Driving Talent Acquisition for the Future of Mobility

Managed Solutions & Advisory Services

Challenge: Our client, a software and technology company carved out from a Fortune 100 OEM supplier, is leading the autonomous mobility revolution. As a new company in an emerging field, our client needed a true partner who could build a talent acquisition function. In the first six months, our client needed to hire its cross-functional leadership team, along with more than one hundred skilled Perception, Motion Planning and Localization Engineers, among others, in diverse markets across the United States.

Action: To build their winning team, the client chose our twin offerings of Advisory Services and Managed Solutions. In the same way our client must anticipate industry shifts, so do Waterstone’s senior advisors plan for unique hiring needs. Prior to contract, our founders built and screened a national pipeline of the best talent in software and engineering.

Our team of 13 highly-specialized technical recruiters with demonstrated industry experience created and deployed customized search strategies for locations across the country: Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Boston, Silicon Valley and Troy, MI. Waterstone implemented a variety of comprehensive services: market research and trend-mapping, competency alignment in position descriptions and selection processes, compensation benchmarking, targeted candidate marketing, and skill-based interview training for hiring managers.

Our team was selected as the only recruiting support for our client and acted as a native talent acquisition function within the company. Waterstone crafted the candidate-facing experience from scratch, and seamlessly guided candidates from passive sourcing, all the way through onboarding.

Result: During this partnership, our client benefited from both top-level strategic guidance and detailed day-to-day execution and support. Waterstone’s senior partners speak the language of the C-Suite and leverage 30+ years of relationships to deliver proven leaders in software, product, sales and marketing.

Our Managed Solutions team accessed the complex talent ecosystems of emerging technologies, then crafted original marketing strategies to target and attract the most desirable candidates nationally. Our growing networks in research universities (Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, MIT) helped connect a pioneering company with the brightest talent in the market.

Our team was extremely focused on the quality of candidates rather than quantity, making sure we understand individual hiring managers’ needs. As a result, we were able to deliver over 100 highly-skilled engineers and leadership individuals, while making sure that the hiring managers’ time is maximized.

In Waterstone, our client found a partner who could help them ramp up efficiently and reliably, exceed hiring objectives, and deliver ahead of schedule. These deliverables gave them replicable systems for talent acquisition and a position of strength with regard to human capital during their crucial first year.