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Lead Strategist - New Ventures

Apply Now Job ID: R0000155262 job family: Business Process & Operations schedule: Full time Location: 1000 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55403-2542;

About Us:

Target is one of the world’s most recognized brands and one of America’s leading retailers.

On pace with one of the world’s best-loved and most recognized retail brands, Target’s Insights, Strategy & Innovation team is focused on the fueling both present, and the future. We are at the center of developing and enabling how Target evolves to meet the changing needs of our guests while winning a competitive global retail marketplace. Here, you will partner with internal contacts and external firms in a wide variety of roles—whether you’re a technical engineer in San Francisco or a corporate strategist at Target headquarters in Minneapolis. Do you love the idea of helping to shape Target’s long-term strategy development? Are you a champion for rigor and process to ensure successful strategic planning? Can you bring your energy and ideas to the table in order to build momentum to drive new growth? Then bring your talent to the game and join us in bringing to life a portfolio of initiatives designed to move Target forward.  

A role within New Ventures means helping Target build beyond the core and create future focus for the organization.  You will be part of a team of hybrid thinkers, actively leveraging each other’s skills and knowledge, with a bias to deliver timely business impact.  From exploration to activation, you will accelerate and prove new concepts that differentiate the guest experience and generate new revenue streams.  Whether exploring new business models designed to meet guest needs, engaging with start-ups with an aim on testing and accelerating their products or commercializing and integrating new growth back into the organization…you will ensure success by rapidly applying your expertise and fostering an entrepreneurial culture while leveraging the benefit of a large organization’s knowledge and resources. 

As a New Ventures - Lead Strategist, you will work in cross-functional project teams (e.g., UX, researchers, engineers, concept developers) to build the infrastructure and develop new growth opportunities in a systematic and repeatable way. This could include (but is not limited to):

  • Leverage competitor, industry, and consumer behaviors to understand and articulate the existing landscape, competitive strategies/benchmarking, emerging trends (i.e., where the future of retail going), etc.

  • Create structured approach and frameworks to identify opportunities, critical hypotheses, and riskiest assumptions. Define learning objectives and identify metrics to vet for desirability, viability, and feasibility through experimentation

  • Conduct financial and business analysis, make sense of data gathered from disparate data sources as well as proxies from other industries/products. Leverage qualitative and quantitative data from experiments to synthesize key learnings.

  • Create business cases and/or narratives for C-suite, board level presentations, and executive briefings

  • Establish appropriate tools, forums, and processes to engage leaders, share progress, and facilitate decisions on new growth opportunities

  • Collaborate cross-functionally across the enterprise and effectively influence without authority to drive business decisions and advance long-term transformation efforts

Core responsibilities of this job are described within this job description. Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.

About You:

  • 4-year college degree, MBA preferred

  • Advanced degree or 3-5 years practical experience, including strategic operations, corporate strategy, management consulting, design strategy

  • Strong problem solving skills. Ability to break down problems into fundamental parts, identify root causes, synthesize findings, and make informed decisions

  • Strong project management, cross-functional leadership, and collaboration skills with an ability to work effectively with people at all levels and across pyramids

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills with a strong ability to tell structured and logical stories

  • Thrives in creating structure in ambiguous or evolving changes; able to adapt and evolve in changing environments

  • Innate curiosity and desire to learn with a strong inclination to drive for results in ambiguous spaces

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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