Sr Licensing Manager

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dec 04, 2021
Dec 11, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time
About Us:

As a Fortune 50 company with more than 350,000 team members worldwide, Target is an iconic brand and one of America's leading retailers.

Working at Target means the opportunity to help all families discover the joy of everyday life. Caring for our communities is woven into who we are, and we invest in the places we collectively live, work and play. We prioritize relationships, fuel and develop talent by creating growth opportunities, and succeed as one Target team. At our core, our purpose is ingrained in who we are, what we value, and how we work. It's how we care, grow, and win together.

To match the signature style and passion of Target's distinctive retail brand, Target Legal Affairs is a dynamic and deeply knowledgeable team of experts. Whether specializing in law, government affairs, employee relations, risk, licensing, compliance, ethics, security or food safety, we use our expertise and influence to advocate for Target, support Target's business and mitigate risk for the company. We work with both internal and external entities on key issues that affect Target's ability to productively, ethically and securely conduct business. Through our understanding of Target's business models and operations, we help facilitate Target's growth, and provide guidance that leaders rely on to make appropriate, well- informed decisions. Simultaneously, we help protect the business by applying our comprehensive understanding of risk and the law on issues that impact our brand, guests, team members, stores, distribution centers and corporate locations.

Here, you'll enjoy working autonomously with a healthy work-life balance. Your passion for learning the business, collaborating with others and building relationships with senior leaders and key business partners that you support will be essential to tackling the ever-changing legal and risk-based challenges we face in a dynamic and fast-paced retail environment.

A role in Corporate Compliance and Ethics means providing support and managing key compliance areas for Target including stores, distribution centers and at headquarters. You will also be a part of helping Target maintain a positive work environment by coordinating efforts in its Ethics office.

As Licensing Manager, Compliance you will:
  • Provide work direction and leadership to a team of licensing professionals responsible for researching license requirements in local jurisdictions, ensuring timely and accurate licenses are acquired and renewed, ensuring new stores open with all appropriate licenses, and managing other licensing related activities on Target's behalf; establish team norms and practices that maintain strong performance and flawless execution of licensing obligations in order to maintain compliant business practices across the United States
  • In partnership with Compliance Leadership, develop and implement an enterprise-wide business licensing strategy; establish sustainable best practices, policies, and documented business processes to support the execution of licensing strategies and initiatives
  • Identify team metrics and reporting capabilities to monitor capacity, identify trends, evaluate process effectiveness, and recommend improvements or solutions to identified risks
  • Establish trusted relationships with our internal business partners, including (but not limited to) merchants, store operations, legal and stores; Work side by side with the Adult Beverage and other key merchant partners to understand, influence and implement the Adult Beverage licensing strategy; Prepare data summaries and presentations for leadership and cross-functional partners on licensing activity and serve as thought partner and consultant on licensing matters or risks
  • Manage a multi-million dollar budget by reviewing and approving payments associated with license applications; Develop annual budget forecast for licensing costs and work closely with Finance partners throughout the year to adjust forecast based on sales
  • Serve as point of escalation for business licensing issues, establishing additional escalation processes and collaborating with leadership or stakeholders to remediate issues
  • Create and maintain a positive team culture by demonstrating behaviors consistent with Target's values of Inclusivity, Connection and Drive; ensure on-going, effective communications to the team, and support individualized development by offering regular performance feedback, coaching and recognition

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

About You:
  • Bachelor's degree in Business or other relevant field of study and/or the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience within business or adult beverage licensing; project management experience within these functions preferred
  • Progressive leadership experience
  • Ability to facilitate meetings, resolve conflict, build consensus, establish rapport and collaborate effectively, internally and externally, across all levels of an organization
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills with the ability to leverage data to influence decisions, identify risks and improvement opportunities, and distill complex issues into actionable plans
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to develop effective and collaborative relationships with key business leaders in order to drive accountability and instill confidence
  • Ability to adapt, prioritize and successfully manage multiple tasks or projects in response to changing, ambiguous or competing priorities
  • Ability to apply discretion and sensitivity while working with confidential information

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree, JD or other advanced education in a related field
  • Previous experience leading licensing function and teams
  • Previous experience in retail or other matrixed corporate environment

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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