Top In-Demand Jobs at Space and Urban Air Mobility Startups

  • Urban air mobility and commercial space are moving from nascent markets to established industries.
  • There are more vacancies than people to fill them, so job seekers have the upper hand.
  • Recruitment experts say that these two types of jobs are the most in demand right now.

As urban air mobility and the commercial space evolve from fledgling markets filled with small startups to major aerospace industry forces dominated by a handful of mature companies, recruitment experts told Insider that companies are looking for experts who can speed up slow certification processes and shape a strong business. cultures.

“It’s a talent-driven industry right now,” Paul Robinson, director of business development at Actalent, a talent recruitment and solutions company, told Insider. “Companies need to understand that and do whatever they can when they have the right candidate to make it work. That candidate has other options, and the next generation isn’t afraid to leave.”

Urban air mobility in search of certification prodigies

The urban air mobility sector is primarily focused on recruiting people experienced in working with the FAA to achieve aircraft certification, said Michael Bell, senior client partner in the research firm’s civil aviation division. of Los Angeles-based executives, Korn Ferry. As companies in the industry create entirely new aircraft types, regulators must develop new frameworks to approve them.

The big challenge for many companies is moving the FAA forward at their own pace, Bell said. He compared the push for urban air mobility to the Internet boom, as companies move quickly to develop new technologies, but are subject to the same old FAA regulatory process.

Urban air mobility recruiters see talent coming from all over, Bell told Insider. Many people working in space come not from aviation, but from technology. Aviation experience is not as important to urban air mobility employers as experience in developing and commercializing a new type of technology.

Human resources go to space

Many space companies are looking for HR managers to grow their work culture as they grow from small startups to major industry players, hiring positions such as Human Resources Director and HR Director, Steven Baumruk, a senior aerospace and defense client partner at Korn Ferry, told Insider.

“We are seeing the space industry enter a new phase where it is officially moving from the founders phase, in many space companies, to building foundational talent,” Baumruk said.

In the early phase of starting their business, many space startups hired a limited number of people who could help them focus on attracting investors and securing funding. But now they need to scale their business and they need to hire the administrative support to help them do that.

Most are looking for people with experience in a fast-growing company who are enterprising, flexible and able to adapt to join a new company without too much structure or organization. They need people who know what a good work culture is and know how to implement it, Baumruk said.

“Just putting in cafeterias and ping pong tables unfortunately doesn’t work,” he told Insider.

The space sector is being forced to be more flexible due to people’s increased desire to work from home, at least some of the time, Baumruk told Insider. He said a space company allowing its engineers to work part-time from home was “unthinkable”. But the industry realizes it needs to be more flexible if it wants to retain key talent.

“I don’t think any industry is immune to the dynamics of this new market we find ourselves in,” Baumruk told Insider. “Some flexibility is a must.”

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