes for category and purchasing managers both at Ikea and at other companies. For the last years he has worked for companies in different industries, in particular as strategic sourcing specialist for Kingfisher plc, Europe’s second largest DIY retailer with 1.300 stores in ten countries. Kingfisher is known locally under the B&Q, Screwfix, Castorama, Brico Depot and Koçtaş brands.

Photo: Peter Ottosson