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Lead Engineer - Performance Engineering - Software Development

Apply Now Location: 7000 Target Pkwy N, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, United States, 55445; job id: R0000137534
job family: Technology Engineering
schedule: Full time

About Us:

Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America’s leading retailers.

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.

The Performance Engineering Team develops innovative ways to enable operational visibility into how applications and infrastructure are performing together. We are looking for highly motivated engineering professionals who can help connect the dots of end-to-end performance, enabling our product teams the insight and recommendations to maximize cross environmental performance. You’ll put your skills, experience, and passion to work in an entrepreneurial environment where success is rewarded. Individuals in this role will have opportunities to gain a large breadth of knowledge by working with experts in core infrastructure services and product development and share their knowledge with a tech hungry team.  

About This Opportunity:


We are seeking a software engineer who is motivated by solving problems which oftentimes have not been solved anywhere with open source or vendor solutions…. existing solutions are often not the right ones for us.  You have deep and broad engineering skills and are capable of standing up an architecture in its whole on your own, but you choose to influence a wider team by acting as a “force multiplier”.  You have excellent problem-solving skills. You love keeping abreast of the latest industry trends and use them to help you innovate. You have leadership qualities, good judgment, and clear communication skills. If you’re excited to work on a fast-moving, tightly knit team and build solutions to unsolved problems, we want to meet you.


Use your skills, experience, and talents to be a part of groundbreaking thinking and visionary goals.


As a Lead Engineer in Performance Engineering, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Design, implement, and support tools aimed at defining key performance criteria
  • Set framework and direction for our API and tool development
  • Design and implement APIs and microservices that enable scalability of our offerings
  • Design and implement APIs and libraries that make it super simple for customers to consume our offerings
  • Design and implement monitors and dashboards for Performance Engineering
  • Design and implement a Performance product that works seamlessly across cloud, on premise, and distributed environments
  • Coach product teams on how to apply or leverage Performance offerings supporting their product so that they gain operational visibility to the health and performance of their product.
  • Evangelize an Agile mindset within Target
  • Continuously improve

About You:

  • BA/BS or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years total work experience
  • Has in-depth knowledge of state-of-the art engineering technical approaches in design, build, testing, debugging problems as required by domain
  • Maintains technical knowledge within areas of expertise
  • Stays current with new and evolving technologies

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience building and deploying scalable APIs and microservices
  • Experience with one or more scripting languages (Golang, Bash, Python, Ruby, Java, etc)
  • Version control experience, preferably with Git
  • Exposure to either Cassandra clusters or MongoDB clusters
  • Strong sense of ownership and the ability to work with a limited set of requirements
  • Experience with Linux or Unix operating systems including Unix shell and scripting
  • Extensive experience working in an agile environment
  • Experience developing performance metrics within an application
  • Previous contributions to open-source projects
  • Experience integrating automated performance tests and monitoring solutions with a continuous integration and continuous deployment pipeline
  • Some technologies which are critical to the work we do:
    • Golang
    • Cassandra
    • Mongo
    • Docker
    • Kafka
    • GitHub
    • Artifactorÿ
    • Telegraf
    • InfluxDB
    • Postgres
    • Oracle
    • Elastic
    • Redis
    • Grafana

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Target will provide reasonable accommodations (such as a qualified sign language interpreter or other personal assistance) with the application process upon your request as required to comply with applicable laws. If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please visit your nearest Target store or Distribution Center or reach out to Guest Services at 1-800-440-0680 for additional information.

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