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Why hire an executive search firm?

Why is retaining an executive search firm the best way to hire top-performing talent?

We understand the challenges you face in trying to find the perfect fit for those highly-specialized and complex executive positions — and we excel at finding the needle in the haystack. That means finding just the right transformational leader that will grow your company, even if they’re already working for your competitor.

Ropella is the world's leading executive search firm specializing in the chemical, consumer products, and technologies industries — a distinction earned over 35 years of dedicated service to our clients and partners.

About the SMART Search System®

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 business days. It impacts an organization's long-term success, enhances their employer brand, and yields a greater quality of hire.

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)

Elevate your Recruitment Strategy

Whether you need to scale talent acquisition with market fluctuations or high growth rates, boost your overall talent acquisition strategy, or relieve pressure on an overworked human resources staff, Ropella's SMART RPO System is your solution.

We leverage our proprietary tools, technology, brand reputation, global reach, professional staff, and proven systems to help you hire the best (and often hard to find) candidates — even if they’re happily working for your competitor.

In Partnership, We Achieve Risk-Free ROI


To Qualified

An average job opening attracts about 250 resumes – a great majority that are not even close matches. We deliver extremely well-qualified executives who meet your search parameters in about 10 business days.


First Offer
Acceptance Rate

Based on research and 35+ years of experience, we know offers extended by hiring managers and/or HR leaders result in approximately a 40% rejection rate and typically require two weeks to wrap up. Our executive search competitors average closer to 30% and a week. Because of our SMART Compensation, Benefits, and Relocation Assessment System and our proprietary Compensation Comparison Calculator, we get 90% of our offers accepted in the first round and within three days.


to Placement

We understand the real cost of a vacant position and know how critical it is to find the right hire, right away. We know from our clients that the average time it takes our competitors and HR recruiting teams is well over 90 days to a completed search.


Completion Rate

We can find highly specialized, passive candidates that you and other recruiters can’t find on your own. We also work very quickly, resulting in extremely high completion rates. 76% of hiring decision makers report a concern or challenge in attracting and hiring passive candidates and find well over 30% of their openings remain open for six months or more.


Long Term
Stick Rate

Replacing an employee can cost anywhere from 16% to 213% of the individual’s salary. Our process ensures that the company and executive are both carefully assessed for fit and that expectations are clearly aligned for both parties, resulting in long-term matches.


One Year
Promotion Rate

Our Smart Search System helps us find the executives who meet all your search parameters and (more importantly) take the company to their desired goals, ensuring a long-term fit with hires that grow and promote with your company.


Annual Rate Of
Repeat Business

Precise and predictable hiring results mean our clients return to us again and again with their executive hiring challenges — a win for everyone involved.

The Ropella Group has negotiated $23+ million dollars in total compensation plans
for our clients and executive candidates in the last three years.

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Interim Executive Placement

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What are interim executives?

Interim executives are highly-qualified leaders who are ready to step in on short notice (within 24-48 hours), begin contributing on their first day, and are a temporary placement (typically 3 to 6 months). This interim executive acts as your full-fledged employee during this period. They are there to manage through change (rather than to consult or advise) and are thus fully accountable for their results. They can even help with selection and onboarding of your permanent hire if needed.

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Private Equity and Venture Capital

Balance between Vision and Implementation

Private equity and venture capital investments are always a risk; but, that risk can be greatly minimized with a strong talent core, both within the PE/VC firm itself and within the portfolio company. Even if the start-up does not have a strong existing senior leadership team, this core can be built on the foundation of new funding.

Ultimately, the partnership between a PE/VC firm and its portfolio company must be composed of a balance between vision and implementation — the vision of what a company can and should be and the acumen to implement the strategic plans that will drive that vision to success. A track record of previous achievement is especially vital since launching a start-up and leading it from pre-revenue to profitability presents unique challenges when compared to the acumen required to guide an existing organization.

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