Executive Search & Recruitment

“Our success is measured by our superior ability to place the best talent within your organisation and that they stay”


The single most important driver of organisational performance is talent.  What makes and keeps companies successful is not the technology, products, capital or systems – it’s being able to source, recruit and retain the best people.

At Underwood Executive our expertise is in the identification, enticement and recruitment of executive talent.  We specialise in sourcing talent where we partner with organisations that value the importance of recruiting and retaining high performing employees. Our up-to-date research and progressive sourcing strategies ensure that we unearth the best talent, giving our clients access to the Underwood Executive talent community, which reaches beyond the active market.

Our role is to identify and source the best people in the market to help build your organisation. A vigorous screening and selection process ensures that we actively assess not only skills and experience, but core competencies, transferable skills and motivational fit as well.  This holistic approach clearly separates the talent most suitable for your business requirements, culture and long-term fit.

Our approach to talent management ensures we operate as your trusted advisor, contributing to your company success through sourcing the best talent the market has to offer.

Securing the right people in the right roles is only one part of a bigger people picture.  Our commitment extends further than this as we are invested in working with your new talent to encourage engagement, performance and long-term retention.

Our specialty is working with clients who value our peer relationship and are invested in a mutually respectful partnership. We consult beyond a traditional transactional recruitment model, where our clients believe that having the right people is the key to their business success and are invested in building high performance teams.

Our recent assignments and expertise span across the following sectors:


Not for Profit
Community Services
Local Government
State Government
Banking & Financial Services
Professional Services
Marketing & Sales
PR & Communications
Construction & Property
Mining & Infrastructure
Consumer, Wine & Agriculture
Health & Aged Care
Mining & Resources
Oil & Gas
Technical & Engineering
Consumer, Wine & Agriculture

What our clients are saying


“I recently relocated to Adelaide and have had the pleasure of dealing with Salli. It has been my first experience on the job-seeker side of a recruitment and I cannot speak highly enough of the professional, personable service I have received from her. My experience with your organisation has challenged my misgivings about recruitment agencies, though I suspect I’d be hard pressed to receive the same level of engagement and support at other recruitment firms.

I have had more direct dealings with Salli and she consistently went beyond the call of duty to ensure I was fully informed at every stage of the recruitment process. She has been beyond supportive, responsive and proactive, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my dealings with her.

I would unreservedly recommend your organisation to anyone as a result of my dealings with them both.”

CandidateExecutive Search

“From our point of view the whole recruitment experience and working with you has been very positive. I have particularly appreciated your thorough and transparent approach, ongoing communication and the flexibility to accommodate our needs around meetings and candidate reporting. I look forward to working with you again.”

ClientExecutive Search

“I would love to pass on some feedback about how awesome Nikki has been. She has been amazing, always friendly, helpful and I really do feel like she went completely above and beyond for me. She squeezed me into her day last minute after an initial chat, had an interview set up for me yesterday and an offer today...I still can’t believe she achieved it all in such a short amount of time. I also appreciate that you reached out to me in the first instance. I can’t speak more highly of the Underwood Executive team and want to thank you and Nikki very much for helping me secure this great opportunity in my career”

CandidateExecutive Search

“Nicole had a tailored approach and took the time to understand not just the brief, but the culture of our organisation and the executive team dynamics. Rather than simply “cast the net” there was targeted search and as a result we were presented with a well-qualified group of possible candidates, that may not have surfaced via a traditional advertising approach”

CEOExecutive Search

“It has been a really great process working with Salli Tanner. The communication with Salli is excellent and she has kept me informed all the way through a rigorous process. It has been excellent to observe and be assured that Underwood Executive does all the necessary employment checks in detail.”

CandidateExecutive Search

“Getting to know the team at Underwood Executive was highly valuable, they are extremely professional, friendly and make you feel at ease.
Even though I wasn’t successful in the recruitment process, I felt like I was legitimately beaten by a better candidate, which gives you confidence towards the next interview process. I found the whole process very encouraging and certainly felt like Underwood Executive represented you as much as their clients.”

CandidateExecutive Search

“We engaged Underwood Executive for an executive search campaign as they have a great reputation in the industry, for their professionalism and that they get results. We were kept in the loop at all times and their customer focus was excellent and very thorough. The executive consultants were outstanding and I wouldn’t have changed a thing in the process.”

CEO - Client Executive Search
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