Lead UX Designer - Prototyping

Maplewood, MN

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world.

3M has a long-standing reputation as a company committed to innovation. We provide the freedom to explore and encourage curiosity and creativity. We gain new insight from diverse thinking, and take risks on new ideas.

Here, you can apply your talent in bold ways that matter.

Job Description:


3M is driving creativity and design as a competitive platform for innovation and brand globally to enhance design-driven solutions for people and the world. We are looking for a Lead UX Designer (Prototyping) for our Industrial and Safety and Graphics Business Groups to enhance the design function at the 3M Design Center, located in St. Paul, MN.

The person hired for the position of Lead UX Designer (Prototyping) will work with cross-functional teams to create user-centered designs in support of programs of major importance across the 3M Industrial and Safety and Graphics Business Groups. Responsible for leading and supporting on overall strategy and solution definition to bring to life experience strategies, applications, user interface platform/ecosystems through creating, iterating and validating prototypes. Prototyping is essential to our design process. We validate an idea before committing to getting it built using prototypes at the start of the project then continue to define the ideas through design sprints and user testings. Instead of debating in the conference room, we use informal qualitative research studies into every iteration to gather evidence to address critical questions.

Does your curiosity inspire you to imagine tomorrow’s solutions to today’s problems? Do you ever wonder how collaborative creativity can enrich innovation and make progress possible? Or wonder if design can drive competitive advantage for business, while also having positive impact on the world? These are just a few of the questions we ask at 3M Design every day. Our diverse, global team not only includes design talent from multiple creative disciplines, but also achievement-oriented professionals who keep the engine going for strong operations to ensure our design organization is world class. We’re looking for creative explorers who are excited to be part of the very inspiring journey of design at an innovation company like 3M driven by curiosity.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science, interaction design, industrial design, UX design, graphic design or visual communication design from an accredited university
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in digital product development (e.i. apps, desktop, web, digital ecosystems apply)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. in in computer science, interaction design, visual communication design or a related field or equivalent degree.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience as UX practitioner (e.g. UX prototyper, frontend developer, UX engineer).
  • Proficient in several programming languages, and expert knowledge in at least one.
  • Strong understanding of responsive design, software design patterns and data structures.
  • Experience with creating web-based products, mobile applications for iOS and Android.
  • Experience in Adobe Experience Design and/or Sketch.
  • Experience with popular front-end libraries like Backbone.js, Angular .js, React.js, etc.
  • Experience with vector and motion graphics, including SVG, HTML5 Canvas, and Animation via JavaScript and CSS.
  • Able to bridge the gap between design and code and comfortable with ambiguity and UX problem solving.
  • Experience working collaboratively with other product managers and engineers in a variety of settings and strong communication skills with the ability to articulate positions and advocate designs.

Lead UX Designer (Prototyping) primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Execute innovative UX concepts in a fast-paced environment while always keeping user needs at the forefront.
  • Advise and collaborate with UX designers, engineers and researchers to refine user interactions from concept to release.
  • Rapidly iterate on development of prototypes based on input from user testing findings. 
  • Participate in design sprints and scrum sessions.
  • Strategize, brainstorm and define approaches that optimize design implementation.
  • Contribute and execute against the current design strategy and direction.
  • Ensure the delivery of designs and prototypes are appropriate for the engineering team.
  • Build user interfaces using the desktop, web and iOS/Android platforms.
  • Contribute frontend engineering to the production development codebase.
  • Develop a code repository for fast prototyping.
  • Establish and cultivate extensive network of support to facilitate completion of assignments.
  • Support multiple projects in parallel; organize and manage assignments in a dynamic, diverse environment while meeting tight deadlines.
  • Mentor design and business teams to develop their understanding of the possibilities and restrictions of HTML, CSS, JS and development languages.
  • Impact the direct work group/team, provide coaching and leadership. Decisions may affect the organizational effectiveness of multiple work groups and stakeholders including design function, department or management.

Please attach a file or include a link to a non-confidential portfolio of design work along with your application.

Location: Maplewood, MN
Travel: Up to 20%
Relocation: Is authorized

About 3M Design

3M Design is the creative engine driving design for innovation at 3M. As a global team of diverse talent that creates meaningful and consistent brand experiences, we stimulate collaborative creativity to translate insights and technologies into solutions that inspire and positively impact our customers, our employees, and our world. 3M is a global innovation company with $32 billion in sales, employing 90,000 people worldwide with operations in more than 70 countries. For more information about 3M Design, visit www.3M.com/design or follow @3MDesign on Twitter.

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

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