CODY, ASSOCIATE PRINCIPLE, TALENT AQUISITION
In your own words please describe what Via does.
Via is re-engineering public transit, from a regulated system of rigid routes and schedules to a fully dynamic, on-demand network. Via’s mobile app connects multiple passengers who are headed the same way, allowing riders to seamlessly share a premium vehicle. First launched in New York City in September 2013, the Via platform operates in the United States and in Europe through its joint venture with Mercedes-Benz Vans, Via Van. Via’s technology is also deployed worldwide through dozens of partner projects with public transportation agencies, private transit operators, taxi fleets, private companies, and universities, seamlessly integrating with public transit infrastructure to power cutting-edge on-demand mobility.
What is your role at Via?
As part of the Talent Team, I search far and wide for the best candidates to build the Via team from the ground up. Whether that means scouring online platforms for unique talent (like Movemeon), attending hiring events, or devising new and creative strategies with the team, finding talent is my speciality.
How would you describe your experience there?
This isn’t my first gig as an in-house recruiter. I was looking for an opportunity that would be totally different than what I have done before. The recruitment function here was brand new, so aside from running a full desk, I was also able to onboard new recruitment tools, create new processes to improve the experience for the team and candidates alike, as well as partner closely with a variety of business leaders to define what Talent should look like as Via continues to expand.
Why did you join Via?
I identify as a “mission-driven” recruiter, which means that I need to fully believe in my company’s product and value proposition in order to share opportunities with great candidates. My career was grounded in the education world prior to joining Via, so finding a company I believed in was a concern of mine as I entertained new opportunities. Once I met the team, I was struck by how passionate everyone was, and by how strongly they believed in Via’s ability to fundamentally change the transportation space by reducing carbon emissions, decreasing traffic congestion, and offering our service at an affordable price point.
What is your favourite thing about working in the Via environment?
The endless possibility, for sure. We are exploring a new frontier that hasn’t yet been figured out. Even with age-old concerns like finding great talent, there isn’t a right or a wrong way of doing something. This fosters a truly creative and innovative environment where the sky’s the limit!
What kind of person would be suited to working at Via, and what kind of person might the environment not suit?
At Via, we set our bar at “exceptional”. What’s exceptional? Exceptional doesn’t just mean outstanding grades or a fancy diploma. We want people who have achieved greatness in all their endeavours. Via employees have summited Mt. Everest, have toured the nation in rock bands, and have captained submarines. By working with exceptional people, we’re able to build exceptional products, and it always keeps things interesting around the water cooler.
If there is a genuine interest in the transportation industry and a desire to shake up the status quo (ineffective public transportation options and congested roads), then we may have an opportunity for you!