General Motors
Detroit, MI

Advanced Battery Design Integration Lead Engineer at General Motors (Detroit, MI)

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Advanced Battery Engineering at General Motors is a rapidly developing automotive technology organization. We're creating cutting-edge battery systems that provide industry-leading performance for future electric vehicles. This team is critical to achieving GM's vision of Zero Emissions, Zero Crashes, and Zero Congestion.
In this role you will be responsible for the architectural design and integration of high-voltage, lithium-ion battery packs that are planned to go into mass production. This critical role drives cross-functional collaboration with pack sub-system owners responsible for modules, electrical hardware, structures, and thermal systems to evaluate trade-offs between sub-systems and ensure all content is packaged and able to be assembled in high-volume production. In addition, this role is responsible for collaborating with the vehicle teams external to the battery pack to ensure optimal packaging space is allocated to the pack.
This Role Offers the Following Work Appropriately Strategy: Hybrid: The employee's role enables them to work at a GM facility or off-site as frequently as needed. This position requires an employee to be onsite every other week.
  • Lead the Advanced Battery Pack Integration Meeting and own the battery pack assembly CAD model
  • Lead technical trade-off studies within the battery pack to select optimal designs from many alternatives and support the propulsion and vehicle teams with trade-off studies external to the battery pack
  • Delegate tasks to the sub-system teams to optimize the battery pack design while achieving program requirements and timing
  • Partner with the Vehicle Compartment Integration Teams to ensure appropriate space is allocated to the battery pack to achieve program requirements and CAD models are prepared for vehicle-level CAE analysis.
  • Partner with the Virtual Design, Development, & Validation (VDDV) Team to utilize virtual tools which assess the performance of battery pack designs against program requirements.
  • Collaborate with Battery Pack Technical Specialists to ensure pack and sub-system designs are consistent with the Bill-of-Design & Bill-of-Materials strategies.
  • Provide status updates and presentations on intended battery pack designs to leadership.
  • During the Balance Architecture Development Phase, deliver a battery pack design solution with supporting analyses to confirm performance status vs requirements while meeting packaging constraints.
  • After the Balance Architecture Development Phase, provide consulting support to the Battery Execution Teams as the battery pack is sourced and launched into production.
  • Continuously benchmark automotive and other industries to identify and implement innovative technologies for electric vehicles.
  • Protect intellectual property (IP) by inventing and supporting inventors on the team to submit Records of Invention (ROI).
  • Be committed to safety in everything our team does.
  • Promote an inclusive team environment that values the backgrounds, opinions, and ideas that may be different from your own.

Additional Description
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • 4+ years of experience in product engineering of complex systems
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Evidence of exceptional ability to lead complex technical projects with cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrated ability to take ambiguous problems and define a tangible approach to identify optimal solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to make technical decisions guided by engineering first-principles
  • Demonstrated ability of applying creativity to solve challenges
  • Experience designing components and assemblies with CAD Software (Unigraphics NX preferred)

Desired Skills:
  • Master of Science in Engineering
  • 2+ years of battery engineering experience
  • Proficiency in developing analytical models to inform design decisions (Excel, Matlab, etc..)
  • Experience designing and analyzing mechanical, thermal, electrical, and fluid systems
  • Hands-on experience with high voltage battery systems
  • DFSS Black Belt Certification
  • Experience taking product(s) from concept/prototype to production

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.
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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 (EEO) 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 [email protected] or call us at 800-865-7580. 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.
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