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Release Train Engineer - HVAC and Body Electronics


The Role

The Release Train Engineer is a servant leader and coach for an Agile Release Train (ART). They are the Lead SCRUM Leader for the ART and assist the teams in delivering value by communicating with stakeholders, removing/escalating impediments, managing risks, and drive relentless improvements.

The Release Train Engineer has a solid grasp of how to scale Lean and Agile practices, as well as understands the unique opportunities and challenges associated with facilitating and continuously aligning a large development program.


  • Manage and optimize the flow of value through the ART and Solution Train using various tools, such as the Program and Solution Kanbans and other information radiators

  • Establish and communicate the annual calendars for Iterations and Program Increments (PIs)

  • Facilitate PI Planning readiness by fostering a Continuous Exploration process which drives the synthesis of a Vision, a Roadmap, and Backlogs, and through Pre- and Post-PI Planning meetings

  • Facilitate the PI planning event

  • Summarize Team PI Objectives into Program PI Objectives (the RTE) and publish them for visibility and transparency

  • Assist tracking the execution of features and capabilities

  • Facilitate periodic synchronization meetings, including the ART sync meetings

  • Assist with economic decision-making by facilitating feature and capability estimation by teams and the roll-up to Epics, where necessary

  • Coach leaders, teams, and Scrum Masters in Lean-Agile practices and mindsets

  • Help manage risks and dependencies

  • Escalate and track impediments

  • Provide input on resourcing to address critical bottlenecks

  • Encourage collaboration between teams and System and Solution Architects/Engineering

  • Work with Product Management, Product Owners, and other stakeholders to help ensure strategy and execution alignment

  • Improve the flow of value through value streams by improving and assessing the practices associated with DevOps and Release on Demand in the Continuous Delivery Pipeline

  • Help drive the Lean User Experience (UX) innovation cycle

  • Understand and operate within Lean Budgets and ensure adherence to Guardrails

  • Works with the System team to facilitate System Demos

  • Drive relentless improvement via Inspect and Adapt workshops; assess the agility level of the ART and help them improve

  • Foster Communities of Practice and the use of engineering and Built-In Quality practices

Additional Description


  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science

  • 2+ years of Automotive Engineering experience with demonstrated technical and professional skills in Systems Engineering and/or Embedded Controls Development

  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational agility, collaborative spirit, and interpersonal skills to effectively lead an AGILE Release Train.

  • Highly developed and demonstrated communication skills, oral and written, to facilitate SAFe events like but not limited to PI planning, Inspect & Adapt, and Scrum of Scrums to obtain alignment effectively across a large organization of business managers, people leaders, and engineers.

  • Proficient at analyzing unusual and complex issues utilizing problem solving skills to identify dependencies and issues while driving for results in an ambiguous and fast-paced environment.

  • Regularly exhibits the following Release Train Engineer Traits:

    • Listens and supports teams in problem identification and decision-making.

    • Creates an environment of mutual influence.

    • Understands and empathize with others.

    • Encourages and supports the personal development of each individual and the development of teams.

    • Coaches people with powerful questions rather than use authority.

    • Thinks beyond day-to-day activities; apply systems thinking, short/long term planning.

    • Supports the teams’ commitments.

    • Is open and appreciates openness in others.

Desired Skills

  • 5+ years of Automotive Engineering experience with demonstrated technical and professional skills in Systems Engineering and/or Embedded Controls Development

  • 5+ years of experience as a Scrum Leader

  • 5+ years of experience with Agile Practices on an Agile Team

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

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