Sr. Mgr Field Quality Management, Meat

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jan 20, 2022
Jan 22, 2022
Employment Status
Full Time

Classification: Exempt

Date: January 2022

About us:

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

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.

Target Merchandising is evolving at an incredible pace. We are constantly reimagining how this multi-billion retailer offers innovative, guest-inspiring items for which Target is known and loved. 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 in Food Safety means working in a crucial area that will support Target's efforts to identify, prioritize and minimize areas of food safety risk as well as proactively educate and equip team members by providing simplified tools, processes, and training. You will have a number of resources available to you as you leverage technology, metrics, reporting, and communication to monitor and drive compliance in this critical focus for Target.

Primary Role: Focus will be inspecting meat and poultry items for Target. The role will oversee meatpacking facilities and work with suppliers to ensure Target's quality standards are met. The Team Member will also be responsible for forecasting issues, leading HQ partners through quality concerns, and helping mediate terms during challenging harvest conditions and supply shortages. The role will also be accountable for FDC inspections and administer training to our broader Food Safety/QM teams.

This role will communicate quality conditions to multiple business units using various formats.

Scorecard Reporting: During the field inspections, the team member will score product and the vendor to track performance. The Team Member will work closely with a Sr. Data Analyst to submit quality alerts and messages that will assist the FDC inspectors.

Vendor and Merchandising Relations: Role will establish relations with vendors and suppliers: The Team Member will lead and coach vendors on packing to Target specifications and meeting food safety requirements. They will effectively communicate between the procurement team and vendors.
  • Inspect meat and seafood commodities for compliance with Target specifications
  • Provide direction to buyers to replace any rejected product
  • Search out new and innovative products and packaging
  • Represent Target in vendor meetings to discuss quality and current/future commodity forecasts
  • Coach and train vendors to improve quality, create and track action plans in collaboration with buyers
  • Create and develop Meat Commodity training program that would be administered on-site and virtually
  • Train Target Team Members in Food Distribution Centers on Meat inspections and Meat best practices
  • Review vendor scorecards to drive improvements
  • Evaluate vendor facilities for compliance with Target's food safety requirements
  • Recommend specification changes based on current conditions
  • Strong negotiating skills to work with cross-functional teams

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

About you:
  • Availability to travel up to 50% of the time to various growing regions and distribution support
  • Knowledge of the USDA Imperial product specifications
  • Knowledge of US grade standards for Beef, Pork, and Poultry
  • Able to work flexible hours with weekend coverage when needed
  • Ability to communicate in a complete, concise, accurate, timely, and professional manner both verbally and written
  • Comprehensive knowledge of USDA requirements
  • General understanding of Food Safety Requirements
  • Strong relationship building and management skills with vendors, suppliers, and HQ partners
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite applications.
  • HACCP Certified
  • Valid driver's license and personal vehicle- mileage reimbursement program
  • Able to lift 50lbs
  • Able to determine colors
  • Five or more years of experience as USDA inspector/grader, private meat inspection company, meat packer, or retail meat experience. Experience can be substituted for education.
  • Advanced degree in Agriculture related field (preferred)

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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