3M Strategy & Marketing Development (SMD)

3M Strategy & Marketing
Development (SMD)

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 divisional and corporate functions. SMD consultants work across 3M’s diverse customers, industries, geographic 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.


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 over 20 years. The SMD program is designed for talented MBA candidates who have a strong desire to:

  • Lead individual and team projects that contribute directly to 3M’s growth across marketing, strategy and business development
  • Gain in-depth exposure to a broad range of customers, industry, and technologies in a global business arena
  • Drive a variety of functional, mentoring and leadership experiences that will enhance your personal and professional capabilities
  • Access SMD’s rich alumni network which totals over 100 members including Division and Function VPs

SMD’s collaborative environment fosters peer to peer learning. SMD consultants interact with the same team of peers over a two-year period, allowing them to build strong professional and personal camaraderie.

  • What We Do

    SMD consultants typically lead 3-5 projects at once, working closely with internal clients across 3M divisions, corporate functions, and subsidiaries. Project work spans marketing, strategy and business development. Common project types include:

    Market and product opportunity analysis, commercialization of new products, customer journey mapping, the voice of customer analysis, new product introduction process, pricing analysis, competitive analysis, segmentation, brand strategy, digital strategy, etc.

    Corporate and divisional strategic planning, market platforms assessment, technology assessment, growth plans, strategy development, etc.

    Business Development:
    Business modeling, new business development processes, mergers & acquisitions strategy and planning, etc.

    The Start of Your Career at 3M

    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 on 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.


    MBA students of all ages are welcome to apply.

    Must be legally authorized to work in a country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H1B status). 3M is an equal opportunity employer. 3M will not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status.

    • We recruit top talent through our seven partner schools and key diversity conferences. Our partner schools are:

      • Harvard Business School
      • Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
      • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
      • University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
      • University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
      • University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management
      • University of Virginia, Darden School of Business

      We also recruit at these diversity conferences: The Consortium, National Black MBA (NBMBAA) and Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA).

    • To Apply

      Submit an application by the deadline at your MBA career services office or through the highlighted diversity conferences.

      Basic Qualifications

      • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university
      • Currently enrolled in an MBA program at an accredited university

      Preferred Qualifications

      • Currently enrolled in an MBA program with an emphasis in marketing, finance, strategy, and/or general management
      • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (undergraduate degree)
      • Minimum of 3 years of full time work experience
      • Demonstrated leadership abilities and high ethical standards
      • Demonstrated interpersonal, communication, and team skills
      • Superior quantitative, analytical, problem-solving, project management, and presentation skills
      • Comfort with ambiguity in project work and a changing external environment

      MBA students of all ages are welcome to apply. Must be legally authorized to work in the country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H1B status). 3M is an equal opportunity employer. 3M will not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status.

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Is North Korea Stocking Up on Bitcoin?

Is North Korea Stocking Up on Bitcoin?

Three security firms have reported a connection between WannaCry ransomware and malware used by the Lazarus group, a cyber crime group made up of unknown individuals.

Google security researcher Neel Mehta tweeted sample hashes from the WannaCry ransomware and the Contopee backdoor, which had previously been employed by the shadowy Lazarus Group. The group is responsible for the Sony hack, the SWIFT bank attacks, as well as other attacks on financial institutions. Some experts posit they hail from the North Korean government, but hard evidence is lacking.

Still, three security firms – Kaspersky Lab, Symantec, and BAE Systems – claim there could be a connection between North Korea’s Lazarus Group and WannaCry. To be sure, the groups are not exactly concluding that North Korea is behind WannaCry. The connections are pretty light, including but code written in C++ and compiled in Visual Studio 6.0. Comae found connections to North Korea, as well.

“The implementation of this [random buffer generator] function is very unique,” according to Sergcks Ongoing?

Europol’s chief told BBC the ransomware was designed to enable “infection of one computer to quickly spread across the networks…That’s why we’re seeing these numbers increasing all the time.”

She added: “Even if a fresh attack does not materialise on Monday, we should expect it soon afterwards.”

The ransomware, reformatted after MalwareTech’s solution, has been spread by individuals copying the attack. “We are in the second wave,” Matthieu Suiche of Comae Technologies, tells the New York Times earlier in the week. “As expected, the attackers have released new variants of the malware. We can surely expect more.”

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith on Sunday lambasted governments over the weekend for hoarding information about security flaws in computer systems instead of cooperating with multinational companies. He wrote:

Microsoft, which had to create a patch for Windows XP (they haven’t provided support for the OS since 2014), released a statement addressing how they are trying to undermine the attackers ability to exploit their systems. They also have choice words for the U.S. government.

“This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem. This is an emerging pattern in 2017. We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world. Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage.

An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen. And this most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today – nation-state action and organized criminal action.

The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call.”

If North Korea is behind the WannaCry attacks, then its raised less than $100,000 via the ransomware’s bitcoin bounty.

David Ogden



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