Designer, Ava & Viv

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Apr 12, 2019
May 01, 2019
Employment Status
Full Time
Description: PD&D DesignerAbout 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.

As a Designer, you will support and be accountable for Owned Brand product brands and/or categories that achieve overall product design strategy and merchant objectives. Under the overall direction of Design leadership, you will work with an assigned category, brand, business or guest segment and manage your own process and calendar. You will be expected to maintain a diligent approach to workload, with includes good, timely communication with internal and external partners. You'll support and drive concepts throughout the development process, research, selection of materials/finishes, and the creation of silhouettes/form language. Using CAD/hand sketches, you'll translate ideas for product direction. This includes preparing professional presentation boards with illustrations, CAD artwork, fabrication, and material samples. In addition, you will support and drive product designs to maintain overall creative direction, merchant line plans, assortment strategies, and price points. You'll build brand cohesion by partnering with peers across the division to ensure continuity. In collaboration with technical designers/engineers and sourcing partners, you'll also identify, troubleshoot and resolve product issues.
Develops and executes Ava & Viv, our extended size brand, Product Design and Development with direction from Design Director to achieve overall product design strategy and merchant objectives. Responsible for designing woven top's, bottoms, jackets and dresses. Must have proficiency/expertise in product design & development for women's woven categories. Must be passionate about the plus guest and take an innovative approach to everyday wearing solutions so our guests feel her most confident.PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Diligent approach to workload, maintaining excellent, timely communication with internal and external partners
  • Contribute to product, brand, trend and guest research within owned category
  • Strong design voice and shop markets to identify/inform category, brand, business or guest segment trends
  • Collaborate with Design Director and team to execute concepts, color stories and develop appropriate fabrics/ trims
  • Contribute to and may participate in professional presentations to Directors/VPs within the PD&D team
  • Own brand cohesion; partner with peers across the division to ensure continuity
  • Support merchant line plans, assortment strategies, price points
  • Partner with technical designers to develop and innovate fit and construction solutions/details within category 
  • Development and execution of trim, embellishment, hardware packages within category
  • Ensures design direction remains intact from concept throughout production process
  • Collaborate with Tech Design and Sourcing team to identify, troubleshoot and resolve production issues 
  • 4 year Design, Fine Art, or similar degree
  • 4-8 years of experience - Designer level
  • Computer design system skills including Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Demonstrated high taste level and creative ability
  • Understanding of textiles, garment construction/fit or raw materials & product production
  • Commercial sense, market knowledge, ability to research and apply market/trend information
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to successfully work in a team environment
  • Knowledge of product development processes
Core responsibilities of this job are described within this job description. Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.


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