While you won’t find Target stores in India, the bullseye is a growing presence in the city of Bangalore. Sometimes called the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore’s culture of innovation and technology has led many U.S.-based companies to open global capability centers there. Today, Target employs around 3,000 team members in Bangalore. They work on almost every area of Target’s business – from technology and data to marketing and supply chain.
Tammy Redpath, a Target executive from Minneapolis, is just completing her second year as president of Target in India. The Pulse caught up with her to talk about what she’s working on in Bangalore.
What are some of your top priorities for Target in India?
Tammy: The things that are important to Target in India are the same things that are important in United States – delivering our brand promise to guests, investing in the future and making Target a great place to work. But because we don’t have stores in India, our community brand is largely built on team member experiences. For leaders in Bangalore, our job is to build an inclusive culture that values people and helps them build meaningful careers.
How are you building a strong employment brand in Bangalore?
Tammy: We have a really high performing team here – some great minds with incredible experience. Target in India isn’t just delivering back office support. Our team members in India work closely with their Minneapolis counterparts to solve some of the most complex problems in retail, like computer generated imagery and artificial intelligence. So, when I think about branding ourselves as an employer of choice, we’ve got a great story to tell. It’s about curiosity, innovation and continuous learning. And that shows up in all kinds of ways. For example, we host an Accelerator Demo Day at Target where team members get one-on-one exposure to entrepreneurs and start-ups. We also created a team member incubator program to help those who have a great idea but need mentoring and resources to bring it to life.
Is Target seen as a great place to work in Bangalore?
Tammy: Absolutely. We’re doing a lot to invest in our teams, like giving every technology team member 50 days this year to devote to learning. And we know that everyone’s first obligation is to their family, so our policies reflect that. We offer competitive parental leave and pregnancy care options for expecting moms. For women who’ve left the workforce to be stay-at-home moms, we offer a program that helps them sharpen their skills if they decide to return. There’s also Ignite, a developmental experience to give women the confidence and skills that will help with their career journey. We even have an immersion opportunity that identifies promising engineers and teaches them the soft skills they’ll need to one day manage a large team.
Any advice for someone who’s considering a career at Target in India?
Tammy: I often tell our new team members, “Don’t just work somewhere, work somewhere you love.” That’s the thing that’s kept me at Target for 28 years. This is a company that cares. From the day you pick up your badge, you’ll have tremendous opportunity to make a difference, while growing your career at the same time.
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