The automaker has wisely established all four of their widespread IT centers within three hours of four of the top IT colleges in the nation, with the other GM facilities located in Austin TX, Roswell GA and Warren MI.
One thousand technical specialists have already been hired for the first three Innovation Centers, but GM intends to have 5,000 workers at all four plants by 2018.
"Recruiting talented IT professionals is intensely competitive," said GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott. "To hire the best and the brightest, we need to create employment opportunities that differentiate our company from the competition – location is one such advantage."
A full 80 percent of IT majors at each location are within three hours of the GM IT innovation center. In the highly competitive job market for these graduates, the automaker believes a facility close to home or alma mater may give them and edge.
All together, the centers can reach out to over 7,000 students at more than 150 colleges and universities focus upon information technology and related fields. GM will implement aggressive recruitment efforts at a dozen key universities nearby each of the four centers.
"Operating four IT Innovation centers geographically dispersed across the U.S. allows us to offer employment opportunities to hundreds of thousands of IT professionals, over 75 percent located within a 500-mile radius of any one of the centers," added Mott.
The Innovation Centers support all aspects of GM's business. These hotbeds of excellence are intended to accelerate the development and implementation of innovative IT solutions for both existing and future business development.
GM is primarily looking for IT professionals with an array of abilities including software development, database administration and system analysis. The full gamut of roles and positions will support GM's IT needs including web technologies, end-user applications, dealer and factory systems, as well as vehicle technology.
Actual recruiting will not begin until the first of April, as the company works out of a temporary office in Phoenix while the permanent location is being erected in Chandler. Interviews, however, are already being conducted and qualified candidates may apply at jobs.gm.com.
The new Innovation Center is expected to be operational early in 2014.