Senior Industrial Designer

Maplewood, Minnesota / 3M Company

Oct 12, 2016


3M is seeking a Senior Industrial Designer for the Consumer Business Group located in  Maplewood, MN. At 3M, you can apply your talent in bold ways that matter. Here, you go.




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 a Senior Industrial Designer for our Consumer Business Group to enhance the design function at the 3M Design Center, located in St. Paul, MN.


The person hired for the position of Senior Industrial Designer will work with, and at times, lead multiple functions of the Consumer Business Group. They will consistently identify, initiate, plan, and recommend, innovative design solutions that meet business and technical goals. The Senior Industrial Designer will be able to consistently take the lead in advancing and utilizing knowledge of design, product(s), and market information. They will apply the above information along with creative and design thinking skills to provide design leadership and support for the business.


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


Senior Industrial Designer primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Assumes a design leadership role on individual projects and takes responsibility for the overall development and delivery of design.

Initiates and establishes good working relationships with multiple functions of the business to support and facilitate the design completion of programs.

Provides coaching and thought leadership on design process and execution for our business partners.

Tactically adapts and tailors the design process / approaches to the specific project or business needs.

Delivers design content as an individual contributor in support of project goals.

Independently manages multiple projects.

Strong observational skills, end user empathy, and the ability to identify insights from various forms of qualitative research.

Combines creative thinking and industrial design skills with industry trends to provide unique brand and product experiences.

Performs all duties in support of 3M Consumer Business Design expectations and responsibilities as well as any agreed upon business unit expectations.

Candidates will be required to provide a portfolio of non-confidential design work demonstrating design process and/or design solutions.


Basic Qualifications: 

Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited university in Industrial Design or Product Design

Minimum of three (3) combined years of working experience in industrial design, product design, and/or product development


Preferred Qualifications:

Consumer design experience

Excellent sketching and 2D/3D design software skills

Form development and design sensitivity

Basic manufacturing knowledge

Experience in Rhino and/or SolidWorks and Adobe Creative Suite a strong plus

Strong written, verbal and visual communication skills

Demonstrated capabilities of estimating time schedules and working towards aggressive deadlines

Proven capacity to deliver innovative and high-quality design solutions across multiple and varied design challenges

Ability to bounce between tactical and strategic programs

Experience designing hard goods and soft goods is a plus


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 Authorized



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


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


3M is an equal opportunity employer.  3M  will not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status.