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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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    WHERE OPPORTUNITY
    MEETS TALENT.
    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 15 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 20 years experience in Boston and New England. She has managed HR searches for mid and senior level executives for 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 where she secured exceptional Human Resources talent for such companies as Liberty Mutual, Rapid7, HeartWare, Old Mutual, and Parexel.

Wende Malster has over two decades of search and placement experience in Human Resources and Financial Services. 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 where she recruited HR professionals for companies such as GE, Bain Capital, Sonesta, Moderna Therapeutics, and Rhode Island School of Design.

Joann Almlof is a seasoned Talent Acquisition professional who has developed and implemented successful recruiting strategies for Lotus/IBM, Hanover Insurance, Fidelity Investments and Corvias. While at Fidelity Investments, Joann supported the HR Leadership team, providing industry expertise, 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 Master’s in Human Resources Management from Lesley College and since joining M2 Partners, has completed successful placements at Partners in Health,  Unum, BNY Mellon and Liberty Mutual.

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 took a career hiatus to welcome daughter Alexa in 2014, and now enjoys her part-time role as Talent Project Associate, helping to keep the wheels turning behind the scenes at M2 Partners.

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 contingency talent sourcing for mid-level managers, directors and specialists.

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.

Contingency Assignments

A contingency assignment is the preferred method when you want to cast a wide net for your position among the active candidate pool. Our expertise in managing the process and the administrative details keeps your staff from getting bogged down and moves the search along quickly.

When you hire M2 Partners for talent sourcing 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.

  • Director of Total Rewards

    Burlington, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is a growing, specialty pharmaceutical company based in Burlington, MA, seeking an experienced Director of Total Rewards.  This role is responsible for providing compensation and benefits thought leadership and expertise, as well as designing and managing a Total Rewards Portfolio with the goal of attracting, motivating and retaining a best-in-class growing employee population.

    • Plan, analyze, implement and communicate company-wide compensation and benefits programs that support the company’s goals and objectives
    • Proactively evaluate, recommend and deliver compensation and benefit programs including base pay, executive compensation, short and long-term incentive programs as well as employee recognition
    • Develop and manage health and wellness programs and determine key annual compensation priorities that support growth and continuous improvement
    • Partner with the HR Culture Champion to develop wellness programs that ensure employees create good habits in their day-to-day experience that include work-life balance, stress management and other initiatives that will engage employees, enhance culture and drive business success
    • Continually evaluate performance metrics indicating program effectiveness (medical, dental, vision, FMLA, Flexible Spending Accounts, 401(k), life, disability and all compensation programs, as well as evaluate supporting software/HRIS systems and make changes as required

    The ideal candidate has 8-10 years of Human Resources experience, particularly benefits and compensation in the Life Sciences field.  We are seeking a passionate and tenacious total rewards professional with a high degree of interest in emerging benefits and compensation practices that will position the company as one of the most sought after employers in the Boston biotech industry.  Demonstrated knowledge in executive compensation, equity compensation, sales incentive compensation models as well as the standard health, welfare and retirement benefits is required.  The ideal candidate is a strong communicator, self-directed, collaborative, results-driven and able to be both strategic and tactile. 

     

    Compensation for this position is targeted in the 165-190K range, with a 20% target bonus and equity.
  • Human Resources Business Partner (2)

    Waltham, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is an established global leader in the Life Sciences/Bio-Tech industry.

    We are seeking HR Business Partners (2 roles available) to support the corporate functions based in Waltham,  providing strategic and tactical generalist support for business leadership to ensure the people strategy directly supports business priorities.  These roles are open due to growing business and re-alignment.

    • Champion talent management, talent acquisition and succession planning process for assigned client groups and provide counsel to leaders on talent strategies to ensure the appropriate talent development plans are in place to meet current and future business needs
    • Participate in the performance management processes including goal development, annual performance reviews, addressing underperformance, recognition and merit process
    • Develop, communicate and implement pro-active employee relations strategies, as well as conduct investigations and resolve employee relations issues and complaints
    • Implement programs which foster employee engagement
    • Facilitate  a variety of training sessions, including leadership programs that increase team dynamics, trust and collaboration to reinforce a high performance culture

     

    The ideal candidate has 8+years of experience as an HR Business Partner with increasing generalist responsibilities, ideally in the areas of Employee Relations, Staffing, Performance Management, Leadership Coaching, Training and Compensation.  You should be comfortable navigating in a global matrixed organization, making independent decisions and balancing priorities in a fast-paced environment.  Candidates should have the proven ability to communicate with, influence and collaborate employees and business leaders at all levels.       

     

    Compensation for this position is targeted in the 90-115K range plus 10% target bonus.
  • Human Resources Business Partner

    Hopkinton, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is an established global leader in the Life Sciences/Bio-Tech industry.

    We are seeking an HR Business Partner to support our global Life Sciences client in Hopkinton.  This role will serve as a resource supporting such areas as: employee engagement, talent planning, employee relations, compensation review and analysis, performance management and development strategies to ensure that the organization can attract, develop and retain the breadth of talent necessary to drive business success. It also will work with the broader HR team and help develop and implement major HR initiatives and share best practices.
     

    • Champion talent management, talent acquisition and succession planning process for assigned client groups and provide counsel to leaders on talent strategies to ensure the appropriate talent development plans are in place to meet current and future business needs
    • Participate in the performance management processes including goal development, annual performance reviews, addressing underperformance, recognition and merit process
    • Develop, communicate and implement pro-active employee relations strategies, as well as conduct investigations and resolve employee relations issues and complaints
    • Implement programs which foster employee engagement
    • Facilitate  a variety of training sessions, including leadership programs that increase team dynamics, trust and collaboration to reinforce a high performance culture

     

    The ideal candidate has 8+years of experience as an HR Business Partner with increasing generalist responsibilities, ideally in the areas of Employee Relations, Staffing, Performance Management, Leadership Coaching, Training and Compensation.  You should be comfortable navigating in a global matrixed organization, making independent decisions and balancing priorities in a fast-paced environment.  Candidates should have the proven ability to communicate with, influence and collaborate employees and business leaders at all levels.       

    Compensation for this position is targeted in the 90-115K range plus 10% target bonus.
  • Divisional Vice President of Human Resources

    Metrowest

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is an established global leader in the Life Sciences/Bio-Tech industry.

    This position is for a newly added Divisional Vice President of Human Resources based in Waltham, MA.  The VP will serve as the strategic partner to Executive Leadership in various areas of HR such as leadership development/coaching, talent planning and performance management, organizational design, change management, policy development, and total rewards to ensure the organization attracts, develops and retains top level talent to drive business success. 

    • Partner with the leadership team to build a high performing, people-focused culture that drives business results.
    • Identify and develop strategic organizational effectiveness initiatives to enhance performance , productivity and employee satisfaction
    • Build organizational capability through individual and divisional OD and succession planning; identify high potential performers and focus on leadership bench strength through training/development, coaching and feedback
    • Provide executive coaching and guidance on a broad spectrum of employee matters
    • Partner with the Corporate Compensation and Benefits team to develop, maintain and implement comp/benefits policies and programs with an aim to attracting talent, rewarding performance and retaining top talent

     

    The ideal candidate has 15+years of progressive HR Generalist experience, as well as significant global HR experience and strong business acumen.  Previous experience leading Learning and/or Talent Management initiatives desired.  Candidates should be results-driven with a thirst for process improvement and the ability to navigate on a strategic and tactical level while integrating HR initiatives with business strategy and operations.  International travel will be required.

     

    Compensation for this position is targeted in the 180-225K range.
  • Chief Learning Officer

    Waltham, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is a publicly traded global medical device firm with 8,000 employees and $2.5B in revenue.

    The Chief Learning Officer is a key member of the HR executive team, and is responsible for the creation, implementation and measurement of a multi-year learning and leadership development strategy.

    • Develop the company’s global learning strategy, planning and execution for all Executive, Leadership and Management development programs and experiences across the enterprise.
    • Develop talent strategies and programs focused on accelerated development for high potentials and key talent; design and participate in talent assessment processes; ensure HIPO development plans are linked to succession outcomes
    • Design and execute company-wide individual development planning processes for all employees; annually assess significant skill gaps in the employee population impeding business outcomes; execute related training and development strategies to address high priority needs
    • Develop and drive the digital learning strategy across the organization 
    • Establishing relevant metrics and track and report progress to executive management and senior HR and business leadership on business performance and employee engagement
       

    The ideal candidate has at least 15 years of deep learning and development knowledge, preferably within a complex multi-national organization.  Must have experience building effective leadership, management and employee development strategies, along with utilization of contemporary practices and technologies.  Candidates should also have extensive program design and delivery experience in multiple topics and geographies, as well as the ability to build collaborative partnering and influencing roles with senior business leaders.  The ability to align systems and processes with a broader business agenda and people development goals is essential.  This position requires occasional international travel to other business locations.  

     

    Compensation for this position is targeted in the 200-250K range.
  • Director of HR Business Operations

    Waltham, MA

    this link is temporary.

    We are seeking a Director of HR Business Operations for a global manufacturing and environmental health organization. 

    The position is an integral part of the HR department, working closely with the global HR team to ensure efficient delivery and scalable HR operations.  The Director of HR Business Operations is responsible for building and managing the HR business operations global model and related policies, systems and processes.

    • Bring your vision and passion for systems and processes to transform the way HR services are delivered to the organization.  Help drive the selection, implementation and upgrade of all people systems and processes to ensure efficient use of technology in streamlining people operations and business growth.
    • Play a leadership role in the architecting and implementation of employee and manager self-service, providing greater access to employee information and reducing time spent on HR transactional activity
    • Oversee the members and activities of the U.S. HR Shared Services team, which provides first-line HR support to U.S. employees.  This includes training and information sharing to ensure accurate support, consistent onboarding, HR system utilization, HR reporting and other similar services
    • Responsible for HR policy governance, compliance and related reporting in the U.S.
       

    The ideal candidate has 10+ years Human Resources experience, with at least 3 years managing an HR shared service delivery program in a fast-paced large, global organization.  Previous experience managing large HRIS implementations in Workday or SuccessFactors preferred. Candidates should possess a high drive to deliver exemplary HR service; providing excellent customer service while streamlining business processes.  Critical business thinking and problem solving in a complex environment is essential, as well as the ability to build strong work relationships and manage change.

     

    Compensation for this position is targeted in the 150-180K range.
  • Human Resources Director

    Canton, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is a leading independent accounting firm with 140 employees, and located in suburban office space in Canton, MA (including an on-site fitness center and on-site cafeteria.)  This is a growing firm, with emphasis on providing a wide range of services to clients, yet maintaining strong, personalized client relationships.

    Reporting to the COO, the Human Resources Director is responsible for overseeing the design and development of Human Resources strategies and programs that are consistent with the company’s mission, core values and strategic plan. 

    • Create the strategy and processes for a robust recruiting function Firm-wide; evaluate and create optimal recruitment and selection plans and programs that support company’s culture, success and growth
    • Oversee organization planning and executive/staff development programs including (but not limited to): organizational needs assessments; training/development programs, career ladder development, skill inventories and management succession plans to meet present and future organizational needs.
    • Oversee development and administration of performance management, tying performance to short and long-term incentive programs, and aligning goals and competencies with company vision
    • Determine and recommend employee relations practices necessary to establish a positive employer-employee relationship and promote a high level of employee morale
    • Participate in the Firm’s strategic planning
    • Direct the administration of benefit programs to include: health, retirement, life, disability, and unemployment; recommend plan modifications, select insurance brokers/carriers

     

    The ideal candidate has 10-15 years of HRBP and Generalist experience, ideally in a professional services environment, with at least 4 years of people management experience.  If you are a highly creative individual, with the initiative to take on multiple projects and act as a change agent for a growing firm, this could be the position for you! 

     

    Compensation for this position is in the 140-170K range with comprehensive benefits.

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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