Senior Technical Developer: Jewelry and Accessories

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dec 03, 2021
Jan 30, 2022
Employment Status
Full Time
Senior Technical Developer, Jewelry & Accessories

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 Product Development. We thrive on the magic of discovering that just-right thing, and we infuse everything we do with our passion for affordable chic. We develop, make and deliver the stylish new favorites that Target guests expect and deserve. We 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 quality and value that decisively position Target above the competition. Your input will have a direct and positive effect. 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 the Development team means a big opportunity to start from scratch and create something truly original. Are you a product development expert who can support your business by staying one step ahead of the industry? Can you demonstrate the utmost attention to detail and develop products that are unprecedented in the marketplace for their value? Then you'll have success on our Development team who owns the development of all Target-owned brands. In close partnership with our design, merchant and sourcing counterparts, you'll drive brand cohesion and continuity, ensuring that our products meet the merchant line plans, assortment strategies, price points and guest expectations.

  • Drive in cycle product/category development and innovation
  • Support business priorities, product functional requirements, and performance expectations to ensure quality consistency
  • Collaborate closely with the Designer to research and develop guest-focused Owned Brand product from concept through execution
  • Partner with Designer, Merchandising, Sourcing, PSQA and Vendors to deliver on product objectives and business strategy while adhering to calendar timelines
  • Oversee jewelry & accessories product development at the category level through developing and managing close to vendor relationships, promoting adherence to standards, and advance guest-focused Owned Brand product from concept through execution
  • Evolve the way we make our products by improving our environmental performance and social responsibility in the supply chain.
  • Document and implement technical processes, brand standards, and development testing that aligns to brand
  • Lead the evaluation of samples for construction and quality
  • In partnership with overseas teams and vendors, create and maintain, complete and accurate specifications and approvals in PLM system
  • Communicate daily with internal and external partners to ensure high quality execution in materials, components, and fit
  • Lead collaboration with design, sourcing and vendors on scope and feasibility, 3D/physical sample review for quality and adherence to standards.
  • Lead in-cycle technical research, quality analysis, innovation and product solutions
  • Identify and alleviate potential manufacturing, quality, and fit concerns within the product development cycle
  • Lead in market research of competitors, benchmarks, and new opportunities to engineer value and drive development of cost viable quality products.
  • Partner with guest insights and product testing teams to drive guest research and wear testing to build products that foster love and loyalty
  • Represent close to vendor and production teams to review production issues and collaborate with Cross Functional Team to resolve
  • Follow technical processes, brand standards, and development testing that aligns to brand values
  • Initiate and drive vendor accreditation opportunities for BPFE/BPTD to enhance business partner collaboration and empowerment. Participates in alignment on business and development paths
  • Lead vendor training, onboarding, assessments and accreditation. Travel internationally and domestically to support business as needed
  • Lead hindsighting on quality execution, guest feedback, and partner connections (COE, PSQA, Global TD's, BPTD's, etc.)
  • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager

About you:
  • 8+ years' experience in product and development
  • 3-5 years' experience in jewelry and accessories product and development
  • Strong knowledge of jewelry metals, finishes, construction and value engineering
  • Current in industry standard technical knowledge of development and manufacturing processes
  • Proficient in use of relevant computer applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office Suite, PLM system, 3D software)
  • Robust problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Respects, appreciates and values diverse voices and approaches.
  • Committed to creating equitable experiences and fostering an inclusive team.
  • Adept at working in a fast-paced, often changing, highly collaborative environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with appropriate sense of urgency
  • Passion and curiosity for people and planet

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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