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Technical Developer-Women's Swimwear

Apply Now Location: 1000 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55403-2542; job id: R0000214882
job family: Technical Design
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Technical Developer

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 Sourcing & Development 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 develop, make and deliver the stylish new favorites that Target guests expect and deserve. We 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 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 Development team means a big opportunity to start from scratch and create something truly original. Are you a product development expert who can support your business by staying one step ahead of the industry? Can you demonstrate the utmost attention to detail and develop products that are unprecedented in the marketplace for their value? Then you’ll have success on our Development team who owns the development of all Target-owned brands. In close partnership with our design, 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 guest expectations.


  • Collaborate with CFT to research and develop guest-focused Owned Brand product from concept through production 

  • Partner with Design, Merchandising, Sourcing and vendors to deliver on product objectives and business strategy while adhering to calendar timelines  

  • In partnership with overseas technical design teams and vendors, create, maintain and complete  accurate specifications and approvals in PLM system  

  • Communicate daily with internal and external partners to ensure high quality execution in materials, components, and fit  

  • Partner with CFT and vendors to define development and production feasibility  

  • Review and evaluate 3D/physical samples for quality and adherence to standards 

  • Conduct in-cycle technical research, wear testing, quality analysis, innovation and product solutions  

  • Partner proactively with overseas technical designers, production engineers and vendors to alleviate potential manufacturing, quality, and fit concerns within the product development cycle 

  • Conduct market research of competitors, benchmarks, and new opportunities to engineer value and drive development of cost viable quality products.  

  • Partner with guest insights and product testing teams to drive guest research and wear testing to build products that foster inclusivity  

  • Support close to vendor and production teams by reviewing production issues and collaborating with CFT to resolve  

  • Establish and enhance product development guidelines and standards by category and brand 

  • Conduct vendor training, onboarding, assessments and accreditation  

  • Travel internationally and domestically to support business as needed  

  • Hind-sighting on quality execution, guest feedback, and partner connections (COE, PSQA, Global TD's, BPTD's, etc.)  

  • Perform other duties as required/assigned by manager 

About You: 

  • Bachelor's Degree, AA or Certification in Apparel Manufacturing, Design, Patternmaking or equivalent 

  • 5-8 years’ experience in the Apparel Industry including patternmaking and construction experience with full knowledge of total production timeline 

  • Strong knowledge of fit, construction, value engineering, 2D/3D patternmaking and grading 

  • Current in industry standard technical knowledge of development and manufacturing processes  

  • Proficient in use of relevant computer applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office Suite, PLM system, 3D software)  

  • Attention to detail, problem solving and decision-making skills 

  • Drive to learn and retain new technology and software as it pertains to role  

  • Strong multi-tasking ability while being detail oriented with excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills 

  • Ability to proactively trouble shoot and problem solve in a fast-paced, often changing, highly collaborative environment.  

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with ability to effectively influence. 

  • Committed to continuous learning, diversity, equity, and inclusion 

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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