Ford Hiring in Software; Autodesk Cutting Workforce

Our weekly snapshot of who’s hiring and who’s firing across the IT landscape.

Hiring

Ford is speeding along in its hiring plans for 2013, boosting its goal to 3,000 salaried workers. The automaker is seeking 160 software engineers for its IT department and roughly 1,000 software engineers for product development. Most of the positions will be based in Dearborn, Mich. [Dice News]

Tech Jobs Roundup IconChenMed, a healthcare clinic, has opened a new technology development operation in New Orleans as part of an expansion of its software applications subsidiary ChenTech. The operation will hire up to 50 people over the next two to three years. [Dice News]

Collaboration software developer Atlassian plans to increase its Bay Area IT team by 10 people over the next 12 months. The company, which operates dual headquarters in San Francisco and Australia, will increase its IT workforce in the Bay Area to 20 once it completes its expansion there. [Dice News]

Patti Engineering, a control system integration company, will hire at least 15 electrical engineers in its Michigan and Texas offices. Patti offers engineering and software development services in the fields of industrial automation and shop floor IT solutions. [Dice News]

Digitalsmiths, a video discovery solutions provider, is expanding its operations and opening a global discovery center in Denver. The company plans to hire between 10 to 15 employees within the next 12 months. [Dice News]

Oracle’s cloud marketplace and 10 new cloud services are in the hiring mode, looking for tech workers who can help the software giant “drive the cloud model.” Oracle currently has a number of IT cloud openings available in the U.S., from IT Director to IT Senior Manager for Oracle Cloud for Industry.  [The Economic Times and Dice News]

Interested in moving north? Motorola Mobility plans to open an engineering hub in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. The facility will be close to rival BlackBerry and, in the end, may pick up some of the thousands of workers that BlackBerry plans to lay off. [Dice News]

Layoffs

Siemens will cut 15,000 jobs worldwide over the next year through voluntary severance agreements and attrition. The conglomerate employed 368,000 people as of Sept. 30, 2012, of which 23 percent are based in the Americas. It’s not clear how many of the 15,000 positions will be in the U.S., or their specific occupations. [Reuters and Dice News]

Autodesk plans to initiate an undisclosed number of layoffs through April 30 and consolidate some of its leased office space under a restructuring plan. The design software and services company employed approximately 7,300 workers as of January 31. Autodesk says it’s taking these actions to “re-balance staffing levels to better align them with the evolving needs of the business. While the company is reducing its staffing levels in some areas in the near-term, the company will increase staffing in areas where there is increased demand and opportunity.” [Dice News]

Applied Materials’ pending merger with Tokyo Electron may result in some layoffs, as Applied seeks to obtain cost savings by combining the two companies’ 27,000 worldwide employees. In announcing the deal, Applied said it believes it could realize cost savings in IT, sales and administration. When mergers happen, “cost savings” often end up including layoffs. [Dice News]

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