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    M&A Manager, Forestland Portfolio - Ingka Investments


    You see things a little differently. So do we. We believe that what you value is more important than what your CV says.
    We offer positions that will challenge your skills and let you grow. Come and see things a little differently with us.

    You have a degree in business, finance, sustainability, economics or related area and at least 5 years of experience in Corporate Finance, M&A and/or investment banking, “driving the deals”, preferably within an international and corporate environment. Ideally you have experience with forestry investments.

    To take on this role, we are looking for someone with:
    • Knowledge of forestland as an asset class, or at least any other real asset.
    • Strong knowledge of financial theory on valuation, modelling, risk/return assessments etc.
    • Proven track record in complex transactions and negotiation experience.
    • Experience with investment decision-making forums.
    • Knowledge of how to balance and merge environmental, social and economic aspects to define sustainability and how to strive making business within the limits of the planet.

    Next to this, you have experience managing a team (preferably of local acquisition managers in different countries), an understanding of cultural differences and you are fluent in English (both spoken and written). You have good communication skills (concise, structured, positive, engaging). You inspire the team and can operate in a complex matrix organization. Building and maintaining business/investor/stakeholder relationships and creating strong networks across the sustainable business and investment landscape comes easily to you.

    You demonstrate good judgment, high level of integrity, trustworthiness and maturity (independence); you can prioritize and take sound and common sense decisions. You have a strong drive to build and share knowledge. You get energized by contributing to overall success and results through collaboration and get inspired by working together in an ever-changing complex, multi-dimensional, multicultural and multinational environment.

    And, of course, you share and live the IKEA culture and values and have a genuine interest in home furnishing.


    Ingka Investments’ mission is to lead with purposeful investments, enabling Ingka Group’s long-term growth and financial strength. We want to position Ingka Group as a unique, responsible and trusted investor. Ingka Investments is one of the 3 pillars of the Ingka Group, acting as a strategic partner to IKEA Retail and Ingka Centres by securing financial strength for future growth and by making investments that contribute to making Ingka Group the world’s leading multichannel home furnishing retailer and to achieving its People & Planet Positive strategy.

    As a Forestland Portfolio Acquisition Manager (our way of saying M&A Manager), you will support Ingka Investments with a focus on investments in Forestland: allocating funds according to the target risk/return profile and ensuring the acquisition activities are done according to the internal governance requirements and within the approved thresholds.

    More specifically, this means you will:

    • Take investment decisions within approved threshold and when outside the threshold support decision making (formulate investment proposals and recommendations for decision making by the appropriate decision forums).
    • Play an active role in identifying, defining and developing the investment strategy, investment theses and investable areas.
    • Pro-actively originate deal flow by building networks and partnerships with entrepreneurs, businesses, investors and financial institutions and positioning the investment unit in the market.
    • Review and effectively implement local acquisition programs.
    • Analyse, select and prioritize investment opportunities.
    • Lead deal execution (analysis, due diligence, negotiations, legal documents, closing).
    • Support portfolio management (representation, build relations, identify opportunities for value improvement, identify possible synergies).
    • Actively participate in other investment areas within the Ingka Investments.
    • Lead, coach and develop a high performing team that will strongly contribute to reach the objectives and goals in Ingka Investments.
    • Lead and develop the function in respect of both people and competences; identify and develop talents and ensure succession planning.
    • Create an environment where the IKEA culture is a strong and living reality that embraces the diversity of co-workers and customers.


    The Ingka Group is a world leader in the home furnishing business. We are a strategic partner and the largest franchisee of the IKEA franchisee system, owning and operating 389 IKEA stores and digital touchpoints in 32 markets.
    The Ingka Group is a values-driven company with a passion for life at home and a vision to create a better everyday life for the many people.

    In the Leiden office we are approximately 200 co-workers, mainly working in Group Functions for Ingka.

    The team of the forestland portfolio (130 colleagues) is primarily located in the countries where we own and operate our forestland. Today it’s circa 240 k ha in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, USA and Romania. And we hope you can help us to grow it further!


    You will be based in Leiden and will report to Andriy Hrytsyuk, Forestland Investments Manager.

    If you have any question about the position, please contact Andriy Hrytsyuk (; for questions about the recruitment process, please contact Maya Goldbeter (, Recruiter.

    Your application, written in English and consisting of a covering letter and CV, should be registered on-line. Please note that behavioral and cognitive assessments will be part of the recruitment process, as well as a background check for our final candidate.

    We regret that we are unable to handle applications made by e-mail. Please note that we will be interviewing continuously, which means that we may close the application process earlier than stated if we find the right candidates.
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