Principal Engineer - High Performance Distributed Computing

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul 20, 2021
Aug 02, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time
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.

The Target High Performance Distributed Computing team creates the platforms and tools to enable our business partners to make great data-based decisions at Target. We help develop the technology that personalizes the guest experience, from product recommendations to relevant ad content. We're also the source of the data and analytics behind Target's Internet of Things (iOT) applications, fraud detection, Supply Chain optimization and demand forecasting. We play a key role in identifying the test-and-measure or A/B test opportunities that continuously help Target improve the guest experience, whether they love to shop in stores or at

As a Principal Engineer you set the strategy for software development and/or infrastructure engineering at Target. You set the direction for how software and infrastructure engineering efforts will be designed, developed, and operationalized across multiple portfolios and drive adoption across Target Tech. You lead and approve software and infrastructure engineering efforts to meet functional and non-functional requirements. You are a thought leader and mentor for internal and external technical talent and actively contribute to the external technical community. Your responsibilities will include designing, programming, debugging and supporting high quality, distributed, and large scale software solutions that Target's big data development community can use.

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


• MSEE, MSCS degree or equivalent degree/experience.

• Experience in technology research and development

• Experience in strategic planning and setting technical direction

• Possess a strong understanding of high-performance, large-scale system architecture design and implementation.

• Understand business fundamentals and how technologies can support business goals along with how to translate business vision into a technical strategy while understanding the financial implications

• Have 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.

• Have excellent verbal, written, and presentation communication skills to convey complex technical solutions clearly to an organization

• Have excellent planning and organizational skills.

• Proven track record in writing code that is correct, maintainable, testable, expressive, easy to change, efficient & fault-tolerant

• Extensive understanding of software development and design

• Experience with high-performance distributed and parallel processing, computer architecture, operating systems, synchronization, communication

• Proficiency in at least one of the following languages: C/C++, Python, Java

• Have deep understanding of some of the following concepts:

- Parallel Data Processing Algorithms

- Data Consistency Models

- Fine-grain synchronization, communication, Amdhal's Law, Linear Scalability

- Operating System Architecture, memory management, process scheduling, I/O scheduling

- Networking, technologies, latency, bandwidth

- Benchmarking, Performance Debugging, Performance monitoring

- Limiting-resource Identification

• Have familiarity and experience with some of the following technologies:

- Spark

- Hadoop

- Hive

- ZooKeeper

- Ozone



- Lustre

- Oozie

- Ranger

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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