General Motors
Detroit, MI

Epic Owner at General Motors

| Detroit, MI
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What Is GM's Infotainment & Connectivity All About?
The Infotainment & Connectivity organization develops the technologies enabling a new generation of groundbreaking connected vehicles worldwide. We place our customers at the center of everything we do, by creating vehicles that move humanity toward GM's vision. The capabilities of our infotainment systems are the key link between the vehicle and it's occupants.
  • Advancing the sophistication of vehicle infotainment systems in both functionality and design.
  • Developing appealing intuitive systems in an Agile/SAFe environment.
  • Wowing the customer visually & audibly by augmenting driver awareness, improving occupant safety, and elevating the traveler experience.
  • Using digital data to enable smarter car sharing programs and provide secure over-the-air offerings.

Why Join GM's Infotainment & Connectivity Team?
We are revolutionizing the vehicle driving experience! Our inclusive team, is made up of forward-thinking Engineers who develop innovative hardware and software solutions where new insights are embraced. Our connected vehicles are the new frontier and the race is on to deliver engaging, meaningful infotainment and in-vehicle experiences.
  • Providing secure connectivity that bridges the vehicle with the rest of the world.
  • Designing the hardware electronics and communication protocols that enable the features and services generated by our groundbreaking Ultify platform.
  • Bringing studio designs visions to life by leading the development of the vehicle's customer facing components; from the interactive displays, to virtual controls to media content enjoyed in the cockpit of car.
  • Enable today's vehicle owners to bring their digital ecosystem along for the ride thru software developed in-house that that bridges the technology provided by phone and media providers for the next generation in-vehicle experience.
Who You Are
This specific role is for an individual with program management, product management, or product owner experience who can demonstrate technical understanding of complex, integrated software products to act as an Epic Owner. As the high-level domain expert of the incoming epics in the IHU Apps space, you will take ownership of epics to shepherd them through the Lean Portfolio Management process from funnel through review and analyze phase, while ensuring epics flow into ARTs during the implementation phase. You are the process SME for epic definition, management, and execution, while also providing process mentorship to the other Epic Owners in our team. You'll represent the IHU Apps teams in LPM meetings at a high level and be responsible for epic status tracking and progress through the SAFe process to partners and the Program Management Organization. Responsibilities include engaging business owners and partners to define minimum viable product and establish clear epic requirements and acceptance criteria, facilitating epic technical discussions with architects and other technical team members, and if approved to implement, working with release trains to coordinate and execute the epic to the expectations of function and delivery timing imperatives. You will need to engage in a highly independent manner, and resolve blockers and work through gaps to deliver epics.
As a Senior Epic Owner, when bandwidth and product demands require, you will engage at the product definition stage and work with business product managers to author impactful documents that will drive development activities. This will include reading and comprehending high level business documents and transitioning them into a structured software development process of epics and stories. The role will work in SAFe PI planning to groom features into a committed plan, and execute that plan with development teams. After release of the product, the TPO will continue functioning as the SME for the product and support engagement on warranty.
Additional Description
What You Need
  • Bachelors degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Math, or Chemistry
  • 8-10+ years of experience with software development acting in a product owner, product manager, project manager, solution architect, business analyst or similar role.
  • Coordinate and shepherd epics through the portfolio Kanban process
  • Engage architecture (enterprise, solution, platform) team members to align on interpretation and understanding of epics to build SME level comprehension of epics. Understand and represent appropriate architectural runway required to support epics.
  • Engage business owners (product managers) to align on product business plan and MVP. Ensure alignment to value streams and that each epic hypothesis statement is accurately represented.
  • Host RAD (requirements, architecture, design) sessions to fully discuss epic impacts with all affected engineering teams; ensure sizing estimates are completed and CR's are closed out in RTC.
  • Create a technology roadmap of epics and features leading to product deployment in Program Increment (PI) cycles across all affected ARTs that are impacted by approved epics.
  • Collaborate with all partners in engineering and the program management office to continuously improve team SAFe practices through LPM into our work funnel and help product and engineering teams to balance and manage change.
  • Ensure full lifecycle delivery of owned epics through complete delivery across all impacted ARTs.
  • Support the product manager and actively participate in SAFe PI Planning ceremonies within the impacted ARTs; compile and align individual scrum team feature development against epic requirements and determine when the epic is delivered.
  • Expertise and/or certification in Agile software development methods and Scaled Agile Framework practices. SAFe certification is highly desirable.
  • Experience in embedded android software development is highly desired; products delivered to vehicle electronic control units running and android-based OS.
  • Proficiency in software development tools such as JIRA, GIT, Stash, Confluence, ALM, RTC, Gherkin, and more
  • Knowledge and experience in vehicle infotainment platforms and architecture (GMLAN, CAN, Global-A, Global-B, etc.)
  • Proficiency in connected vehicle infotainment systems

What Would Be Even Better
  • Previous experience as a software developer in JAVA a plus
  • Back office systems interaction or integration experience a plus

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
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] . 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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How has your career grown since starting at the company?

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