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Senior Engineer, Responsible Materials - Biomaterials

Apply Now Location: 1000 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55403-2542; job id: R0000321234
job family: Product Design Engineering
schedule: Full time
The pay range is $87,900.00 - $158,200.00

Pay is based on several factors which vary based on position. These include labor markets and in some instances may include education, work experience and certifications. In addition to your pay, 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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As a Fortune 50 company with more than 350,000 team members worldwide, Target is an iconic brand and one of America's leading retailers.

Working at Target means the opportunity to help all families discover the joy of everyday life. Caring for our communities is woven into who we are, and we invest in the places we collectively live, work and play. We prioritize relationships, fuel and develop talent by creating growth opportunities, and succeed as one Target team. At our core, our purpose is ingrained in who we are, what we value, and how we work. It’s how we care, grow, and win together.   

At the heart of one of the world’s best loved and most recognizable brands is an impeccable Owned Brand Product Design & Packaging 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 as a Sr. Engineer, Responsible Materials – Biomaterials means continuing the transformation to more sustainable materials used in Owned Brand products. Do you love to create solutions that solve problems for people, planet AND product? Can you collaborate across stakeholders to identify challenges and find novel solutions that work at scale? Then you’ll find success on Target’s Owned Brand Responsible Materials team. In close partnership with Design, Sourcing, Packaging and Corporate Responsibility you will help drive Target’s progress towards more sustainable bio-based materials. You’ll also collaborate with vendors to ensure that this approach is clearly understood and successfully brought to life with every product we offer.

As the Sr. Engineer, Responsible Materials – Biomaterials, you’ll be accountable for championing and advancing the biomaterial related aspects of Owned Brand sustainability standards and polices while proactively looking for new solutions that reduce the environmental and social impacts of biomaterials. Biomaterials is a broad term, but initial focus will prioritize food commodities like Cocoa, Soy, Coffee, Sugar as well as agricultural residues like Wheat Straw. The role will also have a focus on non-commodity materials that do not have well-established industry standards (i.e. mycelium based materials). The topics of compostability and biodegradability standards will also be owned by this role. You will partner with category specific subject matter experts as well as translate your objectives to partners who may have little background in biomaterials. You will use your experience to develop guest-centric product solutions in partnership with key internal partners, NGOs, industry groups, suppliers and standards organizations. You’ll advance the technical training curriculum and utilize industry networking opportunities to improve our research and development efforts and build Target’s reputation as a great place to work, learn, develop and advance.

You will be accountable to lead as a strategic driver, build strong partnerships, influence with expertise and champion our team and Company values. This will be accomplished through:


Using your expertise and industry connections related to biomaterials, you will evolve our vision and navigate complex development to advance pyramid, division & category goals. You will support or lead all required lab testing, guest research, continuous improvement, technical specifications, and track industry trends to create strategies & roadmaps for product development across divisions & categories. Advance & champion integration of responsible, circular and inclusive initiatives into a clear strategy across Target’s Owned Brands.


Leveraging your leadership and strategic thought, you will build collaborative relationships with internal and external partners including experts in the field, government agencies and business partners to drive business growth and brand credibility. Your insights will educate, motivate and influence product development and future vision for leadership and team. You will represent Target at relevant external moments to track industry trends, building a broad and diverse perspective on products & approach. You will establish deep relationship with vendor base, unlocking capabilities and growth in brand & business; mitigating risk through trusted partnerships.


Your leadership will create a talent pipeline by coaching and mentoring entry level engineers in the field, both inside and outside of Target. Valuing an inclusive environment and leading through a positive team culture will showcase your commitment to team growth and development. You are a consistent champion of leadership behaviors & will be accountable for showcasing Target values of inclusivity, connection and drive. Showcase your support for team by leveraging feedback to learn from and bring greater perspective.

About You:

  • B.S., M.S in an Engineering or related Scientific field

  • 8+ years related industry experience

  • High Proficiency with biomaterials, environmental impact and technical feasibility

  • Knowledgeable about the environmental impacts of a variety of biomaterials such as products made from commodity and non-commodity biomaterials.

  • Knowledgeable about the impacts of biomaterials on soil/water health and compostability

  • Knowledgeable and experienced in product manufacturing and research

  • Exceptional at developing partnerships and working in a team environment               

  • Strong problem solving skills and creative thinking skills

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills – ability to synthesize & communicate emerging knowledge succinctly

  • Ability to think strategically and conceptually

  • Strong Business understanding and acumen

  • Strong project management skills

This position will operate as a Hybrid/Flex for Your Day work arrangement based on Target’s needs. A Hybrid/Flex for Your Day work arrangement means the team member’s core role will need to be performedboth onsite at the Target HQ MN location the role is assigned to and virtually, depending upon what your role, team and tasks require for that day. Work duties cannot be performed outside of the country of the primary work location, unless otherwise prescribed by Target. Click here if you are curious to learn more about Minnesota.

Team Members in the Target General Merch Inc (TGMI) operating company are 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.

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Target will provide reasonable accommodations 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 Supply Chain Facility or reach out to Guest Services at 1-800-440-0680 for additional information.

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