Optimized Operations (O2)

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  • What’s the Optimized Operations program?

    The Optimized Operations program (O2) is a supply chain-based program that provides recent Engineering, Supply Chain, Environmental and Health and Safety graduates with the opportunity to jump-start their careers. As a member of the O2 program, you will work at one of 3M’s plant locations across the United States or at our global headquarters in Maplewood, Minnesota in one of 3M’s five business groups for an average of 24 months. You’ll work on challenging assignments and have rotational experiences geared toward inspiring you to be an improvement driven, socially sensitive and globally aware employee. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact and network with senior leadership to make powerful contributions to our operations.

    O2 is considered an advanced entry level development program, where you’ll learn via fast-paced training in advanced statistics, project leadership, supply chain principles and applied learning. At the end of this 3M rotational program, you will be placed into a role where you can continue to build your leadership skills and make an impact in lives around the world.

  • What are the details of the role?

    The O2 program is fully rotational and can be considered both an engineering rotational program and supply chain rotational program. It begins with a 12-month assignment in one location, followed by one or two more assignments in the United States or internationally in the second year of the program.

    O2s focus on two areas while in the program:

    • Project Management: You will lead high-impact Lean Six Sigma projects which are critical to the future success of the business. Each O2 will have a different experience and projects depending upon the location and business. Typical projects focus on process improvement, implementation of Lean methodologies, flow, inventory reduction or similar areas where there is a business need to improve.
    • Functional Tasks: You will complete daily work in your area of expertise. For example, analysts may focus on production planning while engineers may focus on process engineering tasks.
  • What’s the training like?

    In your first year, you will attend five weeks of training at 3M’s global headquarters in Maplewood, Minnesota. You’ll also go through our Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt training to become LSS certified in your first year. You will also engage in a one to two week Social Responsibility component of the program. In the second year, you will take part in a Career Development module designed to accelerate your performance toward a high potential level of contribution.

  • What are the requirements?

    Eligible applicants are college graduates of any age who are in the last year of completing a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Engineering (ChE, IE, ME, EE, EHS, Plastics, Quality, MSE) or Supply Chain Management (Logistics, Operations Management) from an accredited university, or have completed such a degree within the last three years. Additional requirements include:

    • A 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
    • At least one prior manufacturing-related work experience in field of study, such as internships or co-ops
  • How to apply?

    O2s are hired into the program at different times during the year, typically following university graduation dates. We fill requests from United States locations based on their desired discipline(s) and timing of the hire(s).

    To find current openings, click the “Apply Now” button and search “Optimized Operations.”

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