Uber, the disruptive ride-hailing app valued at $40 billion, is tapping into top business schools to hire MBA talent.
The Silicon Valley based company, which promised to create 5,000 European jobs this year, is on a recruitment drive across Asia Pacific as it looks to expand its global reach — already the business operates in nearly 300 cities in more than 50 countries.
Leading Australian business schools contacted by BusinessBecause said they have been approached by Uber to explore career opportunities for their MBAs. Uber has hosted seminars and events at schools including Melbourne Business School, University of Sydney, Macquarie School and University of Queensland.
Melbourne began discussions with Uber over a year ago to explore partnering opportunities. Students and alumni networked with the company’s head of APAC expansion and members of its local team.
The school recognised the growing impact of Uber as a “disruptive economic force”, said David Tan, associate director of Melbourne’s career management team.
He said MBA graduates from the school have recently joined Uber, one as an operations manager in Melbourne, and one as the China communications lead, based in Beijing.
Uber’s Australian operations unit is looking for hires to in particular apply technology to solve transport problems.
Robyn Gleeson, director of the career development centre at Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) in Sydney, said Uber fortuitously reached out to the school earlier in the year.
“We're working closely with them to identify tech-savvy, business–ready students who most closely match the particular skills and attributes they are looking for,” he said.
“Uber has indicated that they are looking to attract motivated, entrepreneurial individuals with a depth and breadth of understanding of global business — which is something innate in MBA graduates,” he added.
Uber has said it is looking to expand its Asia Pacific operations over the next 12 months and establishing relationships with top business schools is a way for it to source “entrepreneurial” graduates.