Lead Software Engineer (Full-Time Remote or Hybrid)

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Sep 21, 2022
Oct 03, 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. 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 is how we care, grow, and win together.

Target as a tech company? Absolutely. We are 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.

As a lead engineer, you serve as the technical anchor for the engineering team that supports a product. You create, own and are responsible for the application architecture that best serves the product in its functional and non-functional needs. You identify and drive architectural changes to guarantee security, accelerate feature development, optimize performance, improve quality, and ensure resilience. You have deep and broad engineering skills and can stand up an architecture in its entirety on your own, but you choose to influence a wider team by acting as a "force multiplier." You have leadership qualities, good judgment, and clear communication skills. Use your skills, experience, and talents to be a part of groundbreaking thinking and visionary goals.

As a Lead Engineer, you will take the lead as you...
  • Lead designing and building the Target Service Console with deep focus on non-functional requirements including scalability, availability, performance, etc. while being a strong advocate of extreme agile and DevOps practices across engineers.
  • In complex and unstructured situations, serve as an expert resource to create and improve standards and best practices to ensure high-performance, scalable, repeatable, and secure deliverables.
  • Lead and participate in complex construction, automation, testing, and implementation activities, ensuring successful implementation with architectural and operational requirements met.
  • Gather information, data, and input from a wide variety of sources; identify additional resources when appropriate, engage with appropriate stakeholders, and conduct in-depth analysis of information.

What You Will Be Doing:
  • Provide the team with thought leadership to promote re-use and develop consistent, resilient, scalable patterns.
  • Use your technology acumen to apply and maintain knowledge of current and emerging technologies within specialized area(s) of the technology domain.
  • Evaluate new technologies and participate in decision-making, accounting for several factors such as viability within Target's technical environment, maintainability, and cost of ownership.
  • Initiate and execute research and proof-of-concept activities for new technologies.
  • Lead or set strategy for testing and debugging at the platform or enterprise level.
  • Serve as an expert resource in disaster recovery planning, testing, and chaos engineering.
  • Lead the design, lifecycle management, and total cost of ownership of services.
  • Develop plans and schedules, estimate resource requirements, and define milestones and deliverables.
  • Establish new standards and best practices to monitor, test, automate, and maintain IT components or systems.
  • Stay current with Target's technical capabilities, infrastructure, and technical environment.

About You:
  • 4 years degree or equivalent experience
  • 7+ years of software development experience
  • Experienced DevOps engineer in coding, scripting, managing the overall operation of product development and deployment
  • Extensive understanding of software development, design, automation, and testing
  • Proven record of accomplishment writing code that is correct, maintainable, testable, expressive, easy to change, efficient, and fault tolerant
  • Experience with infrastructure automation/provisioning toolsets: Ansible, Chef
  • Experience with administration of the Elastic Stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, Beats, etc...)
  • Administration and Tuning for Unix / Linux / CentOS
  • Experience with writing and supporting scripting languages: Python, JavaScript, Ruby, Bash
  • Experience on implementing microservices using JVM languages
  • Knowledgeable about end-to-end CI/CD solutions and technologies: Webhooks, Jenkins, Drone, Vela, Docker, Kubernetes,
  • Build and maintain a data platform that can answer the Operations, Security, and Technology ownership questions of Target's technology inventory.
  • Employ test driven development and continuous integration practices to develop software and systems.
  • Contribute to discussions with other engineers and partners to drive solutions that improve technology and data availability
  • Follow industry standard agile software design methodology for development and technical documentation
  • Delivers high-performance, scalable, repeatable, and secure deliverables with broad impact (high throughput and low latency)
  • Influences and applies data standards, policies, and procedures
  • Innovate constantly and maintain the technical edge

  • JVM languages (JAVA, Groovy, Kotlin)
  • Python, JavaScript, Ruby, Bash
  • Ansible, Chef
  • React
  • Kafka
  • Docker
  • Elastic Stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana)
  • Graph Database
  • Kubernetes
  • Test Automation
  • CI/CD tools

We also invite you to participate in our upcoming Infra Cloud Conference (ICCON).

What is ICCON?

ICCON | infra cloud conference is a series of conferences and meetups to build and engage a community of engineers with the next infrastructure mindset.

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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 $105,800-$190,400. 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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