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Big Data Open Source Software Engineer


About the Role

In recent years GM has taken a number of steps to strengthen its position as a global automotive Leader. Transformation of its petabyte scale Big Data infrastructure is a key element of GM’s information technology strategy.  Within the Enterprise Technology Service organization, the Big Data Infrastructure and Engineering (BDIE) team provides technically progressive capabilities to the GM data science community and an opportunity to work with a group of highly talented individuals.  As a member of the BDIE Software Factory team, you will play a significant role in helping GM transform its Big Data ecosystem that supports global software including GM’s Data Analytics Services, Machine Learning, Vehicle Streaming Data and other key initiatives into the next generation of the automotive industry.


For this Software Engineer role within General Motors, you are responsible for developing software using sound, repeatable, industry standard methodologies. You will work hands-on writing software or solutions, based on detailed requirements and system specifications. Additionally, you will be part of the BDIE Software Factory team which offers inclusiveness, training and growth potential in addition to the following  development activities:

  • Updating existing software and/or developing new software solutions to address a specific need or solve a particular business problem.

  • You will get to contribute to all development activities in accordance with best practice methodologies and application of a repeatable, systematic and quantifiable approach to the development process.

  • Developing your skill further by working closely with senior developers on the BDIE Software Factory team to ensure code alignment with design patterns/frameworks.


The Big Data Open Source Software Engineer is to provide ongoing development support for advanced big data tools including technologies such as Hadoop, Hive, Kafka, Atlas, Ranger, Spark, HUE, and Solr.  As GM moves from vendor support to a self-support model, Senior Open Source Software Engineer will assist with the development of standards and procedures required to make this change. As an Open Source Software Engineer you will have the opportunity to develop code in several technologies including Python, Scala, Java and Go, participate in GM’s largest project contributing to multiple leading open-source projects and have the opportunity to be recognized as an open-source contributor.

Additional Description

Skill, Experience and Education Requirements

  • 7 plus years experience as a software developer

  • Experience in developing Big Data Open Source projects (HDFS, Hive, Spark, etc.)

  • Experience in contributing to Open Source projects

  • Deep demonstrated experience with Java, Python and Scala

  • Expert knowledge with JavaScript UI technologies

  • Expert knowledge in building, debugging and maintaining mission critical enterprise software.

  • Ability to perform on a high-performance team as an individual senior software developer while directing the work of junior developers

  • Ability to optimize the performance of code.

  • Functional and Unit testing top of mind

  • Experience working on teams with a heavy emphasis on DevOps, Automation, CI/CD, and Quality

  • Good problem solving skills and being able to come up with designs for complex engineering problems

  • Experience with Git

  • Experience with Agile / Scrum

About GM

Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at . In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.