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  • Job Type
    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Software & Information Technology
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  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
    • Province
    • Date Posted
      December 20,2021
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    Algorithmic Accountability Area Manager, Digital Ethics and Responsibility AI Team, IKEA Digital


    We are looking for a people centric leader with deep theoretical and practical experiences in developing, scaling and deploying advanced AI algorithms and software systems. You will manage a diverse team of data scientists, researchers, and engineers that will collaborate with key internal players to develop and scale algorithmic accountability solutions applied to Ingka business domains and value-chains. These algorithmic accountability solutions will involve among others key components in terms of robustness, value-by-design, and auditability. To be successful in this role we believe that you have around 10 years of experience participating and leading innovative industrial research programs.

    We would love to talk with you if you recognize yourself in some of the following:

    PhD in relevant topics such as applied mathematics, computer science with specialization in artificial intelligence, optimization, or machine learning.

    Work Experience:
    • Minimum 3 years of experience working on applied digital, data and AI governance& ethics in the private or public sector.
    • Strong record of professional accomplishment and leadership.
    • Recognized ability to communicate vision and results.
    • High profile academic record in relevant fields (strong publication track in artificial intelligence).
    • Demonstrated expertise transferring cutting edge scientific knowledge and research prototypes into industrial value chains.

    Knowledge & Skills:
    • Experience in developing software products with high level of AI integration and automation.
    • Strong understanding of advanced formalisms, Mathematical Programming, Constrained Optimization, Machine Learning / Deep & Reinforcement Learning, Federated learning techniques.
    • Strong understanding and some experience of new algorithmic accountability frameworks, tools and modules (e.g. fairness assessment, conformity assessment, and robustness assessment)
    • Ability to review and comment on scientific research and the production of state-of-the-art code.
    • Good understanding of AI ethics & governance topics, ecosystem, dynamics, main trends and actors.
    • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Excellent management (team, projects, and programs) and collaboration skills
    • Leadership ability to inspire, mentor and motivate team and key players
    • Sincere interest in operationalizing ethics of artificial intelligence.

    This is our wish list! If you don’t recognize yourself in all these points, you might still be an excellent candidate for the role. We like to think long-term and invest in people’s development together with us.

    The IKEA culture and values are very much a part of our business and day to day work life. For you to thrive and grow with IKEA it’s important for us that you share our values! You can read more regarding our values and life at IKEA on our website


    Your role is to build, lead, inspire and motivate a diverse team of data scientists, researchers, and engineers.

    Together you will develop and raise awareness internally around an original vision for algorithmic accountability and its key contribution to the viability of responsible AI models, and related software products.

    Some other key activities included in the role:
    • Develop and implement, in collaboration with key internal players, a strategy & roadmap on algorithmic accountability including, among others, key components in terms of robustness, value-by-design, and auditability.
    • Lead a team of researchers and engineers in exploratory research, development, and prototyping of novel models and cutting-edge responsible AI solutions.
    • Develop, test and scale across the company algorithmic auditability and robustness frameworks, protocols, and metrics
    • Develop, test, and scale across the company conformity assessment (self-assessments and third party assessments) frameworks, protocols, and metrics
    • Develop, test, and scale value-by-design frameworks, protocols, and metrics to align our algorithms with our company values and with digital ethics principals
    • Collaborate with product and development teams to deliver commercially viable and scalable ML models through ML-Ops approaches.
    • Produce open-source code implementing and operationalizing ethical principles and disseminate it in different research community. Organize and be part of algorithm competitions, conferences, workshops, special issues, etc.
    • Identify, assess, and manage AI risks –and related company exposure- in close cooperation with key internal players.
    • Structure and improve responsible AI and data science processes and standards in place.
    • Share and co-design methodologies within Ingka through workshops, training and tools
    • Build and make available “Responsible-AI-as-a-service” libraries.

    • Work on exciting problems as described above, and you are encouraged to spot new opportunities and to collaborate with Data & Analytics, products, and engineering colleagues in other teams.
    • Opportunities to have global impact with your work.
    • Flexible and modern tools: we deploy on Google Cloud Platform and we use a lot of open source tools across the board.
    • Hardware and OS of your choice.
    • A team of great colleagues to learn with and from (with world-class experience across all aspects of Data & Analytics).
    • Continuous learning (we aim to spend 20% of our working time on learning).
    • Flexible, sustainable and friendly working environment in a truly value-based company
    • Fantastic career and professional development opportunities in a large global organization, with a servant leadership style and lots of possibilities to take ownership
    • Relocation support where applicable


    Does this sound like your next challenge? IKEA offers an exciting and empowering work environment in a global workplace. And as the world’s leader at life at home, you have exceptional opportunities to grow and develop together with us.

    Due to Christmas holiday, it might take a bit longer time for us to get back to you. We appreciate your patience and looking forward to hearing from you! We will be back at full capacity by January 6th.

    If you have questions regarding the role, recruitment process or other practicalities please reach out to Pietro Mattei at Please apply with your application in English. Note that we cannot process any applications through email. Thank you!
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