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Principal Product Engineer, Essentials Tissue and Paper Category

Apply Now Job ID: R0000068469 job family: Product Design Engineering schedule: Full time Location: 33 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55402-3601;

About Us:
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 Owned Brand Management & Product 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, essentials, beauty, or apparel categories. 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, fit and function, 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 a Principal Product Engineer, you will be the primary technical expert for the essentials tissue and paper category and responsible for influencing and driving the overall product vision for owned brand products to ensure differentiation from competition. You will leverage your extensive breadth and depth of specialized experience to develop guest-centric product solutions in partnership with key internal partners, external companies, vendors, and suppliers. You’ll develop, drive, and advance the technical training curriculum and industry networking opportunities to advance our research and development efforts and build Target’s reputation as a great place to work, learn, develop and advance.

In addition, you will lead and innovate Technical Design/Engineering as part of a cross-functional team focused on advancing owned brand products and strategic initiatives while proactively working to implement supporting technical solutions. In partnership with both internal and external partners, you will innovate performance testing protocols while leading your team and vendors to proactively anticipate manufacturing and quality issues. Likewise, you’ll develop industry-changing products and/or processes, ensuring owned brand products are leading the industry and driving long-term benefits to Target. Finally, you’ll develop and expand a strategic network of contacts to position Target as an informed industry leader and grow transformational vendor/supplier partnerships that proactively drive our business strategies associated with co-development, innovation, quality improvements, cost transparencies, and formula exclusivity.

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

About You:

  • Four-year degree in Pulp and Paper Science / Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Packaging Engineering or equivalent based on specialization, or equivalent experience
  • 12+ years related industry experience, preferably in consumer product development with tissue and paper products
  • Strong problem solving skills and creative thinking skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills – ability to synthesize & communicate emerging science and engineering knowledge succinctly
  • Ability to think strategically and conceptually
  • Ability to successfully work in a team environment
  • Business understanding and acumen
  • Strong project management skills

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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