Jason Ward and Patrick Ference, Managing Partners

Jason Ward and Pat Ference first met as recruiter and client, when Jason worked for a Big 5 search firm and Pat was in human resources at a large industrial company. Colleagues turned into friends, and friends turned into partners. Together, they’ve built Industrial Search Partners into a new breed of executive recruiting firm, dedicated exclusively to the Industrial Sectors.

What makes the Industrial Search Partners Experience better than working with other firms?

We have the most transparent search process in the industry

Using our online tool means you have real-time access to all candidate information and where they are in the process at any time. You do not have to call or wait for a report to see how the search is going.

We can sell your company better than you can

Your hiring manager is a professional in his or her own right. Our skill set lies in selling our clients’ value proposition. We know how to call, engage and interest the right candidates, and we can talk about your company in a more objective way – from an outsider’s perspective. We can advise candidates within the context of their own careers.

We are veteran partners with deep industry experience

We understand your business and can speak to the candidate at the level needed to assess their competency and fit. We know that the success of our candidate reflects our success as a search firm, and we make sure to present only the most qualified candidates that will work within your culture. 

We have a broad network of highly specialized talent

Because of our significant relationships in the industry, we can do the search faster while capturing all the collateral benefits, such as market insight, competitor intelligence and voice of the customer.

We have a fresh approach to the talent lifecycle, connecting executive search with board selection, milestone-based onboarding, world-class assessment, and organizational planning

We take an advisory approach to the partnership with our clients, complimenting executive search with services such as onboarding to help your new leader be successful. We also offer performance assessment, board services and organization/succession planning.

Our size and structure enables agility, speed and personal touch

With only eight team members, we act faster than the institutional investor-controlled big firms. Clients have a dedicated team working on your search beginning to end. And we provide added value with a LEAN approach – efficient, KPI-driven, and specialized.

We are unencumbered by the off limits that big firms have

We can source candidates from companies our large competitors can’t, because our larger competitors already do business with them – either directly in search or other services. (This is multiplied exponentially when diversity is important.) When you work with us, you have a better slate of qualified candidates to choose from and you can pull from the best the market has to offer.

Our global reach means we are doing business where you are

Through our membership in Amrop, one of the largest recruiting firm networks in the world, we have trusted partners in principal cities we can work with when you need to recruit locally.