Contingency vs. Retained Search

Integrated People Solutions is a retained executive search firm.
We often get asked the difference between and retained and contingency search.

Contingency Search

A contingency search firm is only paid when the client hires a candidate that the firm presents to them for a pre-specified position. Contingency firms therefore collect resumes from individuals who are seeking new employment and match them to jobs that their clients post. Contingency firms are used primarily and most effectively at the middle and lower management levels

Retained Search

Integrated People Solutions is a retained search firm that works specifically for a client company. We seek out the perfect candidate for your open position – regardless of whether a candidate is actively seeking a new role. IPS identifies these candidates and matches them to your company needs via phone screening, interviewing, and in-person or live video conferencing. IPS then compiles a list (candidate slate) of the top 3-5 candidates and presents them to the client. IPS consults with the client providing objective advice and insight into which candidate suits their needs best.

You’ll know a successful search firm by their client company’s growth and success following the placement of a candidate. Integrated People Solutions prides itself in confidentiality, industry knowledge, and a commitment to finding the best match for your company’s executive search needs.

What Our Clients Say

The IPS team has successfully filled four key positions for me during my tenure as Vice President of Fleet for ServiceMaster. They do a masterful job of understanding and developing the requirements of the position, the urgency and sensitivity of the search, and then finding the best talent in the industry. Michael St. Clair, VP of Fleet Services, ServiceMaste
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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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