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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.

  • Human Resources Business Partner

    Waltham, 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 the corporate functions based in Waltham; providing strategic and tactical generalist support for business leadership to ensure the people strategy directly supports business priorities.  This role is 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.
  • Senior Director, Global Talent Acquisition

    Boston, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is successful global IT security and systems corporation with a highly-driven service culture, focused on hiring and nurturing the best talent in the industry.   

    Working out of the global headquarters in Boston, MA this is a great opportunity to lead and advance the global talent acquisition efforts for this top notch company.  The role encompasses attracting the best talent, driving a world class candidate experience and bringing a true people-strategy partnership to the leadership team, executives and hiring managers.  This position is highly strategic, yet will be responsible for managing full-cycle recruitment for executive and leadership positions. 

    • Provide leadership, direction & motivation to the Global Talent Acquisition team, including coaching and nurturing of skills and abilities
    • Build strong relationships with global leaders/hiring managers to understand business needs and implement strategic recruitment initiatives to address those needs; partner with People Strategy and Total Rewards to support the staffing evolution; deliver interview skills training
    • Develop and manage employer branding and innovative candidate sourcing strategies on a global scale (including university recruiting and internship programs) to guide the company in being a premier career destination
    • Oversee TA budget, as well as implementation and continuous improvement of processes, tools, systems and training necessary to support the recruiting function; utilize measurements and metrics to assess and manage recruitment performance

     

    Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 10 years experience in full cycle recruitment, particularly in management/leadership roles and must have previous global recruitment experience as well as experience managing a team.  Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and demonstrated experience with the implementation of innovative recruitment tools, techniques technologies and best practices.  Candidates for this position should have the ability to develop strong business relationships, understand cultural differences and be committed to providing outstanding service both through the candidate experience and through internal business relationships.     

     

    Compensation is targeted in the 170-190k base salary range.
  • Senior Manager of Total Rewards

    West of Boston

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is an emerging technology company with global locations supporting an international customer base, with headquarters west of Boston.

    We are seeking a senior level manager of total rewards to lead a small team in a fast-paced environment.  

    • Develop and administer global compensation programs for all levels of the organization, including fixed and variable pay systems as well as job classification systems.  Oversee general payroll function for the organization.
    • Develop and administer global benefits programs including plan design, competitive analysis, cost control and compliance

    The ideal candidate has a minimum of 10 years of Human Resources experience in the total rewards area, ideally in the technical industry.  Must have leadership experience and be skilled at developing strong working relationships at all levels, with a high degree of client service. The ideal candidate will also possess strong analytical and creative problem solving skills, with proven experience implementing processes that meet business needs.

    Compensation for this position is in the 125 - 135K range, plus bonus
  • Talent Advisor

    Boston, MA

    this link is temporary.

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

    Due to significant growth, the company has decided to add several new Talent Advisor roles.  This position will be responsible for strategic partnership with an assigned Corporate department to work collaboratively to drive talent and organizational strategies aimed at achieving business goals and objectives.  The key responsibilities are:      

    • Provide strategic, integrated thinking and consultative support to the business that will attract, develop and drive organizational and operational talent outcomes.
    • Design short and long term talent strategies in areas such as strategic workforce planning, manager effectiveness, leadership capabilities, talent development, employee engagement, succession planning and diversity/inclusion.  Ensure plans support business development and goals and remain consistent with company culture.
    • Create communication and change management plans that support defined programs; clearly communicate talent strategies and plans to all levels of the organization in a way that will drive employee engagement strategies and leverage existing frameworks, processes and tools throughout the company.
    • Coach executives and senior leaders on leadership effectiveness and pro-actively monitor talent related metrics to determine program effectiveness and identify gaps with talent initiatives or practices.

     

    The ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) and 10+ years of Human Resources experience, with at least 2 years in a management position.  Experience working within a large, global organization is strongly preferred.  Must have in-depth experience with HR programs and theories within leadership development, organizational effectiveness and design, learning and development, performance management, career management, succession planning, coaching an developing and diversity and inclusion awareness/plans.  Candidates should have demonstrated ability to integrate talent strategies and programs across multiple functions to deliver improved business results.  Strong influencing and coaching skills, as well as exceptional communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills is required.   

    Compensation for this position is targeted in the 160-180k range.
  • Head of Total Rewards

    Cambridge, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is an emerging biotech and pharmaceutical company based in Cambridge.

    The Head of Total Rewards is responsible for leadership, design and management of a Total Rewards Portfolio that will attract, motivate and retain a best-in-class, growing employee population.

    • Plan, analyze, implement and communicate company-wide compensation and benefits programs that support business goals and objectives and position the company as a sought after employer.
    • Determine and set the key annual compensation priorities by identifying the necessary items to support short and long-term goals as well as opportunities for continuous improvement.
    • Manage executive compensation, sales force compensation, base pay, short and long-term incentive programs, and employee recognition.
    • Develop and manage benefit programs including all health plans such as medical, dental, vision, FMLA, Flexible Spending Accounts, 401(k), life and disability insurance
    • Develop and manage wellness plans that promote quality employee experiences including work-life balance, stress management, and engagement

    The ideal candidate has 10+ years of experience in the design, development and delivery of total rewards programs in creative, innovative, high-growth organizations. Demonstrated strong knowledge of executive compensation and equity compensation, as well as experience developing sales incentive compensation models/programs.  Experience working with benefits programs, vendors and brokers for health, dental, life & disability, 401(k), etc.  Candidates should be collaborative in business partnerships, self-directed, organized, detail oriented and results driven, with strong communication/presentation skills and a commitment to quality and service.  This is a strategic and tactical role, so ability to flex as needed is critical.

     

    Compensation for this position is targeted in the 200-250K range.
  • Director of Total Rewards

    Downtown Boston

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is global, growing IT company with a fantastic culture, based in downtown Boston.   

    The Director of Total Rewards is an innovative position, charged with building, leading, and implementing total rewards programs, plans and policies that foster a strong culture.  This position is responsible for strategic direction and leadership of all aspects of Total Rewards, including design, administration, communication, compliance and vendor management associated with employee benefits, compensation, reward and recognition programs.    

    • Establish compensation strategy for the company, ensuring all compensation & rewards programs and practices are aligned with the culture and business goals as well as competitive and supportive of recruitment, engagement and talent development.
    • Lead the building of standardized job levels, career ladders and comp ranges for the company
    • Set strategy for global benefits and continuously evaluate all benefit plans to ensure they are cost effective, competitive and met company and employee needs.
    • Measure success and identify opportunities for changes in plan design, vendors and/or funding
    • Determine and execute appropriate communication strategy for benefits (open enrollment, health and wellness, retirement, etc), and develop employee benefits education programs

    Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 10 years experience in Total Rewards, including experience leading a Total Rewards function on a global scale.  Experience in both employee benefits and compensation strategy, planning, design and implementation is essential.  Candidates should enjoy thinking outside the box for creative solutions to business demands and bring cutting edge knowledge, and the ability to influence.  Must be able to mobilize a team to execute on the strategy they set.  All in all – looking for an innovative leader that is passionate about making a mark in the Total Rewards space. 

     

    Compensation is targeted in the 150k base salary range, as well as bonus and equity.

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To contact Janet Mullert,
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or call 617-201-6832

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or call 617-512-8227

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