Q&A with a Technical Designer

Katie is a Technical Designer and has been a part of two of Target’s brand launches:  Pillowfort and Cloud Island.  Read on to learn more!

What is your current role at Target and how long have you been doing this work?

I work in Product Design and Development (PD&D) as a Technical Designer for both Pillowfort and Cloud Island Bedding, Rugs, Window and Bath.  I have worked in PD&D for the past 10 years.

Tell us more about the Product Design & Development team.

The PD&D Team, beyond being a creative group, is inspirational and engaging.  Product Designers bring together highly skilled design engineers, illustrators, fabric specialists and chemists.  We are passionate about connecting with people in new ways and designing the best products for our guests, intersecting both aesthetic and quality with an affordable price point.  In most cases, we articulate to our vendors every detail from trims and fabrics to color and print and pattern to construction and dimensions.

What does a typical day look like for you (if there is such thing as a typical day)?

The first thing I usually do is follow up with emails from our vendors all over the world.  Then you may find me working with my designers to create objective packets (vendor design direction) to send to our vendor partners. I’m also checking in with our Product Safety and Quality Assurance Team constantly to insure our product follows the strictest standards in the market place. Then I review product round samples to insure they meet and/or exceed our standards, give product feedback to the vendor to make updates where needed and if all is good to go I will approve a final sample. I also partner with our Target.com team to respond to guest comments about particular products and address guest concerns or product complaints.

What makes you successful in your role?

I am detail oriented and utilize my partners to think outside the box.  I never pretend to know it all. I really partner with my vendors, fabric specialists and engineers to gain lots of different perspectives which help to make our products great.

What is the biggest win you’ve had?

Being an integral part of two of our biggest launches… Cloud Island Nursery and Pillowfort Kids Bedding.

What do you like best about working at Target?

The people!  It’s a great group of people who have fun with everything they do. I am proud to work for a company who also helps out tremendously in the community.

Fun fact about you?

I love to dance and have had the opportunity to perform at one of our Target Fall National Meetings with two of my best friends.

  • Sandra Strong

    September 20th, 2017

    I don’t work yet for Target , but I hope I would soon

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  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 17th, 2017

    Hi!

    We’re excited to hear that you’re interested in becoming a part of #TeamTarget! Find current openings and information about the application process here: target.com/careers.

    Thanks,
    ET

  • Sherry Armstrong

    September 22nd, 2017

    To be honest I need to job,and I believe I would be the best candidate for this job.causd I’m a hard worker.and I very decaited

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 17th, 2017

    Hi!

    We’re excited to hear that you’re interested in becoming a part of #TeamTarget! Find current openings and information about the application process here: target.com/careers.

    Thanks,
    ET

  • Sandra L. Fields

    September 22nd, 2017

    Just reading how Katie enjoys her performance. It gives me an interest to become one of the quick and learn thinker to work for a promising company.

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 17th, 2017

    Hi!

    We’re excited to hear that you’re interested in becoming a part of #TeamTarget! Find current openings and information about the application process here: target.com/careers.

    Thanks,
    ET

  • Linda

    September 25th, 2017

    I would luv to work for u, it’s because it’s a family job.and I am close to my family.and I would like to learn more about this job.

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 17th, 2017

    Hello,
    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! Our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.
    Thank you,
    Erika

  • Relondalove76@gmail Love

    September 26th, 2017

    I like working with people, Ima out going Lady hard worker.

    Reply
  • JOHN STEINAGLE

    September 27th, 2017

    Turner has been number one for years now I love the store I love the prices of the merchandise and the team member is always cool to always number one to us so my wife and myself we love Target I would be honored to work here that’s a great store and I love it

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  • Donna Bhend

    September 27th, 2017

    Thanks for the information concerning your position of what you do for Target. It gave me a greater understanding of just what is involved with your job with Target.

    Reply
  • Alice wisdom

    September 30th, 2017

    I am very interested in working for target in Clarksville Tennessee as a part-time apparel associate

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 17th, 2017

    Hello,
    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! Our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.
    Thank you,
    Erika

  • Theresa munoz

    October 9th, 2017

    I would like to work at Target

    Reply
  • Pulse Blog Administrator

    Pulse Blog Administrator

    October 17th, 2017

    Hello,

    Thanks for looking into opportunities at Target! Visit target.com/careers to explore openings and learn more about the application process.

    Erika

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