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3M Technology Advancement Manager, Plant Manufacturing (Knoxville, IA) in Knoxville, Iowa

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Technology Advancement Manager, Plant Manufacturing (Knoxville, IA)

Collaborate with Innovative 3Mers Around the World

Choosing where to start and grow your career has a major impact on your professional and personal life, so it’s equally important you know that the company that you choose to work at, and its leaders, will support and guide you. With a diversity of people, global locations, technologies and products, 3M is a place where you can collaborate with 96,000 other curious, creative 3Mers.

“For more than 30 years at 3M, I’ve seen firsthand how it’s a place where curious, creative and collaborative people thrive and build a rewarding career. As a leader in this company, my goal is to ensure each 3Mer sees and feels the positive impact we’re making around the world” – Mike Roman, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board at 3M

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

The Impact You’ll Make in this RoleAs a Technology Advancement Manager, you will have the opportunity to tap into your curiosity and collaborate with some of the most innovative and diverse people around the world. Here, you will make an impact by:

  • Plan, organize, and direct all manufacturing transformation activities and policies, including the leadership of a team focused on advancing the transformation and capabilities of the plant.

  • Drive Key Transformational programs in the Knoxville site -Pacesetter, Factory of the Future, TPM , Equipment Reliability, Business Transformation, Data Analytics, Connected/Digital Factory, Process Safety Management Technology

  • Lead Transformational culture change at the Knoxville site.

  • Drive sustainable improvements in factory performance

Your Skills and Expertise

To set you up for success in this role from day one, 3M requires (at a minimum) the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a technical discipline (completed and verified prior to start) from an accredited institution

  • Ten (10) years in a private, public, government, or military environment in one (1) or more of the following areas: chemical engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing technology, process engineering, process instrumentation & controls or manufacturing operations

  • Experience successfully upgrading plant technology controls

  • Experience managing and/or supervising direct reports

Additional qualifications that could help you succeed even further in this role include:

  • Demonstrated strong leadership ability and history of leading high-performance teams

  • Experience and certification with Lean Six Sigma/Lean Manufacturing methodologies

  • Experience with robust system implementations

  • Expert/master knowledge and experience with the most current theories and practices in plant engineering controls and technology as well as overall operations optimization.

Travel: May be authorized

Location: Knoxville, IA

Relocation Assistance: May be authorized


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

Supporting Your Well-being

3M offers many programs to help you live your best life – both physically and financially. To ensure competitive pay and benefits, 3M regularly benchmarks with other companies that are comparable in size and scope.

Resources for You

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Responsibilities of this position include that corporate policies, procedures and security standards are complied with while performing assigned duties.

Our approach to flexibility is called Work Your Way, which puts employees first and drives well-being in ways that enable 3M’s business and performance goals. You have flexibility in where and when work gets done. It all depends on where and when you can do your best work.

Pay & Benefits Overview:

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

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