EngTal – Engineering talent for the midwest

EngTal – Engineering talent for the midwest


Name: EngTal

Legal Name: Engtal Inc

Location: Chicago, IL

Founded: August 2017

Founder(s)Christopher Atiyah and Mark Znowski

Website: https://engtal.com/

Social Media500 Likes on Facebook, 1379 followers on Instagram, 2258 followers on Linkedin, 1306 followers on Twitter

INDUSTRY –  USA Staffing Industry

Size$142.8Bn in 2017 (Source: Staffing Industry Analysts)

Projection$150Bn by 2019



Talented engineers looking for employment opportunities across the American Midwest can now find an enabler in EngTal – Engineering Talent. This startup claims to be the “world’s only engineering staffing firm dedicated to placing the best engineering talent in highly regulated industries.”

The Product

EngTal’s vertical-specific network is its biggest strength. The startup’s exclusive talent network is made up of engineering candidates, primarily specializing in quality, manufacturing, product development, and design engineering. The startup’s specialist recruiters match candidates to openings in companies in the aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, and medical devices industries.

Since most candidates in this network are passively looking out for roles, EngTal claims it is able to take the time to find the right opportunity match for them.

Origin and Founding Team

Prior to EngTal, serial entrepreneur, Mark Znowski had already scaled several staffing and recruitment brands such as SEC Recruitment, Staffgroup, and Spacetech International.

Meanwhile, Atiyah, who was the erstwhile Sales Director of London-based SThree (one of the world’s leading staffing firms), had opened and scaled its Midwest Engineering Division by mid-2017.

Both industry veterans saw immense potential in the engineering niche. And so they started EngTal in 2017. Atiyah and Znowski collectively bring 30+ years of recruitment experience to the startup.

Performance and Trends

In August 2017, Znowski contributed $0.5Mn to EngTal’s funding, according to BuiltInChicago.

As a testament to its work culture, in May 2018, EngTal by being featured amongst the “Top 100 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For” In Chicago. It also won the “When Work Works” Award the same year.

Currently, the company has 11 employees. And according to ZoomInfo, it achieved revenues of $2.2Mn in Q1 of 2019.

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