Director, Product Design, Specialized Brands | Ava & Viv, Knox Rose, Maternity Job
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33 S 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402-3601, US
Product Design and Development
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 Management & Product 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, 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 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 Product Design Director, you will develop big ideas and creative concepts that achieve Target's overall product strategy as well as our quality and financial objectives. You will have a chance to create profitable and exclusive products to join our industry-leading lineup of owned-brand merchandise, and you will help manage designer partnerships for one of the world's leading retailers. Under Product Design & Development leadership, and in partnership with peers, you will be responsible for the brand and product vision by leading the development of creative concepting and product strategy.
Through your strong point of view on style and quality, you’ll take the lead as you provide vision for brand concept and lead your team through the execution of product design. In partnership with your Divisional Merchandise Manager, you will align business priorities and assortment architecture and build the resources needed to deliver on assortment needs. In addition, you’ll drive financial results by providing design solutions for business opportunities that are differentiated from the market place and unique to Target, including business shifts, key initiatives, new product concepts and seasonal focuses. Likewise, you’ll manage the integrity of Target brands by delivering appropriate "point of view" and "point of difference" while preserving consistency across Divisions within each brand. You’ll also ensure product assortment is appropriate for the designated Target guest segments and deliver on our overall product strategy. This includes leading the aesthetic execution of product, including: color, fabric/finish standards, print and pattern, expression of fit and trim/findings, and any other materials. You will also be responsible for leading your division through seasonal trend research and product design and development processes while leveraging cross-company synergy within Target to evolve and champion the design role. Finally, you’ll lead, develop and manage team members by setting clear objectives, providing ongoing performance feedback, and evaluating potential.
Core responsibilities of this job are described within this job description. Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.
• Four-year degree in Design, Fine Arts or related degree, or equivalent experience
• 15+ years of experience in product design and development in a retail or wholesale environment, with a successful track record
• 15+ years of experience in a specified category
• Domestic and oversea market travel experience
• Outstanding communication, presentation, negotiation, and influencing skills
• Demonstrated leadership ability of product development teams
• Demonstrated ability to identify trends and creative ability with strong commercial sense
• In-depth knowledge of design and product development processes, including textiles and garment manufacture and demonstrated expertise in color, fabric, pattern, fit and garment execution
• Experience understanding the consumer
• Successful team leadership overseeing team size of ten or more
- Experience in plus or maternity recommended