Product Operations Associate Project Manager

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 13, 2021
Oct 31, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time
About us:

Target is an iconic, beloved, and well recognized brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America's leading retailers.

Targets Owned Brand Sourcing & Development - At the heart of one of the world's best loved and most recognizable brands is an industry leading Owned Brand 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 source the stylish new favorites that Target guests expect and deserve. 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, food & beverage, or apparel & accessories. 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.

The Strategy & Operations team within OBS&D is comprised of project managers, operations managers, and innovation strategists. An Associate Project Manager is an entry level position on the Project Management Team. Responsible for partnering with Sr./Project Mangers to drive all phases of Owned Brand product creation, from project kick off through results analysis. You will also be responsible for understanding the overall business objectives, for their respective categories, and establishing the optimal product & packaging approach to deliver on the business and guest needs.

At Level 4 Associate Project Managers will support both Sr./Project Managers that have total ownership of departments or product categories.

Support Project Plan, State-Gate Approach & End to End Timing & Action Management to support an integrated project & packaging creation process.
  • Partners with Sr./Project Manager when establishing the optimal approach for the project, product category, and business partners to ensure efficiencies are in place and guest needs are met, including R&D and out of cycle activities for all Owned Brand categories
  • Partners with Sr./Project Manager, project team & stakeholders to define project requirements, constraints, and assumptions in order to establish the project deliverables, resource & skills needed, and timelines.
  • Outlines project requirements and seeks necessary input from all functional areas.
  • Ensure project aligns with master project calendar and delivers on business objectives, strategy, and project goals
  • Coordinates all tasks outlined in the project plan (from Kick-off through Results Analysis)
  • Identifies opportunities for efficiencies and in future projects by leveraging analytics, reporting, & hind-sighting to drive future State-Gate and Project Plan improvements
  • Partners with Sr./Project Manager when establishing a single source of truth T&A that clearly outlines owners, actions, and timing from project activation through results analysis evaluation Partners with Sr./project Manager to track T&A activities, documents change to drive accountability & to apply learnings to future projects

Project resource management activities & process
  • Partners with key stake holders to align resources to project plans to achieve desired outcomes
  • Ensures that resources & skills are appropriately aligned to meet the deliverables of the project
  • Tracks resource changes, risks & applies learnings to future projects

Drive Owned Brand Business Results by facilitating the cross-functional Owned Brand Product & Packaging creation process, including Phase & Stage-Gate management
  • Unbiased, thought partner that partners with Sr./Project Manager & leads CFT members through Owned Brand product & packaging creation
  • Builds relationships with all AOE's required to participate in the project
  • Partner with Sr./Project Manager to assist them as the facilitator of cross-functional team meetings, phase & stage-gate meetings
  • Monitor's compliance of activities from Project Kick-off through Results Analysis
  • Partners with Sr. /Project Manager to identify, track, & facilitate risk mitigation plans by anticipating potential roadblocks & risk before they occur, understand implications of risk, and escalate conclusions to the appropriate levels.
  • Use problem solving & critical thinking skills to facilitate effective decision making within the cross-functional team
  • Create State-Gate & Project Plan visibility through the use of a Project Command Center. Establish a centralized location for project teams and leaders to access information regarding the health & progress of phase and lock gates.
  • In partnership with the Sr./Project Manager on post launch project evaluation for every project and use lessons learned to identify opportunities to enhance future Stage-Gate and project plans

Minimum Job Requirements
  • 1-2+ years of Project Management experience or experience running structured well-coordinated approaches to projects
  • Written and verbal communication skills & comfortable communicating with all levels, including Sr. level leaders
  • Organizational skills & attention to detail
  • High sense of urgency, initiative, & proactive planning
  • Ability to work in collaborative team environment and manage relationships with team and key business partners
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to think critically and solve problems
  • Respects, appreciates and values diverse voices and approaches
  • Committed to creating equitable experiences and fostering an inclusive team

Desired Requirements
  • Understanding of product development
  • Project Management Certificate, PMP Certification, or Agile training
  • Mentoring or coaching of others
  • Understanding of change management best practices
  • Knowledge of Project Management systems & tools

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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