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Principal Product Development Scientist - Pet & OTC Consumable Products

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Start date
Jun 15, 2022
Closing date
Jul 1, 2022

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Retail / Wholesale
Employment Status
Full Time

Job Details

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.

At the heart of one of the world's best loved and most recognizable brands is an impeccable Owned Brand Product Design & Management organization. We thrive on the magic of discovering that just-right thing, and we infuse everything we do with our passion for affordable chic. We concept, develop, make and deliver the stylish new favorites that Target guests expect and deserve. We are uber-savvy trend and style 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, quality and value that decisively position Target above the competition. Your input will have a direct and positive effect, whether on home, hardlines, or apparel & accessories. 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.

A role as a Principal Product Development Scientist means leading formulated and materials product strategy and creating a future vision of something truly original. Do you love to create product solutions that help meet strategic business goals? Can you demonstrate creative and inventive ways to develop products that are unprecedented in the marketplace for their quality and performance? Then you'll have success with our team of Scientists who own the formulation and materials development of Target-Owned Brands from OTC & Household Essentials and Beauty to Pet Food & Grooming. In close partnership with compliance and sourcing counterparts, you'll drive brand cohesion and continuity of quality & performance, while ensuring our products meet merchant line plans, assortment strategies, price points and overall product direction. You'll also collaborate with vendors to ensure that the brand vision is clearly understood and successfully brought to life with every product we offer.

As the Principal Scientist leading Pets & OTC Consumable product categories, you'll be accountable for championing and advancing owned brand products and strategic initiatives while proactively working to implement supporting technical solutions. You will be the primary Scientist for a specific category and responsible for influencing and driving the overall product vision for owned brand products to ensure differentiation from competition. You will leverage your extensive breadth and depth of specialized experience to develop guest-centric product solutions in partnership with key internal partners, external companies, vendors, and suppliers. You'll develop, drive, and advance the technical training curriculum and industry networking opportunities to advance our research and development efforts and build Target's reputation as a great place to work, learn, develop and advance.

You will be accountable to lead as a strategic driver, build strong partnerships, influence with expertise and champion our team and Company values. This will be accomplished through:


Using your deep expertise and leadership in Food Science, you will create a future vision, drive exploration of new products, and navigate complex development to advance pyramid, division & category goals. You will lead all required lab testing, guest research, continuous improvement, technical specifications, and track industry trends to create strategies & roadmaps for product development across divisions & categories. Advances & champions integration of responsible, circular and inclusive initiatives into a clear strategy in Pet & OTC Consumables.


Leveraging your leadership and strategic thought, you will build collaborative relationships with internal and external partners including experts in the field (Veterinarians, Animal Nutritionists, Dietary Nutritionists), agencies (FDA, AAFCO) and business partners to drive business growth and brand credibility. Your insights will educate, motivate and influence product development and future vision for leadership and team. You will represent Target at relevant external moments to track industry trends, building a broad and diverse perspective on products & approach. You will establish deep relationship with vendor base, unlocking capabilities and growth in brand & business; mitigating risk through trusted partnerships.


Your leadership will create an expert path to Food Science in Essentials by coaching and mentoring scientists in the field. Valuing an inclusive environment and leading through a positive team culture will showcase your commitment to team growth and development. You are a consistent champion of leadership behaviors & will be accountable for showcasing Target values of inclusivity, connection and drive. Showcase your support for team by leveraging feedback to learn from and bring greater perspective.

About You:
  • B.S., M.S. or PhD in Food Science, Chemical Engineering or related discipline
  • 12+ years related industry experience
  • High Proficiency with consumable/chemical product development and formulation including cost drivers, ingredient interactions, and technical feasibility
  • Highly knowledgeable and experienced in product manufacturing and research
  • Exceptional at developing partnerships and working in a team environment
  • Strong problem solving skills and creative thinking skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills - ability to synthesize & communicate emerging science knowledge succinctly
  • Ability to think strategically and conceptually
  • Strong Business understanding and acumen
  • Strong project 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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