30 days old

Senior Communications Associate - Merchandising

Minneapolis, MN 55415


About us:

Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of Americas leading retailers.

A role with Target Communications means a chance to continuously improve the quality, relevance, creativity and authenticity of both internal and external storytelling. Bring your skills as a bold and forward-thinking professional communicator who thrives on building confidence, driving brand love and creating value. Here, you will shine as a relationship-focused pro who is strategically minded, an expert executor and an articulate brand ambassador. Rise to the challenge of driving results with smart risk-taking, constant innovation and perpetual teaching and learning. Comprised of Public Relations, Public Affairs, Crisis Management and Internal Enterprise Communications, this team strengthens and protects Targets reputation and helps drive traffic, sales and guest loyalty. You will develop deep relationships with business partners to ensure critical information flows through multiple channels, building confidence with team members and external stakeholders and strengthening Targets position within the competitive retail marketplace.

As a Communications Senior Associate at Target, you will have the opportunity to bring to life the story of Targets business priorities and differentiated positioning in Merchandising, including categories such as Essentials, Pets and other key priorities. You will work across a variety of initiatives and collaborate with internal business partners to develop strategic programs that reach both consumer and business media, Target team members and our guests. You will partner with your manager and team to develop holistic communications plans in support of your business areas and serve as the communications point person for internal and external stakeholders, including media.

Core responsibilities of this job are described within this job description. Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support an integrated communications model, providing internal and external communications planning and strategic program recommendations for Merchandising
  • Lead execution for internal and external communication activities from start to finish
  • Keep a strong pulse on industry news and media landscape, sharing timely updates with business partners and colleagues
  • Manage proactive and reactive media relations for Merchandising topics
  • Research and evaluate leadership speaking engagement invitations from external organizations and publications and manage logistics and media relations for select events
  • Collaborate with Targets broader communications team and internal partners to communicate in a holistic way across all channels
  • Measure and evaluate effectiveness of communication strategies
  • Collaborate with external PR agency team to manage execution and budgets
  • Handle highly sensitive business information with the utmost confidentiality

Skills required:

  • 5-7 years of related experience
  • Strong writing for various forms (i.e., email, media materials, talking points)
  • Strong media relations skills
  • A storytelling mindset with business acumen
  • Executive presence and the ability to coach/counsel senior leaders
  • Ability to collaborate with peers and influence without authority
  • Ability to balance multiple competing priorities on a daily basis and be nimble in the face of change
  • Experience working in a corporate communications or agency setting

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Target will provide reasonable accommodations (such as a qualified sign language interpreter or other personal assistance) with the application process upon your request as required to comply with applicable laws. If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please visit your nearest Target store or Distribution Center or reach out to Guest Services at 1-800-440-0680 for additional information.


Posted: 2020-02-26 Expires: 2020-04-25

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