The industrial automation market was valued at $183 billion USD - estimated to rise to $297 billion USD by 2026.

The automation industry spans vastly, and can relate to so many different sub-verticals.Our team has supported a wide variety of companies that utilise the power of automation.


The right talent is becoming harder to source and hire.

As the automation industry continues to grow rapidly, so does the need for talent that is well versed in automation technologies. However, the demand is outstripping supply, leading to a deficit in skilled candidates available. The competition for these candidates is fierce, so it is such a benefit having an agency that will work closely with you and help you stand out from the crowd.


It’s our specialist knowledge that sets us apart.

As automation is such a technical industry, you need a specialist recruiter that is going to understand the job description and your needs as a business straight away. More general recruiters will often sell you a dream and pretend to know what they’re talking about to get the vacancy, and then not move in the right direction. Having someone that knows the market, with an established network will be the difference between making a successful hire or not.

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Case Study

Helping a growing robotics company build out their commercial leadership team

In 2021, we worked closely with an AMR manufacturer that had been trying to penetrate the European market for around two years. They had been successful, but they wanted to ramp up the speed of their growth and become a market leader on the continent. To achieve this goal, they had decided that they needed to add to their commercial leadership team…

Case Study

Helping a growing robotics company build out their commercial leadership team

After numerous calls we understood how their business worked, and the kind of characteristics that they were looking for in their leaders. The company gave us a retained assignment to find three Directors that would report directly into the European General Manager. After an extensive search and reaching out to hundreds of candidates, we were successful in placing a DACH Sales Director, Key Account Director, and a Business Development Director.

When it comes to bespoke approach, allowing us to deliver finding the high-performers of tomorrow, theres no one-size-fits-all solution. We make every search personal, diverse and provide an individual unrivalled experience.

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One point of contact. It creates a smooth, success-driven process.

To deliver the best executive search solution, we work closely with the hiring manager to better understand the organisation and it's culture. Having one dedicated recruiter and one point of contact ensures a smooth process from start to finish.

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360° talent mapping. Presenting the best candidates first time round.

We thoroughly map out a market and identify all possible matches for the specific position, as well as reciting notification when a new candidate becomes avaliable. Upon request, we can provide an overview of the market and movements within it.

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Adopting a tailored approach to executive search.

Our team at Irving Knight view global executive search from an alternative perspective. Utilising a wealth of market knowledge and vast industry connections, we deliver an unrivalled experience for both clients and candidates alike. As a team of talented recruitment professionals, we trust that our deep understanding of the intricacies that each market entails takes us one step further.

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Delivering the best results

Over 80% of our searches are conducted under the retained model allowing us to conduct a meticulous and comprehensive service.

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We've filled 96% of the roles that we have engaged with on an exclusive basis.


Our CV Sent to Interview ratio across all searches engaged on in the last 12 months.


94% of our clients say they would use our services again on another assignment.