Lead Production Engineer

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 19, 2021
Apr 09, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time
Lead Production Engineer

About us:
Target is one of the world's most recognized brands and the second-largest retailer in the United States.

Target Merchandising is evolving at an incredible pace. We are constantly reimagining how this $70 billion retailer offers the innovative, guest-inspiring items that Target is known and loved for. Our goal is to deliver exceptional value, quality and style to elevate Target as the premier retailer in a competitive global marketplace. Differentiating with owned brands and a curated selection of national brand products is core to our strategy, and what guests expect from Target. With 48 private labels (we call them "owned brands") to choose from, there's something for everybody to love at Target.

Product Safety and Quality Assurance plays a key role in enabling these owned brands to come to life and bring joy to our guests. Our goal is to achieve exceptional product quality, by consistently delivering on our "Expect More. Pay Less." brand promise. We validate that our vendor partners operate, efficient, safe, and ethical factory environments, capable of producing safe, reliable, quality product.

As a Lead Production Engineer, you are an expert on product compliance, quality, and regulatory requirements. You will use your manufacturing and quality expertise to assess vendors' and factories' Quality Management Systems across varying manufacturing processes and drive continuous improvement of QMS to ensure vendors deliver safe and quality product. You will also consult and coach Target teams with technical guidance to proactively manage production and quality risk. Business acumen, especially related to quality, retail and manufacturing will help you as you actively influence decision-making and address business needs through engagement with internal and external business partners. You will leverage advance analytics and reporting as well as standardization and calibration activities for 3rd parties, vendors, factories, field processes and teams to help Target maintain a healthy supplier matrix and continue to create value through our owned brands. A Lead Production Engineers works independently to visit production facilities and meet with factory and vendor staff whether remotely or on site, yet is collaborating with Target and external teams to drive continuous improvement.

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

About you:

Minimum Requirements
  • Four-year degree in engineering or equivalent experience
  • 7+ years of relevant experience
  • Background in quality and technical/engineering in manufacturing or equivalent disciplines
  • Quality management, raw material, product, and manufacturing industry experience/knowledge
  • Expert in quality assurance processes, procedures and tools
  • Knowledge of CPSC and other US regulatory and consumer product safety requirements
  • Experienced in manufacturing line setup
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Collaborative focus and ability to work successfully across functional areas
  • Language: fluent in English and local language
  • Working Knowledge of Technology, Data and analytics including Microsoft windows and Office software applications
  • Knowledge of quality tools RCA/Fishbone/Lean/Six Sigma/Industrial Engineering
  • Ability to travel as needed (25-50%)
  • Respects, appreciates and is curious about differences related to working with others; committed to fostering an inclusive team

  • Experience in retail purchasing operations or support (Sourcing, procurement, QA, development, etc.)
  • Certified Quality Engineer
  • Six Sigma or Lean certified preferred
  • Experienced in project management preferred

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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