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Aerospace and Defense Technology

Overview Industry Overview:

There were less than sixty years separating the Wright brothers’ first airplane flight and the first manned flight into space. The advance of technology has hardly slowed in the nearly sixty years since. Today’s aerospace and defense technology industry advances lean heavily towards automation; use of unmanned systems continues to increase, and automated monitoring systems allow these drones to operate with increasing independence from remote operators. We also continue to look farther out, past the boundaries of where we have explored before – from the possibility of putting men on Mars, to exploration outside of our solar system.

One interesting trend has been the way that commercial electronics have been driving innovation in the aerospace and defense technology industry. Historically, technological advances have taken hold in military applications and then slowly filtered into commercial use. Nowadays, however, the commercial electronics industry is advancing so rapidly that it is outpacing, in some applications, military advances.

App Common Applications:

  • Control engineering
  • Risk and reliability
  • Aeroacoustics
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Solid mechanics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Propulsion
  • Avionics
  • Materials science
  • Structural analysis
  • Manufacturing
  • Propulsion
  • Astrodynamics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Avionics

Solutions Solutions:

With almost 35 years as a top technology industry recruitment agency, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their search to find highly qualified professionals. As talent acquisition specialists, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates. Our executive search consultants stay abreast of current industry trends making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top technology talent.

A proven executive search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary smart search system and global network to deliver exceptional results quickly for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.

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Aerospace and Defense Technology


The typical positions, roles and/or functions our search consultants serve include:

Sales Sales (such as; new business development, key account management, technical service, customer service, branch, district, region, national, global in scope).
Marketing Marketing (such as market research, market analyst, consumer research, public relations, social media, communications, product management).
Manufacturing Manufacturing (such as operations, production, engineering, plant design, process development, pilot plant, scale up).
R & D Research & Development (such as exploratory research, discovery research, synthesis, analytical, applications development, new product development, formulations, compounding, quality control, environmental, regulatory, health and safety).
Administration and Finance Administration (such as procurement, supply chain, logistics, human resources).
Executive Level Management Business Management (such as general management, executive, manager, director, vice president, c-suite and board member, commercial development, merger, acquisition, joint venture).
Investment Experts Venture Capital / Private Equity (such as administration and finance, commercial development, executive level management, human resources, mfg., marketing, r&d, sales)

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, skills surveys, marketing piece, and executive summaries.

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Lead Systems Engineer, Defense,
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