Optimized Operations (O2)

3M optimized operations (O2) supply chain program
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What is the Optimized Operations Experience?

The Optimized Operations Experience (O2) is a manufacturing and supply chain development program that provides recent Engineering, Supply Chain, Environmental, Health and Safety graduates the opportunity to jump-start their careers. You’ll work on challenging assignments and have rotational experiences geared toward inspiring you to be an improvement-driven, socially cognizant and globally aware professional.

  • Year 1

    You will attend several weeks of advanced training, focused on continuous improvement, including:

    • Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt training

      • You are expected to be certified during your first 12 months
    • Statistics 
    • Project management
    • Lean problem solving 
    • Applied learning 

    You will lead a minimum of two high impact LSS Green Belt projects. Examples include:

    • Productivity, process control and quality improvements
    • Changeover, cycle time and waste reduction
    • Scheduling and inventory optimization
    • Ergonomic, environmental and safety improvements
    • Sustainability improvements

    You will lead a one to two-week social responsibility project, utilizing your skills to positively impact your community.

    You will be assigned to a manufacturing or corporate location domestically.

  • Building on the core competencies developed in year one, you will lead large, high impact projects delivering business results.

    You will take part in a career development workshop designed to accelerate your performance.

    Your second year assignment will provide you with a different area of focus. For most O2s, this assignment will be at a different domestic or international 3M site.

  • As a graduate of the O2 experience, you will have a strong foundation in different technical roles, be an impactful contributor and be developmentally advanced.

    At the end of the program, you will transition into a role where you will continue to build your leadership skills and make an impact.

    Your post-O2 role could be:

    • Process Engineer
    • Product Engineer
    • Quality Engineer
    • Manufacturing Technology Engineer
    • EHS Engineer
    • Supply Chain Analyst

  • Where will you be located?

    For your first year, you will be placed within a domestic manufacturing or corporate location. Your second year assignment will provide you with a different area of focus. For most O2s, this assignment will be at a different domestic or international 3M site. For the international assignments, you could be located at any international 3M site.

  • When does the program start?

    We are continuously seeking O2 talent throughout the year, aiming to find candidates who will start the O2 program following graduation.

  • Who can be part of the O2 program?

    O2 program participants are usually graduates (of any age) within three years of graduation or future graduates who are typically completing a bachelor’s or Master’s in Supply Chain, Engineering, Environmental, Health and Safety, or the equivalent.

    Internship, co-op and/or relevant work experience is required. Applicants must be willing to relocate within the first 24-36 months of employment.

    Check job postings for specific details on roles that are available.

  • What is an O2 internship?

    Internships are for current university students and are offered within the United states and some other countries. The O2 Internship is designed to feed into our full-time Optimized Operations Experience.

    The Optimized Operations Internship is 10-12 weeks and includes:

    • Training focusing on Lean Six Sigma, project management and continuous improvement methodologies
    • Leading projects that contribute to business results
    • Networking opportunities
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Hear from O2 employees about their experience.

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Interested in the O2 Program?

To find current openings in the O2 program, click the “Search jobs” button and then search “Optimized Operations”.

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