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
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
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
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
What's the one most important thing you've learned at work?
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?