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Manager, Innovation Engine(Remote Or Hybrid)

Apply Now Location: 1000 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55403-2542; job id: R0000274195
job family: Product Development
schedule: Full time

About us:

As a Fortune 50 company with over 350,000 team members worldwide, Target is an iconic brand and one of America's leading retailers.​

A role within Owned Brand Innovation means helping Target Owned Brands innovate beyond the core businesses and create a more equitable and regenerative future with our guests, partners, and communities. You will be part of a team of hybrid thinkers, actively leveraging each other's skills and knowledge with a bias for learning and driving impact. You will accelerate and prove new concepts that differentiate the guest experience or advance Owned Brand's operating model from exploration to activation. Whether exploring new opportunity areas or business models designed to meet guest needs, engaging with startups to test and accelerate their products, or commercializing and integrating good 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 Manager, Innovation Engine, you will support system-level innovation projects and work with Sr. Manager to realize the future of Owned Brand growth. You will research the competitive landscape and scan startups and innovators of the industry. You will help to explore various solutions and test concepts through experiments designed to validate assumptions and de-risk investments. You will participate in guest research to understand the guest experience of the existing or new offering. You will help to facilitate or coach innovation workshops. Working with the Director and the rest of the team, you will manage and maintain the Owned Brand innovation ecosystem, track portfolios, and create a portfolio performance dashboard for reporting. You will be responsible for documenting the process, building case studies, and creating communications for the Owned Brand Innovation Engine group. This could include (but is not limited to):

  • Support active projects. Conduct competitive landscape research and market scans for startups and innovators. Analyze and synthesize data, provide insights, and white space opportunities to the project teams.

  • Collaboratively participate and develop new concepts by helping to coach and facilitate various workshops throughout the innovation process, whether for ideating a new business model or a testing hypothesis.  

  • Help to execute the learning plan. Gather evidence of proof/disproof, and leverage qualitative and quantitative data from experiments to assess the opportunity's desirability, feasibility, and viability.

  • Manage and maintain the operation of Owned Brand innovation ecosystem, including project intake, project tracking, portfolio dashboard, reporting, and contracts with external service providers.

  • Partner with Sr. Managers and Director to document best practices and develop, update, and formalize the Owned Brand Innovation Engine Playbook.

  • Partner with the Director to develop case studies and manage routine communications with Owned Brand Transformation Office and Owned Brand Communication.  

The 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 in Design, Engineering, Business, or related field or equivalent work experience

  • A minimum of 4+ years of experience in innovation, innovation project management, or innovation operation management in a corporate innovation or agency with an experiment-driven/entrepreneurial environment helping launch new products, services, experiences, or businesses

  • Strong program management and organizational skills.

  • Familiar with prevailing innovation approaches and methodologies. (e.g., consumer research, lean innovation, Human-Centered Design or Design Thinking, agile development, Experience or Service Design) 

  • Practical problem-solving skills. Thinks strategically with an ability to execute. 

  • Excellent communication, active listening, critical thinking, and presentation skills, with experience presenting to executive leadership 

  • Biased towards action and results-focused. Resourceful and adaptable, get scrappy, be entrepreneurial, and navigate ambiguity. 

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to read people and connect to multiple audiences; collaborative nature and ability to build long-term partnerships

  • Respects, appreciates, and is curious about differences related to working with others; committed to developing an inclusive team.

  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision

Target General Merch Inc (TGMI) operating company is strictly prohibited from working more than 30 days per year in the following 16 states: AL, AR, DE, FL, IN , IA, LA, MD, MS, MO, NC, OK, PA, SC, TN and VA.  If hired, you are prohibited from working remotely from one of the states listed above for more than 30 days per year.

This position may be considered for a Remote or Hybrid work arrangement based on Target’s needs.  A Hybrid work arrangement means the team members core role will be a blend of virtual and onsite at a Target location. A Remote work arrangement means the team member works full-time from home or an alternate location that’s not a Target location, does not have a desk at their primary HQ work location and may travel to HQ up to 4 times a year. Work duties cannot be performed outside of the country of the primary work location, unless otherwise prescribed by Target. The salary range is :$67,600.00 USD - $121,700.00 USD. Pay is based on several factors which may include, but are not limited to education, work experience, certifications, labor markets, etc. In addition to your salary, Target cares about and invests in you as a team member, so that you can take care of yourself and your family. Target offers eligible team members and their dependents comprehensive health benefits and programs, which may include medical, vision, dental, life insurance and more, to help you and your family take care of your whole selves. Other benefits for eligible team members include 401(k), employee discount, short term disability, long term disability, paid sick leave, paid national holidays, and paid vacation. Find competitive benefits from financial and education to well-being and beyond at

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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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