Principal Engineer - Network Switching Fabrics (Full-Time Remote or Hybrid)

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Jul 15, 2022
Sep 22, 2022
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 most 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 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.

As a Principal Engineer on our Network Switching Fabrics team, you will evolve the switching Fabrics across all of Target to Open-source solutions. The Switching Fabric is the critical infrastructure that is essential to help Target deliver on its purpose "To help all families discover the joy of everyday life." We are the pathways that connect our Target guests and over 350,000 Team Members to our Target Tech delivered Services and Applications. 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.

As a Principal Engineer on the Network Switching Fabrics team you will:

Be a technical leader in to architecting, building, and deploying the Switching Fabrics at Target. You will partner across the organization to drive technical architectures, roadmaps, and product release and migration plans. You will work with leadership to develop the product plans as Target continues our strategy of moving to Open Technology for our Network.


We value engineers that care about:
  • An automation first mindset
  • Reliability of the Services we provide making our Guests and Team Members their top priority
  • Continuous learning - Embrace 50 days of learning
  • Progress over perfection, build, learn, adapt mindset
  • High Observability with extensive metrics and logs
  • Build secure products to protect our systems
  • No Silos. We are a team and anyone can help out on anything
  • A diverse, inclusive, and collaborative culture
  • Curiosity

  • Strong understand of Enterprise and Cloud Network Architectures.
  • Switching Operating Systems: Cumulus, SONiC, Cisco IOS, Cisco NXOS
  • Network Protocols: BGP, Spanning Tree, LLDP, MCLAG, LACP, ISIS, VXLAN,
  • Network Hardware: Experience in dealing with multiple OEM hardware provides. Extra credit if you have experience working with ODM suppliers
  • Software Development in Python
  • Metrics visualization with tools like Grafana

About You:
  • 4 year degree or equivalent experience
  • 10+ years of Networking Experience
  • Demonstrates strong knowledge of Network Architectures in large Enterprise and Cloud environments.
  • Demonstrates skills in delivering complex projects that span multiple technology domains such as Compute, Storage, and Network
  • Demonstrates strong knowledge of Network Switching topologies both L2 networks and L3 Networks.
  • Demonstrates strong knowledge of L2/L3/L4 Networking Protocols BGP, Spanning Tree, LACP, VRRP, and MCLAG.
  • Experience utilizing CI/CD technologies (Git,Jenkins/Drone)
  • Experience with programming languages in either python, java, or go
  • Demonstrate some proficiency with Linux Operating Systems
  • Understands the concepts of network design and architecture of large scale networks
  • Write technical documentation in support of what you design and build
  • Resolves routine and non-routine technical issues with minimal assistance
  • Builds strong commitment within the team to support the appropriate team priorities
  • Maintains technical knowledge within areas of expertise
  • Stays current with new and evolving technologies via formal training and self-directed education

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with Original Device Manufacturing suppliers
  • Experience using configuration management technologies like Ansible or Saltstack
  • Experience with EVPN and VXLAN

This position may be considered for a Full-Time Remote or Hybrid work arrangement based on Target's needs. A Hybrid work arrangement means the team members core role will be a blend of virtual and onsite at a Target location. A Full-Time Remote work arrangement means the team member works full-time from home or an alternate location that's not a Target location, does not have a desk at their primary HQ work location and may travel to HQ up to 4 times a year.

Colorado, Connecticut or Nevada Residents Only: The salary range for Colorado, Connecticut or Nevada residents is $137,500-$247,500. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, Target cares about and invests in you as a team member, so that you can take care of yourself and your family. Find competitive benefits from financial and education to well-being and beyond.

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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