Principal Operations Research Scientist - Network Planning/Future Transportation (Optimization, Mach

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 08, 2022
Dec 13, 2022
Employment Status
Full Time

About Target:

Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 30 company and one of America's leading retailer. The Target Global Supply Chain and Logistics (GSCL) group is a global team, evolving at a fast pace. We're constantly reimagining how we get the right product to the right guest faster and more efficiently. Network Planning and Global Intelligence (NPGI) team is at the forefront of defining future road map for GSCL. NPGI team includes intelligence product teams and aligns them with network planning experts to build industry-leading inventory management and Last Mile capabilities. The NPGI team is made up of Network Planning & Decision sciences, Future Transportation, Inventory Health, Sales, Operations Planning and Order Management System.

About this opportunity:

Do you want to shape the future Supply Chain and Logistics strategy for a fortune 30 company and one of America's leading omni-channel retailer? Do you want to optimize Target's Global Supply Chain end to end, from Sourcing to delivery of packages to guest on the largest scale? Are you excited at the prospect of analyzing huge data sets and developing complex algorithms, simulation and optimization models to solve real world problems?

If yes, then a role in Operations Research team means contributing to the team that is at the forefront of defining future Omni-Channel operating model for Target's Global Supply Chain across First, Middle and Last Mile. You'll develop cutting edge data pipelines, optimization and simulation models to design and operate Target's Global Supply Chain in fast and efficient manner and work with stake holders across the company in Finance, Merchandising, Stores and GSCL teams to enable supply chain transformation.

As a Principal Operations Research Scientist you will:

  • Know your business - understand operational metrics and cost of end to end operations of Supply Chain.
  • Analyze large amounts of supply chain data at the most granular level & develop key metrics to evaluate the performance of supply Chain across Sales, transportation, operations and inventory.
  • Develop succinct problem statements that align with leadership on core challenges.
  • Develop end and end scalable and sustainable solution architecture with multiple modules to solve the problem leveraging complex algorithms, Machine learning techniques, Simulation and optimization modeling techniques
  • Deploy planning models and solutions for broader GSCL teams to use.
  • Interpret results from the models and provide insights to the leadership team.
  • Define future capability needs for product and technology teams to execute new strategy.
  • Engage and collaborate with stake holders across GSCL, Finance, Stores, Merch driving timely outcomes
  • Leverage subject matter expertise in optimization, simulation and machine learning skills to guide the team to develop the right models for the right problems.
  • Mentor peers and junior team members on analytical techniques & story telling
  • Develop a clear and concise story utilizing data to influence decision making with senior leadership teams.
  • Core responsibilities of this job are described within this job description. Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.

About You:
  • PhD/MS in quantitative field such as Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Computer Science or relevant work experience
  • 7+ years of experience solving Supply Chain/Operations Research challenges using advanced Optimization, Simulation and Machine Learning techniques
  • Demonstrated experience consulting Supply Chain/Merch/Tech/business leaders as well as influencing these teams using complex, large-scale data models
  • Constant learner with a strong passion for empirical research and for answering hard questions with data
  • Proficient programming using either Python
  • Familiarity with Hadoop eco-system
  • Extensive experience with SQL
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Why work with us at Target?
  • You will work directly on the quantitative problems and develop models that have the most impact on Target's entire supply chain.
  • We value diversity. We believe that diversity and inclusion is of core importance when try to create positive in-store experiences for our guests, and we think it is also critically important when building our teams. Read more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • We value our team members for who they are, not just what they can get done. We treat out team members like people, not like cogs in a machine. We are parents, hobbyists, enthusiasts, family members, and community members, and can offer flexibility to our team members' schedules and work arrangements.

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 yr.

Colorado, Connecticut or Nevada Residents Only: The salary range for Colorado, Connecticut or Nevada residents is $150,000 to $270,000. 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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