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VMEC Embedded Controls - Release Train Engineer


Why work for us?

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 is on the forefront of this work, emboldening our culture by seeking out determined, innovative individuals who will join our team to help move us forward and achieve our mission. As we continue to transform our organization utilizing the principles of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), we are seeking experienced, motivated and forward-thinking engineers to join our team.

As a Release Train Engineer, you will have the opportunity to support your Agile Teams by providing coaching and guidance. You will be expected to lead by example, challenge the status quo and promote an environment of continuous improvement, experimentation and innovation. With your excellent listening skills, facilitation and conflict-resolution skills you will help VMEC continue to adopt work methods required to properly adopt Agile at scale.

The successful candidate will embody GM behaviors and competencies; passionate about shape the processes, tools and methods to improve our agility; Be an active listener and actively facilitate meetings and discussions; Be nimble to change as we evolve and adopt scaled agile methodologies in the Vehicle Motion Embedded Controls Organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate Program Increment (PI) planning, visualize and manage the flow of features and capabilities from ideation to analysis, implementation, and release.
  • Outline business and technical goals that development teams intend to achieve and the relationship to program objectives.
  • Coach the ART on Agile / SAFE Principles and mindset, course correct any Anti-Patterns.
  • Manage and coordinate large and complex development projects, facilitate synchronization events (i.e. meetings and processes) and coordinate between multi-functional development teams, both inside and outside of VMEC.
  • Help manage risk and dependencies between teams. Escalate and track impediments. Provide input on resourcing to address critical bottlenecks.
  • Facilitate System Demos that provide integrated view of new features for the iteration delivered by all the teams on the project.
  • Represent the development teams in front of senior leadership to provide status update, acquire feedback or approval.
  • Coach the ART on Agile / SAFE Principles and mindset, course correct any Anti-Patterns.
  • Perform a critical role in the data driven decision making process. Create and interpret metrics to guide the organization to continuously improve.  Analyze data used to track key performance indexes providing insights and context to the results. 
  • Create an environment of continuous improvement by facilitating Inspect and Adapt workshops, Gemba walks and coaching team members on agile principles. 
  • Initiate strategic efforts to enhance product development workflow and process. 
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, new technology and competitive products.
  • Create an environment of psychological safety, coach and mentor less experienced engineers and actively support communities of practice.

Minimum Required Skills and Experience

  • Lean-Agile Leadership Mindset and able to coach agile principles.
  • BS in Engineering in the disciplinary areas such as Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer science.
  • Minimum 2+ years of experience developing controls and software based on the understanding of physical systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and significantly complex projects and assignments in a production environment with a high level of autonomy and accountability for results.
  • A proactive and empowering nature that makes others want to follow your lead
  • High level of interpersonal skills to work effectively with others, motivate employees, and drive for results.
  • Skilled at resolving interpersonal conflicts and overall helping people communicating effectively.
  • Comfortable with data analysis, and recommending solutions or improvements based on data.
  • Proven ability to deal with ambiguity, embrace changes and challenges.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated coordination and project management skills with at least 2 years experience in leading cross-functional development work in the production environment.
  • SCRUM and Release Train Engineer (RTE) training with at least 3 years of experience in Agile Software Development
  • High organizational agility and ability of representing the product development team in communication with the senior leadership
  • Familiar with data mining, analysis and visualization techniques.
  • Comfortable with ambiguous assignments and capable of developing strategies with minimum guidance
  • High level of oral and written communication skills.
  • MS in Engineering in the disciplinary areas such as Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer science or MBA.
  • 5+ years experience developing controls and software based on the understanding of physical systems.
  • Knowledge of controls, software and calibration development for vehicle motion systems including propulsion, chassis and battery. Strong understanding of major automotive subsystems and the interactions between them.

Additional Description

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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