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Principal Engineer - Target India

Apply Now Location: Tower 02, Manyata Embassy Business Park, Bangalore, India, 560045; job id: R0000330270
job family: Data Engineering
schedule: Full time

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About us:

As a Fortune 50 company with more than 350,000 team members worldwide, Target is an iconic brand and one of America's leading retailers.​ Working at Target means the opportunity to help all families discover the joy of everyday life. Caring for our communities is woven into who we are, and we invest in the places we collectively live, work and play. We prioritize relationships, fuel and develop talent by creating growth opportunities, and succeed as one Target team. At our core, our purpose is ingrained in who we are, what we value, and how we work. It’s how we care, grow, and win together.   

Target as a tech company? Absolutely. We’re the behind-the-scenes powerhouse that fuels Target’s passion and commitment to cutting-edge innovation. We anchor every facet of one of the world’s best-loved retailers with a strong technology framework that relies on the latest tools and technologies—and the brightest people—to deliver incredible value to guests online and in stores. Target Tech is on a mission to offer the systems, tools and support that guests and team members need and deserve. Our high-performing teams balance independence with collaboration, and we pride ourselves on being versatile, agile and creative. We drive industry-leading technologies in support of every angle of the business, and help ensure that Target operates smoothly, securely and reliably from the inside out. 

As a Principal Engineer you set the strategy for retail data platform and/or software/ infrastructure engineering at Target. You set the direction for how data products, software and infrastructure engineering efforts will be designed, developed, and operationalised across multiple portfolios and drives adoption across Target Tech. You lead and approve engineering efforts to meet functional and non-functional requirements. You are a thought leader and mentor for internal and external technical talent and actively contribute to the external technical community. 

Position Summary:

This role is in the Data Engineering team of Target Tech. Our mission is to build best-in-class retail data platform for Target to support analytics, Machine Learning and Science models. We constantly innovate storage, computing platforms, data structures to provide the customised options for data as a service.


  • The team in Bangalore is currently working on several key EKIs for Target and develop efficient data platform for growing business need across Digital, Marketing, Supplychain, Merchandising and other retail domains.

  • To support growth and business transformation, build data strategy/roadmap to consistently improve our platforms and system for better optimization, scale, stability and performance. 

  • Improve developer experience in building high-performance data pipelines – we have a global engineering team spread across US and India. Tooling and developer experience is key to us to improve productivity.  

  • Most importantly, we have a strong engineering team at Target, but we are always looking to raise the bar.  We want you to help mentor and grow talent at Target. 

Key Responsibilities:

As a Principal Engineer for the data engineering, you will:

  • Influence and contribute to engineering initiatives and practices at the enterprise (Target Tech) level

  • Optimize data platform performance, provide expertise on choosing right tools, technologies and lead architecture of automated, scalable, resilient and self-healing data platform.

  • Explore ways to enhance quality, reliability and ensure excellence in the end-to-end delivery of complex engineering solutions

  • Collaborate with other engineers across products and data scientists to continually improve the development standards and practices at data engineering and larger Target Tech

  • Be a thought leader and mentor for internal and external technical talent and actively contribute to the external technical community

  • Work with engineering leaders to build a high performing engineering team and provide technical leadership, coaching, motivation and participate in the selection of technical talent.

  • Work closely with our product, UX, platform and data teams to implement an intuitive, coherent, and engaging user experience

  • Manage complex cross-team coordination and dependencies 

  • Ensure high quality, stable, and performant code

  • Perform code and design reviews that guarantee code quality

  • Evaluate and communicate different engineering solutions and trade-offs 

  • Develop clean, well-tested code to deliver functionality that meets business objectives 

  • Identify long-term tech opportunities that bring value and develop a roadmap
    for future work to ensure continued product health and innovation 

  • Identify opportunities to perform or lead POC/POT with our teams 

About you:

  • 4-year degree or equivalent. Continuing education to maintain thorough knowledge of technical domains along with staying current in latest technologies.

  • 10+ years of experience in technology development or services, including deep expertise in data modelling, pipeline development, with a focus on Spark, Scala, Python/Java and associated libraries and frameworks.

  • 4+ years of experience in strategic planning and setting technical direction. 

  • Deep understanding of data architecture patterns, data governance, best practices, testing and performance optimization techniques.

  • Expertise in open source technologies like Hadoop, public Cloud platforms, database fundamentals, dev ops practises and performance tuning

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams and articulate technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.

  • Lead and mentor a team of data engineers, providing technical guidance and fostering a collaborative and innovative environment.

  • Drive the technical roadmap for the data platform, making strategic decisions to enhance performance, maintainability, and scalability.

  • Conduct code reviews and provide constructive feedback to ensure code quality, maintainability, and adherence to coding standards.

  • Stay up-to-date with the latest data technologies, tools, and trends, and evaluate their potential application within the organization.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify and address technical challenges and optimize development processes.

  • Work closely with stakeholders to understand business requirements and translate them into technical solutions.

  • Actively participate in architectural discussions, providing valuable insights and advocating for best practices.

  • Lead by example, demonstrating a strong work ethic, excellent problem-solving skills, and a commitment to continuous learning.

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