[Register Your Interest] Research & Development Placements - 2021 Intake at 3M

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Salary Band
£18,000 - £19,999
Role May Involve

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This role is suited to students looking to start their placement year in Summer 2021.

Research & Development Placements

Overall Mission

The Atherstone laboratory is responsible for developing and commercialising abrasive products for our Automotive Aftermarket Division (AAD) and our Abrasives Systems Division (ASD). By creating innovative and cost-effective abrasive solutions for our customers, the successful candidate will help our teams deliver market leading and commercially successful new product introductions, whilst taking part in our Emerging Talent Training programme.

Person Profile

  • Self-motivated
  • Good team player
  • Thrives in a problem-solving environment.
  • Pro-actively drives projects to a positive conclusion.

Job Responsibilities

  • Leadership of sub-projects within global product development project teams.
  • Problem solving and innovation working on a wide range of materials challenges.
  • Development of formulations and test methods.
  • Providing laboratory and product testing support for project teams.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Spreadsheet and word processing IT skills

Training and Development

The successful candidate will initially undergo a period of intense training in their role. Taking responsibility for their own sub project areas, the successful candidate will have plenty of scope to develop new technical and interpersonal skills. We operate in a highly collaborative environment so Industrial Placements can rely on plenty of support from colleagues to help them get started and this will continue throughout their time at 3M.


  • Right to live and work in the UK
  • Predicted a minimum 2:1 degree in a degree in Chemistry or Material Science.
  • 120 UCAS points at A-Level or equivalent qualification
  • Valid UK driving licence preferred, but not essential

Working at 3M

Unleash your potential.

Our success depends on the energy of our employees and the high quality of their leadership. Most of all it depends on their continuous improvement.

Move forward.

From sales to manufacturing to marketing to engineering, if you're committed to expanding your knowledge and gaining leading-edge skills, this is the place to do it. Professional development at 3M includes excellent training, continuing educational support, mentorship from smart, experienced people and more.

Move up - or move in new directions.

You'll find a strong promote-from-within culture here; it's an important aspect of our emphasis on learning and professional growth. You may also move between business units or even, potentially, to different locations around the world. That's one of the many advantages of our diverse business model and global reach.

Key Benefits Include:

  • 25 days paid annual holiday, plus Bank Holidays
  • Contributory SMART Stakeholder Pension Scheme with up to 10% employer contribution
  • Life Assurance Scheme 4 x salary
  • General Employee Stock Purchase Plan providing the opportunity to purchase 3M stock at discounted rates
  • Discount on 3M products
  • Employee discount scheme providing preferential rates across major UK retailers and service providers
  • Reduced subscriptions on various insurance schemes
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Employment Statement

At 3M, diversity & inclusion are essential to innovation. We seek and value differences in people!

As an equal opportunity employer, 3M will not discriminate against any applicant.

About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $33 billion in sales, our 93,000 employees connect with customers all around the world.

We love applying our science to creating products that, in big ways and small, make things better in some way. Helping people to be safe. Making them more productive. Protecting their health. Safeguarding the environment. And we have an insatiable appetite for meeting the world’s ever-changing challenges.

3M employs 2,750 people in the UK across 17 locations, including nine manufacturing sites. Products manufactured here include coated abrasives, personal safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products and drug delivery systems.