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Appearance Definition Lead (ADL) - CRE0001030

Warren (Tech Ctr), Michigan, US

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Appearance Definition Lead (ADL) - 7th Level
General Information

Position Title:

Appearance Definition Lead (ADL) 


Design Quality

GM Level:

7B – Internal and External


Pleaseindicate the primary purpose of the position and describe the major expectedresults or objectives and those major factors that distinguish this positionfrom others. 


The Appearance Definition Lead is assigned Programs to ensure we meet the aesthetic Design Intent vision to “Design, Build and Sell the World’s Best Vehicles”.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate, document and release Design Intent Appearance Attributes, i.e. CTDAR (Color & Trim Design Appearance Requirements), on time and with quality; includes Statement of Requirements for Sourcing (Appendix F5)
  • To provide documented Design Intent Appearance Harmony for execution of ALL Interior, Exterior, and Accessories; (except Body Color)
  • Ensure GVDP Elements for release of the CTDAR are met with the Program Team
Position Tasks and Responsibilities

Pleasedescribe the specific responsibilities and tasks of the position.  Include the job objectives, the expected job results(i.e. what will be measured), the level of accountability, and the major factorsthat distinguish this position from others.

Business / Strategic:
  • Must develop and maintain strategic relationships with Design Studio, Color & Trim, Engineering VSE and DE, Program Management (both Design and Eng), and other key Program Team members across assigned program(s). 
  • Ability to “seek to understand”
  • Drive Appearance Strategies to meet Design Intent
  • Ensure high fidelity of requirements that drives Design Intent of appearance that creates Appearance Harmony
  • On Time support of CTDAR releases and Appearance SOR Appendix F5 (Appendix B2 EBOM F5)
  • Voice of the Customer for Appearance Attributes, working with functions in Design and Engineering
  • Understanding of the competition for materials usage
  • Build strong relationships within Design:  Studios, Color & Trim Creative Designer, Production Studio Leads, and within DQ, i.e. Brand Team, Cost Lead, etc.
  • Develop strong cross functional relationships outside of Design, i.e. VSE, DE, Materials Eng, Program Management, Marketing,  Program Team, etc.
Program Execution:
  • Meet GVDP Element deliverables for CTDAR (Color & Trim Design Appearance Requirements)
  • Support Frontloading, including Competitive Material Benchmarking
  • Work with various functions to ensure feasibility and harmonious execution of Design Intent part appearance
  • Lead Appearance Definition Meetings to support Coarse to Fine development of the CTDAR to support Releases and SOR F5
  • Prepare Design’s appearance requirements for sourcing  documents (F5 / EBOM)
  • Lead milestone assessments for Appearance Gate Reviews, including Virtual Assessment
  • Lead issue resolution & escalate when resolution is not achieved in a timely manner
  • Support Appearance Requirements at Launch Harmony Review
  • Manage Appearance maintenance for the life of the vehicles(s) assigned

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 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.
Knowledge, Skills, Experience, and Competencies
Pleaseindicate specific knowledge, skills, and experience required to carry outposition responsibilities. Where experience is required, please indicate howmuch and what type.  Please indicate thelevel of formal education (or degree) required by the job. Use the GM TalentManagement Tools to identify the key competencies required (using Lomingerprocess).
Required Knowledge: 
  • Expert in complex Microsoft Office with emphasis on Excel functions / macros
  • Knowledge of Photoshop
  • Understanding of GVDP (Global Vehicle Development Process) and Elements
  • Understanding / Knowledge of Appearance Processes, Materials, Manufacturing Processes
  • Knowledge of  Product and its Appearance
  • Knowledge of Purchasing Process / eSOR
  • Knowledge of CR/DN system
  • Knowledge of PPC
Required Skills:
  • Ability to Lead definition of Appearance Requirement to create Harmony
  • Excellent Program Management skills
  • Excellent working ability in Microsoft Office, i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop
  • Ability to think left brain / right brain – to visualize harmony from an Excel Chart
  • Understanding of Materials / Manufacturing Processes and how they affect to deliver Appearance
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills – ability to verbalize appearance attributes to a non-technical audience
  • Ability to speak confidently and with ease to Senior Leadership
  • Excellent Meeting Norms to effectively conduct and manage Appearance Materials Definition Meetings
  • Ability to interact well with internal and external customers, i.e. outside of Design, Suppliers, Marketing, etc
  • High level of analytical skills – investigate / balance / direct part level appearance
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Excellent Team working skills
  • Ability to multi task and deal with a diverse portfolio of work
  • Outstanding planning and organization skills and a drive to meet tight deadlines
  • Prefer some ability in Vis Mock Up
Required Experience/Education:
  • Bachelor Degree with qualifications in Engineering, Design, Business / Communications (exceptions may be granted based on work experience)
  • Significant experience working on design or engineering of vehicle interiors / exteriors; materials and manufacturing processes
  • DE / DRE, Validation, Specification Analyst experience would be helpful but not required

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