Meet our expert, Jessica Grundy

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What do you like best about working at Target?

Having worked here for 10 years now, I have to say that the people are what makes Target great. There is a great team work ethic here and everyone is always happy to support and help each other. I have learnt a huge amount and developed personally and professionally over the years, with support from fellow colleagues and managers.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I’ve recently started a new role and only been in post for a few weeks so I’m excited to get stuck in and implement positive changes by strengthening our mailing solutions.

What would you want someone to know coming into this role?

To keep an open mind and be ready to get stuck in to lots of different projects.

What’s the most “memorable” project you’ve been on?

I would have to say a remediation project back in 2014 where I managed the external customer mailings for the project from start to finish. It was an insanely busy and demanding project, particularly for our Investments team, where I worked at the time, and was a huge success for Target.

What’s been the most challenging part of your role?

I’ve had a few different roles since I started with Target in 2011 and they all come with different challenges. However, a constant challenge would be regulatory changes and the huge amount of work that happens across the business to ensure we comply within the timeframes of new changes.

What motivates you to do what you do at Target?

I am motivated by success and recognition. I am lucky to have had really good managers and mentors who have always encouraged and supported my development.

What’s your go-to productivity trick?

I am very organised and pride myself on my reputation to ‘get things done’. When I am assigned to a task/project I am head down and focussed through to completion.

What are the values that drive you?

Team work is very important to me. I have been lucky enough with work with most teams across Target and have created some great working relationships.

What does inspirational leadership look like for you?

An inspirational leader for me is someone who sees the bigger picture, is forward thinking and a good listener, whilst still keeping their team/colleagues front of mind. Having an approachable manager/leader is so important.

What are some of your favourite hobbies outside of work?

I love hanging out with my friends. I have big group of girlfriends that I have really missed in the last year due to COVID. I also love family time. I have a 5 year old daughter and an 11 month old baby boy, so myself and my partner Steve try our best to make the weekends as fun as possible for them at the moment. We also love love love our holidays and will definitely be jetting off somewhere warm as soon as we are allowed to.

What’s your ‘target’ in life/work?

To be successful in my career, whilst also being the best mother that I can be to my children. Luckily Target gives me the flexibility to do both!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be on the stage and would have loved to have been in the West End in Starlight Express.

What was your first job?

It was in a hairdressing salon when I was about 14, making tea and sweeping up hair.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I lived in New York for 9 months back in 2007, working as a nanny for my sister. I also have to admit I love Z list celebrities and waste way too much time scrolling through Instagram (when I should be catching up on sleep).

What’s something—big or small—that you’re really bad at?

I am really bad a taking my own advice!

What’s something—big or small—that you’re really good at?

I am good at giving advice and hope that most of my friends (in and out of work) think I’m a good listener.

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would you choose?

I would trade places with my partner Steve, and propose! Ha ha! I have been hassling him for the last 8 years!

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?

Either to be invisible or have super-human hearing because I’m really nosey and could listen to all those conversations that I can’t, but want to hear.

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