Information revised March 6, 2013.
IT specialists looking for employment might want to consider the General Motors Company. The Detroit-based car manufacturer is hiring, but it wont be looking for workers to fill suites at its Michigan corporate headquarters. Instead, the company announced that is has chosen a location in Roswell, Ga., near Atlanta for its newest IT innovation center. The new facility joins similar facilities located in Austin, Texas, and Warren, Mich.
The Atlanta area gives GM a deep pool of skilled IT workers. The city is home to a number of prominent colleges and universities including Georgia Tech, and is also home to multiple Fortune 500 companies including the Coca-Cola Company, Southern Company, SunTrust Banks and Genuine Parts, the latter owner of the NAPA auto parts stores.
GM is hiring software developers, project managers, database experts, business analysts and other IT professionals and reports that three out of every four candidates that have been offered jobs so far have accepted them. GMs innovation centers were developed to bring previously outsourced work back under the company’s direct control.
This Innovation Center is exactly the kind of employer we want in the state, said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. The information age will be with us for a long time, and attracting companies such as GM that are on the cutting edge of manufacturing and technology is a huge win for Georgia.
GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott noted that the innovation centers should help GM reduce its operating costs while providing innovative products and services for its customers. Said Mott, The IT Innovation Centers are critical to our overall GM business strategy and IT transformation.
A fourth innovation center was announced in March 2013, this one planned for Phoenix. All told, GM plans to hire as many as 4,000 people to staff its four centers over the next three to five years.
GM’s staffing needs have changed dramatically in recent years as it has laid off tens of thousands of factory and office workers in a bid to realign its business. However, the company has continued to seek highly skilled workers to handle a number of tasks including software development, electrical design and engineering. Those opportunities include an electrical engineer opening in Rochester, N.Y.; a fuel cell system design engineer opportunity in Pontiac, Mich.; and an advanced interior designer position in Los Angeles.
GMs Atlanta opportunities are already posted online under its information technology job section.
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