Associate Technical Designer, Outdoor Living
Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America’s leading retailers.
At the heart of one of the world’s best loved and most recognizable brands is an impeccable Product Development & Design organization. We thrive on the magic of discovering that just-right thing, and we infuse everything we do with our passion for affordable chic. We concept, develop, make and deliver the stylish new favorites that Target guests expect and deserve. We are uber-savvy trend and style experts who stay ahead of the curve, proactively identifying our market’s needs and exceeding them, every time. Join one of our dynamic and inventive teams to influence the style, quality and value that decisively position Target above the competition. Your input will have a direct and positive effect, whether on home, hardlines or apparel & accessories. Here, you’ll be close to the action of dreaming up and bringing to life the Target-owned brands that surprise and gratify guests, wherever and whenever they love to shop.
A role with Engineering and Technical Design means being on a team of engineers and technical designers who create products that truly embody the intent of Target-owned brands. Can you ensure that each product has that just-right mix of style, quality and value? Do you love to create technical product solutions that help meet strategic business goals? Then you’ll have success on our talented and innovative team. Here, you’ll partner with our quality and compliance teams to understand performance testing protocols and develop products that meet them. Your work can help identify technical specifications and quality standards like raw materials, functionality/durability, construction details and dimensions. You’ll leverage collective expertise to suggest improvements to cost of goods, assembly, sustainability and ROI. You’ll also collaborate with vendors to ensure that the brand vision is clearly understood and successfully brought to life with every product we offer.
As an Associate Technical Designer, you will support the product design and development process with direction from leaders to achieve overall product design strategy and merchant objectives. This requires a diligent approach to workload and maintaining timely communication with cross-functional partners. You will support product, brand, and guest research to ensure Target product meets or exceeds the perceived value/performance of the competitors’ product. Working collaboratively with cross-functional partners, vendors, and leadership, you will support the development of effective technical specifications and product quality standards. You’ll also communicate directly with our vendor partners, execute timely sample evaluations, and ensure approvals of all products are meeting the specification requirements and Target’s standards. In addition, you will contribute to both the development of products and the timely resolution of manufacturing and quality issues. This position will be working in both soft and hard goods, and ideally functioning as a “hybrid” who is able to contribute in both technical and design functions.
Core responsibilities of this job are described within this job description. Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.
• Four-year degree in Industrial Design, Fabric Engineering, Product Design, Engineering, or similar area, or equivalent experience
• 1+ years of experience in a related field
• Understanding of raw materials & product production
• Computer design system skills including Adobe Creative Suite programs (Solidworks or similar, a plus)
• Ability to assimilate product feedback
• Ability to successfully work in a diverse team environment
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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