PB CAREERS: Target – Sr Group Manager Product Development

targetheadquarters1Target – Sr Group Manager Product Development
Jan 25, 2014
Location: Minneapolis, MN, US
Job Number: TAR00032L

About This Opportunity
Drive financial results by delivering a competitive advantage for Target.com by leveraging the organization’s design, development and sourcing expertise to drive differentiation through expanding Target’s brands. Conduct industry, trend, competitive and assortment research to identify multi-channel assortment strategies, & direct the development of private label and exclusive brands, design/development process and seasonal merchandise strategies for the Target.com development.

Use your skills, experience and talents to be a part of groundbreaking thinking and visionary goals. As a Sr. Group Manager, Product Development you’ll take the lead as you…

  • Collaborate with Target PD&D and Merchant teams on establishing multi-channel partnerships/strategies for owned, designer, and private label development.
  • Build relationships with key business owners within Target PD&D to prioritize projects that optimize ROI.
  • Manage communication among internal design, outside design teams, merchants, TSS, Marketing and vendors to drive effective and efficient line development.
  • Lead Target.com development strategies and financial plans in partnership with merchants through incorporation of buyership financial goals and market trends. Ensure the execution of those strategies.
  • Lead the aesthetic execution of standards to deliver on “Expect More/Pay Less.”
  • Direct research and development for Target.com owned-brand products.
  • Manage the integrity of Target brand extensions by leveraging our owned brand principles to ensure consistency across Divisions within each brand.
  • Develops and administers departmental budgets and manages expenses effectively.
  • Identify and drives forth reporting, tools and processes to Target.com merchandising that will help each business access, analyze and plan their assortments, action plans and tactics to create a more differentiated assortment that will drive profitable growth for the company.
  • Identify new branding opportunities in collaboration with Brand Marketing, Owned brands, Canada and key external business partners to fill Target whitespace.


  • Previous Product Design & Development experience in a retail organization
  • 10+ years’ experience in product development in retail or wholesale environment
  • Domestic and oversea market travel experience
  • Previous experience in Home Furnishings and Furniture
  • Ability to lead teams, manage execution & drive results
  • Strong merchant knowledge
  • Ability to establish processes & think strategically

Primary Location: United States-Minnesota-Minneapolis
Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis
Job Segments: Product Development, Manager, Merchandising, Marketing Manager, Research, Management, Retail, Marketing


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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.