Senior Product Development Scientist - Pets and OTC

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 08, 2022
Dec 13, 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'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 Management & Product Design 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, essentials, beauty, or apparel categories. 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 Sr. PD Scientist means leading formulated and materials product categories and driving for differentiation in Essentials, Health & Beauty and Pets Owned Brands. 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 development of Target-Owned Brands. 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 a Sr. PD Scientist leading Pets & OTC Food Product categories, you will collaborate within a cross functional team comprised of business, brand, technical, regulatory, and marketing partners to identify growth opportunities and build winning solutions for our guests.

You will be accountable for leading product strategy & development, quality monitoring, and championing our team and company values.

  • Create a clear and actionable strategy with strong abilities to execute projects: research & concept, product development stages and finalizing through commercialization & quality tracking.
  • Ability to flex and manage projects across multiple categories and cross functional teams at various overlapping stages of development
  • Drives, influences, and leads projects independently while also consistently collaborating and seeking diverse perspective
  • Leads through entire product development process in addition to identifying unique requirements such as: lab testing, guest research needs, continuous improvements and technical specifications
  • Strong ability to collaborate and build knowledge on industry trends to create and support strategies & roadmaps for categories and brands
  • Identifying future manufacturing partners in collaboration with sourcing & QA teams and making recommendations.
  • Identify 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.

  • Easily adapts to team, partners and process while using their unique skillsets to refine and improve best practices.
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships with internal and external partners including experts across Pet and Dietary Supplements (Veterinarians, Animal Nutritionists)
  • Track record building strong relationships with vendor base to unlock capabilities and growth for our brands and businesses.
  • Ability to utilize and translate complex information to influence a broad audience

  • Coach and mentor to jr. scientists on and across our teams.
  • You are a consistent champion of Target 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

Core responsibilities of this job are described within this job description. Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.

About You:
  • Four-year degree in Food Science, Chemical Engineering, related field, or equivalent experience
  • 8+ years of relevant experience
  • Pet Food Development experience desired, but not required
  • High Proficiency with food product development and formulation including cost drivers, ingredient interactions, and technical feasibility
  • Advanced knowledge of product manufacturing process, raw materials, 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
  • Knowledge of testing, safety and legal requirements for consumer products
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

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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