About Us

Welcome to Talisman Executive.


Established in 2005, we have built an international reputation for delivering exceptional levels of service and outcomes


Core to our success is the development of processes, methods and systems that deliver repeatability; success by design, not chance.


We are the partner of choice to many of the World’s leading automotive and aerospace companies


Whether client or candidate, we treat everyone with respect. We challenge when necessary and offer counsel when appropriate.

Industry Leading Talent

As industry specialists with almost 25 years’ experience in talent mapping, we can readily access the highest performing individuals at a variety of career levels.


Our clients rely on us to deliver sound advice. We value the trust, integrity and openness on which those relationships rely.

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Talisman Executive is a specialist research-based executive search firm operating in the Automotive and Aerospace sectors.

We deliver the people who enable our clients to drive business performance and achieve real competitive advantage. Ultimately we are judged on the success of the people we place.

Whether you are looking to strengthen your executive management team or require specialist knowledge and skills Talisman Executive can help you to achieve competitive advantage in the UK, throughout Europe and across the globe.

Through detailed research and rigorous pre-selection we identify, attract and deliver best fit for your organisation – first time, every time.

“Over the last 12 years, we have developed our business to meet and anticipate the ever changing needs of everyone we work with. Our extensive investment in our people, our technology and our approach, allows us to say, without being boastful or arrogant, that we truly offer you the best service and value in our chosen sectors.

We’re not, though, resting on our laurels. As well as continuously upgrading and adding to our technology, we’re always looking to improve the quality of our work, and to extend the knowledge we offer you.”

Richard Taylor-Edwards – Managing Partner

How We Work.

1. Analysis

We take a detailed recruitment brief from our client and use our sector specific experience coupled with detailed research to develop a recruiting strategy that will identify, engage with and attract the desired audience.

2. Engagement

As brand ambassadors, we start the process of engaging with potential candidates, carefully measuring responses to questions around culture, accomplishments, behaviours, experience and career aspirations.

3. Assessment

We arrive at your final shortlist by thoroughly assessing each potential candidate through a comprehensive process of positive de-selection based on interviews, behavioural profiling and reference checks.

4. Deliver

After presenting you with the final shortlist we support your own recruitment process with guidance, the identification and management of risks, and by providing expert counsel to ensure a successful engagement is made.

Why choose Talisman

Industry Specialists

It is the depth of knowledge of our core markets that set us apart from other executive search organisations. As experts in executive resourcing for the Automotive and Aerospace sectors we are able to deliver greater insight to our clients and support them to maximise their opportunity to attract people of absolute best fit.


We recognise that the sectors we serve are undergoing unprecedented customer, market and technological change. These changes are redefining routes to market and customer relationships. Companies need to be more adaptable than ever. We are well positioned to offer an international and informed perspective with access to leadership and specialist talent that transcends the traditional boundaries of the sectors we serve.


We place trust, integrity and openness at the heart of everything we do. It is this coupled with our careful, professional and proven approach that enables us to develop successful long term relationships with our candidates and clients. By engaging with Talisman Executive you gain access to the extensive network of enduring relationships we have built over more than two decades.


Notwithstanding our deep understanding of our core markets we were an early mover in the development of connections into the candidate pools that will become increasingly important to the success of many of our technology driven clients over the coming decade. These include, but are not limited to, e-motors, power electronics, lightweight materials, fin-tech, consumer products, AR/VR gaming and HMI.

Track Record

Repeatability is the key to success. Through a combination of technology, experience and methodology we have built a way of consistently delivering results that removes many of the risks associated with executive resourcing. Our clients readily invest the time and resources in the relationship because they know they can rely on us to deliver the right fit, first time, every time.

Industry Specialists.

We identify and place leaders and specialists with the technical, operational, and financial know-how to create competitive advantage within manufacturing and engineering-led organisations.

In an era of transformational change, we have the knowledge, dedication and expertise to identify and deliver against the toughest of recruiting briefs across the full spectrum of the supply chains in our dedicated market sectors.


Passenger Car
Commercial Vehicle
Off Highway
Engineering Consulting


Driveline & Transmission
Advanced Propulsion Systems
Interior & Exterior Trim
Brake & Clutch
Hybrid & Electronic Systems
Whole Vehicle Engineering


Managing Director – Composites – UK
Plant Director – Tier 1 – Bulgaria
General Manager –Tier 1 – Turkey
Platform Director – Luxury OEM – UK
Director – Whole Vehicle – OEM – UK
Operations Director – Motorsport – UK
HR Director – Formula 1 – UK
VP Purchasing – Tier 1 – Norway
Sales Director – Automotive – USA

Trusted and innovative executive resourcing partners


As the industry responds to seismic changes in the automotive market – and across society as a whole – we remain one of its most trusted and innovative executive resourcing partners, leading the way in placing high-calibre leaders and technical specialists across the automotive supply chain. In recent years we have also become a prominent partner to tech companies, universities and public/private partnerships engaged in the development of emerging technologies such as autonomous and connected vehicles.

Partnering world leading providers of aerospace systems and services


Talisman Executive has been a proud partner to the UK Aerospace sector since its inception in 2005, though the experience of our aerospace search specialists goes back significantly further.

Our aerospace practice is dedicated to partnering world leading providers of aerospace systems and services for large commercial aircraft, military and defence, rotor craft and space craft. With a focus on maximized operational efficiency and improved sustainability, our clients sit at the centre of complex and challenging supply chains. Following a recent history of unprecedented acquisition activity, many of our aerospace clients are experiencing rapid organisational change. Talisman Executive has a clearly defined role to play in identifying and attracting the leaders and specialists that can help these often complex organisations to achieve their goals.


Large Commercial Aircraft
Military & Defence
Business Jets
Rotor Craft
Specialist Air Vehicles
Satellite and Space


Nacelle Systems
Landing Gear
Actuation Systems
Propeller Systems
Aircraft Interiors
Engines and Engine Controls
Wheel & Braking Systems
Fluid Systems


Programme Director – Aircraft Braking – UK
Head of ITC – Aircraft Systems – UK
CEO – Specialist defence Equipment – UK
BD Director – Aircraft Systems – UK
Engineering Director – Machining – UK
Transfers Director – Aircraft Systems – UK
VP Supply Chain – Aircraft Systems – UK
Head of Talent – Aircraft Systems – UK
Managing Director – Engine Systems – UK

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