Industrial Designer (Maplewood, MN)

Location: Saint Paul, MN Posted: Apr 27

Job Description

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world.

3M has a long-standing reputation as a company committed to innovation. We provide the freedom to explore and encourage curiosity and creativity. We gain new insight from diverse thinking, and take risks on new ideas. Here, you can apply your talent in bold ways that matter.

Job Description:


3M is driving creativity and design as a competitive platform for innovation and brand globally to enhance design-driven solutions for people and the world. We are looking for an entry-level Industrial Designer for our Consumer Business Group to enhance the design function at the 3M Design Center, located in Maplewood, MN.

The person hired for the position of Industrial Designer will be responsible to apply innovative thinking and fundamental design skills to the Consumer Business Group for new product development and modification, design research, and design validation. The Industrial Designer will proactively engage design challenges from a comprehensive perspective, demonstrating an ability to understand the technical, social and emotional values that have critical business value.

Does your curiosity inspire you to imagine tomorrow’s solutions to today’s problems? Do you ever wonder how collaborative creativity can enrich innovation and make progress possible? Or wonder if design can drive competitive advantage for business, while also having positive impact on the world? These are just a few of the questions we ask at 3M Design every day. Our diverse, global team not only includes design talent from multiple creative disciplines, but also achievement-oriented professionals who keep the engine going for strong operations to ensure our design organization is world class. We’re looking for creative explorers who are excited to be part of the very inspiring journey of design at an innovation company like 3M driven by curiosity.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

Industrial Designer primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
-Deliver industrial design content as an individual contributor in support of project goals.
-Coordinate entry-level development and delivery of design for assigned brands.
-Work with team and agencies to manage design projects towards success.
-Apply well-defined approaches, systems, and processes.
-Handle assignments that require developing integral design skills.
-Generate creative design proposals for visual design language for product or platform-specific programs.
-Share design output with internal and external stake holders in influential and compelling ways.
-Effectively translate existing design direction into adjacency product or visual offerings for brand continuity.
-Identify and promote self-initiated design programs that generate critical business value.
-Support the 3M Design organization internally and externally building and cultivating strong network.

Basic Qualifications:

-Possess or currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Industrial Design or Product Design from an accredited university
-Minimum of 1 (one) combined year of working experience in industrial design, product design or product development

Preferred Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design or Product Design
-Portfolio of design work demonstrating a strong understanding of design process and a capacity to create compelling design solutions
-Excellent sketching, rapid prototyping and 2D/3D design software skills (e.g. Rhino and/or SolidWorks)
-Experience in Adobe Creative Suite
-Strong written, verbal and visual communication skills
-Strong design skills suitable to a corporate environment
-Demonstrated capabilities of estimating time schedules and working towards aggressive deadlines
-Demonstrated flexibility in multiple task assignments while maintaining a high level of accuracy
-Proven capacity to deliver quality design solutions across multiple and varied design challenges
-Please attach a file or include a link to a non-confidential portfolio of design work along with your application.

Location: Maplewood, MN
Travel: Up to 10%
Relocation: Is authorizedAbout

3M Design

3M Design is the creative engine driving design for innovation at 3M. As a global team of diverse talent that creates meaningful and consistent brand experiences, we stimulate collaborative creativity to translate insights and technologies into solutions that inspire and positively impact our customers, our employees, and our world. 3M is a global innovation company with $32 billion in sales, employing 90,000 people worldwide with operations in more than 70 countries. For more information about 3M Design, visit or follow @3MDesign on Twitter.

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status)

Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.

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