BMW IT Hub hunts for developer talent

Sibahle Malinga
By Sibahle Malinga, ITWeb senior news journalist.
Johannesburg, 05 Apr 2023

The BMW Group says it has met its goal of providing more than 2 000 jobs in 2023 for its City of Tshwane-based technology solutions unit, the BMW IT Hub.

The German multinational auto manufacturer set this target last year.

The company has been accelerating its e-mobility strategy, as it races to reach its goal to surpass 10 million all-electric vehicles delivered to customers by 2030.

As it continues on its job creation journey, BMW Group says the hub is looking for full stack developers and DevOps specialists on Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS), to join its IT teams, as part of its tech talent search programme, called Tech Talent Days.

Billed as the fastest-growing business unit in the BMW Group, the BMW IT Hubprovides IT solutions and consultancy services for a variety of areas across the group.

It focuses on innovation trends and comprehensive IT solutions, such as development and operations for SAP, Java, Microsoft Azure, cloud computing and several others.

Positioned as an internal partner to the global BMW Group, the hub ensures collaborative partnerships, provides insight into the compliance and IT methodology processes within the company, and offers extended warranty to clients, according to the company.

“The hub has an impressive track record, having successfully implemented several key IT solutions for the BMW Group, including those focused on artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous driving and other ground-breaking digitalisation fields,” says Hans Coertze, GM of the BMW IT Hub.

“The hub is looking for suitably qualified consultants on an assignment basis, who will support the hub through BMW Group South Africa’s approved temporary employment service providers. In SA, our focus is on improving living conditions and educational opportunities, as well as promoting intercultural understanding.”

In June last year, the BMW IT Hub collaborated with the Department of Informatics in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology at the University of Pretoria (UP).

“The partnership agreement has seen UP students supporting BMW Group South Africa in growing and maintaining software within its IT business, and ultimately, these new technologies, techniques and unique perspectives will benefit SA. The intellectual property from the projects is transferred to the hub for exploration or refinement, which amplifies the scope for innovation,” said BMW Group at the time.

In January, the BMW IT Hub established a Graduate Tech Academy and enrolled over 100 graduates on a 12-month contract basis through BMW Group SA’s approved temporary employment service providers.

This cohort is currently working on exciting projects in the pipeline, says BMW Group.

As the talent search continues, the BMW IT Hub says it will host the Tech Talent Days from 6 to7 May. AWS cloud developers, data engineers and full stack developers in Java, Python and C# are invited to apply and join the event.

The second edition of the initiative follows a successful launch of Tech Talent Days last year, when 50% of the participants were offered a contract assignment with the hub, says BMW Group.

Potential applicants can access the registration page, or the BMW Group South Africa website for more information on the skills required and how to apply.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 14 April.