Lead Engineer - Network Operating System

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Nov 19, 2021
Nov 26, 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.

This specific position is for Network Operating System team. This team is building the network of the future at Target through adopting open source operating systems and further developing them to meet Target's needs. Our engineers require a deep background in network hardware, routing protocols and designing large scale networks. The ideal candidate for this team would have a knowledge of ASICs, optics and router system design as well as extensive experience designing and implementing routings protocols such BGP and OSPF. We're interested in engineers with experience having designed, operated, and implemented networks of very large scale. We're looking for those who have pushed platforms and protocols to their limits.

As a lead engineer, you serve as the technical anchor for the engineering team that supports a product. You create, own and are responsible for the application architecture that best serves the product in its functional and non-functional needs. You identify and drive architectural changes to accelerate feature development or improve the quality of service (or both). You have deep and broad engineering skills and are capable of standing up an architecture in its whole on your own, but you choose to influence a wider team by acting as a "force multiplier". Core responsibilities of this job are described within this job description. Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.

As Lead Engineer in the Network Operations System team, you will:

• 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 participates 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.

• Lead or set strategy for testing and debugging at the platform or enterprise level.

• In complex and unstructured situations, serve as an expert resource to create and improve standards and best practices to ensure high-performance, scalable, repeatable, and secure deliverables.

• Lead the design, lifecycle management, and total cost of ownership of services.

• Provide the team with thought leadership to promote re-use and develop consistent, scalable patterns.

• Participate in planning services that have enterprise impact.

• Provide suggestions for handling routine and moderately complex technical problems, escalating issues when appropriate.

• Gather information, data, and input from a wide variety of sources; identify additional resources when appropriate, engage with appropriate stakeholders, and conduct in-depth analysis of information.

• Provide suggestions for handling routine and moderately complex technical problems, escalating issues when appropriate.

• Develop plans and schedules, estimate resource requirements, and define milestones and deliverables.

• Monitor workflow and risks; play a leadership role in mitigating risks and removing obstacles.

• Lead and participate in complex construction, automation, and implementation activities, ensuring successful implementation with architectural and operational requirements met.

• Establish new standards and best practices to monitor, test, automate, and maintain IT components or systems.

• Serve as an expert resource in disaster recovery and disaster recovery planning.

• Stay current with Target's technical capabilities, infrastructure, and technical environment.

About you:
• 4 year degree or equivalent experience
• 7+ years of software development experience

• Demonstrates strong knowledge of C
• Demonstrates strong knowledge of writing Linux system software

• Experience utilizing CI/CD technologies (Git, Chef, Ansible, Jenkins/Drone)

• Strong experience with Linux (Kernel Structure & Interface, Memory Management, Process Management, Interrupt Handling, Time and Synchronization, Device Drivers, Network Device Drivers, Linux File Systems)

• Understand of data structures, algorithms, and distributed systems

• Knowledge of L2/L3/L4 Networking (Protocols like BGP, Spanning Tree, VLAN/VXLAN)

• Familiarity with ASICs, optics, and hardware design

• Background with high availability, high performance compute, large-scale networks and network design and architecture highly preferred

• Designs new testing methods and resolves routine and non-routine technical issues with minimal assistance
• 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
• 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

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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