Associate Scientist - Product Design & Development

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Nov 08, 2017
Dec 19, 2017
Employment Status
Full Time
JOIN US AS AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCT SCIENTIST - PRODUCT DESIGN & DEVELOPMENTDevelop and continuously improve industry leading product formulations and materials for Target Brands.Use your skills, experience and talents to be a part of groundbreaking thinking and visionary goals.  As an Associate Product Scientist, you'll take the lead as you…
  • Under the direction of Sr. Scientists, participate in technical research on formulation and materials.
  • Participate in ethnographic research to develop empathy for users and understand how products are used in their natural settings.
  • Create product level technical strategies for formulation and materials based on business goals.
  • Develop product specifications for industry leading formulations and materials.
  • Evaluate product samples and communicate quality differences to the cross functional team.
  • Recommend manufacturing partners, and collaborate with manufacturing partners to ensure products meet quality and price guidelines.
  • Identify and resolve testing issues during the development process.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of applicable government regulatory requirements, safety protocols and Target performance standards for products across assigned categories.
  • Understand benchmarks for specified owned brands to continuously evaluate and compare Target products to that of the competition and ensure Target product meets or exceeds the performance of competitors' product.
  • Partner with Target Compliance and Quality Teams to develop performance testing protocols.
  • Create product technical specifications and product quality standards.
  • Research and develop innovative product solutions that may include raw materials, constructions, manufacturing processes and technologies.
  • Attend conferences, trade shows and trainings to remain current on industry material innovation, manufacturing practices, and regulation changes.
  • 4-year college degree in a science or technical field, or equivalent experience.
  • 2 - 4 years relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of applicable raw materials and their performance and usage.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to successfully work in a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate business and technical details across various departments levels.
  • Exhibits a basic knowledge of product formulation and manufacturing.