DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, FOOD & BEVERAGES

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Employer
Target
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Posted
Oct 14, 2018
Closes
Nov 17, 2018
Employment Status
Full Time
Description: DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, FOOD & BEVERAGESAbout us:Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America's leading retailers.Product Design & Development
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, apparel & accessories or food & beverages. 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. As a Director of Product Development for Food & Beverages, you will be responsible for leading a team and working with cross functional peers to develop brands and products for Target's owned brand food portfolio. You will use your skills, experience, guest-centric mindset and creativity to lead the development of innovative new products, drive enhancements to existing products and processes, and support Target's ambitious growth agenda.  Principal duties and responsibilities include:
  • Lead product development for the largest brand ($1B+) in the owned brand portfolio, with product responsibility across fresh, frozen and ambient temperature categories
  • Be a guest-centric leader who shapes and stewards the owned brand food portfolio, in partnership with merchandising, marketing, sourcing and other functions. Brand management responsibilities will include partnering to develop the portfolio, assessing brand stretch and assortment opportunities and analyzing brand health.
  • Lead, coach and inspire a team of passionate, capable food scientists. Guide and prioritize the work of the team to ensure it supports business objectives
  • Advance key processes and team discipline that supports the concept development, product development and commercialization of high quality, great tasting, simple label products. Identify critical paths and resources required, removing roadblocks for the team
  • Use your creativity and problem-solving skills to develop innovative, cost-effective products and programs that delight our guest and deliver profitable sales for Target
  • Lead the team to influence, negotiate and partner with manufacturers to commercialize products that meet our design and business objectives
  • Evaluate and make recommendations on the application of new ingredients, key trends and processing technologies, attending seminars and building strong industry connections
  • Serve as member of Owned Brand Leadership Team in articulating clear business, brand and product goals that support the objectives of the total Food & Beverage business
About you:
  • 4-year college degree in marketing, food science or related field; MBA preferred
  • Minimum 10 years experience in marketing, product development, retail or merchandising with a successful track record
  • Director level experience and demonstrated success in leading and developing people
  • Prior experience in food & beverage packaged consumer goods
  • In depth knowledge of product development processes, including consumer insights, food development, commercialization and manufacturing
  • Balanced ability to lead creative vision, strategy, team and operational routines
  • Big picture strategic thinker and proactive problem solver
  • Passion and curiosity about consumer behavior; guest-centric mindset and approach
  • Outstanding communication, presentation, collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Strong understanding of brand management
  • High awareness of external landscape, market influences and shifting consumer behavior in the food and retail industry

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