Urban Mobility: the hottest job market today?

By Annie Butkiewicz, Content and Communications Officer, Autonomy

As the new mobility industry grows, so do job opportunities. New technologies and business models are making way for what could be a trillion dollar market for new mobility services, according to Forbes, in an effort to convert individual car ownership into commercial businesses. Meanwhile, conventional transportation options, including buses, rail, and taxis are losing market share. This sector is moving fast, there’s room for growth even without major investments, and there’s a huge potential for jobs in this industry.

At least that’s what CEO and founder of Hyperion Executive Search, David Hunt says. Hunt is a prominent figure and thought leader in the clean energy sector, specializing in cleantech and e-Mobility. In an effort to accelerate these growing markets, he set up Hyperion Executive Search, a talent acquisition company specializing in clean energy. Hunt said this sector has seen incredible growth within the last two and a half years and the e-Mobility sector has started to really make its presence and grow exponentially.

“[Before,] the supply chain wasn’t strong, therefore the infrastructure wasn’t strong so there wasn’t much going on,” Hunt said. “But that really started to change quite dramatically, where presently about 60% of our business is now in e-Mobility. That’s been quite dramatic.”

Hyperion Executive Search is not the only company that saw an increase in demand for talent within the electric mobility sector. Many companies in e-Mobility sector have expanded their offices to new markets, such as California-based electric free floating mobility company, Scoot Networks, which specializes in electric bicycle, e-trotts (what we at Autonomy call electric kick-scooters) and scooters. In addition to their office in San Francisco, Scoot launched offices in Barcelona and Santiago, with a fleet of 500 electric scooters and 1,000 electric bicycles with their expansion in Barcelona, and a fleet of up to 500 e-Trotts were approved by city officials to operate in Las Condes, the business district of Santiago. Similar figures have been followed by 18 other companies specializing in e-Trotts. So with so much activity and growth, we asked Scoot how they fill new positions, if there are specific qualifications to work in the e-Mobility industry.

Mar Pallàs, the VP of Europe Market Development for Scoot Networks said that as they are expanding into Europe and Latin America and looking for new cities to cooperate with, there will inevitably be new jobs to fill. But while a knowledge of e-Mobility is a plus, it’s not always necessary.

“Usually our candidates backgrounds are very different, so it doesn’t really matter whether people have mobility experience or not,” Pallàs said. “Of course, if they have it, it’s a plus. But what we really look for are people that are aligned with our mission and our values.”

This sentiment was echoed by David Hunt, and Matthieu Faure, the Head of Marketing at e-Trott and bicycle start-up, Dott. E-Mobility is an emerging industry, so often there aren’t many experts in this area, but there is a lot of flexibility. Such is the case with Dott, which took off quickly.

“It’s crazy because [the e-Mobility sector] is super innovative, and it’s moving fast,” Faure said. “Even if the investment isn’t there, you can make it happen. It’s not like autonomous cars : it’s not for the future, it’s for now.”

In terms of staff with experience, Dott hit the jackpot as they are staffed with many former employees of Chinese bike share company, Ofo.  As Ofo is closing many of their international offices, this was an opportunity for both the former employees and the emerging e-Mobility company. For instance, both co-founders, Maxim Romain and Henri Moissinac worked at Ofo as the Heads of Europe the Middle East and Africa and a huge number of their current employees also formerly worked at Ofo. It was a lucky opportunity for Dott. But when looking for new employees now, the most important thing is the candidates personality and match on values, Faure said.

As more and more innovative mobility companies launch in cities around the world, we can expect to see a young and dynamic workforce experience career flexibility which will allow them to seamlessly transition from one urban mobility startup to the next. 

Recently, Autonomy was approached by head hunters looking for advice on talent, with some needing to fill positions with a remuneration of 150,000 or more per year. Recognizing that there is a gap in hiring in the mobility industry, Autonomy decided to build the first job board dedicated to job opportunities in urban mobility. We hope that both job seekers and companies wanting to hire will find the board useful and that it ultimately helps to strengthen the rapidly-growing urban mobility community.

 Click here to go the Urban Mobility Job Board