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Ropella has become the world's leading executive search and consulting firm specializing in the chemical, consumer products and technology industries. We attribute our success to our proprietary, 12-step recruitment process, The SMART Search System®.

The SMART Search System® has revolutionized hiring in the same way Six Sigma revolutionized manufacturing. We've invested almost 35 years researching best practices, developing our own tools and continuously improving our SMART Search System® to provide our clients precise and predictable hiring results—unparalleled in the search industry.

The SMART Search System® drives quality and speed. It helps us find highly specialized executives you can’t effectively recruit on your own, in about 10 days. It impacts an organization’s long-term success, enhances their employment brand and yields a greater quality of hire.

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The SMART Search System® has revolutionized hiring in the same way Six Sigma revolutionized manufacturing. We've invested almost 35 years researching best practices, developing our own tools and continuously improving our SMART Search System® . We provide our clients precise and predictable hiring results unparalleled in the search industry.

STAGE 1 | SMART STRATEGY & LAUNCH

1 ALIGNING EXPECTATIONS
Ropella aligns expectations with everyone on the hiring team to ensure we’re partnering efficiently and effectively. We’ve created a 3-step launch approach. Through a comprehensive Intake Interview, we 1) Discuss the hiring process, 2) Evaluate the research needed, and 3) Review the overall search strategy to ensure we are all on the same page.

2 SEARCH PREP QUESTIONNAIRE
At the beginning of each search, we conduct a comprehensive Intake Interview with the hiring team to ensure Ropella fully understands the most effective way to present your opportunity. This includes questions about cultural dynamics, management style and the MUST HAVES for each search. We’ll also evaluate your position description, looking for potential improvements. We then identify the preferred companies and best titles to target to be sure we are focusing on the most effective recruiting paths.

3 OPPORTUNITY MARKETING PIECE
Once we understand your search, our team designs an Opportunity Marketing Piece, custom created for your specific opportunity, used to attract the best passive candidates. This piece is a comprehensive 6 to 12-page pitch book, filled with what’s exciting about your organization, your products and their markets, as well as a description of your culture and even your management style. It also includes your position description and a thorough overview of the location where the position is based.

4 SKILLS SURVEY
We create a custom skills and experiences application based on the MUST HAVES for your opportunity. This helps us identify and select for submission the most qualified A and B candidates that meet all your parameters. The C candidates are set aside.

5 SCORECARD
We thoughtfully score all candidates as we move through the screening and interview processes. In order to help you make the right hire, we assess based on skills and experience, cultural dynamics, management style, compensation and relocation fit.

6 PERFORMANCE STANDARDS ASSESSMENT
We can dive deep and assess past performance as well as corporate and team cultural fit with a variety of personality, communications and leadership style profiling tools. We also offer pre-hire, function specific assessment tools and on the job testing exercises.

STAGE 2 | SMART RECRUITING & INTERVIEWING

7 RECRUITING
We run comprehensive recruiting campaigns to source, target and recruit the right candidates. We then submit the best candidates and schedule interviews as we help cultivate relationships between our clients and candidates.

8 INTERVIEWS
While you’re interviewing and evaluating your first slate of candidates, Ropella continues to recruit, building an additional slate of optional candidates so we don’t lose momentum and experience unnecessary time delays.

9 CANDIDATE INTERVIEW DEBRIEF
After each interview, we debrief with each candidate to ensure the opportunity continues to be the right fit for their career.

10 HIRING TEAM DEBRIEF
After each interview, we debrief with the hiring team to discuss each candidate as we continue to move through the interview and final selection stages.

STAGE 3 | SMART HIRING & ONBOARDING

11 REFERENCES & BACKGROUND CHECKS
We offer a variety of reference checking options. CHECKSTER is a unique and highly productive web-based tool we prefer to use on most searches.

12 COMPENSATION BENEFITS & RELOCATION ASSESSMENT
Our proprietary Compensation Comparison Calculator merges the variety of complex compensation factors into one document. This allows for easy comparison of current and competing offers, to ensure you don't lose the perfect candidate to any competitor.

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I speak for myself when I say that the Ropella "process" has been impressive with regard to other search firms and headhunters we've used in the past. Truly a dynamic process between the research efforts, skill surveys, marketing piece, and executive summaries.

Click to DonateClint Shepard, M.B.A, Human Resources
DOW Chemical Company

WHAT SETS ROPELLA APART FROM OTHER SEARCH FIRMS & RECRUITERS?
 
Our Results Speak For Themselves. We Encourage You To Compare Them To Any Other Hiring Resources.
 
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The Ropella Group has negotiated over $16 million dollars in Total Compensation Plans for our clients and executive candidates in the last 3 years.
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