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Product Engineer, Kitchen Tabletop (Dinnerware, Drinkware, and Flatware)

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Closing date
Jun 17, 2023

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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 Product Design & Development 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 with Engineering and Technical Design Team means creating products that truly embody the intent of Target-owned brands. Can you ensure that each product has that just-right mix of style, quality and value? Do you love to create technical product solutions that help meet strategic business goals? Then you'll have success on our talented and innovative team. Here, you'll partner with our quality and compliance teams to understand performance testing protocols and develop products that meet them. Your work can help identify technical specifications and quality standards like raw materials, fit and function, construction details and dimensions. You'll leverage collective expertise to suggest improvements to cost of goods, assembly, sustainability and ROI. 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 Product Engineer on Kitchen Tabletop, you will develop and execute the technical development process that ensures product adherence to the quality standards established for Target-owned brands. Under the overall direction of the Director, you will interpret designer's concepts, usher product through its development lifecycle, and provide technical product guidance to design, sourcing and merchant teams.

You will be responsible for understanding the business' initiatives, product functional requirements, and performance expectations to ensure consistency of product while proactively supporting technical solutions.

In addition, you will be responsible for providing effective product technical specifications and product quality standards to include: raw materials, fit/function, construction details, and product dimensions. You'll also execute timely sample evaluations and ensure approvals of all products are meeting the specification requirements and Target's standards.

In partnership with internal and external partners, you'll ensure the brand vision is appropriately executed, work to identify and address manufacturing issues, and co-develop products. This requires a diligent approach to workload and maintaining timely communication with cross-functional partners.

Likewise, you'll stay current on benchmarks for specified product categories to ensure Target product meets or exceeds the performance of the competitors' product.

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 Manufacturing, Industrial Engineering, Product Development, or related field, or equivalent experience
• 4+ years of relevant experience
• Knowledge of testing, safety and legal requirements for consumer products
• Knowledge of applicable raw materials and their performance and usage
• Strong knowledge of various 2-D and/or 3-D CAD software packages
• Exhibits a working knowledge of product manufacturing
• Ability to build strong relationships in order to successfully work in a team environment

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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