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Digital Systems Architect

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Digital Systems Architect

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.

“A long-lasting career at 3M comes from having vision, imagination and the ability to see what doesn’t exist. 3Mers are groundbreaking innovators and it’s important that we give every person the space for disruptive and creative thinking.” – John Banovetz, executive vice president, chief technology officer and environmental responsibility 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 Role

As a Digital Systems Architect, 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:

+ Acting as the overall Architecture Product Owner for Digital Platform services

+ Led conceptualizing, synthesis of functional and non-functional requirements into architecture platform technical strategy and detailed design to meet business objectives

+ Providing technical thought leadership for evolving cloud capabilities (AWS or Azure) in the areas of Modeling & Simulation, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI)

+ Delivering high customer value through design and implementation of highly scalable and modular platform services supporting multi-instance and multi-tenancy requirements

+ Accelerating R&D for software development teams, modeling, material and data scientists through the comprehensive design of “one stop shop” self-service capabilities that encapsulates full data lifecycle management

+ Evangelizing and evolving R&D design principles to ensure consistency and high reuse with CRSL Digital Platforms and associate application utilization

+ Partnering with key technology vendors to maintain R&D platform competitiveness through continuous gap analysis and corresponding platform roadmaps and enhancements

+ Developing executive-level presentations to clearly articular platform architecture rationale and strategic direction

+ Ensuring designs fully adheres to corporate security and compliance guidelines

+ Join the Corporate Research Systems Lab (CRSL), which collaborates and innovates with all of 3M's businesses and divisions. CRSL is a collaborative environment with cross-functional teams responsible for designing and developing digital technologies from the hardware and electronics to the algorithms and analytics, and the application software layer. A successful candidate will work side-by-side with scientists and engineers in broad disciplines from software, artificial intelligence/machine learning, electronic, mechanics and advanced analytics.

+ The ideal candidate is an architect with demonstrated experience in architecting and implementing commercial and cloud technologies. Someone who is enthusiastic about architecting and implement platforms capabilities to achieve maximum value to the organization. In this role, you will be responsible for leading the architecture design and technical strategies for CRSL digital platforms. You will work on a dynamic team that designs and implements cutting-edge software and scalable platform services. Our platforms support the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence/machine learning, advanced modeling/simulation and new visualization approaches (AR/VR) for both existing products as well as research and development of new products. You will be part of an agile team that will help design and build a state of the art commercial-grade services on top of which 3M businesses will rely on.

Your Skills and Expertise

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

+ High School Diploma/GED or higher (completed and verified prior to start) from an accredited institution

+ Ten (10) years Software Development and/or Software Architecture experience in a private, public, government or military environment

+ Five (5) years experience with at least one statically-typed language (e.g. Java, C#, C++) and dynamically-typed language (e.g. Python, javascript, etc…)

+ Five (5) years experience working with AWS and AWS services

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

+ 10+ years experience developing and deploying software using continuous integration, delivery, or deployment.

+ 5+ years Linux OS experience.

+ Experience using Docker and developing with Docker containers.

+ Understanding of basic networking concepts such as IP, CIDR, routing.

+ Familiarity with, and ability to explain, design principles such as SOLID, DRY

+ Broad experience with scale–from building small command-line applications to large-scale, enterprise applications and knowing the appropriate level of design and care for each.

+ A peripheral understanding of different enterprise-level off-the-shelf solutions, such as service buses, caches, data stores, workflow engines.

+ Ability to recognize established patterns for integration

+ Ability to help developers choose different data store types or compute types based on use case.

+ Proven drive to mentor and capacity to explain difficult concepts in simple terms.

+ Experience with operations and the impacts of design decisions on operations.

+ Experience designing and building applications using the AWS Well-Architected framework.

+ Deep understanding of cloud-native and serverless approaches and ability to help others choose the correct approach for the use case.

Location: Maplewood, MN or will consider remote US work location

Travel: May include up to 10% domestic/international

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.

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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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Digital Systems Architect

Full time
Maplewood, MN

Published on 09/28/2022

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