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Technical Designer, Soft Bath & Rugs, Home & Hardlines

Apply Now Job ID: PRO00024G Date posted: 12/14/2018 Location: 0501 - HQ MN Minneapolis Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Technical Designer – Soft Bath & Rugs, Home & Hardlines
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 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.  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 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.
As a Technical Designer – Soft Bath & Rugs, you’ll be responsible for:
  • Design and Development of original products, exclusive to Target, that achieve overall design vision, express our brands’ values, and deliver on business strategies
  • Drive guest research and user testing to inform and create product solutions that meet the needs of our guest
  • Create trend-right, commercially viable products by staying abreast of home industry market trends, and translating those insights and inspirations
  • Identify whitespace, guide strategy and engineer product value by conducting market research of competitors and benchmarks
  • Present new product concepts at milestone meetings
  • Collaborate with Design, Merchandising and Sourcing teams to ensure designs are compatible with brand standards, vendor capabilities and pricing goals
  • Partner with domestics and overseas vendors to understand and leverage capabilities; build knowledge of product costing impacts
  • Create and maintain complete and accurate product specifications and approvals within our system
  • Evaluate and approve vendor samples for alignment to brand standards and guest performance expectation
  • Communicate product features and attributes for guest benefits and decisions on “why to buy”
  • Identify/alleviate potential manufacturing and quality concerns within the product development cycle
  • Review production issues and collaborate with Cross Functional Team to resolve
  • Develop, document, and implement technical processes and brand standards
  • Assist in vendor training and certification programs
  • Build solid relationships with team members, CFT partners and vendors
  • Diligent approach to workload; meeting key deadlines and maintaining timely communications
  • Travel internationally and domestically to support business as needed
About you:
  • 4-year degree in technical design, textiles, product design, or related degree with strong academic performance (3.0 GPA or above)
  • 5-8 years’ experience in terry towels, bath rugs & area rugs product development with strong knowledge of construction, quality, and manufacturing
  • Current in industry standard technical knowledge of terry towels, bath rugs & area rugs development and manufacturing processes
  • Proficient in use of relevant computer applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Office 365, and PLM system)
  • Develop and articulate a point of view to influence and drive strategy
  • Robust problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Aptitude for accuracy and attention to detail
  • Adept at working in a fast-paced, often changing, highly collaborative environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
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