The Dixon Family


The Dixon Family in 2009

Tammy and Chris's Wedding

The Dixon Family April 2009
Robin - Sarah - Robert - Mari - Julie - Melville



Robin at IKEA in Dublin

Robin at IKEA Dublin April 2009
Sales manager Robin Dixon with marketing manager Lisa O?Brien, above right,
and Tina McDonald and Eithne Larkin, both sales managers at the new Ikea flagship store in Ballymun, north Dublin.

4,500 apply for 50 top posts at 'humble' Ikea

Friday April 17 2009

MORE than 4,500 people applied for just 50 supervisor jobs in the Republic's first Ikea superstore due to open its doors in July.

And 280 new jobs at the new Dublin store have still not been filled by the Swedish furniture giant, the Irish Independent has learned.

The company will host two open days over the weekend for people hoping to build a career with them.

Senior management and supervisor jobs are already filled, along with 122 'co-worker' or general staff-positions.

But the final phase of a recruitment drive begins this weekend at the Ballymun Civic Centre from 10am to 5pm when the company hopes to meet another 280 people seeking to fill full and part-time co-worker positions.

A total of 500 direct new jobs will be created when the Dublin store opens, of which 10 are senior management. Another 55 managers are employed along with 50 supervisors.

But the company operates a "humble" management structure, according to human resources manager Sharon Moran.

This means that everyone employed is referred to as a co-worker.

"There are 10 senior managers including the store manager, HR manager, marketing, logistics and food managers, but we don't have any titles," she said.

"We're all co-workers. We have open-plan offices, we all wear a co-worker uniform and our name badges only have our first names. A customer doesn't know what position the person they're speaking to has. We're a very humble company."

Five of the 10 senior managers have worked for Ikea for a number of years, but most of the remaining workers live in Ireland.

The company only recruited in Ireland, and is working with the Ballymun Partnership to help prepare local people for interviews.

"In the past 18 months we've worked with the Ballymun Jobs Centre and 30 people are in pre-employment courses which will guarantee them an interview," Ms Moran said.

At 31,500 square metres, the Dublin outlet will be one of Ikea's flagship stores and will include a restaurant and a creche.