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Product Development Scientist - Formulations and Absorbents (Full-Time Remote or Hybrid)

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Closing date
Oct 7, 2022

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Retail / Wholesale
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'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.

As a Product Development Scientist you will develop and continuously improve industry leading formulated and absorbent products for Target Owned Brands.


New Product Development:
  • In partnership with Principal Scientists, participate in technical research and development on formulation, materials, and absorbent products.
  • Help create department level technical strategies for formulation and materials based on business goals.
  • Develop product specifications for industry leading formulations and materials.
  • Identify future manufacturing partners in collaboration with sourcing and merchant teams.
  • Evaluate product samples and communicate quality differences to the cross functional team.
  • Recommend manufacturing partners and collaborate with manufacturing partners to ensure products meet quality and price guidelines.
  • Identify and resolve testing issues during the development process.

Quality Monitoring and Control:
  • Maintain a working knowledge of applicable government regulatory requirements, safety protocols and Target performance standards for products across assigned categories.
  • Understand benchmarks for specified owned brands to continuously evaluate and compare Target products to that of the competition and ensure Target product meets or exceeds the performance of competitors' product.
  • Partner with Target Compliance and Quality Teams to develop performance testing protocols.
  • Create product technical specifications and product quality standards.
  • Partner with Target teams and vendors to ensure the brand vision is appropriately understood and executed.

  • Research and develop innovative product solutions that may include raw materials, constructions, manufacturing processes and technologies.
  • Attend conferences, trade shows and trainings to remain current on industry material innovation, manufacturing practices, and regulation changes.

About You:
  • 4-year college degree in a science or technical field or equivalent experience. M.S preferred.
  • 3-7 years of relevant industrial experience.
  • Knowledge of testing, safety and legal requirements for consumer products.
  • Knowledge of applicable raw materials and their performance and usage.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to successfully work in a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate business and technical details across various departments levels.
  • Exhibits a deep knowledge of product formulation and manufacturing.
  • Experience working in a large scale global manufacturing or research and development organization preferred.

Colorado, Connecticut or Nevada Residents Only: The salary range for Colorado, Connecticut or Nevada residents is $65,600 to $118,100. 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.


This position may be eligible to be virtual based (also known as full-time remote) or could be 'Flex for your Day', a hybrid model where the team member has some flexibility to choose how and where they work to maximize their productivity and well-being, based on Target's needs. Most of Target's HQ team members work 'Flex for Your Day' with a blend of virtual work and onsite at a Target HQ location. Team members work with their leader to determine how the role, team, partners and business determines the flexibility. For team members who work virtual based, they enter into a work arrangement that means the team member works full-time from home or a non-Target location, and do not have a workstation at their assigned HQ location, but may travel to a HQ site up to 4 times a year.

**A virtual based work arrangement is strictly prohibited for candidates residing in the following 16 states: AL, AR, DE, FL, IN, IA, LA, MD, MS, MO, NC, OK, PA, SC, TN, VA. If you are hired and are working remotely from one of the states listed above you may be subject to corrective action up to and including termination.

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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