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Safety Design Software Architect


"This position does not require an employee to be on-site full-time to perform most effectively. The employee's role enables them to work off-site on a permanent basis."

The Role

Safety Design Software Architects work jointly with System Safety Engineering to develop the Solution Context and Intent at the Software level (define requirements and communicate solution vision), analyze technical trade-offs, determine the primary components and subsystems, identify the interfaces and collaborations between them, define Nonfunctional Requirements (NFRs), guide Enablers through the Program and Solution Kanban systems, and work with Product and Solution Management, System Safety, and Suppliers to help ensure the allocated System Safety requirements and strategy are met.​

Safety Design Software Architects play a critical role in aligning teams on the ART and Solution Train (these are product teams) to a shared technical direction with System Safety.  They also partner with the Agile Teams to elaborate and develop the solutions, validating technology assumptions, evaluating implementation alternatives, and creating the Continuous Delivery Pipeline. 


Define Safety Software architecture to meet allocated System Safety requirements:

  • Participate with System Safety Engineering in planning/defining high-level design of the product solution; explore solution alternatives​.

  • Architect the software solution for scalability, maintainability, testability, etc.​

  • Define subsystems and their interfaces, allocate responsibilities to sub systems, understand solution deployment and communicate requirements for interactions with the solution context​.

  • Support the ARTs during Planning and Implementation with technical guidance, review system architecture designs in all areas of ART planning.

  • Assist in Backlog refinements to identify Safety Critical features and functions.

  • Ensure proper prioritization of Safety Critical software requirements.

  • Ensure adherence to Software Testing and ASIL level requirements and timelines.

  • Plan and develop the Software Architectural Runway for the SW Safety strategy.

  • Create enabler Features / Stories aligned to Program / Solution Roadmap / Safety Cases

  • Advocate for Enabler requirements supporting the System Software Safety strategy.

Direct Safety Shared Services Scrum team development:

  • Prioritize, along with other Safety Design Software Architects, the Safety Shared Service Backlog.

  • Define deliverables for Scrum team development of Software Safety functions.

  • Mentor Software/Controls engineers into becoming capable Safety Software Architects.

  • Review Software Safety functional designs and confirm overall quality.

Additional Description


  • BS in Engineering, Physics, Computer Science

  • 2+ years of engineering experience

  • Establish relationships and collaborate with other organizations and teams, such as System Safety, Advanced Controls Engineering, and other Program teams.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in C/C++ Programming and autocode generated from Simulink models.

  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal styles and communications methods to work optimally with business partners to meet mutual goals.

  • Provide technical training and establish effective mechanisms of knowledge sharing.

  • Be familiar with ISO26262 and applicable FMVSS standards.

  • Demonstrate Critical Thinking / Focus on securing the safety of the entire vehicle.

  • Proven ability to develop the detailed root cause of failures and establish a quick resolution

  • Lead issue investigations and work with team members to close related tethers.

  • Analyze the full control system and visualize what issues / faults can occur and build designs that mitigate those risks.

  • DFSS Black Belt Certification

Desired Skills

  • MS in Engineering, Physics, Computer Science

  • Possess 7+ years of engineering experience with at least 3 years in Functional or System Safety or Safety Critical embedded controls design / development.

Compensation: Please note that the compensation information that follows is a good faith estimate for this position only and is provided pursuant to the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and Equal Pay Transparency Rules. It is estimated based on what a successful Colorado applicant might be paid. Similar positions located outside of Colorado will not necessarily receive the same compensation. Actual salaries will vary and may be above or below the range base d on various factors including but not limited to location, experience, and performance. The median level of salary compensation for this role is $109,283

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




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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