The People Factor Podcast | Episode #54

Navigating Talent Acquisition Dynamics: Strategic Insights for a Changing World

In an engaging and insightful podcast episode, we had the opportunity to delve into the complex world of Talent Acquisition with Matt Yates, the Talent Acquisition Director for EMEA at Uber. With over two decades of experience in recruitment, primarily in Tech, New Media, and Financial Services, Matt brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. His journey, spanning significant roles at lastminute.com, Barclays, Fidelity, and abrdn plc (formerly Standard Life Aberdeen), among others, offers a unique perspective on the evolving landscape of talent acquisition.

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Matt Yates - EMEA Talent Acquisition Director & Global TA Lead Uber Delivery at Uber and guest at the 54th episode of Thomas Kohler's The People Factor Podcast.
Matt Yates

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In an engaging and insightful podcast episode, we had the opportunity to delve into the complex world of Talent Acquisition with Matt Yates, the Talent Acquisition Director for EMEA at Uber. With over two decades of experience in recruitment, primarily in Tech, New Media, and Financial Services, Matt brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. His journey, spanning significant roles at lastminute.com, Barclays, Fidelity, and abrdn plc (formerly Standard Life Aberdeen), among others, offers a unique perspective on the evolving landscape of talent acquisition.

Adapting to Market Dynamics

The current market dynamics present a challenging environment for talent acquisition professionals. The need for adaptability and strategic foresight in workforce planning is more crucial than ever. The ability to anticipate and react to changes, such as economic volatility, is a key skill for talent teams. This involves a deeper understanding of market trends, candidate behavior, and the implications of major global events, like the recent pandemic, on hiring practices.

Risks of Rapid Downsizing

One of the critical challenges faced by organizations is managing the risks associated with rapid downsizing, particularly in TA functions. Yates emphasizes the importance of thoughtful decision-making in this process. Understanding the future business requirements and ensuring that the organization is right-sized is paramount to minimize risks. The key is to maintain a balance between being reactive to immediate needs and maintaining a strategic vision for future growth.

Regional Variations in Talent Acquisition

Talent acquisition varies significantly across regions, influenced by factors like local market conditions, candidate availability, and cultural nuances. Yates’ global experience highlights the importance of tailoring recruitment strategies to each region’s specific needs. Understanding these regional differences and adapting hiring strategies accordingly is vital for successful talent acquisition in a global landscape.

Leveraging Market Intelligence

Effective use of market intelligence is a game-changer in talent acquisition. Yates advocates for a data-driven approach, where insights from market trends, candidate behavior, and internal recruitment metrics inform recruitment strategies. This intelligence helps in making informed decisions about compensation, location strategies, and understanding the evolving needs of the business.

Quality of Hire and Candidate Experience

The focus on the quality of hire and candidate experience is increasingly important. Ensuring a positive candidate experience has direct implications on an organization’s brand and customer relationships. Moreover, hiring the right talent – not just in terms of skills but also aligning with company culture and future growth – is crucial for long-term success.

Conclusion

Matt Yates’ insights underscore the dynamic and complex nature of talent acquisition in today’s global business environment. His vast experience provides a roadmap for navigating these challenges, emphasizing strategic planning, adaptability, and a deep understanding of market dynamics. As organizations strive to find the right talent in a competitive and ever-changing landscape, these insights offer valuable guidance for shaping successful talent acquisition strategies.

Matt Yates - EMEA Talent Acquisition Director & Global TA Lead Uber Delivery at Uber and guest at the 54th episode of Thomas Kohler's The People Factor Podcast.

About the guest

Matt Yates

Matt is the Talent Acquisition Director for Uber in EMEA, joining the company in September 2022. As part of a Global Talent Acquisition Leadership team Matt is responsible for ensuring Uber delivers high performing recruitment experiences that translate into competitive advantage and business growth. In addition to leading the TA team in EMEA, Matt also acts as the Lead for TA across the Uber Delivery business globally. Prior to joining Uber Matt has spent over 20 years in the Recruitment Industry primarily focused on Tech, New Media and Financial Services organisations and has led the Talent Acquisition functions for leading brands such as lastminute.com, Barclays, Fidelity and abrdn plc (formerly Standard Life Aberdeen).