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Featured Candidates & Positions

April 2019

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Often an unobserved element of our every day lives is our commute to work. The average American spends almost an hour a day travelling to and from their place of work and yet little data is collected on this subject. From a recruiter's point of view, the commute can be the deciding factor on whether a candidate is interested in a position or not. This makes it valuable to know the trends surrounding the commute - across regions, across the globe and across time. So for this month's newsletter, we have collected data on the subject of commuting trends. But first, here are our featured candidates and positions.


Featured Candidates for Employers

Germany Based, Automotive Sales Manager

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This candidate is a German National with 11 years of experience and success in selling OEM vehicle content to BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen. In the last three years this candidate has sold over $85 Million (75 Million Euro) to Volkswagen alone, and has also developed Mercedes as a customer from $0 to $32 Million in the same time frame. This candidate has both OEM and OEM Aftermarket experience and is a degreed engineer. Email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ex. 102.

North American Director of Technical Training

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This candidate is responsible for the training and development of manufacturing floor job skills for a multi-billion dollar, 12 facility business. This candidate has successfully improved retention by a measured 15% year over year for the last three years. Apprenticeship programs across 7 of the plants have yielded a drastic improvement in technical job openings. This candidate has also worked extensively with Government agencies, grant programs, incentive programs, and technical colleges to measure and improve retention through better career path opportunities. This person has 13 training managers reporting them and is ready to take their technical and management skills to another organization. Email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ex. 102.


Featured Positions for Job Seekers

North America Export Control Manager

Our client is a global automotive and industrial supplier and is seeking a Regional Export Control Manager Sub-Region North America (Mexico, Canada and U.S) for their USA-based corporate campus. This position will act as the company’s strategic advisor on all US export matters across the region including EAR, ITAR and OFAC compliance. Develop, assess and set corporate policy, as well as providing guidance and oversight to development of export policy in these Operating Groups. This role is responsible for leading company Regional Export Compliance Function and disseminating regulatory updates, manage investigations and disclosures as well as manage and review license applications and tracking. In this role you will also act as the company’s manager, advisor, and decision maker on all export control matters. You will act as the Empowered Official per the ITAR regulations, and monitor adherence to companywide guidelines and standards for Export Control and legal requirements. Please contact or call +1-313-887-8300 ex. 106 for more information.

Mexico Based, Automotive Plant Manager

We have yet another Mexico based PM role for an automotive parts supplier in northern Mexico. This time you would lead all aspects of a $75 Million facility producing various aluminum parts for the Mexico domestic market as well as some programs for export to the USA/Canada market. Your team will consist of all functional managers within the plant including production, engineering, quality, finance, HR, program management, etc. You will have full autonomy and P/L responsibilities to ensure improvements to cost, quality, safety, and delivery for this already profitable facility. The position is a highly visible and important role for the company and reports back to the USA. Email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ex. 106.

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The Evolution of the Commute and It's Influence on the Workforce

When considering a new position, one important factor that candidates will always look at is the location of the opportunity and how long it will take to get there each day. With only 24 hours in a day, once you subtract working hours, sleeping hours, as well as our many other responsibilities, it is obvious why a shorter commute is preferred.

More free time is not the only benefit to a short commute. Studies have linked long commutes to a variety of health risks - both physical and mental - including an increased risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, as well as an increased risk of depression, stress and anxiety (Passport Health).

With all of this in mind, it may come as a surprise to learn that the average time Americans are spending commuting each day is on the rise. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual American Community Survey, the average one way commute time in 2017 was 26.9 minutes - that's almost an hour a day spent travelling to and from work. Comparatively, in 1980, the average one way commute time was under 22 minutes. That may not seem like a large difference but when you consider you make that drive twice a day, usually 5 times a week, and there are 52 weeks in a year, that is an increase of about 36 hours in a year.

Some of the major factors that have caused the increase in time spent commuting to and from work is the availability and affordability of housing in major metropolitan areas, as well as an increase in population and the number of working people. In addition to this, the number of people car pooling and using public transit has decreased. The number of single drivers is rising which leads to heavier traffic and slower commutes (Chicago Tribune).

As further evidence, the average commute times across regions of the United States shows the difference denser populations can make. The States with the higher populations also see higher commute times. For example the States with the highest one way commute times are New York (32.6 minutes), Maryland (32.4 minutes) and New Jersey (31.2 minutes) and the States with the lowest one way commute times are South Dakota (16.9 minutes), North Dakota (17.3 minutes) and Montana (17.9 minutes) (CNBC).

Along with an increasing amount of time being spent commuting, two trends worth noting is the increase in telecommuters and super-commuters. Telecommuters are those who primarily work from home. From 2016 to 2017 alone, there was a 5% increase in telecommuters, outnumbering those that use public transportation (Smart Cities). "Super-commuter" refers to those that commute very long distances, who live and work in separate areas and only commute to work a few times a week and otherwise work remotely. These trends can be viewed as a response to the high costs and high commutes of working in metropolitan areas.

It will be interesting to know if average commute rates will continue to rise or if we will begin to see more of a counterbalance with increased flexibility at the workplace and an increase of telecommuters and super-commuters.


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