Principal Strategist, Enterprise Strategy Development
Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America’s leading retailers.
On pace with one of the world’s best-loved and most recognized retail brands, Target Strategy & Innovation is focused on 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’ll 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 big ideas to the table in order to build momentum in new business innovation? 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 with Enterprise Strategy Development means working directly with senior leaders across the organization to develop business and functional strategies—especially those in support of growth and competitive differentiation. Your work becomes Target’s annual Strategic Priorities, which are shared across the company and inform the efforts of thousands of team members worldwide every day.
As a Principal Strategist, you will lead a team developing 3-5 year time-horizon growth initiatives for the company. This will combine your skills, experience, and talents as a part of a visionary and collegial team that combines traditional strategy consulting and innovative business design thinking. You will work on strategy consulting-like engagements in the core retail business that solve for potential roadblocks to growth and identify new ideas and opportunities for transforming the business. You will be expected to understand retail trends, competitors and guests to develop new concepts and formats that meet future needs in the ever- and fast-evolving, multi-channel retail landscape, both domestically and abroad. You’ll also oversee and drive the execution of numerous strategy project by Project Managers and Analysts to ensure quality of design, problem solving, execution, synthesis, and communication of results. By managing relationships with executive leaders of areas such as merchandising, marketing, and guest insights, you’ll drive strategic business decisions. Likewise, in collaboration with Strategy & Innovation leaders, you’ll prioritize your team’s resources and expand your team’s knowledge base in one or more areas.
Core responsibilities of this job are described within this job description. Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.
- 4-year degree and advanced degree in business or related field
- 3-5 years business experience, consulting experience preferred
- Strong conceptualization skills and the ability to translate concepts into consumer research methodologies
- Excellent listening and problem disaggregation skills
- Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills with a strong ability to tell compelling business and result stories
- Ability to assimilate information quickly and accurately
- Ability to synthesize and clearly communicate highly complex findings to focus on the critical issues and actionable opportunities
- Strong strategic thinking skills in relation to retail or the packaged goods industry
- Ability to effectively own complex projects that entail frequent interaction with senior executives
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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