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Sr. Manager - Software

  • Location
    • Palo Alto, California
    • Sunnyvale, California
    • Warren, Michigan
  • Schedule Full time
  • Posted


Vehicle Mechatronics Embedded Controls (VMEC) is responsible for designing, developing, and deploying the embedded controls and software for all vehicle systems and components that manage vehicle motion, occupant access, position, protection, vision & visibility, and comfort.  

The Software Senior Manager will lead a team responsible to establish and aggressively implement a high quality build and test process.

In this people leader role, you will lead several EGMs and develop talent throughout the organization. Your technical leadership will be at the strategic direction level with responsibilities for execution. You will help develop and lead strategic action plans to support business goals for our inclusive future as we reinvent ourselves from auto manufacturer to a tech company !

Are you ready to build an inclusive safety focused culture, lead a team to innovative solutions, launch new products, develop dynamic engineers, and drive the strategy to an all-electric future? Are you in? #EverybodyIn. #IWorkForGM

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership to:

    • Lead & align build & test process roadmaps across ARTs & Value Streams related to Body Controls

    • Ensure industry standards for quality and SW build best practice are executed flawlessly

    • Enable GM & Supplier innovations

    • Collaborate with Sr. Manager for Body Controls

    • Drive discipline to on-time execution, dealing with ambiguity and strategically pivoting with resiliency

  • Enable self-organizing, empowered teams to deliver product on-time with quality executions in an agile framework

  • Foster an environment for high-performing team dynamics, continuous flow, and relentless improvement

  • Implement and support agile principles and practices, identifying and eliminating impediments, and facilitating flow

  • Provide lean-agile leadership while working across VMEC and collaborating with SDV-EP and SDV-OS organizations to establish and execute plans

  • Mentor, coach, and develop employees and their careers

  • Establish and monitor budget for responsible activities

  • Execute resource planning for required activities

  • Model and foster GM's Core Values and Winning Behaviors

  • Engage with suppliers and bundled service partners to ensure alignment and execution of deliverables, handling escalations autonomously

Minimum Required Skills and Experiences:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering to include Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mathematics.

  • Minimum 10+ years of engineering experience related to embedded control system, calibration, related hardware, and/or safety critical system development

  • Demonstrated results in successful project execution

  • Excellent multi-functional communication and leadership skills - able to get multiple teams moving in the same direction

  • Demonstrated ability to "Deal with Ambiguity" while driving timely decision making

Additional Description

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Master of Science in Engineering and/or Master of Business Administration

  • Master of Science in Electrical, Computer, Mechanical, Mechatronic, Aerospace, Systems or Software Engineering with emphasis in Controls or Robotics

  • Change leadership experience in leading other leaders

  • Leadership experience developing or utilizing industry standards

  • Leadership experience in safety compliance of embedded systems

  • Leadership of teams of engineers responsible for developing or testing embedded control systems or related hardware

  • Demonstrated ability to: achieve results through effective teamwork, lead numerous projects with different focal areas to successful completion, and manage and measure work through metrics, data, and results

  • Experience managing a global team that is geographically dispersed

  • Working knowledge of embedded controls development tool set – (e.g. IBM Rational Tool Suite, Jira/Jama, Git ecosystem, MatLab-Simulink, ETAS)

  • “Scaled Agilist” certification in the Scaled Agile Framework®


This role is categorized as Hybrid. This means the successful candidate is expected to report onsite three times per week at minimum.

The compensation information is a good faith estimate only. It is based on what a successful applicant in the California Bay Area which includes the following counties: Marin, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz might be paid in accordance with the California law.

The compensation may not be representative for positions located outside of the California Bay Area.

The annual salary range for this role is $225,000 - $344,800. The actual base salary a successful candidate will be offered within this range will vary based on factors relevant to the position.

Bonus Potential: An incentive pay program offers payouts based on company performance, job level, and individual performance.

Benefits: GM offers a variety of health and wellbeing benefit programs. Benefit options include medical, dental, vision, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, retirement savings plan, sickness and accident benefits, life insurance, paid vacation & holidays, tuition assistance programs, employee assistance program, GM vehicle discounts and more.

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