Technical Designer, Footwear

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Oct 06, 2018
Nov 28, 2018
Employment Status
Full Time
Description: Technical Designer, Footwear 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, whether on home, hardlines or apparel & accessories categories. 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.Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with the Designer to research, sketch, and develop guest-focused Owned Brand product from concept through execution
  • Partner with Sr. Technical Designer, Designer, Merchandising, Sourcing and Vendors to deliver on product objectives and business strategy while adhering to calendar timelines
  • Create and maintain complete and accurate specifications and approvals in PLM system
  • Communicate daily with internal and external partners to ensure high quality execution in materials, components, and fit 
  • Lead live model fit sessions and evaluate samples for fit, construction, and quality
  • Identify/alleviate potential manufacturing, quality, and fit concerns within the product development cycle
  • Conduct market research of competitors, benchmarks, and whitespace to engineer value and guide strategy
  • Drive guest research and wear testing to build products that foster love and loyalty
  • 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
  • Assist in building and maintaining last library
  • Analyze foot models for appropriate shape and measurements
  • Travel internationally and domestically to support business as needed
  • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager
About you:

  • 4-year degree in technical design, product design, industrial design, or related degree with strong academic performance (3.0 GPA or above)
  • 5-8 years' experience in footwear product and development 
  • Strong knowledge of footwear fit, construction, molds/blueprints, and lasts
  • Current in industry standard technical knowledge of footwear development and manufacturing processes, in both man-made and genuine leather materials
  • Proficient in use of relevant computer applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office Suite, PLM system)
  • 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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