What is your favorite part of working as an Inventory Analyst?
My favorite part is the responsibility and autonomy that you are given. You are in charge of executing and managing inventory strategies for multi-million dollar businesses!
There’s never a typical day so, what does a week as an IA look like?
My calendar can go from being pretty tame to being totally packed from 8am-5pm. For me, it depends on the season and what new music titles are coming out. The bulk of my time is taken up by speaking with vendors, troubleshooting inventory problems, and planning the next big new music title. #department12
What do you hope to learn / what skills do you hope to build in this role?
I have been honing my leadership skills. The IA role has made this easy as opportunities are plentiful through captainships and being a “subject matter expert”. They are there for the taking and as long as you have the ambition to take them on, you are supported and trusted to do so.
What is your greatest accomplishment in your career at Target so far?
The successful planning and execution of the inventory strategies for two highly visible music programs from Taylor Swift (Reputation) and Justin Timberlake (Man of the Woods). The planning period for those albums were definitely times where my calendar was packed for the entire day…
What brought you to Target? Why Target versus other companies?
I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who hasn’t loved shopping at Target, so why not be part of the reason Target is such a lovable place? It may be a cliché answer, but the culture at Target allows you to be comfortable being yourself.
Best career advice you’ve received?
To always say, “yes”, to opportunities that you know would ultimately be beneficial to you, regardless of how uncomfortable/nervous/scared they make you feel. These opportunities are the ones that help you grow.
Are you involved in anything at Target outside of your day to day work?
Yes, I am a member of the Target Volunteer Council and have recently been doing job shadows for prospective IAs.
Favorite memory on the job?
My favorite memory is when my fellow IA, Mark, spilled his entire coffee on our table during a division-wide meeting. If you ever see him, make sure to ask him about it…it is one of his most cherished memories as well!
Friday team breakfast is a huge part of the Inventory Management culture, what’s your go to item or the most epic breakfast someone’s brought?
Most epic breakfast was homemade crêpes, eggs, and bacon. But on a regular week, I am team breakfast pizza and very against team bagels.