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Value Stream - Lead Solution Manager


Remote: This position does not require the 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.

We encourage Work Life Balance!

Role Summary:

GM is undergoing a major transformation, both in how we operate and in how we will influence the future of transportation. Our Vehicle Motion Embedded Controls (VMEC) team and the greater Global Electrification, Controls, Software and Electronics (GECSE) is committed to transforming their operations to follow Scale Agile Framework (SAFe) principles and practices including Lean Portfolio Management.  As part of this transformation, GECSE is forming cross-functional Value Streams across the ARTs to define and support the building of desirable and sustainable products that provide a continuous flow of value to our customers. VMEC is looking to fill the Lead Solution Manager role for a newly formed energy storage system value stream.

The Lead Solution Manager (LSM) is a key role to ensure that the Value Stream technology roadmap aligns with General Motor’s strategic themes and program timing.  The LSM will be a decisive leader who is comfortable negotiating with key stakeholders and communicating with customers. Their passion for their products and ability to listen and learn will guide them and others through changing scope and setbacks. The energy storage system LSM is responsible for leading and working with others to define and support the building of desirable, feasible, viable, and sustainable products that meet our customer needs over the product-market lifecycle.  The Lead Solution Manager has a customer centric mindset, makes plans, leads by example, and utilizes design thinking principles and practices to guide their decision making.  The LSM is responsible for maintaining the Value Stream’s alignment with the Portfolio Canvas, Lean Budgets, and Guardrails.

Additional Description

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Customers, Business Owners(BO), Solution Architects(SA), Vehicle System Engineers(VSE), Product Managers(PM), Solution Train Engineers(STE), Release Train Engineers(RTE), Epic Owners, and Subject Matter Experts(SME) as needed to understand and organize in order to deliver customer products.  Collaborative works will include:

    • Quantifying Program Timing Requirements, Market Rhythms, and development timing needs.

    • Develop and support an efficient Enterprise Lean Portfolio Management Epic Process including feasibility analysis, development roadmap, and approval for epics that may span value streams and ARTs.

    • Develop and support an efficient Program Epic Process which includes feasibility analysis, development roadmap, and approval for epics not processed via the Enterprise Epic process.

    • Develop and support an efficient Enabler Epic Process to support Architectural Runway.

    • Develop, document, and communicate the Solution Intent to program leadership teams.

  • Coordinating across ARTs within the Value Stream

    • Initial point of contact within the Value Stream for Epic Owners

    • Assess, plan and participate with Epic Owners and ART Product Managers which customer products to develop.

    • Identify and manage dependencies within the Value Stream.,

    • Identify and prioritize process improvement opportunities with Solution Train Engineers and Release Train Engineers.

  • Interacting with Agile Portfolio Management Operations supporting Lean Portfolio Management(LPM)

    • Initial point of contact for the Value Stream processing Portfolio Epics

    • Work with Epic Owners and PMs to process epics and enablers during Review & Analyze Phases

    • Quantify, maintain, and communicate Value Stream capacity & capacity utilization

    • Quantify, maintain, and support funding needs for various shared service teams

    • Represent and support Value Stream during Strategic Portfolio Reviews and Portfolio Sync meetings.

Key Deliverables:

  • Establish and maintain Value Stream Vision and a Roadmap containing epics and enablers aligned with Enterprise.

  • Quantify and maintain Value Stream timing plan aligned with Enterprise and vehicle program feature rollout plan.

  • Work with SMs, PMs, and Epic owners to get epics scheduled for implement from backlog.

Minimum Required Skills and Experience :

  • BSE, BS in Mechanical/Mechatronics Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Chemistry, Metallurgical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Physics, Materials Engineering

  • Understanding of automotive mechanical systems, electrical and electronic components, mechatronics, distributed control systems, serial data, and software architectural concepts

  • Systems Engineering mindset

  • 5+ years experience in 1 or more architectural domains; vehicle motion embedded controls, energy storage systems, battery management systems, thermal management systems

  • Familiarity of software development processes

  • Proficiency / skilled in Agile development processes

  • Proficiency /skilled in embedded controls and software architecture

  • Experience successfully leading activities/projects with high levels of ambiguity

  • Highly developed oral and written communications skills; ability to communicate intent to leadership and technical details to executing teams.

  • Comfortable leading and directing teams (command skills).

  • Strong project management skills to lead, plan, prioritize, and execute work in a prioritized, agile way to meet or exceed objectives on time with quality.

  • Bold, passionate, proactive innovator who has and will continue to participate with others to develop market solutions for our customers.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • MSE, MS in Mechanical/Mechatronic Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Chemistry, Metallurgical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Physics, Materials Engineering

  • Knowledge of Model-Based System Engineering principles and methodologies

  • Knowledge of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and Lean Portfolio Management principles and practices.  Certification in Leading SAFe, SAFe for Architects and Lean Portfolio Management

  • High level of interpersonal skills to work effectively with others, motivate employees, and elicit work output

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 based on various factors including but not limited to location, experience, and performance. The median level of salary compensation for this role is $134.326

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

Bonus Potential  : An incentive pay program offers payouts based on company performance, job level, and individual performance.



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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

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

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