VP Engineering

7 days left

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Feb 25, 2021
Mar 14, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time

Vice President, Engineering

About the role :

Target Tech is looking for an experienced leader to lead the Production Engineering (PE) organization. PE is a vast discipline responsible for delivering high availability across product experiences and platforms. Consequently, we're open to candidates with expertise in one or more domains, including but not limited to Application Development, Platform Engineering, Developer Tools, IT products, Infrastructure as a Service or Data Engineering.

In this role, you will build on a culture of diversity, curiosity, openness, accountability and most of all, a one team approach to construct and evangelize the big picture across distributed systems, including how systems relate to each other and develop a breadth of tools and approaches to solve a broad spectrum of problems.

You will have the opportunity to flex your technical chops, and work with leaders in your organization to establish architectural principles, identify cutting-edge technologies and patterns, and increase the talent density on this already strong team. You will work with your peers and Industry leaders to adapt, advance and evangelize Site Reliability Engineering - culture, technology patterns and best practices.


  • Establish reliability, performance and scalability goals to help Target continue to be the most trusted brand in retail.
  • Foster and facilitate the professional growth and development of our engineering staff as well as lead effective cross-functional collaboration across groups within the organization.
  • Build organizational capability within these teams by recruiting and retaining outstanding talent and providing mentoring, training (internal and external), and other opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Deliver best in class products that developers and customer love to use because they can be trusted and easily integrated into their process and tooling.

  • An understanding of segmenting monolithic applications to smaller microservices and lead the team through technical challenges in implementation.
  • Communicate design and decisions and influence technology and product direction of peers and executive leadership.
  • Lead organization change management across technology and business organizations. Communicate plans effectively. Involve teams early. Be open and flexible to accommodate feedback and modify designs or timelines with transparency.


  • BS or MS in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related technical discipline or equivalent experience

  • Designing and architecting software products and/or platforms. Experience with AWS Services such as EC2, Lambda, or GCP Services such as App Engine, Big Query
  • Architecting, designing and developing and building Microservices using a leading technology stack like Spring / Spring Cloud.
  • Proficient in Java, RESTful APIs, API Gateway, Microservices communications, RDBMS/NoSQL DB and DevOps methodologies and tools


  • Location: Teleworking for suitable candidates anywhere in the US.

  • Reports to SVP, Infrastructure
  • Direct Reports: Sr. Directors and Directors of Production Engineering.


Infrastructure within Target Tech powers our Hybrid Cloud platform for Stores, Digital and Supply Chain experiences. Our Engineers are at the heart of Target's hyperscale growth, changing the landscape of retail technology. Our software engineers develop, and scale distributed deep systems that power elastic compute across the hybrid cloud, and run complex, massively scaled storage, compute platforms, software driven network, high performance computing, machine learning and AI platforms. Our hardware engineers span devices & internet of things in Stores to wearables & robots in our Supply Chain to open-compute hardware in our Data Centers. We're proud of our teams 50+ open-source projects that have garnered several thousand commits - from Distributed Systems to IoT, ML, AI and NLP projects.

Infra teams repeatedly take on Target's biggest, most exciting opportunities while steadily increasing speed, reliability, performance and efficiency across a massively scaled, global edge architecture. Our agile, product focused teams with an SRE mindset to deliver technology platforms for the nearly 2,000 stores, distribution centers, and global headquarters offices with a public & private cloud ecosystem. We embrace our diverse perspectives and talents to best reflect and deliver for our evolving guests and team. We purposefully seek out ways to include all members of our team and encourage everyone to be and share themselves; we use a variety of means to facilitate connections, collaborate, and build an unstoppable force for technology innovation.

Help us continue our incredible momentum designing and building the modern retail platform. You will lead teams committed to the best of breed in software, open standard hardware, IoT, AI and ML. Your work has the potential to positively impact and inspire the over 170 million guests who rely on Target each month!

Target Tech

Every time a Target guest enters a store or opens our app, they are experiencing the impact of Target Tech. Our in-house technology team of 4,000+ is comprised of Engineers, Data Scientists and Product Managers committed to making Target America's easiest, safest, and most joyful place to shop. A DevOps mindset and open-source software combine to enable us to build best-in-class technology for our team members and guests. You see the results of this technology throughout our remodeled stores; faster and more efficient fulfillment services; and the use of augmented reality, AI and ML for world class operations. Our hybrid cloud infrastructure enables us to move fast and create differentiated retail experiences. We do all of this with a focus on diversity and inclusion, risk taking, experimentation, continuous learning, and open-source contributions.

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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