Lead Process Engineer, Operational Excellence

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Jan 17, 2019
May 01, 2019
Employment Status
Full Time
Description: lead process engineer, operational excellence

About Us:

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

On pace with one of the world's best-loved and most recognized retail brands, Target Strategy & Innovation is focused on the future. We are at the center of developing and enabling how Target evolves to meet the changing needs of our guests while winning a competitive global retail marketplace. Here, you'll partner with internal contacts and external firms in a wide variety of roles—whether you're a technical engineer in San Francisco or a corporate strategist at Target headquarters in Minneapolis. Do you love the idea of helping to shape Target's long-term strategy development? Are you a champion for rigor and process to ensure successful strategic planning? Can you bring your energy and big ideas to the table in order to build momentum in new business innovation? Then bring your talent to the game and join us in bringing to life a portfolio of initiatives designed to move Target forward.

A role within Operational Excellence means working with courageous business leaders to forward their success by solving Target's most meaningful enterprise challenges for sustained growth. You will lead a rigorous problem solving approach to help Target achieve financial and operational goals.

As a Lead Process Engineer, you will work alongside team members from the business to understand the current situation, identify drivers for improvement, analyze root causes of performance gaps, and redesign end-to-end processes as part of the deployment of the lean system to a process or business area. You will support an environment that reinforces continuous improvement of business processes, increases consistency, reduces guest pain points and empowers other team members to enhance the value of the service they provide to guests.

You will lead workstreams as part of process diagnostics and design to identify impactful opportunities for operational improvements across end-to-end value streams. Using a hands on approach, you'll ensure the diagnostic, design, and implementation of Lean tools within the business is performed to high standard and consistency with Target's Operational Excellence program. You will also be responsible for delivering coaching and training to all levels as an Operational Excellence expert and leading both large and small groups (mid to senior management). Likewise, you will need the ability to work autonomously and lead working sessions with business stakeholders that drive to conclusions, agreement, and outcomes. In collaboration with the Director of Operational Excellence, you'll develop and execute detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, and status reports. You'll analyze project metrics, create reports that measure process performance against project initiatives and goals, and provide leaders with status updates/feedback. This will also require utilizing problem solving efforts on key projects to improve quality, reduce cost and eliminate waste.

Core responsibilities of this job are described within the job description. Job duties may change at any time due to business need.

About You:

4-year degree in Industrial Engineering or related field; advanced degree preferred

5+ years of work experience in IE (Process Improvement) field

Green Belt Certified or knowledge of Lean or Six Sigma

Ability to take risks, challenge the status quo, and work under ambiguous circumstances

Ability to use data to influence senior leaders and defend your perspective

Strong problem-solving, synthesizing, and analytical skills

Strong written, oral, communication, networking, and presentation skills

Strong interpersonal skills characterized by effective interactions with a diverse range of internal and external constituents, stakeholders, and audiences.

Work experience in an influential role (e.g. consulting) preferred


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