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Principal Software Engineer - FRS

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Start date
Apr 4, 2023
Closing date
Apr 14, 2023

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Retail / Wholesale
Employment Status
Full Time

Job Details

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.

Target as a tech company? Absolutely. We're 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.

Target values engineers that care about:

• Robust, distributed microservices and event-based architectures with mature CI/CD pipelines

• Coding as a craft with a desire to solve complex engineering problems

• Automating everything

• Operational excellence with an approach to engineering that makes our guests and team members their top priority

• Triaging large scale issues with a bias to prevent them from happening in the first place

• Canary and A/B testing to push code during business hours

• Innovation and experimentation with a focus on continuous learning

• High observability with robust logs and metrics

• Security and protecting our guest's information

• Scalable, highly available services

• Failing fast, learning faster

• A diverse, inclusive, and collaborative culture

As a Principal Engineer you set the strategy for software development and/or infrastructure engineering at Target. You set the direction for how software and infrastructure engineering efforts will be designed, developed, and operationalized across multiple portfolios and drives adoption across TargetTech. You lead and approve software and infrastructure engineering efforts to meet functional and non-functional requirements. You are a thought leader and mentor for internal and external technical talent and actively contribute to the external technical community.

Use your skills, experience and talents to be a part of groundbreaking thinking and visionary goals.

As a Principal Engineer, you'll take the lead as you...

Understand Target's business and technical environments and assist teams in resolving complex business challenges via current technical solutions by assessing viability/applicability/cost implication through POCs and prototypes. Collaborate with technical staff and Enterprise Architecture teams in setting technical direction across platform and drive technology lifecycle management and communication of standards/decisions to the engineering team. Participate in procurement specifications, installation, and maintenance of Target systems. Lead designing and building the Target platform API with deep focus on non-functional requirement including scalability, availability, performance, etc. while being a strong advocate of extreme agile and DevOps practices across engineers. Work with engineering leaders to build a high performing engineering team and provide technical leadership, coaching, motivation and participate in the selection of technical talent.

This role is within the Financial Retail Services of TargetTech.

The mission of the Financial and Retail Services (FRS) Engineering team is to ensure fast, reliable, and secure financial transactions and support - RedCard enrollments, GiftCard purchases, and guest support. We enable nearly 2 billion in GiftCard transactions each year, along with 20 billion in RedCard transactions a year.

Our engineering teams are empowered to select the appropriate technology for the problem they are trying to solve. Common technologies include:

• Code Pipelines like Jenkins, Chef

• Languages and Frameworks like Spring Boot, Java, Kotlin, Micronaut, and Python

• Front end technologies like React

• Databases like Postgres, MongoDB, Oracle, Elastic Search

• Metrics visualizations like Grafana

• Log aggregation with Logstash and Kibana

• OS virtualization with Docker

• Data streaming technologies like Kafka

• Elastic compute platforms like Kubernetes

• Enhancing capabilities using Machine Learning

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

About you:

• 4 year degree or equivalent experience. Continuing education to maintain thorough knowledge of technical domains along with staying current in latest technologies

• 12+ years of experience in technology development or services

• 4+ years of experience in strategic planning and setting technical direction

• Possesses a strong understanding of systems programming and control languages as required by your domain. Has demonstrated success in solving complex technical problems in more than one technical or functional areas

• Understands business fundamentals and how technologies can support business goals along with how to translate business vision into a technical strategy while understanding the financial implications

• Has proven leadership capabilities, the ability to influence others, interpersonal skills, and problem solving skills

• Strong team player who understands concepts of teamwork and team effectiveness.

• Has excellent verbal, written, and presentation communication skills to convey complex technical solutions clearly to an organization

• Has excellent planning and organizational skills.

• Experience in Java/ J2EE, sql/ no-sql (postgre, mongoDB, Cassandra, graph structure, etc.), Python, Ruby, Chef, Drone, Kubernetes containers, Cloud tech, etc.

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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