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Designer, Responsible Design Business Integration + Strategy, Hardlines

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Start date
Jun 12, 2023
Closing date
Jul 14, 2023

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Retail / Wholesale
Employment Status
Full Time

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About us:

Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America's leading retailers.

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 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 the Design team means a big opportunity to start from scratch and create something truly original. Are you a design expert who can support your business by staying one step ahead of industry trends, new materials and techniques? Can you demonstrate the utmost attention to detail and create products that are unprecedented in the marketplace for their design and quality for the price? Then you'll have success on our Design team who owns the design and development of all Target-owned brands, from apparel to home goods, and beauty to essentials. In close partnership with our merchant and sourcing counterparts, you'll drive brand cohesion and continuity, ensuring that our products meet the merchant line plans, assortment strategies, price points and overall creative direction.

As the Designer, Business Integration + Strategy, Responsible Design & Strategy you'll be accountable for championing environmental sustainability within Owned Brand Hardlines products. You will be responsible for the advancement of the Responsible Design Strategy for Owned Brand Product Design & Packaging, fueled by the values of Target Owned Brands. Under the direction of the Director of Responsible Design & Strategy, you will collaborate with teams across the Target Enterprise and external partners (Agencies, NGOs, Industry Trade Groups, Business Partners) to drive Responsible Design strategies, practices and goals that inspire and guide brand, product design, packaging and innovation teams. You will be accountable for and own Responsible Design and Development processes, which include:

  • Responsible Design Strategy: Using your creative thought leadership and design influence, you will reframe problems, explore new possibilities and create experiences which drive meaningful responsible design strategies specific to brands, product design, and packaging in OB Hardlines. You will partner with teams to inspire and influence implementation of Responsible Design principles, standards, and tenets to further strategic goals and initiatives at both the enterprise and Owned Brand Product Design & Packaging scale and scope.

  • Research and Forecasting: Employing your high degree of curiosity, you will stay abreast of insights and trends in Responsible Product Design in Hardlines through market research and expert sources to identify specific guest needs and new sustainability strategies and then visualize and translate knowledge into owned brand products and experiences. You will work closely with internal teams across the enterprise to understand the current state of sustainability tactics, goal-setting, and new opportunities and serve as a critical connection point for internal collaboration.
  • Communication and Visualization: Your expertise in research, collaboration, strategic thinking and design will coalesce into a role synthesizing information for the Responsible Design team's complex work in Hardlines. Using these advanced design and visualization skills, you will translate and integrate internal and external information into understandable and actionable materials to inspire and influence Owned Brand Hardlines teams to continually deliver meaningful responsible product and packaging offerings to all guests.

About you:

  • 4-year college degree in Design, Engineering, or related field or equivalent work experience
  • 4+ years relevant experience
  • Elevated knowledge or experience in Circular Design & Sustainability
  • Elevated knowledge or experience in Product Research and Design
  • Exceptional at developing partnerships

  • Outstanding oral, written and visual communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize effectively
  • Strong problem solving and analysis skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated experience in building effective strategies and applying innovation approaches within a product development environment

  • Comfortable taking risks, driving change and supporting creativity
  • A growth oriented, learning mindset and the ability to inspire others to seek and embrace change

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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