Ropella Group


For the past 35 years, Ropella has been a strategic and trusted partner serving clients in the Chemical, Technology and Consumer Products industries.  Ropella has been retained time and again to assist companies with their Executive Search needs, and these clients have then provided strong testimonials regarding our successful search partnerships.

Among our clients are world leading Chemical companies such as BASF, Dow, Akzo Nobel, Tate & Lyle, National Starch (Ingredion), IFF, and Lonza; Technology companies such as GE, J&J, Ethicon, Tyco, Sony, PPG and Benjamin Moore; and Consumer Products companies such as Clorox, Nike, Bayer, Whirlpool, JM Smucker, Shell Gas, and Reckitt Benckiser.

Part of what fuels our success is our proprietary 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 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.


To ensure that our partnerships are efficient and effective, the first step in our SMART Search System is to align expectations with our client’s hiring team.

From there we create a custom Opportunity Marketing Piece to highlight your company and open position, to help woo prospective candidates – especially passive candidates that are not actively seeking new opportunities.

We then screen candidates using a custom-designed Skill Survey and corresponding Candidate Scorecard; these tools pull us into the interview process and allow you to make a much more informed decision about which candidates are worth bringing in for face-to-face interviews.

Once the time has come to extend an offer, we input all compensation data collected from our client and candidate, in order to create a detailed Compensation Comparison Calculator. This tool is designed to help you put together an offer to your chosen candidate that will very likely garner an immediate acceptance… without all the typical surprises that come up after the fact.


“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.”

Clint Shepard, M.B.A, Human Resources
DOW Chemical Company

You don’t have to take our word for it – the statistics speak for themselves:

  • 60 Days: Typical time to placement
  • 98%: Candidate long-term “stick rate”
  • 95%: Search assignment completion rate
  • 36%: Candidate promotion rate within one year