Product Development Specialist ∞ (Maplewood, MN)

MAPLEWOOD, Minnesota, USALaboratory/Technical and SoftwareR00953950

Position Description

3M is seeking a Product Development Specialist-Augmented/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Focus for the Display Materials and Division (DMSD) Laboratory located in Maplewood, MN. At 3M, you can apply your talent in bold ways that matter.  Here, you go.

Job Summary:

The person hired for the position of Product Development Specialist-Augmented/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) Focus will lead and support product development and commercialization of Optical Components for use in augmented and virtual reality devices.

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This position provides an opportunity to transition from other private, public, government or military environments to a 3M career.

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Lead Class 5 (revolutionary/new-to-the world), new product development of Optical Components including prototype development through feasibility evaluation and scale-up to commercialization (3M New Product Introduction-NPI, phase-gated process)
  • Comfortable leading in a Class 5 environment in an emerging market.  Including developing and optimizing new-to-the-world process technologies, products, test methods, and specifications
  • Work closely with customers to determine value proposition, specification development, and alignment with customer commercialization timelines
  • Work across functions and organizations to commercialize new technologies and products in a global environment
  • Generate and defend intellectual property including invention submissions and patents

Basic Qualifications:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a science or engineering discipline (completed and verified prior to start) from an accredited institution
  • Minimum three (3) years of combined experience in one or more of the following areas: Product Commercialization, New Technology Development, New Product Development, Applied Research and/or Research Laboratory  in a private, public, government or military environment 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Physics or related discipline from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrated experience successfully developing and commercializing products utilizing a range of technologies and processes
  • Demonstrated leadership, broad networking skills and effective team skills
  • Experience in a range of technology areas including but not limited to optical components, prototype fabrication and/or development of novel test equipment and methods
  • Basic understanding of polarization optics
  • Experience translating customer needs into specifications in a Class 5 environment
  • Strong project management skills and experience leading global projects
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively and influence across organizational boundaries
  • Excellent communications skills (oral, written and presentation)
  • Microsoft Office proficient, CAD/SolidWorks® a plus

Location: Maplewood, MN

Travel: May include up to 15% domestic/international

Relocation: Is not authorized


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