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Vehicle Systems Lead


The VSL is a consulting role responsible for aligning SMT commodity sourcing strategy with program financial, business, timing, and strategic targets during the sourcing phase of the GVDP.

As the purchasing counterpart to the Vehicle System Engineer (VSE), the VSL works collaboratively & cross functionally with the Program Purchasing & Direct Purchasing Teams, VSEs, PPCO(Product Product Program Cost Optimization , Program Engineering, and other collaborators to driving an aligned sourcing strategy focused on achieving critical program cost, timing, quality, localization & other strategic targets.

Hybrid: 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 at a GM facility or off-site as frequently as needed or desired.

Key Roles/Responsibilities:

It’s On Me:

  • Support program Strategy reviews, SOR Check-ins, SMT Key stakeholder meetings & sourcing reviews
  • Drive target & status alignment through collaboration with VSE, Buyer, and PPCO
  • Lead aligning Mid-Point PSR / PSR recommendations resolving  disconnects prior to leadership review

Innovate Now/Think Customer/One Team

  • Drive profitability meeting program financial targets through understanding sourcing strategy cost savings opportunity
    • Cost Reduction workshops
    • Bundling / Scale Opportunities
    • ED&D Lump Sum vs Amortized
    • LTA’s vs Best Cost Up Front
  • Develop strong  relationships with Purchasing & Engineering SMT, VSE, PPCO, Program Team & other key partners
  • Be the voice of Direct Purchasing SMT  to the Program Team and Voice of Program Team to Purchasing equally considering team priorities

Look ahead

  • Maintain program timing assessing risk early and kicking off recovery plans before project is late
  • Share knowledge & lessons learned across program and with peers to support strategy optimization

Additional Description


  • 3 years Direct Purchasing or Engineering (PDT Leader) Experience
  • Strong discernment, experience with case evaluation
  • Strong program management experience
  • Ability to clearly communicate team goals & rally team around vision & mission
  • Represent Purchasing SMT in Program related meetings
  • Represent Program Team in Purchasing related meetings
  • Lead internal and cross-SMT Issue escalation process
  • Strong ability to handle ambiguity
  • Familiarity with GVDP, program & sourcing process timelines
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and purchasing systems
  • Focus on Inclusion – develop positive relationships with collaborators & bring team along the journey

FOR GM INTERNAL CANDIDATES: This role is posted at the 7th level within the GPSC organization. The determination by HR and the Hiring Manager as to whether an offer will be lateral or promotional will be based on a candidate’s relevant experience as well as whether the role will amount to a significant increase in level of responsibility.

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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

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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