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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 Greater 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 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. 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 Jackson 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 and her second child, born in the summer of 2017.

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 search for executive and senior management positions and engagement search for 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.

  • Vice President of Compensation

    Greater Boston Area (flexible schedule is 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-starter, who can work strategically and tactically, and who loves to build
    • 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.
  • Head of Human Resources

    Seaport District, Boston, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is a $35B+ global real estate investment management firm, and seeks a leader who will work in partnership with the Executive Leadership Team, with specific responsibility for designing and developing the future state of Human Resources for the Firm.  The call to action is one of robust talent management discussion and actions that align with the Firm's leadership competencies and enable continuation of the firm's very profitable growth trajectory over the next decade.  Specific responsibilities include:

    • Facilitate senior leadership discussion in identifying talent priorities, evolving competencies, knowledge gaps and business challenges that require talent solutions
    • Develop, present, and lead the firm-wide talent management strategy and ensure its effective execution.
    • Identify and source talent in the marketplace with the goal of attracting the highest skilled and diverse talent for the Firm.  Develops a network of relevant individuals to leverage for business success and maintains an active talent pool to leverage in filling emerging positions or gaps exposed through the talent review process.
    • Engage the senior executives in workforce planning discussions to meet compelling workforce demands.
    • Executes the Firm’s annual performance measurement and compensation review processes
    • Provides advice and counsel in resolution or employee relations, performance management issues.

    The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success as an HR leader in an organization of comparable scale and complexity, comprehensive knowledge of all areas of human resources, with particular emphasis on talent management, employee relations, performance management, and learning & development.  Creativity, technical and analytical skills, as well as prior experience managing a team is required.

    Compensation package includes an attractive base salary, a significant annual incentive opportunity, and wealth accumulation options. Relocation is available for the ideal candidate.
  • Director of Human Resources

    Cambridge, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is a high growth biotechnology company focused on innovative and customized cancer treatments.  Reporting to the Head of Human Resources, the Director of HR leads a team of HRBP's to co-create the company's talent philosophy, program design, systems & tools that enable an employee-oriented and high performance culture, and ensures that HR strategy aligns with business goals. He/She will work with the team to coach and consult senior leadership on a wide variety of HR issues including organizational design, talent acquisition, performance management, and leadership development.

    • Provide the leadership to develop a high performing team of HRBP's who participate actively as leaders across the business
    • Develop and drive people management strategies that promote an environment where all employees feel valued and respected, including the implementation of a meaningful talent review process to help leaders become more engaged as talent managers who assist their team members to navigate their careers
    • Work in close partnership with Total Rewards on creative strategies to attract and retain talent
    • Develop and implement an innovative approach to performance management that leverages continuous feedback and goal clarity
    • Participate in the design and development of key operational and strategic initiatives in support of the HR team and the business

    Ideal candidates will have a minimum of fifteen years of HR experience, ten of which include people management and development responsibilities.  He/She will bring innovative ideas and programs that can be customized to fit the culture and goals of the organization, and will be masterful in collaborating successfully across the HR team and will have demonstrated influencing skills.

    Base salary range of 175-225K with additional bonus and equity participation.
  • AVP/Manager of Compensation

    Providence, RI area

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is a leading provider of commercial insurance and loss prevention solutions.

    The AVP/Manager of Compensation is a newly created position in response to company growth and promotional growth within the team.  This role will lead and develop four direct reports and be responsible for management of global compensation programs and projects.

    • Develop, communicate, implement and administer new and revised compensation programs, policies and procedures.
    • Scope of responsibility includes managing salary administration, monitoring and measuring effectiveness, recommending new plans, revisions and redesign opportunities, alignment of compensation trends with company objectives, and developing the annual salary administration budget.
    • Drive current compensation related projects such as fully digitizing job profiles/descriptions and ensuring all positions are properly described, evaluated and graded.

    The ideal candidate is technically proficient in compensation management, administration and communication and preferably has CCP designation. Experience leading and motivating multiple direct reports is required. Candidates should possess a high degree of integrity, strong project management skills and effective relationship-building, partnering and coaching skills.  This is a high-visibility role, so candidates must be comfortable with executive level interaction and presentations.

    Compensation for this position is in the 110-130k range, with additional bonus and comprehensive benefits including strong retirement plans.
  • Director of Talent Acquisition

    Waltham, MA

    this link is temporary.

    Our client is a cutting-edge and rapidly growing global technology company that works with a broad range of industry clients to improve their website performance. 

    Working out of the Waltham, MA location, this is a great opportunity to fuel the expansion of a successful, high-growth organization through the hiring of top talent and utilization of appropriate systems, processes and resources.  This role goes beyond traditional sourcing and attracting of the best talent; this individual will drive a world class candidate experience and bring true partnership between HR, Executives and Hiring Managers in the development of recruiting strategy.

    • Provide leadership, direction and motivation to the global talent acquisition team
    • Lead by example; in current growth phase, this position is hands-on helping to hire leaders and support business growth through talent acquisition
    • In addition to Talent Acquisition responsibilities, this leadership role includes budget responsibility, people management and the creative vision to build, enhance and scale the company as a world-class technology organization
    • Develop and manage employer branding, develop and track hiring metrics, provide interview skills training across the company, continuously evaluate recruitment processes and technology in support of growth
    • Drive an exceptional candidate experience across the organization

    Ideal candidates will have 10-15 years experience in full cycle recruitment, with at least 8 years in management and leadership roles.  Experience in a growing and globally dispersed team and workforce is desirable.  Candidates must have demonstrated experience with the implementation of innovative recruitment tools, technology and best practices.  Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.  The ability to thrive in a rapidly growing organization, develop business relationships, provide outstanding service, identify top talent and understand cultural differences is critical to success in this role.      

    Compensation is targeted in the 175-190k base salary range, with additional bonus and equity.

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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