Sr Software Engineer - Backend Services

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jun 05, 2021
Jul 01, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time

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 Senior Engineer on the GEMstone engineering team, you help to build, maintain, and run tools that are used by Target employees to do their job curating merchandise on Your empathy for the users of our tools leads you to choose resilient and sustainable architectural patterns. To be successful, you help develop and gain insight in the application architecture; you are an expert in programming and apply your skills in developing GEMstone and its services. You understand that building software is not an individual pursuit, so you value empathy and inclusion with your team, as well. While you may have the skills to design and implement the architecture on your own, you, instead, choose to include your fellow engineers by proposing software designs, providing feedback on software designs and/or implementation. We run and support our own services, so you use your good problem-solving skills and can help the team in triaging operational issues. You leverage your expertise in eliminating repeat occurrences of defects.

Use your skills, experience and talents to be a part of groundbreaking thinking and visionary goals.

As a Sr. Engineer, you'll take the lead as you...

Use your technology acumen to apply and maintain knowledge of current and emerging technologies within specialized area(s) of the technology domain. Evaluate new technologies and participate in decision-making, accounting for several factors such as viability within Target's technical environment, maintainability, and cost of ownership. Initiate and execute research and proof-of-concept activities for new technologies. Manage total product, financials and forecasting. Lead the design, lifecycle management, and total cost of ownership of services. Lead and conduct code review, design review, testing, and debugging activities at the application level. Lead functional design and architecture discussions with understanding of process flows and system diagrams to enable design decisions. Participate in routine and non-routine construction, automation, and implementation activities, ensuring successful implementation with architectural and operational requirements and best practices met. Provide technical oversight and coach others to resolve complex and severe technical issues. Lead disaster recovery activities and contribute to disaster recovery planning. Embed data quality protocols throughout data acquisition, processing, storage, and operational use. Core responsibilities of this job are described within this job description. Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.

As an engineer at Target you are expected to keep your technical curiosity at full stoke. We hope to benefit from the unique perspective you will bring to our organization and we know we need to continue to nurture that as part of your job. Read about Target's commitment to your professional growth with our 50 days of learning initiative.

About you:
  • 4 year degree or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of software development experience
  • Demonstrates strong domain-specific knowledge regarding Target's technology capabilities, and key competitors' products and differentiating features
  • Working knowledge on package-specific configuration and deployment along with ability to build custom solutions
  • Designs new testing methods and resolves routine and non-routine technical issues with minimal assistance
  • Demonstrates strong proficiency in core development platforms within own domain
  • Builds strong commitment within the team to support the appropriate team priorities
  • Clearly communicates Agile concepts to partners within product team
  • Demonstrates a solid understanding of the impact of own work on the team and/or guests
  • Writes and organizes code using multiple computer languages, including distributed programming and understand different frameworks and paradigm
  • Delivers high-performance, scalable, repeatable, and secure deliverables with broad impact (high throughput and low latency)
  • Influences and applies data standards, policies, and procedures
  • Maintains technical knowledge within areas of expertise
  • Stays current with new and evolving technologies via formal training and self-directed education

Preferred Skills
  • Kotlin and groovy are our main server-side languages. If you've written web APIs in Go, Scala, Java, Python, C#, or Ruby and want to learn these, show us what you've got.
  • We are building our HTTP APIs using Spring boot. We expect you to have used it or a similar framework
  • You must be very familiar with REST and have an interest in GraphQL
  • You need to have a Test-driven mindset and strive for maximum observability of your running applications
  • At a minimum, you should be familiar with noSQL and relational DBs, we lean heavily toward MongoDB
  • You will need to be familiar with a messaging-based architecture, it would be helpful if that was Kafka
  • It would be great if you had some familiarity with Elasticsearch
  • You should be familiar with containerized compute in a cloud environment and using docker to run locally.
  • Understanding of containers and orchestration will be helpful, but is not a requirement

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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