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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 into 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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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.

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Human Resources | DOW Chemical Company


With over 30 year of recognized search experience,Patrick Ropella knows how to find and recruit the right Talent.

Patrick, Thank you for all that you and Ropella do for Dow. The processes and systems you have applied (from The Right Hire) while working with Dow have proved very valuable over many years of service.

Andrew Liveris,

Patrick Ropella's current book, The Right Hire, gives us proven principles and focused strategies to identify, attract, motivate and measure talent in any field. If you need relief fast, read and put into practice what's in this book.

Gerry Roche,
Our Results Speak For Themselves. We Encourage You To Compare Them To Any Other Hiring Resources.
To Qualified Candidates
To Qualified
An average job opening attracts about 250 resumes – a great majority are not even close matches. We deliver extremely well qualified executives who meet your search parameters in about 10 days.
First Offer Acceptance Rate
First Offer
Acceptance Rate
Based on research & 35 years of experience, we know offers extended by Hiring Managers and/or HR Leaders result in approx. a 40% rejection rate & typically require two weeks to wrap up. Our executive search competitors average closer to 30% and a week. Because of our SMART Compensation, Benefits & Relocation Assessment System and our proprietary Comp. Comparison Calculator we get 90% of our offers acceptance in the first round and within 3 days.
Speed to Placement
Speed To
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 the average time it takes our competitors and HR recruiting teams is well over 90 days to a completed search.
Search Completion Rate
Completion Rate
We can find highly specialized, passive candidates that you and other recruiters can’t find on your own. And we work very fast – 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 6 months or more.
Long Term Stick Rate
Stick Rate
Replacing an employee can cost anywhere from 16% to 213% of the individual’s salary. Our process ensures the company and executive are both carefully assessed for fit and expectations clearly aligned for both parties - resulting in long-term matches.
Promotion Rate
One Year
Promotion Rate
Our Smart Search System helps us find the executives who meet all your search parameters, but more importantly take the company to their desired goals, ensuring a long-term fit with hires that grow & promote with your company.
Annual Rate of Repeat Business
Annual Rate of
Repeat Clients
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 over $30 million dollars in Total Compensation Plans for our clients and executive candidates in the last 4 years.
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