Director, Responsible Materials - Owned Brand Responsible Design

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 18, 2022
Jun 29, 2022
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.‚Äč

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.

At the heart of one of the world's best loved and most recognizable brands is an impeccable Owned Brand Product Design and Management organization. We thrive on the magic of discovering that just-right thing, and we infuse everything we do with our passion for delighting our guests. We concept, develop, make and deliver great new products that Target guests expect and deserve. We are uber-savvy trend, style, and market experts who 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 style, performance, quality and value that decisively position Target above the competition. Your input will have a direct and positive effect, whether on health and personal care, beauty, household essentials, electronics, sporting goods, toys and pets categories. 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.

As Director, Responsible Materials, you will lead a team of material initiative owners accountable for the creation and implementation of Responsible Material Strategies for Owned Brand Product Design, Packaging and Brands.

You will partner with leaders across the Target Enterprise to further the responsible design goals and initiatives of Target's Owned Brand material portfolio, all aligned to Target Forward and our ambitious 2030 and 2040 commitments.

You will partner internally and externally - with NGOs, Industry Trade Groups, Certification and Standards Bodies, Business Partners, etc - to develop Target's responsible material strategies, best practices, policy recommendations and goals.

You and your team's deep understanding of industry capabilities and Target's product design, development and sourcing practices result in actionable frameworks and approaches supporting our enterprise sustainability strategy. These frameworks and approaches will be tailored to fit product design and packaging at Target.

Here, you will solve complex brand, merchandising and enterprise problems through a broad range of innovations. Your positive leadership and influence will help reframe problems, explore new possibilities and create guest experiences which meet our ambitious Target Forward goals and are found only at Target.

Team Leadership
  • Creates a healthy work environment, prioritizing the cultivation and support of a diverse and inclusive team
  • Provides clear and timely communication to their team; keeps team connected to enterprise strategies and priorities
  • Builds trust amongst their Owned Brand and Enterprise peers, team, and partners
  • Collaborates with internal partners to create, prioritize, and align on strategic decisions and responsible materials projects pipeline
  • Develops team and self; provides experiences and stretch assignments to each team member - ensuring alignment to professional goals, aspirations and passions
  • Is a positive voice for Target and for change, while modeling empathy and vulnerability as a leader
  • Effectively manages resources (people, time, money) with a bias for equity, urgency and excellence. Collaborates with peers to pool resources and try new approaches
  • Capitalizes on opportunities to increase speed, agility, and innovation

Subject Matter Leadership
  • Creates and communicates a clear, bold Responsible Materials vision aligned to Target Forward and Owned Brand priorities; holds team accountable to delivering that vision
  • Leads a range of approaches to transition Target's Owned Brand Materials Portfolio towards reduction of impact and into a regenerative future; inclusive of identification of 3rd party certifications, innovative alternative materials, collaboration with industry and supply chain to identify and remove barriers to positive change
  • Leads the translation of enterprise, Target Forward and business strategies to actionable deliverables with clear plans that are communicated across the team and built into project and team routines, ensuring work can be tracked, reported, and implemented by partner teams
  • Actively partners with peers and leaders across enterprise to ensure that Responsible Materials team is best positioned to support OB, Target Forward and Enterprise outcomes
  • Develops relationships with external partners and competitors to elevate responsible material development across industries. Represents Target at relevant external moments to track environmental and cultural trends, supporting comprehensive mindset and approach for team
  • Champions Target's relevance and approach to responsible materials including conference attendance, external collaborations, sponsorships and policy advocacy.
  • Establishes clear objectives that drive progress and set goals to stretch the team
  • Models a guest-centric and stakeholder-first approach
  • Has an acute understanding of the retail industry
  • Builds business, sustainability, and equity acumen of the team

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

About You
  • B.S/B.A. in Engineering, Design, or related field or equivalent work experience
  • 10+ years relevant experience
  • Ability to build and lead a cohesive team
  • Demonstrated success at developing results-driven partnerships and influencing teams
  • Elevated knowledge or experience in Raw Materials & Sustainability
  • Elevated knowledge or experience in Circular Economy
  • Solid understanding of brand management and product/packaging development for multi-category retail industry
  • Demonstrated leadership in creating innovative approaches and deploying into a product design and development environment
  • Excellent collaboration, communication and presentation skills
  • A growth oriented, learning mindset, and the ability to inspire others to seek and embrace change.

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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