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“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to be become a person of value” – Albert Einstein 

We are in a battle for talent.  Your company’s success will be determined by the talent within the company, starting with excellent LEADERS all the way to your entry level roles!  It is imperative to both human resource leaders and business leaders to recruit and retain the very best employees. If the battle to attract talent to certain companies seems challenging – the retention of skilled talent presents an all-out war, as winning the war for talent will make all the difference to a company’s overall success.

It is crucial for companies to continue to innovate and think creatively – that is especially true in the Aerospace & Defense Industry.  KPMG stated that in recent years, the skies have been quite friendly for the aerospace sector. With a growing demand for air travel, massive backlogs of new aircraft orders and a slowly resurging business jet sector, outlook for the industry is strong. But underneath the headline data are signs that the industry is undergoing a shift that will see significant consolidation within areas of the supply base and downward pressure on profits as the original equipment manufacturer (OEMs) ramp up production of increasingly advanced platforms.

The A&D sector is characterized by strong volume growth, with an estimated production of 20,000 aircraft in the next 20 years. To keep up with this growth, the industry must attract top engineers as well as skilled direct and indirect labor. In the next decade alone, the European A&D industry is expected to require at least 12,500 highly qualified engineers per year. However, the industry has difficulty attracting and retaining the top talents.

Trends that will challenge the sector:

  • Demand for highly skilled is expected to increase
  • Demographics, as in the aging population will impact the industry
  • Competition for talent amongst companies and salaries will make things more difficult 

How to strategize for the Battle:

  • Think global – have a bigger talent pool
  • Transfer your knowledge to younger workers before employees retire
  • Do not loose the talent you have – retain your workers – have succession plans!
  • Be the best place to work – improve working environment and culture!  Brand awareness!
  • Recruiting strategies – creativity, partners – think outside the box!

So it goes with stating again, ask any business about its top challenges — the odds are good that recruiting and retaining talent are somewhere on that list. Smart companies know that they’re only as good as their best workers, and will prioritize seeking out the best of the best for their organizations.  What will you do – what is your strategy?



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Simon Roads

Vice President of Sales

Born and raised in England, Simon Roads has had a distinguished career in various forms of aviation spanning over 45 years. His journey began as an A&P mechanic in the Royal Air Force and has encompassed a range of roles, ultimately leading to his position as the VP of Global Sales for Honda Aircraft. Throughout this extensive career, he has had the privilege of closely collaborating with Royalty, Dignitaries, and high net worth individuals, providing them with unparalleled expertise and a steadfast commitment to excellence in aviation services.

Having been immersed in the aviation industry for nearly half a century, his wealth of insights and knowledge has established him as a trusted figure within the field. His extensive experience has provided him with the opportunity to engage with diverse cultures, interacting with individuals from various walks of life, and ensuring that their distinctive requirements and preferences are met with the utmost precision.

One of his notable strengths lies in his adeptness at effectively managing global teams. Over the course of his career, he has demonstrated successful leadership and mentorship of professionals from different backgrounds and nationalities, fostering an environment characterized by collaboration, growth, and mutual respect.

Understanding different cultures has played a pivotal role in his professional journey. By taking part in the customs, traditions, and practices of his clients he not only fosters strong relationships but has also gained a profound appreciation for the unique needs and expectations of each of his clients.

Away from work, his priority is his family. His role as grandad to three wonderful boys, brings him immense joy. He has a penchant for outdoor activities such as cycling, kayaking, and golf. Additionally, he has developed a passion for cooking and continually seeks to learn new culinary techniques. The art of balancing life and work is an ongoing journey for him, and he considers himself fortunate to be able to savor the best of both worlds.

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Meredith Stanley

Executive Recruiter

Meredith joined IPS in 2023 as an Executive Recruiter with over 5 years of recruiting experience at Amazon and Lyft. Prior to making the shift to recruiting, Meredith was an Executive Assistant for over 3 years at a Seattle-based insurance company. With a passion for finding top talent, Meredith has hired for a wide range of roles across North America in the hardware, micromobility, operations, transportation, and tech spaces.

After an unsuccessful attempt at a Chemical Engineering degree, Meredith graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies.

Meredith has a passion for live music, playing both piano and trombone. She also enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors either skiing, hiking or scuba diving.

You can contact Meredith at

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