General Motors plans to hire software developers, project managers, database experts, business analysts and other information technology professionals to staff the first of several IT Innovation Centers it plans to establish throughout the country, in Austin, Texas, creating an estimated 500 jobs.
It's Innovation Center is designed to cut costs by bringing these services in-house to drive breakthrough ideas into GM vehicles and business processes globally.
"We want IT to keep up with the imagination of our GM business partners, and to do that, we plan to rebalance the employment model over the next three years so that the majority of our IT work is done by GM employees focused on extending new capabilities that further enable our business," GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott said.
Austin, Texas, was chosen for an Innovation Center because the city already has people with the skills GM is seeking, he said.
"We anticipate hiring as many as 500 new GM employees in Austin," Mott added. "We look to the Innovation Centers to design and deliver IT that drives down the cost of ongoing operations while continuously increasing the level and speed at which innovative products and services are available to GM customers.
"The next generation of IT workers, the talented visionaries we want contributing at the Innovation Center, are being trained at top computer science schools in Texas and surrounding states," Mott said. "The IT Innovation Centers are critical to our overall IT business strategy and transformation." Information about the company's anticipated investment, or training or hiring incentives, was not immediately available.
GM already has more than 4,500 employees in Texas, including about 1,800 at GM Financial locations. Approximately 2,500 people build Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac SUVs in Arlington, Texas, where a recently announced third shift will start in the first quarter of 2013. In addition, a new $200 million stamping plant is under construction that will create or retain approximately 180 jobs. In addition, GM's Two Customer Call Centers are based in the state.