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Product Developer - Beauty

Apply Now Job ID: PRO00023T Date posted: 10/24/2018 Location: 0501 - HQ MN Minneapolis Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota
About us:
Target is one of the world’s most recognized brands and one of America’s leading retailers.
Product Design & Development
At the heart of one of the world’s best loved and most recognizable brands is an impeccable Product Development & 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 or apparel & accessories. 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 the Design & Development team means a big opportunity to start from scratch and create something truly original. Are you a design expert who can support your business by staying one step ahead of industry trends, new materials and techniques? Can you demonstrate the utmost attention to detail and create products that are unprecedented in the marketplace for their design and quality for the price? Then you’ll have success on our Design team who owns the design and development of all Target-owned brands, from apparel to home goods, and beauty to essentials. In close partnership with our merchant and sourcing counterparts, you’ll drive brand cohesion and continuity, ensuring that our products meet the merchant line plans, assortment strategies, price points and overall creative direction.  The exciting part of retail? It’s always changing!  Core responsibilities of this job are described within this job description.  Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.
Product Development            
  • Partner with Sr. Designers, Scientists, Merchants, Sourcing and Vendors to understand the business initiatives, product functional requirements and performance expectations to ensure consistency of product.
  • Exhibits an understanding of divisional strategic initiatives and proactively works to implement supporting product solutions.
  • Develop and demonstrate a clear point of view/vision for the brand/product along with Designer & Scientist using trend ideas, inspiration and market knowledge.
  • Create and design product through sketches, mood boards, renderings, models and control drawings that meet business strategy.
  • Partner with Target Compliance and Quality Teams to develop performance testing protocols.
  • Focus on developing products that meet brand intent for style, quality, performance and value.
  • Provide product technical specifications and product quality standards for industry leading formulations and materials to include: raw materials, function, formulation, construction details and product dimensions.
  • Collaborate with Merchants, Sourcing and Scientists to ensure product designs are manufacturable and meets set price-points. 
  • Review work on a regular basis with Director and Sr. Leaders.
  • Take part in Cross Functional Team meetings (including Design, Merchants, Sourcing, Packaging and Compliance).
  • Attend development meetings to represent Development point of view as appropriate.  Must use judgement/discretion to make decisions on product direction and changes or escalate appropriately.
  • Conduct timely sample evaluations and ensure approval of all supported products.
  • Partner with vendors to understand current manufacturing processes, innovations limitations and to ensure the brand vision is appropriately understood and executed.
  • Responsible for researching trends in products & packaging to foster innovation.
  • Survey competitive landscape to develop best-in-class products by identifying trends as well as current and emerging competitors.
  • Stay on top of the latest beauty and lifestyle trends finding opportunities for new products, variations and ideas.
  • Market research - competitor product offerings & positioning to help guide strategy.
  • Guest empathy: Understand the overall Target guest, the core guest within the product/brand/category. Understand how the guest will use the product.
  • Attend conferences, trade shows and trainings to remain current on industry innovation and regulation climate
  • Responsible for researching new ingredients, textures, products and packaging to allow for greater innovation.
  • Survey competitive landscape to develop best-in-class products by identifying trends and current and emerging competitors.
About you:
  • Four-year degree in design, fine art or related degree.
  • 4-7 years relevant experience.
  • Passionate about the beauty industry.
  • Demonstrates a can-do attitude.
  • Technical skills:  Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign or basic computer design system skills.
  • Demonstrated creative sense and ability including trend/market awareness.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills & ability to do creative, focused, visual presentations.
  • Ability to successfully work in a team environment.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, often changing collaborative environment.
  • Ability to communicate business and design details across various department levels.
  • Ability to travel as needed.
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