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October 8, 2012

GM to add 1,500 tech jobs in Warren

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

General Motors Co. plans to hire up to 1,500 information technology employees over the next several years to staff a new IT center in Warren, the company announced Oct. 8.

“We’re currently seeking the next generation of game-changers to help us usher in a new age of automotive innovation at GM,” GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott said in a prepared statement.

GM will reportedly deploy recruiters to college campuses and local jobs fairs beginning this fall, as the company seeks to tap a mix of recent college graduates and experienced professionals to fill positions in software development, project management, database management, and business analysis.

According to the statement, the Michigan IT Innovation Center will be the second of four centers in the United States, built to support GM’s “new approach” to information technology services.

The company announced the opening of the first center in Austin, Texas last month and the creation of 500 new IT jobs at the facility.

The new centers will reportedly play a critical role in GM’s overall business strategy as the company moves to a more “in-sourced IT business model.”

“GM is looking to create and deliver IT services with new capabilities that will help the company improve its performance, drive down the cost of ongoing operations, and increase the level of innovation delivered to GM customers,” according to the statement.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder issued a statement Oct. 8 praising the company’s decision to bring the IT Innovation Center -- and 1,500 new jobs -- to Warren.

“GM’s impressive recent growth can only be enhanced by the new Innovation Center going into the Warren Tech Center campus and we applaud this world-class auto company for tapping the technology talents of the world’s premier manufacturing work force,” Snyder said. “Our strength in engineering, research and development is a core Michigan asset that will mean good jobs in an innovative and exciting industry for all who pursue careers in scientific and technology fields. We as a state, and we as parents, must commit to training our kids to do these jobs.”

GM’s announcement was the latest in a series of moves that have bolstered the automaker’s technology presence in metro Detroit, specifically in Warren.

Last October, the company announced a $325-million investment at its Warren transmission plant to support production of future electric vehicle components. That plan was slated to add or retain 418 jobs at the facility on Mound, north of Nine Mile Road.

In June 2011, the company announced plans to build a state-of-the-art data center on the GM Technical Center campus. The $130-million investment, supported by local and state tax breaks, was expected to add 25 new high-tech jobs and included the construction of an enterprise Information Technology and Operations Command Center in the Tech Center’s expanded and renovated Cadillac Building, west of Van Dyke and south of 13 Mile Road.

Candidates wishing to apply for GM information technology positions were directed to http://www.careers.gm.com/itjobs.

 

 

 

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.