Lead Engineer - Voice Technology

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Mar 11, 2021
Apr 28, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time

Lead Engineer - Voice Technology​

About us:

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

Target as a tech company? Absolutely. We're the behind-the-scenes powerhouse that fuels Target's passion and commitment to cutting-edge innovation. We anchor every facet of one of the world's best-loved retailers with a strong technology framework that relies on the latest tools and technologies-and the brightest people-to deliver incredible value to guests online and in stores. Target Technology Services is on a mission to offer the systems, tools and support that guests and team members need and deserve. Our high-performing teams balance independence with collaboration, and we pride ourselves on being versatile, agile and creative. We drive industry-leading technologies in support of every angle of the business, and help ensure that Target operates smoothly, securely and reliably from the inside out.

As a Lead Engineer focusing on voice standards and technology, you will work both internally and externally in the open source community to bring voice standards and technology to life. Target is one of the founding sponsors of the Open Voice Network (https://openvoicenetwork.org/). In this role you will write, design and develop standards that will open up interoperability, security and privacy in voice commerce and interactions. Once standards are written, you will work on implementing software proof of concepts as well as the foundation for the future Voice Registry System, akin to DNS for the current web.

Voice is a new and growing interaction model for retail commerce. Target is diving headfirst into voice interactions and this role is a critical part of that investment. The opportunity is here to develop deep expertise in voice with the limitless growth opportunities in voice technologies at Target.

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

About you:

  • 2 years engineering voice systems or a strong desire to immerse yourself in voice technologies
  • 4 year degree or equivalent experience. Continuing education to maintain thorough knowledge of technical domains along with staying current in latest technologies
  • 7+ years of experience in technology development or services
  • Experience in working with open source communities or standard setting bodies
  • Understands business fundamentals and how voice technologies can support business goals along with how to translate business vision into a technical strategy while understanding the financial implications

  • Has proven leadership capabilities, the ability to influence others, interpersonal skills, and problem solving skills
  • Strong team player who understands concepts of teamwork and team effectiveness.
  • Has excellent verbal, written, and presentation communication skills to convey complex technical solutions clearly to groups inside and outside the organization
  • Has excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Experience in many languages, among which can be RUST, Go, C, or Java. Experience with data stores such as Postgres, MongoDB, Cassandra, Graph, etc.

  • Experience with voice specific technologies, frameworks or vendors (NLU, NLP, Entity and Intent architectures, voice hardware, etc.)

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Target will provide reasonable accommodations (such as a qualified sign language interpreter or other personal assistance) with the application process upon your request as required to comply with applicable laws. If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please visit your nearest Target store or Distribution Center or reach out to Guest Services at 1-800-440-0680 for additional information.


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