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Functional Safety Software Engineer


This is a Hybrid position within our IT Organization. The role will allow employees to work offsite but will also require onsite work based on business needs. The selected candidate will be expected to commute to the innovation center to which they are assigned as their primary GM facility. Relocation may be provided.

“For all external applicants, we are targeting a start date on or after January 10th 2022 for this position.”

In recent years, GM Information Technology has successfully executed the largest IT transformation in the history of the automotive industry, fully insourcing what once was a nearly completely outsourced IT function. Today GM IT is a dynamic and fast paced organization that designs, develops and maintains all IT infrastructure, applications and solutions enabling GM’s global operations. From designing and building the next generation of electric and other vehicles to developing a world-class GM experience for our dealers and customers, GM IT is driving real change in the most iconic automaker on the planet. Our team delivers unique enterprise-wide IT solutions in cutting-edge technologies such as mobility, telematics, mission-critical business systems, supercomputing, cloud, vehicle engineering and real-time computing. We offer challenging positions for passionate professionals looking to advance their careers and be a part of an IT organization focused on innovation, speed and business value.

As a Software Developer within General Motors; you will be responsible for leading a development team and ensuring that software is designed and developed using sound, repeatable, industry standard methodologies. You will work in a technical management role as well as perform hands-on planning, architecture, and design as required. Additionally, you will provide oversight to development activities to ensure the highest utilization of resources toward delivery of elite capabilities aligned with GM corporate and business direction. This position will enable you to advise, coach/mentor development teams and will review the software being developed to insure the highest standards. Part of your goals will be to be excellent in code quality, performance, stability, security and general delivery to requirements and project timing.

Must be comfortable leading highly technical teams through the software development lifecycle (SDLC) utilizing industry standard/best practice for software development approaches

The following represents requirements for this role:

You will have broad software project delivery experience in leading teams developing applications using a variety of tools, languages, frameworks and technologies. Capable of leading concurrent projects and/or initiatives within GM.

Ability to handle issue resolution and remove roadblocks by navigating complex corporate environments and processes

Understanding of Performance tuning, usability assessment/improvement, automation technologies

Understands security risks for applications and code remediation techniques

Oversees Integration efforts of software or solutions with existing software/systems

Understands code quality analysis results and remediation mechanisms

Strong Knowledge of maintaining and debugging live software systems

Providing advice and technical support for various projects within their domain

Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Possess technical writing knowledge around system design specification and user documentation of software systems

Understand and maintain compliance with GM standards and industry standard methodology

Provides career guidance and mentoring of software developers. Assures that team adheres to all GM Resource Requirements such as Timekeeping, Project Management and Training

Assists with identifying/selecting the best talent. Responsible for directing work, leading performance and providing guidance / coaching to team members. Leads the culture within their team, holds themselves and others accountable for demonstrating GMs values and cultural behaviors. Models GM behaviors and creates a winning culture.


  • Analyze the feature hazards and risks to develop system level Technical Safety Concept and Technical Safety Requirements
  • Secure traceability and maintenance of the safety requirements within the project system framework
  • Review safety plans and maintain safety plans
  • Lead the safety analyses (FTA, FMEDA, DFMEA) the project
  • Act as the domain expert to resolve technical issues with OEMs, suppliers, and other teams
  • Participate during the design reviews from a safety perspective
  • Active participation in Functional Safety methods development
  • Participate in development of safety processes to meet ASIL D requirements
  • Perform technical assessments for the system safety compliance to ISO 26262
  • Design and review automated safety testing

Must Haves (Basic Qualifications):

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in electrical engineering, software or comparable
  • 2+ years of experience in functional safety for automotive, 5+ years preferred
  • Ability to solve problems analytically and collaboratively
  • Lead with confidence – thought leaders who empower those around them
  • Development and implementation of safety concepts
  • Safety analysis methods (FTA, FMEA, FMEDA)
  • Strong systems engineering background
  • Ability to drive technical solutions for SW design
  • Strong mentoring and team building skills
  • Strong presentation, communication, and documentation skills
  • Technical leadership

Nice to Haves (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Expert knowledge of ISO 26262
  • Experienced with Linux

Additional Description

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.