Plant Water Stewardship Program Manager


Cottage Grove, MN, US

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, 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 Role

As a Plant Water Stewardship Program 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:

  • Leading and managing all aspects of the program to reduce water usage, identify and implement projects that renew existing infrastructure to enable a robust and sustainable waste water treatment facility, and design, construct, and install new water treatment and purification equipment facilities to improve water quality consistent with stated corporate objectives 

  • Collaborate and coordinate the activities of all functions at the site (EHS, Plant Engineering, Process Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Quality, Maintenance, etc.) relative to the Water Stewardship Program.

  • Develop the staffing plans for both the site program team & sub-teams, as well as ultimate plant personnel & structure required for daily operations.  Work closely with site management to ensure the resources needed are added to the team when required.  Staffing includes all required resources:  Operators, process engineers, product engineers, EHS, plant engineering and maintenance, supply chain, sourcing, legal, HR, QC, etc.  Input and ownership will be required by area experts to identify scope to accurately estimate the project costs.

  • Work closely with the division engineering team to define and manage scope, costs, and schedule.  The program manager will facilitate site & technical experts as they identify the required process equipment, maintenance equipment, QC equipment, etc. required for the program.

  • Develop training plan and lead effort to ensure smooth start-up of operations.  Work closely with plant leadership team to implement the plan.

  • Develop quantitative plan to measure equipment performance and define quantitative deliverables for each project within the program.

  • Working closely with corporate and plant EHS as well as engineering, manage the permitting procedure for buildings, air emissions and effluent discharge.

  • Work closely with corporate and plant EHS resources to ensure that plant complies with all local, state and federal guidelines at all times.

  • Participate in safety and design reviews. 

  • Develop workable plan to manage IP, and ensure team follows the plan.

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 (completed and verified prior to start) from an accredited institution

  • Ten (10) years experience in a private, public, government, or military manufacturing environment in one or more of the following areas: chemical engineering, reactive chemistry, manufacturing technology, process engineering, manufacturing operations, and/or environmental compliance.

  • Five (5) years of project management experience in a private, public, government, or military manufacturing environment

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

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

  • Possess an awareness of all nine knowledge areas described by the PMBOK ® Guide (A Guide to the Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge) and will typically have demonstrated expertise in at least four knowledge areas.

  • Ability to use functional expertise and project leadership skills to participate in Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) and DMAIC Six Sigma projects.

  • Experience with new operations/process scale-up in a manufacturing plant setting

  • Previous experience in an environmental, health & safety role

Travel: May include up to 25% domestic

Relocation Assistance: Is authorized

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

Responsibilities of this position may include direct and/or indirect physical or logical access to information, systems, technologies subjected to the regulations/compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws.

U.S. Export Control laws and U.S. Government Department of Defense contracts and sub-contracts impose certain restrictions on companies and their ability to share export-controlled and other technology and services with certain “non-U.S. persons” (persons who are not U.S. citizens or nationals, lawful permanent residents of the U.S., refugees, “Temporary Residents” (granted Amnesty or Special Agricultural Worker provisions), or persons granted asylum (but excluding persons in nonimmigrant status such as H-1B, L-1, F-1, etc.) or non-U.S. citizens.

To comply with these laws, and in conjunction with the review of candidates for those positions within 3M that may present access to export controlled technical data, 3M must assess employees’ U.S. person status, as well as citizenship(s).

The questions asked in this application are intended to assess this and will be used for evaluation purposes only. Failure to provide the necessary information in this regard will result in our inability to consider you further for this particular position. The decision whether or not to file or pursue an export license application is at 3M Company’s sole election.

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. 

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