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A Month of Hiring the Cunninghams Would Love!

Our barometer of employer demand, the GIGS department is a regional composite of companies and industries with job openings. March may be a watershed month: Michigan officially has achieved a monthly net gain of job creation for the first time in nearly 20 quarters. Between the number of sectors hiring and the myriad job fairs, it seems like Happy Days are here again! Where’s the Fonz?

Plante & Moran has multiple job openings, including accounting and tax review professionals, auditors, administrative assistants, financial report processors, project managers, supply chain management consultants and financial planners for various locations across Southeast Michigan. (

Johnson Controls in Plymouth is seeking a Regional Operations Controller for multiple plant locations. Candidates should have five or more years’ experience, as well as experience in the auto industry. (

Detroit-based Quicken Loans has several dozen current job openings, including mortgage banker, .NET developers, accounts payable, business analysts, closing processor, data analyst, associate corporate counsel and director of team relationships. (

Mold Masters Company in Lapeer has new business launching soon and is seeking people with injection mold experience in the automotive industry to fill open positions. (

A123 Systems in Livonia currently has engineering and production openings at its Ann Arbor, Romulus and Novi locations. (
Magna E-Car in Auburn Hills is looking for “all varieties of engineers — powertrain, electrical, thermal, vehicle integration, validation and battery experts, as well as chemists and testing technicians.” (

Bingham Farms-based Arrow Strategies has launched a new engineering division and is currently looking to fill 50 engineering jobs. The company is looking for mechanical, design, industrial, electrical and integration engineers. (

Several area health care organizations are recruiting for physician assistants/nurse practitioners, including Concentra ( in Sterling Heights, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute ( in Detroit, St. John Health System ( in Novi and the Henry Ford Health System ( in Detroit.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs in Detroit is hiring several physicians, including a board-certified critical care or pulmonary/critical care specialist, a chief of the emergency department, a hospitalist and a nocturnist. (

General Electric’s new Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center in Van Buren Township is hiring an average of two IT people a day. The company has nearly 150 openings in Michigan, the majority of them for IT professionals at its Van Buren Township center. (

IBM is seeking several IT professionals in Metro Detroit, including an IT architect, Pega consultant, a senior IT architect and an IBM information/interactive architect. (

LLamasoft Inc. in Ann Arbor is seeking a .NET software application developer. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science or other technical field, be a Microsoft-certified developer, and demonstrate fluency in implementing .NET desktop applications using C# and/or VB.NET. (

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in Detroit is seeking an attorney with working knowledge of Michigan HMO statute/law and general managed care law. (
ITC Holdings Corporation, an independent electricity transmission company in Novi, is seeking an attorney to lead the legal department’s corporate and securities practice group. (

Thomson Reuters is hiring attorneys for legal process outsourcing company Pangea3, which will open a center in Ann Arbor in March. The company is currently recruiting for full-time and temporary, experienced contract attorneys to staff the new facility. (

Ally Financial in Detroit is seeking a legal invoice processor to manage invoice entry into e-billing system. (

University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is seeking a research laboratory specialist lead to design, develop and execute studies of nanoemulsion-based adjuvant vaccines in a team environment. (

Esperion Therapeutics in Plymouth is seeking a biologist to design and conduct experiments to study novel targets and mechanisms in cell-based models of inflammation and cardiovascular disease. (

Crain Communications in Detroit is moving forward with a $3.6 million expansion of its website that is expected to create 50 new jobs — 25 by the end of the first quarter of 2011 Some positions are already posted: audience development manager, e-mail specialist, marketing coordinator, online events specialist, planning director of online data and research, product information specialist, Web developer, Web technology manager and Web/graphic design intern. (

Google announced it will be adding more than 6,000 jobs nationwide, including in its Ann Arbor sales office as well as in its automotive office in Birmingham. Current job postings include opportunities in account management, sales strategy and operations, and technical operation; multiple people will be hired for each position. (

The Community House ( in Birmingham is seeking a president and CEO. The ideal candidate will have nonprofit management work experience and be able to generate community and financial support. Five years of executive management experience with a BS in pre-law, business, public administration or nonprofit management preferred. Letters and resumes should go to

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan ( is seeking a communications associate with a bachelor’s and three to five years related experience in communications with extensive writing, proofreading and copyediting skills. E-mail cover letter and resume to Diana Greig at

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