The automotive industry has a people problem.
In a rapidly changing industry, companies are challenged to find executives and engineers with the right combination of experience and skill. It's not easy.
Recruiters must expand beyond the familiar disciplines as emerging technologies reshape not only the vehicles themselves but how they are built and sold. Flexibility is more precious than ever.
The change is happening across the industry.
Manufacturers seek more entry- and mid-level electrical and software engineers to join mechanical engineers. For example, at a Center for Automotive Research conference outside Detroit on Feb. 17, speakers from automakers and suppliers openly courted software security pros in attendance who could help them defeat car hackers.
At the midmanagement level, automakers, suppliers and dealers need people who understand emerging technologies well enough to assess and make good decisions on investment and purchasing.
And all auto companies are looking for tech-savvy senior executives with the vision to cut through the blur of conflicting strategic choices. Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields has recruited outsiders to head up research and advanced engineering, corporate strategy and data analytics, for example.