Lead Business Partner, Merchandising Vendor Development (Hybrid)

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dec 11, 2021
Jan 30, 2022
Employment Status
Full Time
Lead Business Partner, Merchandising Vendor Development

About us:

Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America's leading retailers. Target Merchandising is evolving at an incredible pace. We are constantly reimagining how this $70 billion retailer offers the innovative, guest-inspiring items that Target is known and loved for. Our goal is to deliver exceptional value, quality and style to elevate Target as the premier retailer in a competitive global marketplace. Through intelligent and progressive business strategies that make the most of Target's resources and partnerships worldwide, Merchandising works across product categories to create a localized shopping experience online and in our 1800 stores. Are you a creative problem solver who loves to see your work translate into real results? Can you collaborate effectively, execute a plan efficiently and positively influence how Target chooses and presents the right product in the right place at the right price? If so, you will have success on one of our dynamic teams.

A role with Business Partnerships & Negotiations (BP&N) means supporting Merchandising in developing the best possible deals for Target through strategic partnerships and vendor negotiations. Here, you'll work with buyers on contract terms and vendor organizations to set strategies that get the maximum value for Target. Use your analytics expertise and strategic thinking to position Target and its vendors for the most productive and successful partnerships.

Merchandising Vendor Development will play a critical role in enabling a new capability to identify, develop and onboard innovative vendors in support of Target merchandising strategies. As a Lead Business Partner, Merchandising Vendor Development, you will support the creation of this capability, developing a comprehensive approach to vendor pipeline development, both internal and external to Target. You will have a special focus on building a pipeline of Black-owned businesses, as this will be key to delivering Target's REACH (Racial Equity Action and Change) goals to increase Black-owned brands and diverse suppliers in our enterprise assortment. You will develop and implement multi-year strategies to build a vendor pipeline and matrix to support the strategies for a designated merchandising category. You will build & maintain relationships with brokers, rep firms, trade-shows and industry groups to find vendors that elevate Target's vendor portfolio. You will own the assessment of business fit, capabilities and readiness to ensure success with both the vendor and Target. You will partner with Merchandising, Strategy & Innovation, Supplier Diversity and Multicultural Merchandising to bring this strategy to life. The position reports to the Director, Merchandising Vendor Development.

Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.

About you:
  • Four-year degree or equivalent experience
  • 6+ years of retail merchandising experience
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and passion for diversity & inclusion
  • Experience working with or as part of small, innovative and multicultural brands
  • Experience leading a large, enterprise-wide strategic initiative
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills; strong stakeholder management skills

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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