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Leadership Development Rotational Program (LDRP), Merchandise & Product Assortment Track

Apply Now Job ID: R0000148547 job family: Buying schedule: Full time Location: 1000 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55403-2542;

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Target is one of the world’s most recognized brands and one of America’s leading retailers. And the only constant in retail? Change. Our business is constantly evolving, using big ideas to solve complex problems.  

TheLeadershipDevelopmentRotational Program is a 2-year rotational program and development curriculum designed to provide a set of experiences to build enterprise empathy by learning in business functions outside the traditional career path, developing cross functional influence by driving meaningful outcomes, and deepening leadership experiences to accelerate the development of future leaders. Within this program, your experiences could span Merchandising, Finance,Digital and Stores.

The retail landscape is evolving and Target is an industry leader through the development ofitsteam members.Within in the LeadershipDevelopmentRotational Program –Merchandise and Product Assortmenttrack, you will gainskills tolead teams in developing and executing guest-centric end-to-end product strategiesthat are backed with external market/trend and financial considerations and knowledge.Your 2-year experience will involve:

Year 1:Three 4-Month Rotations: Each rotation willalign you to a pressing business challenge to solve.Rotations will push you to develop cross-functional influence, long-term strategy development and large team leadership skills.Rotations in this track could include but are limited 

  • Planning; sharpen financial acumen to impact the P+L

  • Stores leadership; experience large team leadership and operational excellence

  • Buying; grow product and guest empathy

Year 2:Team placement to apply learnings from your rotations. This placement could be as a:

  • Sr Buyer

  • Lead Business Partner Negations 

At the end of the program, our goal is to help accelerate your move to the next level of leadership roles at Target

As aprogram memberyou will:

  • Lead project work to strategically deliver value across multiple departments through teamwork, communication, problem solving and planning.

  • Immerse yourself in rotational areas to learn the business function and gain a true enterprise perspective.

  • Create omni-channel growth by planning profitable and locally relevant assortments using your grasp of guest and shopping behavior, assortment requirements and competitors.

  • Demonstrate flexibility in reacting to business results and your ability to translate financial metrics and data into actionable strategies will be critical. Drive category results while managing progress toward sales and margin goals. 

  • Lead cross-functional teams to drive category results while managing progress toward sales and margin goals. You will interact with Associate Buyers, Senior Merchandise Specialists, the Pricing and Promotion Center of Excellence, Planning, Site Merchandising, the Item Center of Excellence and many other expert partners in support of your promotional planning work across channels.

  • Lead partnerships with product designers and/or category managers and vendors to help guide product development as you source appropriately for your category.

  • Develop negotiation on strategies and partnerships which support Target’s businessinitiativesand align with the integrity of the Target brand. You will identify, analyze and assess vendor profitability in regards to cost negotiations, leveraging, compliance, vendor income and supply chain impact.

Outside of your day-to-day, you will be immersed in a development curriculumwith your cohort peersthat would enable you to be a successful and inclusive leader at Target. Development highlights include:

  • Formal onboarding and training as a cohort

  • Strong leadership engagement that allows you to receive sponsorship and mentorship

  • Personalize your career experience that are suitable for your career aspirations

About you: 

  • Completed MBA or currently enrolled in final year ofaMBA programwith concentrations in marketing, brand managementandstrategystronglypreferred

  • 4 to 6 years of previous work experience prior to gaining MBA

  • Strongstrategic,analyticalanddecision-making skills to grow a business

  • Outstanding collaborationand relationship-building aptitudewith internal and external stakeholders. Ability to empathize with peers and partners 

  • Ability to prioritize among competing deliverables and collaborate with and influence a broad group of partners and stakeholders

  • Superior leadership skills with enthusiasm, initiative and a passion for results 

  • Flexibility, resiliency and nimbleness; comfortable working in ‘grey areas’ that are constantly changing.

  • Demonstrates a growth-mindset andcuriosity

  • Desire to build a multi-disciplinary career

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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