3M’s Strategy and Marketing Development (SMD) is a unique two-year, non-rotational leadership development program that leverages internal marketing and strategy consulting as a vehicle for development. SMD is the integration of two highly successful programs – Strategic Business Development (SBD) and Integrated Marketing Development (IMD) – that have thrived at 3M for more than 20 years.
Internal consultants in the SMD program are involved in projects dealing with the highest level of business operations across our five business groups, 25+ global divisions and corporate functions. SMD consultants work across 3M’s diverse customers, industries, geographies and technology platforms to create value for their clients. In SMD, you lead projects of critical importance and gain knowledge and understanding of the entire company while finding the path to your individual career.
The SMD program is designed for talented MBA candidates who have a strong desire to:
SMD’s collaborative environment fosters peer-to-peer learning. SMD consultants interact with the same team of peers throughout a two-year period, allowing them to build strong professional and personal camaraderie.
SMD consultants typically lead three to five projects at once, working closely with internal clients across 3M divisions, corporate functions and international subsidiaries. Project work spans marketing, strategy and business development. Common project types include:
The SMD team serves as a source of top business and marketing talent to 3M. During their two years on the team, SMD consultants have the opportunity to identify industries and businesses of interest and customize their career paths based upon business needs and personal interests. Upon completion of the program, SMD consultants typically accept marketing or business development roles within a 3M division or corporate function.
We recruit top talent through our seven partner schools and key diversity conferences:
The basic qualifications for these roles require a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university, and current enrollment in an MBA program at an accredited university. Ideal candidates would also have these preferred qualifications:
MBA students of all ages are welcome to apply. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H1B status).
Submit an application by the deadline at your MBA career services office or through the diversity conferences highlighted above.
“Throughout my SMD experience, I’ve worked on a wide variety of projects, and have built up a great set of tools that will help me be a successful marketer in 3M. This breadth of experience has taught me how to think critically about any problem which will set me up for success moving forward.”
Katelyn Schulte, Marketing & Business Development Strategist, Strategy & Marketing Development
“SMD provided me the opportunity to work with leaders across all of 3M, which was a highly enriching, and thought-provoking experience. As a strategist, I refined my business acumen, honed the art of client-facing and learned how to better navigate the complexities of a matrixed, global organization.”
Julia Wilcox, Global NPI Marketing Manager, Commercial Solutions Division