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Overview Industry Overview:

Coal mining goes back centuries, and the coal industry was one of the primary drivers of the industrial revolution – by providing the fuel for the steam train engines and steamships that enabled the rapid expansion of international trade. Coal has seen a bit of a decline in recent years, but technology has conquered some of the environmental and economic challenges facing the industry. More work is needed to fully retain coal’s prominent spot in the marketplace.

Currently, approximately 30% of the United States’ electricity generation is performed by coal, and this process accounts for over 90% of the country’s total coal consumption. From strip and contour mining to longwall and shortwall mining, strong technical minds are needed to continue driving technological advancement to satisfy the demands of numerous constituents, from consumers to environmental regulators.

App Common Applications:

  • Processing, cleaning etc.
  • Coke manufacturing
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Liquifying
  • Waste products
  • Syngas, etc.
  • Scrubbers, etc.
  • Coal gasification
  • Low-sulfur, bituminous or sub bituminous coal
  • Peat, lignite, graphite, and anthracite
  • Processing and milling
  • Refining
  • Production of chemicals
  • Environmental regulation, sustainability, etc.

Solutions Solutions:

With almost 35 years as a top energy 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 energy 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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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)

Ropella & Associates did a good job sourcing a successful candidate for our HODer Technical Support Specialist opening.  It was a pleasure to work through the process with you.

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