PB CAREERS: Target – Designer, Soft and Hard Tabletop

PB CAREERS: Target – Designer, Soft and Hard Tabletop

Job ID: r0000027620
Date Posted: 06/25/2019
Location: 33 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, 55402-3601
Description: DESIGNER- Hard and Soft Kitchen
Classification: Exempt

At the heart of one of the world’s best-loved and most recognizable brands is an impeccable Product Development & 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 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 a Designer, you’ll be accountable for and lead Owned Brand Product Design and Development with direction from design leaders to achieve overall product design strategy and merchant objectives. You will design lines for a category, brand, business or guest segment utilizing your proficiency/expertise in product design and development. You will be accountable for and lead the Product Design processes, which includes:

  • Diligent approach to workload, maintaining good, timely communication with internal and external partners
  • Drive and lead product research and design
  • Being an industry expert; able to forecast category, brand, business or guest segment trends
  • Shop markets to identify category, brand, business or guest segment trends and travel to factories for the development and execution of programs
  • You will be expected to drive and lead;
  • Concepts, select color stories and develop soft and hard product
  • Brand cohesion; partner with peers across the division to ensure continuity.
  • Product designs to support merchant line plans, assortment strategies, price points, and overall creative direction.
  • Collaboration with technical designers and sourcing partners to identify, troubleshoot and resolve product issues.
  • Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.

About you: 

  • Four-year degree in Design, Fine Art, or similar area and minimum4+ years of experience
  • Computer design system skills including Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Ability to manipulate and recolor existing print and pattern
  • Advanced understanding of textiles or raw materials & product production
  • Commercial sense, market knowledge, ability to research and apply market/trend information
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to successfully work in a team environment
  • Ability to respond to business objectives with creative, innovative, and cost-effective design solutions
  • Knowledge of product development processes

Additional Desired Skills/Experience:

  • Passion for Dining, Entertaining, and Cooking
  • High aesthetic taste level and ability to curate collection-based programs
  • Product experience in soft or hard materials for the home or similar(decorative/functional textiles, melamine, ceramic, glass and/or wood)
  • Outstanding leadership and facilitation skills

Responsibilities in this Position:

  • Own large portions of seasonal development in hard or soft goods as prioritized by Design Director (Valentine’s, Easter, Summer, Harvest, and Christmas)
  • Design and develop the following categories in the year-round Entertaining, Serve and Bar Cross-Functional Team specifically focusing on:
  • Foundational and Fashion Inline Barware
  • Serveware
  • Countertop Functional Décor
  • Special projects as designated by Design Director

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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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.