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Solution Architect


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.

About the role

As a Solution Architect, you are accountable for building and maintaining the relationship with business partners and the end user for a significant business space! You are required to have in-depth understanding of the business and business process.  You are also required to understand related IT apps.  You are responsible for eliciting and proposing new functionalities to business partners and collecting requirements / user stories.  You need to be able to effectively communicate the business needs to IT leadership/architects/app teams.  You need to work closely with app teams throughout the development/testing/deployment cycles.  You will be responsible to work with various teams on application & technical roadmap direction as well as development of software in the form of framework, platform, and proof of concept that will become the foundational components.  You will ensure that solutions are architected, designed, and developed using sound software development principles and in accordance with GM’s software development standards, project methodology; including but not limited to code quality, performance, stability, and security.  You must have broad interests and understanding of relevant and new technology.  Be able to evaluate, recommend, and promote right technology and technical solution which is future prove.  Collaborate with a group of highly capable architects and actively engaged in technical discussions and debates with well formulated facts, reasoning, and architecture principles.

You will be expected to be familiar and proficient with each of the following capabilities: 

  • Deep understanding MFG business and business process related to error proofing, plant floor device analytics, production monitoring and routing, and plant floor data collection, analysis and simulation.

  • Drive innovation and ensure the best applicable and fitting technology and architectures are used across the teams

  • Ability to work in a cross functional team environment

  • Ability to effectively communicate, influence and facilitate adoption of architecture solution across cross functional teams

  • Take leadership responsibility in driving architecture roadmap

  • Take leadership responsibility in end-to-end solution architecture for large scale and cutting-edge manufacturing error proofing, device data analytics, production monitoring and routing, simulation and communication projects/applications

  • Drive technology standards and adoption of cutting-edge technologies

  • Be able to straddle strategic responsibilities with tactical execution

  • Quickly design, develop, and deliver new code

  • Estimate and design work that is just-in-time and sized in small increments

  • Perform root cause analysis, do technology evaluations, and develop quick prototypes

  • Commit to completing well-defined, secure, and elegant work and deliver on their commitments

  • Report status of assigned software development and/or maintenance tasks

  • Consistently follow the specified software development methodology

  • Promote improvements in programming practices such as acceptance test driven development, continuous integration, and continuous delivery

  • Prospective team members must possess a high degree of business insight, creativity, decision making skills, a drive for results, the ability to negotiate, the ability to develop strong peer relationships, and a strong technical learning capability and focus.

Requirements for the role:

  • Must have at least 10 years of business and technical architecture experience and be comfortable working in highly technical team through the software development lifecycle (SDLC) utilizing industry standard/best practice for software development approaches

  • Must have in-depth MFG business knowledge

  • Must have IT systems design and development experience

  • Must have keen interests in new technology and technology trends

  • Must have in-depth knowledge using a variety of tools, languages, frameworks, and technologies.

  • Ability to analyzing complex issues and provide executable plan for complex tasks including Performance tuning, usability assessment/improvement, applying 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

  • Providing advice, technical support, and mentorship for various projects within their domain

  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Possess technical writing knowledge around system design specification and technical documentation of software systems

  • Provide mentorship to junior architects and developers.

  • Experience in manufacturing or supply chain is required.

  • Experience in implementing CI/CD based culture is critical.

  • Experience working with plant floor devices and communications

  • 10+ years of Java, C/C++, Python and/or .Net development experience

  • Experience in IIoT domain and implementations

  • Experience working with cloud platforms, K8 preferred

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong experience in designing and building modern UX a plus

  • Experience with Pulsar or Kafka is a plus

  • Experience with PLC/devices, Kepware, Cimplicity with OPCUA and other technologies a plus

  • Experience in Industrial IT systems and exposure to manufacturing and shop floor systems is a plus

  • Knowledgeable in ISA-95 standards and terminologies a plus

  • Experience in an MES architectural transformation is a plus

Additional Description

  • 10+ years' experience in business and technical architecture

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.