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Planning Operations Lead – Planning and Forecasting

Apply Now Job ID: R0000036733 Date posted: 08/01/2019 schedule: Full time Location: 33 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55402-3601;

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

Target Merchandising is evolving at an incredible pace. We are constantly reimagining how this $70 billion retailer offers the innovative, guest-inspiring items that Target is known and loved for. Our goal is to deliver exceptional value, quality and style to elevate Target as the premier retailer in a competitive global marketplace. Through intelligent and progressive business strategies that make the most of Target’s resources and partnerships worldwide, Merchandising works across product categories to create a localized shopping experience online and in our 1800 stores. Are you a creative problem solver who loves to see your work translate into real results? Can you collaborate effectively, execute a plan efficiently and positively influence how Target chooses and presents the right product in the right place at the right price? If so, you will have success on one of our dynamic teams.

A role in Planning means being in charge of the financials and forecasting for one of Target’s businesses. Here, you’ll conduct comparative analysis of holiday or other seasonal performance reports and provide the insights that inform the Inventory team’s work to ensure that product supports projected sales. Acting as the hub between Merchandising and Supply Chain, you will create a financial link between these two essential groups and have a voice in some of the most important decisions from a financial strategy standpoint. In this role, you will be the primary Principal in leading the coordination of the transformation of both our financial metrics and business management/forecast processes for the Planning Organization. In close partnership with Merch Finance, Merch Capabilities and the Merch Roundtable, you will take on the key coordination of developing a program plan for the simplification of existing Forecast routines and establishing the program and learning plan for the successful transition from Retail to Cost Accounting.

As a Planning Operations lead, you will take the lead in the coordination of the transformation of business and project management processes for the Planning Organization. In close partnership with the Merchandising roundtable, you will take on the key coordination of developing a program plan for the simplification of existing routines and creating the appropriate program and learning plans to successfully deliver the objectives of your assigned work stream. You will structure program plan and coordination across Merch Roundtables for your assigned project. In addition, you will drive the learning plan, coordination of resources and work with Business Owners, Merch Product Teams, Learning & Development (L&D) and Organizational Change Management (OCM) to ensure that all prototyping activities are in service of answering and resolving the most important questions. This individual establishes program management routines with key partners which thoughtfully transition prototypes from Testing to Rollout/Implementation, including the thoughtful sequencing of the work and establishment of milestones and measurements. You will support with L&D and Merch Product Teams in the development and delivery the content for training and tools for new Monthly Business Routines. You will partner with OCM to support the ongoing adoption of new routines across all Merchandising Divisions and the entire Roundtable. You will ensure a common understanding of goals, objectives and outcomes across a diverse and vast set of stakeholder groups as well as Sr. Leadership during the transformation process. This role requires a leader who has excellent collaboration and communication skills and is a critical thinker with a continuous improvement mindset.

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

About you:
• Four-year degree or equivalent experience
• 6-10 years of relevant experience
• Strong communication, collaboration and facilitation skills that can be tailored to different audiences
• Ability to think in terms of future state, challenging the status quo, and envisioning paths from current to future state
• Ability to lead and manage multiple parallel efforts within a complex, highly matrixed organization
• Comfortable navigating and leading through ambiguous situations, diverse set of stakeholders and being able to influence Sr. Leadership and subject matter experts
• Experience developing or launching new business capabilities preferred
• Preferred Certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP) or Agile credentials

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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