Tracy MurphyBA Mathematics, St. Olaf College
Senior Manager - Strategic Sourcing, Target Corporation
I started my career with Target Corporation fresh out of St. Olaf College with a mathematics and economics undergraduate degree. My degree, within a liberal arts environment, laid the ground work for a successful career. It taught me how to analyze situations, solve complex problems, encourage different points of view and leverage my talents. I entered the merchandising training program and spent the 1st 13 years of my career in the merchandising pyramid (buying, inventory management, forecasting/planning financials). I recently (2 years ago) moved into the Finance pyramid to lead a team of internal consultants specializing in Strategic Sourcing. Our vision is to optimize the procurement of goods and services to balance total cost of ownership and quality/service levels over time. Basically, my team consults with our internal non-retail buyers to help them make better financial decisions in their negotiations and vendor interactions. Below are some career development questions that are used internally by our Human Resources department. I felt they would shed some light Target's culture and on the role that math and a liberal arts degree have played in my career development.
Why did you initially decide to work at Target Corporation?
What do you enjoy most about your current position?
How do you keep yourself motivated?
What outside activity (social, volunteer, organization) has had the most impact in your life/career?
What do you enjoy outside of work?
What is your view of the role of Finance at Target Corporation?
What's the one most important thing you've learned at work? Why?
Career Development Advice:
What skills or competencies do you view as critical for success at Target Corporation?
What do you see as growth areas within finance in the next year? Five years? Ten years?