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Lead Design Engineer - Supply Chain Design & Automation Engineering (HQ or Remote Based)

Apply Now Job ID: R0000171241 job family: Building Operations Engineering schedule: Full time Location: 100 Mathilda Pl, Sunnyvale, California, United States, 94086;

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Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America’s leading retailers


Target Global Supply Chain and Logistics is evolving at an incredible pace. We are constantly reimagining how we get the right product to the guest even better, faster and more cost effectively than before. We are becoming more intelligent, automated and algorithmic in our decision-making, so that no matter how guests shop—in stores or on Target.com—we deliver the convenience and immediate gratification they demand and deserve. We are on a mission to win decisively over any competitor, with a seamless and superior guest service experience unlike any they can offer. Our teams work with the agility our mission requires, and we constantly come together to implement new processes in record time. So we’re looking for exceptional people who are proactive, creative, independent, innovative, risk-savvy and comfortable working in varying degrees of ambiguity. Are you a critical thinker who seeks the root cause and can analyze both qualitatively and quantitatively? Are you a creative problem-solver who simplifies problems, quickly identifies solutions, commits to a plan and then positively influences others to execute it? If so, you will have success on one of our dynamic teams.

A role in HQ Engineering and Activation means being at the heart of our perpetual reimagining. This group is the think tank and laboratory for the innovative ideas that spark change throughout the Supply Chain. We are inventors, metrics masters, data geeks, testers, triers, course-correctors and askers of the all-important question “What if … ?”. This team influences processes, engineers the robotics and automation to support those processes, activates solutions sustainably across the network and manages those assets. Your specific expertise—whether it’s people, process, technology, or data—will be felt well beyond the boundaries of the Supply Chain organization, positively impacting Target team members and guests alike.   

The Lead Design Engineer working on the Design & Automation Engineering team will design and project manage world class supply chain automation projects that will result in an enhanced Target Guest experience by increasing the speed and accuracy of processing of goods through the internal supply chain.  This position will report to the Sr. Director of Design & Automation Engineering.   The design team will own supply chain projects from concept through production of engineering deliverables for implementation.   The Lead Design Engineer will partner with multiple internal teams and external suppliers to generate options, formalize designs, support & defend designs for capital approval, and complete firm engineering to produce required deliverables for execution.  This position will mentor, coach and supervise work of junior Engineers and peer team members. 

Positions are currently available to fill based out of the Target HQ offices in Minneapolis, MN and the Target Sunnyvale, CA office, or a Remote option is available.


Key Responsibilities – Lead Design Engineer:

  • Ensure Safety in design for all GSCL (Global Supply Chain & Logistics) design scope projects
  • Lead design on multiple concurrent Greenfield and Brownfield level projects
  • Develop material flow design criteria and facility layout design principles
  • Analyze business & operations requirements to generate supply chain automation concepts
  • Identify the materials to be handled (MTBH) and determine the throughput & storage requirements
  • Model flow of materials to test throughput and identify any process flow bottlenecks
  • Specify storage solutions based on cubic space need, product velocity and cycle time goals
  • Identify & evaluate supply chain automation & robotics technologies and solution providers
  • Create detailed capacity throughput, cycle time, direct and indirect labor cost models 
  • Generate accurate capital and expense cost estimates associated with alternative designs
  • Create supply chain facility layouts based upon process requirements and efficient material flows 
  • Communicate design issues internally and hold all parties accountable as required
  • Develop technical Request for Proposal (RFP), tabulate and qualify proposals, and make technical recommendations on award
  • Collaborate effectively across all internal and external stakeholders including vendors, internal engineering team, operations & facility teams

About You:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial, Mechanical, Civil, Electrical Engineering or equivalent
  • 7 or more years of combined experience in material handling, automation, manufacturing, supply chain and/or distribution and logistics industries, or 5 or more years combined experience plus an Advanced degree in Engineering.
  • Proven project management experience implementing multi-million dollar, complex capital equipment & systems
  • Multi-year experience with project management strategies required for complex and dynamic projects with very short lead times
  • Exceptional analytical and organizational skills with demonstrated ability to manage several complex projects at the same time with high degrees of variation and uncertainty
  • Candidate must be capable to work with little or no supervision or direction and will be given considerable latitude in decision making
  • Natural ability to speak and write effectively at all organizational levels
  • Candidate must be able to demonstrate excellent judgment and decision-making skills under conditions of exceptional uncertainty with possibility of significant lack of data
  • Frequently provides significant leadership or influence as a coordinator of complex cross-functional projects
  • Proficiency with standard project planning software applications
  • Ability to travel at short notice- up to 15% (varies by project phase)

Preferred Qualifications & Experiences:

  • Experience with material flow methodologies including sequencing, kitting, repack, etc.
  • Experience with facility layouts, & construction
  • Experience with distribution and/or logistics process flows & operations
  • Experience with lean, six sigma, & other continuous improvement concepts & methodologies
  • Project management professional “PMP” training 

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.


Target will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.
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