About Us

AIJSearch Team

Michael Novak


Michael’s top areas of expertise include mid to C-level leadership and hard-to-fill technical positions. His primary market focus is in Aerospace & Defense and Advanced Materials (across multiple industries).

Within A&D, he has worked extensively with Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 companies designing and manufacturing products for commercial and military airborne applications, from the component level to complex flight and mission critical systems. He has also worked heavily within the MRO and Aviation supply chain segments of the A&D Market.

Within Advanced Materials, his area of expertise lays with clients designing/manufacturing high performance non-metallic composites, thermoplastics and elastomers, as well as clients who build complex tooling solutions and manufacturing equipment.

His client base within Advanced Materials covers multiple market segments, most of which are highly regulated (Aerospace/Defense, Energy, Semiconductor, Life Sciences) as well as other market segments including Industrial and Sporting.

Michael acts as the primary client point of contact for AIJSearch to define project goals and timelines, and works directly with clients as his team moves candidates through the process.

A successful placement will fill an organizational skill gap, elevate your organization's capabilities, and fit in well culturally.My goal in working with clients is to act as an extension of your HR and Talent Acquisition team and help you secure long-term successful new hires.When working with the AIJSearch team, you can expect transparent communication, regular project updates, and fast results. Our short-term goal is to meet your immediate recruiting needs and our long-term goal is to become your trusted partner.

Carin Carstens

Senior Recruiter

Carin has spent the last 20 years immersed in the world of technology and recruiting in manufacturing.
Prior to joining AIJ, Carin worked in the recruiting industry on both the corporate and agency side.

Her areas of focus include identifying and qualifying many of the key people we introduce to our clients. She masterfully applies her expertise in data analysis to help companies find the best candidates
for the job.

Madison Uffelman

Senior Researcher

Madison’s expertise is in creating, driving and managing the candidate research and sourcing strategy for each executive search. She works with other members of the AIJSearch team to continually develop recruiting research, utilizing publicly available, subscription-based, and proprietary sources.

She also enjoys sharing her knowledge of industries
and markets with the client’s team to improve the
research process.

Working With Us

51 years of experience

We have 51 years of combined executive
 search experience shared between 
3 team members.

No junior recruiters

We don’t outsource. You will have 3 senior recruiters focused on each client assignment.

No project is too small or big

We enjoy working with small and large companies alike. If you have a difficult position to fill, get in touch.

We offer highly competitive candidate guarantee options including our standard 90 day full replacement, 180 day full replacement upgrade, in addition to some full year guarantee options.

For clients

Contact us and find how our expert team can help you grow your company.

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