Product Engineer / Mechanical Engineer

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul 20, 2021
Aug 05, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time
Product Engineer / Mechanical Engineer

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

At the heart of one of the world's best loved and most recognizable brands is an impeccable Owned Brand Management & Product Design organization. We thrive on the magic of discovering that just-right thing, and we infuse everything we do with our passion for affordable chic. We concept, develop, make and deliver the stylish new favorites that Target guests expect and deserve. We are uber-savvy trend and style experts who stay ahead of the curve, proactively identifying our market's needs and exceeding them, every time. Join one of our dynamic and inventive teams to influence the style, quality and value that decisively position Target above the competition. Your input will have a direct and positive effect, whether on home, hardlines, essentials, beauty, or apparel categories. Here, you'll be close to the action of dreaming up and bringing to life the Target-owned brands that surprise and gratify guests, wherever and whenever they love to shop.

A role with Engineering and Technical Design means being on a team of engineers and technical designers who create products that truly embody the intent of Target-owned brands. Can you ensure that each product has that just-right mix of style, quality and value? Do you love to create technical product solutions that help meet strategic business goals? Then you'll have success on our talented and innovative team. Here, you'll partner with our quality and compliance teams to understand performance testing protocols and develop products that meet them. Your work can help identify technical specifications and quality standards like raw materials, fit and function, construction details and dimensions. You'll leverage collective expertise to suggest improvements to cost of goods, assembly, sustainability and ROI. You'll also collaborate with vendors to ensure that the brand vision is clearly understood and successfully brought to life with every product we offer.

As a Product Engineer, you will independently develop and execute the technical development process while ensuring product adherence to the quality standards established for Target-owned brands. This includes creating and interpreting concepts; ushering product through its development lifecycle; and providing technical product guidance to design, sourcing, quality, and merchant teams. You'll own and lead the technical design and development process through a diligent approach to workload; maintaining timely communication with your team; and articulating/executing the business initiatives, product quality requirements, and performance expectations. You will also lead Technical Design/Engineering as part of a cross-functional team focused on taking owned brand products to appropriate levels of styles, quality and value. In partnership with internal and external partners, you will be responsible for the execution of brand vision, resolution of manufacturing issues, and development of products - while remaining accountable for all deadlines. Likewise, under the guidance of the director, you will develop and lead research and development projects. This will include understanding benchmarks to ensure Target product meets or exceeds the performance of competitors' product and executing plans for improvements, developing innovative product solutions, and leading guest research initiatives to influence strategic product direction.

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

About You:
  • Four-year degree in mechanical engineering, or related field, or equivalent experience
  • 4+ years of relevant experience
  • Knowledge of electrical engineering principles for consumer products
  • Knowledge of testing, safety and legal requirements for consumer products
  • Expertise in plastic part design and manufacturing processes
  • Expertise in SOLIDWORKS or similar CAD software for part design and complex surface modeling
  • Knowledge of Adobe Suite and MS Office
  • Ability to build relationships to successfully work in a team environment
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to develop concepts and test them with users
  • Ability to assess designs for usability, safety, performance, environmental impact, and brand fit
  • Ability to work with global partners and vendors

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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