Target Brands, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN, United States
Design, Fashion, Retail
ASSOCIATE HYBRID TECHNICAL DESIGNER – HANDBAGS
Develops, executes and refines the technical development process (end-to-end) to ensure product adherence to quality standards established for Target’s Owned Brands.
Contributes to the design process to deliver on the creative vison and seasonal strategy throughout the product development life cycle.
Supports and/or leads guest insights research, fit studies & guest events to inform design & technical initiatives for the accessories team.
70% technical design / 15% design / 15% project
Develop a strong understanding of Target Owned Brand aesthetics and product expectations
Support the creative design process post sketch review by executing and translating detailed tech packs from r&d and development to production
Interpret ideas quickly into a clear and logical format using CADs to create technical packets documenting measurements, materials, trim details and packaging requirements
Route packets and own vendor communication throughout the product lifecycle including post-production follow ups
Provide clear communication with the team and your vendor partners ensuring ALL deadlines are met and adhered to
Ensure construction details meet and/or exceed guest and brand quality expectations
Support alignment to merchant line plans, sourcing goals, assortment strategies, price points and overall creative direction
Actively participate in sample reviews with design, merchandising and sourcing partners
Make technical design recommendations to solve for potential production, quality and/or costing issues ensuring Target Brand standards are maintained and consistent
Work with PSQA as necessary
Partner with vendors to inform of changes to Target’s technical process and provide feedback when vendors are not meeting expectations
Maintain familiarity with the industry and acute awareness of the handbag market
Research benchmarks to remain current on details, sizing and construction standards
Research the market and utilize trend resources to maintain a strong understanding of the retail landscape
Support and/or lead guest research initiatives utilizing internal and external resources (guest insights team, studio connect, focus groups, store intercepts, surveys, market research, etc) to inform product and category changes and/or enhancements
Maintain adherence to process & calendar
Diligent approach to workload, maintaining good, timely communication with business partners, team members and CFTs
Be proactive in predicting and overcoming roadblocks in process
Be a committed and collaborative team player who can be counted on to do their part and be relied on to work cooperatively with others
Core role will support Universal Thread and Shade & Shore
2-3 years design experience preferably in handbags
Bachelor’s Degree in Apparel Design
Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) with adept design & sketching skills
Proficient in Microsoft Outlook
Strong organizational skills with the ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks
Collaborate with strong problem solving and creative thinking skills
Positive with a high level of accountability and elevated taste level
Curiosity around sustainable practices and circular design
* Core responsibilities of this job are outlined above.
Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.
Target Brands, Inc.
Website : http://www.target.com/
Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States and Canada. It offers household essentials, including pharmacy, beauty, personal care, baby care, cleaning, and paper products; music, movies, books, computer software, sporting goods, and toys, as well as electronics that consist of video game hardware and software; apparel and accessories, such as apparel for women, men, boys, girls, toddlers, infants, and newborns, as well as intimate apparel, jewelry, accessories, and shoes.Further, it provides general merchandise through its Website, Target.com; and branded proprietary Target Debit Card and Target Credit Card. As of April 2, 2014, the company had 1,924 stores, including 1,797 in the United States and 127 in Canada. Target Corporation was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.