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    We are M2.
    Recruiting talent that drives
    innovation, productivity and success.
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    We Know HR.
    building leadership teams
    that advance corporate goals.
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    the right fit moves companies and people forward.

Who we are.

Exceptional Experience, Hands-On Service, Proven Results.

Janet Mullert and Wende Malster are two of the most successful Executive Search professionals specializing in Human Resources in the New England area. Working together for more than 20 years, they have secured outstanding HR leadership for high-growth Fortune 500 companies as well as start-up ventures in a full spectrum of industries from hi-tech and life sciences to financial services and hospitality.

We don’t just recruit employees, we build highly effective HR teams that enable corporations to attract, retain, and promote top talent—talent that drives innovation, productivity and success.

Whether you need to find your first VP of HR or transform an established department to meet changing needs, M2 Partners can help you secure the right people to create a dynamic corporate culture that motivates and supports employees to achieve. Our placement track record is exceptional: over 90% of our candidates are retained for more than one year and over 70% are promoted within three years.

Janet Mullert is a highly respected Human Resources search professional with more than 25 years' experience in the Boston market. She has managed searches for companies ranging from emerging start-ups to global Fortune 500 companies. An intuitive and astute analyst of corporate strengths and challenges as well as a sensitive and insightful career advisor to candidates, Janet brings her unique talents for “match-making” to all her searches. Prior to launching M2 Partners with Wende, her long-time colleague, she was a Vice President at Gatti & Associates. Janet enjoys being backstage with The Un-Common Theatre and cooking random recipes from old cookbooks.

Wende Malster has over two decades of search experience in Human Resources and the financial services sector. A meticulous “detective,” she uncovers the real needs of each client and develops a detailed picture of the skills, leadership style, temperament and other intangibles a candidate must possess to succeed in each position. Wende’s proven discernment and genuine commitment to client satisfaction have resulted in exceptionally high rates of retention and advancement for her clients. Prior to teaming up with Janet, her long-time colleague, she was a Vice President at Gatti & Associates. Wende enjoys getting up way too early in the morning for power yoga and eating any kind of fresh berries. 

Richard Fleming joined M2 Partners in 2017 to lead the build-out of a national HR search practice.  His career includes over 25 years of Retained Search and 15 years in HR leadership roles at the business unit and corporate levels.  He is described as a thoughtful and thorough search professional, someone who approaches the assessment of people and organizations with wisdom, astute analytical skills, and pragmatic solutions.  He has expertise nationally across a wide spectrum of industries, including healthcare, consumer products, technology, and higher education.  Richard was a Senior Vice President with Gatti & Associates, and he is passionate about the Korean language and culture, a fine bottle of wine, and any type of jazz music.

Joann Almlof is a seasoned Talent Acquisition professional who has developed and implemented successful recruiting strategies for Corvias Group, Fidelity Investments, Hanover Insurance, and Lotus/IBM. While at Fidelity Investments, Joann supported the HR Leadership team, sourcing a steady stream of HR talent as they deepened the bench strength of their team. Her ability to build strong relationships with both business clients and candidates results in an effective partner/counselor, assuring the right candidate for the right role. Joann has her Masters in Human Resources Management from Lesley College. She enjoys anything and everything to do with animals and spends as much time as possible with her horse Monty and her two granddaughters.

Sarah Reardon has over 15 years’ experience in Recruiting and Human Resources, primarily in the retail and wholesale industries for Shaw’s Supermarkets, Destination XL and Autopart International.  She blends her HR knowledge with a strong understanding of total business operations and project lead experience in the automation of recruitment lifecycles and HR systems. Sarah now enjoys her part-time role as Talent Project Associate, helping to keep the wheels turning behind the scenes at M2 Partners. She spends the rest of her time riding horses, dreaming of an epic craft room, and learning about life from her very imaginative toddler.

Simply put, we are assessment experts. We conduct an in-depth analysis of your company’s current and projected needs: Where are you going? What do you need to achieve your goals? What is your existing culture? What needs to be strengthened or changed? What kinds of people succeed there? What kinds don’t? We examine the “big picture” of the role of HR within the corporate structure as well as the smaller details that define each position. By the end of this consultative process, we strive to represent your organization as accurately and thoroughly as any insider would do.

And when we identify potential candidates, we perform the same kind of multi-dimensional inventory of skills, past performance, leadership style, preferred work environment and drive to ensure that the criteria match up from both sides. We make certain the candidates we present have a reality-based picture of the responsibilities, challenges and rewards of the position before they interview.

This business is based on relationships—that’s why we love what we do! We build lasting relationships with corporate clients and with rising and top-tier HR talent in many of New England’s premier companies. We know which companies are expanding or shifting focus, and which proven HR staff are ready for their next career move.

People spend more than 50% of their waking hours at work, so chemistry is essential to productivity and fulfillment. The right team can make things happen, the wrong team can stall progress. The fit has to be right to move companies and people forward. Nowhere is this more important than in Human Resources where the mission is to assemble leadership teams and foster an environment throughout the organization that promotes creativity, collaboration and results.

Current Client Organizations:

We offer two tiers of service: retained searches for executive and senior management positions and engagement search for mid-level managers, directors and individual contributors.

Retained Search

The retained search option is ideal for top management positions when finding that key executive is of paramount importance. It is also extremely useful for confidential searches. Throughout the process, we promote your company, strengthening your reputation as a highly respected employer of choice for leading HR professionals.

When you choose a retained search, M2 Partners is an extension of your HR team and we:

  • Conduct an extensive inquiry to ascertain the needs, structure and unique culture of your organization.
  • Work with you to define the responsibilities and requirements of the position and the characteristics of your organization that make it unique.
  • Cultivate a very select group of candidates who have recently held or currently hold HR leadership positions with relevant skills and experience.
  • Present a slate of top-tier candidates, oversee the details of scheduling interviews, collect feedback from candidate prospects and internal staff to assess what each is thinking and feeling about the opportunity, and identify the next steps in the process.
  • Provide broad and deep reference information on the finalists to determine ultimate fit for the role.
  • Advise you on developing a highly attractive offer to secure your top choice based on our understanding of what motivates each candidate.
  • Conduct personal follow-up with new hires and management within the first quarter of employment.

Engagement Search

The engagement search option is the preferred method when you want to work closely with one vendor to help you cast a wide net for your position among the active candidate pool. Our expertise in quickly producing a locally based candidate slate and managing the process keeps your staff from getting bogged down and moves the search along quickly.

When you hire M2 Partners on an engagement basis to round out a department or team, we:

  • Conduct a needs assessment with the hiring manager.
  • Search our database for potential candidates.
  • Reach out to a targeted pool of candidates, sources and professional associations.
  • Review all resumes and respond to qualified candidates.
  • Select and interview top candidates.
  • Present up to five exceptional candidates for review.
  • Conduct reference checks on the finalist.

We are seeking ideal candidates for the following positions.
Please click on each position title to learn about responsibilities, experience requirements and how to apply.

  • Strategic Human Resources Business Partner

    Waltham, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is a high growth, global technology organization voted a Best Place To Work for three consecutive years.  With a collaborative and fast-paced culture and a community of passionate people across the globe, this is an opportunity to join a thriving HR team and to partner with the Chief Revenue Officer and his leadership team.

    We are seeking an individual who can:

    • Evaluate business priorities and translate them into strategic HR plans (organizational design, talent strategy, change management).
    • Provide coaching and advice to leaders and employees around a broad range of performance management and talent development topics
    • Operate as the consultant and broker of specialty HR support in the areas of talent acquisition, compensation planning, talent development, and learning
    •  Manage global HR programs and initiatives across the Sales organization

    Ideal candidates will come out of the high-growth technology sector, and have prior experience supporting a commercial organization and/or a senior leader who is a direct report to the CEO.  Proven ability to diagnose challenges and identify strategic solutions, while executing on plans in a timely manner.  Having helped organizations through organizational redesign, change management initiatives, facilitation of team dynamics and leadership effectiveness will all be important competencies. Strong analytical and communication skills are also required, and a BA/BS degree with a minimum of 10+ years of HRBP experience.

    Base salary in the 125 - 150K range, with additional bonus and equity.
  • VP of Compensation

    Greater Boston Area with some remote work scheduling available

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is a very successful, mission oriented, for-profit organization that provides a spectrum of services to support working families.  With a new CHRO and a greater desire to reward and recognize outstanding talent, we are seeking an individual to join in a newly created role that will be part of a dynamic HR organization and will help to develop solutions that will differentiate and offer competitive advantages for the company.

    We are seeking an experienced HR professional who has broad experience in the design, implementation, communication, and administration of compensation programs and who is responsive and proactive in developing strategy that addresses the company's goals and objectives. Ideal candidates will be:

    • Creative, flexible, and have a passion for doing things differently;  someone who is a self-started and who is still in the trajectory of their career and is perhaps a Senior Manager, ready to be a Director, would be welcomed
    • Analytical, with survey experience and the ability to interpret market data and make recommendations that effectively serve the organization
    • Consultative and collaborative with HR partners as well as department and business leaders; strong leadership presence is required
    • Experienced with non-exempt field, exempt corporate, and some executive level compensation programs
    • Patient...with a sense of humor....and the ability to drive change at an appropriate pace

    If you are a person who loves the compensation discipline, who likes to bring order and process to a home-grown function, and who enjoys working in an extremely casual, friendly, and progressive culture, this is the role for you.  We can offer a flexible work schedule, inclusive of regular remote days and the technology and support to help you be successful.

    Base salary in the 150-175K range, with additional bonus and equity.
  • Director of Employee Relations

    Boston, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is a large global financial services and insurance company, headquartered in Boston. 

    This position will be responsible for overseeing and leading the employee relations team and all ER activity for the business.  The key responsibilities are:      

    • Manage all ER related activity for the business, ensuring consistency in policy and practice, including review and approvals for termination for cause, management of investigations, provide quick response on threat analysis, global compliance and ethics, and oversee charges and lawsuits to mitigate exposure.
    • Responsible for process, tools and techniques for assessing and controlling enterprise employment related risks. Research and implement best practices to optimize delivery through process and technology.
    • Ensure case management, reporting and analysis is effective and meeting the needs of the team and reinforcing business decisions.
    • Partner with other team members to create, modify or update policies and procedures as needed, and assist with company-wide communication and reinforcement.

    The ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) and 10+ years of Employee Relations/Human Resources experience, with at least 2 years in a management position.  Must have high level expertise in HR policy, theory and practice with particular experience in laws, regulations and case law pertaining to EEO.  Past work within a large, global organization is strongly preferred.  Candidates should be comfortable presenting to senior managers and line management and conducting training programs.

    Compensation for this position is in the low to mid six figures with bonus.

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To contact Janet Mullert,
email jmullert@m2-partners.com
or call 617-201-6832

To contact Wende Malster,
email wmalster@m2-partners.com
or call 617-512-8227

To contact Joann Almlof,
email jalmlof@m2-partners.com
or call 401-595-1971

To contact Richard Fleming,
email rfleming@m2-partners.com
or call 774-217-3045