Principal Engineer - Assortment Planning

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Oct 06, 2022
Oct 12, 2022
Employment Status
Full Time
About us:
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 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 best-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 Technology Services 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.

The Assortment Planning Technology serves the core planning functions within Target's Merchandising Organization. Our team has just embarked on a journey to re-invent how assortment planning can be done in future. We are investing into building a new platform which will enable our merchants to deliver timely, viable and most relevant guest assortments across all of our sales channels (stores, digital, social), while delivering profitable sales growth for Target.

As a Principal Engineer you set the strategy for software development at Target. You will use your skills, experience and talents to be a part of groundbreaking thinking and visionary goals. You'll take the lead as you understand Target's business and technical environments and assist teams in resolving complex business challenges via current technical solutions by assessing viability/applicability/cost implication through POCs and prototypes. Collaborate with technical staff and Enterprise Architecture teams in setting technical direction across platform and drive technology lifecycle management and communication of standards/decisions to the engineering team. Participate in procurement specifications, installation, and maintenance of Target systems. Lead designing and building the Target platform API with deep focus on non-functional requirement including scalability, availability, performance, etc. while being a strong advocate of extreme agile and DevOps practices across engineers. Work with engineering leaders to build a high performing engineering team and provide technical leadership, coaching, motivation and participate in the selection of technical talent.

About you:

  • 4 year degree or equivalent experience. Continuing education to maintain thorough knowledge of technical domains along with staying current in latest technologies
  • 12+ years of experience in technology development or services
  • 4+ years of experience in strategic planning and setting technical direction
  • Has demonstrated success in solving complex technical problems in more than one technical or functional areas
  • Understands business fundamentals and how technologies can support business goals along with how to translate business vision into a technical strategy while understanding the financial implications.
  • Has proven leadership capabilities, the ability to lead, mentor and influence others.
  • Strong team player who understands concepts of teamwork and team effectiveness, and comfortable working in a Product Model.
  • Has excellent verbal, written, and presentation communication skills to convey complex technical solutions clearly to an organization
  • Experience in Java/ J2EE, sql/ no-sql (postgres, mongoDB, Cassandra, graph structure, etc.) Kubernetes, Cloud tech, Messaging frameworks (Kafka, MQ) etc.
  • Strong understanding of architectural and engineering design patterns.
  • Understanding of big data and machine learning capabilities and design patterns for serving data at scale.

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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