Food Operations Lead Business Partner

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Apr 22, 2019
May 01, 2019
Business, Other
Employment Status
Full Time
Description: Store Operations Lead Business Partner (7746)

Classification: Exempt
Date: April 2019 About Us:

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

Right on pace with Target's distinctive retail brand, Target Store Operations is continuing to transform the way it operates. Here, your work directly supports the store mission to be the guest favorite through successfully developing and communicating the processes for operations, style and experience, new structures, new operating models and new technology, and utilizing workforce management activities for our 1,800 locations nationwide. Store Operations manages and enhances the informational resources for researching and resolving operational issues, while guiding and communicating with the field team and leaders who use them. Are you a customer service enthusiast who can actively listen to many points of view and then visualize how they'll perform when operationalized in a store? Are you happy to partner with leaders as well as field team members who are often the experts on how well a process is working? Can you creatively envision more efficient processes and how they'll deliver a better experience for guests and team members? Do you possess the innovative mindset to question the status quo, and the confidence to work under varying degrees of ambiguity and well-informed experimentation? Then you'll have success on one of our dynamic teams.

Use your talents and experience with advanced proficiency on specific subject matters to apply established standards, practices and processes, lead projects within your department, and participate in large projects across the enterprise. Demonstrate self-direction, detailed problem solving, independent judgment and decision making in order to drive results for Store Operations.

As a Lead Business Partner you will leverage food expertise to optimize store process to drive sales, improve efficiencies, and provide an inspired guest shopping experience.  Collaborate with the Merchandising, Property Management, MPD, Store Operations, Food Safety, and Risk and Compliance on the design and implementation of sales floor, backroom, equipment, fixtures, merchandising, and store processes.

• Drive operational improvement in stores by updating processes, improving productivity, and increasing profitable sales
• Lead end-to-end initiatives to achieve the necessary return on investment (ROI) while efficiently utilizing Target resources
• Utilize critical thinking, strategy, research, analysis, issue framing, and benchmarking to understand and influence the technology, process, and organizational change management aspects of Target initiatives that impact stores
• Use data, insights, and research to drive a vision for food process that is cohesive with enterprise needs
• Maintain strong relationships with partners and peers to benchmark performance, identify emerging trends, best methods, tools, technologies and influence innovation
• Represent Food Operations as subject matter expert and single point of contact in enterprise cross-pyramid initiatives, ensuring store impact is communicated and understood
• Maintain close contact with the field team to understand operational opportunities and solicit feedback
• Establish strong relationships with external vendors, communicates joint goals, and provides timely feedback as necessary
• Pursue opportunities for continuous business development and innovation
• Act as an advocate for stores and addresses escalated questions or concerns
• Lead/coordinate store visits to assess and identify ways to reduce store expense, rework, simplify processes and solicit store feedback
Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.
• Create intuitive instructions, training, and communication to stores and in-store demonstrators to insure adoption of new or updated processes
• Partner with Enterprise Food Safety Team to evaluate recommendations and decisions for process areas of ownership

About you:

• Four year college degree
• 5-10 years of relevant work experience (i.e. grocery/food service)
• Ability to build strategic vision and drive organizational change
• Experience influencing key business partners, including senior leadership, without    authority
• Program and process management/ownership experience
• Ability to operate in an ambiguous and rapidly changing work environment
• Must be comfortable working independently, with minimal oversight, setting own objectives and measuring against goals
• Ability to challenge upward and challenge the status quo
• Ability to resolve problems that are without clear precedent
• Ability to influence and negotiate effectively
• Ability to establish and maintain cross-functional working relationships across the enterprise
• Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
• Strong leadership and conflict management skills
• Demonstrated vendor management skills
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, potential interactions ranging from senior leaders to subject matter experts
• High level of integrity and accountability


• Project Management
• Recent retail/grocery store experience
• Experience with in-store sampling programs
• Familiar with Food Safety codes


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