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Principal Software Engineer, Commercial Software & Services

  • Ubicación
    • Palo Alto, California
    • Roswell, Georgia
  • Cronograma Full time
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Software-defined vehicles represent a new paradigm for automakers and consumers, fueled by technological advancements and an escalating demand for transportation solutions that are not only intelligent but also safer and more environmentally sustainable. At the core of this transformative shift lies software – the driving force behind communication, security enhancement, updates, data processing, and the creation of a seamless user experience. These capabilities extend beyond consumer benefits, holding even greater significance for business owners.

The adoption of these sophisticated software solutions promises to be a catalyst for heightened efficiency, lowered costs, improved safety, better decision-making, and increased employee satisfaction. Ultimately, this positions business owners to achieve their objectives and maintain competitiveness in the fast evolving business landscape. Moreover, some of our solutions are poised to optimize and expedite the transition to electric vehicles, contributing to the decarbonization of the transportation sector.

At General Motors, we have embarked on an ambitious journey to pioneer next-generation software solutions tailored for commercial fleet owners and their drivers, ranging from small and medium-sized businesses to large enterprises. As a leading OEM, our extensive fleet of GM vehicles already traverse roads globally. We leverage our unique advantage as an OEM – comprehensive control over both in-vehicle and cloud software – to deliver seamless solutions to our customers, including fleet management, energy optimization, transportation logistics, safety systems, and more.

To fulfill our mission, we are actively expanding our teams in Silicon Valley and Atlanta. We seek individuals who can blend a passion for technology and sustainability with curiosity, rigorous thinking and a strong customer centric approach. This is an exceptional opportunity where you can leverage the scale of GM and make a significant impact and find fulfillment in crafting innovative software solutions. We invite you to join us on this exciting journey toward a better future.

Position Overview:

We are seeking an accomplished Hands-On Principal Software Engineer with a deep focus on software system architecture. The ideal candidate should have a proven track record of successfully designing, building, and productionizing large-scale cloud software systems or platforms. In addition to strong system architecture skills, the candidate should possess a strong user-centric mindset, design practical systems that meet product requirements, and actively contribute to the development process. This role also involves cross-functional collaboration with various teams across the company. As a key member of our engineering team, you will play a critical role in shaping the technical direction, providing leadership, and actively contributing to the development process.


System Architecture and Design:

  • Lead the design and architecture of complex, large-scale cloud software systems or platforms.

  • Make strategic decisions related to system architecture, technology stack, and design patterns with a strong focus on meeting product requirements.

Scalability and Performance Optimization:

  • Design systems that scale horizontally and vertically to meet growing demands.

  • Identify and address performance bottlenecks for optimal system performance.

User-Centric Mindset:

  • Design systems with a strong user-centric mindset, ensuring that architectural decisions align with user needs and product requirements.

  • Ensure that the software architecture aligns with the overall product vision and goals.

  • Collaborate closely with product management to understand and incorporate user feedback into the system design.

Hands-On Coding:

  • Actively contribute to the development of critical and complex components of the system.

  • Demonstrate coding excellence, adhering to best practices and coding standards.

Productionized Software:

  • Have a proven track record of productionizing software systems, ensuring they meet performance, reliability, and scalability requirements.

  • Implement best practices for monitoring, logging, and maintaining production systems.

  • Proficiency in DevOps skills, familiarity with CI/CD, automation, and infrastructure as code

  • Lead efforts to troubleshoot and resolve complex technical issues.

  • Implement proactive measures to prevent and mitigate system failures.

Security Best Practices:

  • Integrate security best practices into the architecture and development process.

  • Ensure compliance with relevant industry standards and regulations.

Cross-Functional Collaboration:

  • Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams including product management, business, DevOps, and other engineering teams across the company.

  • Ensure alignment of architectural decisions with company-wide objectives.

Technology Stack Evaluation:

  • Stay abreast of emerging technologies and assess their relevance to enhance the platform.

  • Evaluate and recommend new tools and technologies to improve system capabilities.


  • Provide technical leadership and mentorship to the engineering team.

  • Foster a collaborative and innovative work environment.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a related field.

  • Proven experience as a Principal Software Engineer with a focus on software system architecture.

  • 10+ years of industry experience in designing, building, and productionizing large-scale cloud software systems or platforms, with 3+ years in hands-on architectural role

  • Strong proficiency in multiple programming languages (Java preferred) and frameworks

  • Expertise in cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure, or GCP, with Azure expertise strongly preferred

  • In-depth knowledge of microservices architecture and distributed systems.

  • Database expertise, including SQL and NoSQL technologies.

  • Knowledge of software systems involving large data sets.

  • Understanding of data governance, privacy, and compliance.

  • Strong user-centric mindset with experience in designing practical systems that meet product requirements.

  • Excellent leadership and communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to make strategic technical decisions aligned with business goals.

  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.

This role is catergorized 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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