Tesla is hiring showroom sales and delivery staff at 98 locations, Thinknum reports. The move comes at a time when the electric car maker is focusing on profitability after having hit its Model 3 production output target.
Analysts at Thinknum chalk up the increase in job listings to “moving back into ‘make-money’ mode at the retail sales level.” Tesla currently has more than 2,000 open positions in 98 showroom locations across the U.S.
With 129 listings, the most common job title is for Customer Experience Specialists -- a sales-focused position. Listings for Vehicle Prep Specialists (employees who set up new cars for customers during the delivery process) are the second-most common, followed by Delivery Experience Specialists.
At Tesla's showrooms, Customer Experience Specialists are similar to salespeople at traditional car dealerships. These employees act as both sales and customer service agents, talking with customers about the features and benefits of Tesla’s electric vehicles.
“At Tesla, our Customer Experience Specialists, consistently deliver on an incredible educational, immersive, and exciting experience to all of our current and future customers,” Tesla says in its introduction to the job on its careers site.
“They constitute Tesla’s front line and are our brand ambassadors, supporting our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy by creating memorable experiences for our customers.”
During May and June, Tesla saw a 24 percent reduction in new job listings. In June, CEO Elon Musk announced that as much as 9 percent of Tesla’s workforce would be leaving the company as part of a “thorough reorganization” of the company intended to help it achieve profitability during the second half of the year.
Earlier this week, Musk announced that he is dropping his previous idea of going private. Taking the company private would have been "more time-consuming and distracting than initially anticipated,” he said.