Frontline Report for 05-04-22

The Hiring Line Stats:

Offers Accepted: 5
Offers Received: 2
Interviews Advanced: 11
1st Interviews: 32

The Hiring Line:

1. Asli Bilgin kicks us off an update from K., who is now Founder & Managing Director of her own Management Consulting business. K. shares the details: “[The company’s] mission is to assist company’s boards in embracing the concept of sustainable value creation and to take action in this regard.” Her former title was CFO in a construction business.  

2. Barbara Limmer has news from J. and M.

-First, J. has accepted a CFO role in the agriculture sector, pulling down a total comp of $246K. He shares, “The search is finally done, and patience paid off for me! I checked almost all the boxes. They have just under $100M in sales and 22 years of proven profit. So, the key to this marathon was my LinkedIn profile attracting the recruiter from San Francisco. Thank you to the Barrett Group. They did not like my initial request of $300k comp so they initially passed. I was able to show value to the owner and was able to negotiate to a mutual benefit. Thank you, J.”

-Also, M. has a signed offer in hand just over the three-month line! He will be the VP of Drug Substance Chemical Development & Process Engineering in the Hospitals, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals sector. This opportunity was handled by an executive recruiter firm. Former formidable comp weighed in at a portly $406K; initial new offer had a thumb on the scale at $390,000 + 30% bonus + $65k Signing Bonus + 34k RSUs. Barbara thanks Rob Wicker assistance in negotiations, resulting in sliding up to $390,000 + 30% bonus + $95k Signing Bonus + 51k RSUs.  

3. Jerry Fronczak’s client S. takes the reins as Vice President of Operations at healthcare company this week and is excited about the culture and the work. He had been serving as Regional Vice President Operations for Results Physiotherapy in the Hospitals, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals industry. Jerry helped him angle a nice incentive package into the deal, adding a 15% commission to the $75K base.

4. Anne Lipsitz pulled in the Client Concierge to go over an Employment Agreement with A., and everything was in order! Although he is jumping from Finance & Financial Services to Insurance, he is taking his title of Senior Investment Analyst with him. His full executive package includes a base salary of $190,000, housing allowance of $60,000, relocation allowance of $10,000. Bonuses generally range from 30% to 50%. Vacation: 25 days, plus an additional half day each month for “wellness.”   

Offers received:

1. Barbara Limmer’s client G. did the deal and got the payoff! He told Barbara that “I got a request from my contact at [the hardware company]. She sent me the job description draft and asked me to edit the job description to better align with my resume (which I had already submitted).” Rob Wicker is jumping in for the offer negotiation.

2. Lori Chevalier’s client T. received the expected offer from a software company. T. knows the owner – he is his former boss. T. agreed to do temporary contract work for him, but they are really vying for him to join them. They raised the comp but he’s in hot pursuit of other opportunities more in line with his future plans! Stay tuned!

Interviews Progress:

1. Barbara’s clients H. and J. have been active with interviews.
-S. is interviewing at an IT service management company for Principal Product Manager. There will be two parts for this round: a writing assessment and Virtual Video interview over 1 day or 2 days. There will be five interviews of one hour each.
-Before J. landed his agricultural sector job (see The Hiring Line above), he had several opportunities in process. A pets and livestock drug company offered him a role as Area Business Manager for a total comp of $304k with 110% financial quota accomplishment and not considering stock options and profit share. A consulting firm was interviewing him for the role of CEO. All of these opportunities came from outside the published market.

2. Lori Chevalier’s clients L. and Q. are progressing in their interviews.
-L. is pursuing the position of Director, Marketing Health Systems & Hospitals and will be interviewing with the hiring manager.
-Also, Q. is interviewing at a university for the Director of Innovation opportunity. Lori adds, “Q. had an interview today, which Rob Wicker so adeptly prepared her for! She sent an update with these notes: ‘Before I even got a chance to sit down and draft my thank you notes, I received a call to schedule a 30 min one-on-one Zoom session with the Vice President for Research and Innovation.’ Great work Q. and thank you Rob!!”

3. Waffles Natusch’s client D. progresses rapidly at his old stomping grounds, a test and measurement device manufacturer.

4. George Schulz’s client N. is interviewing for a Brands Associate Manager position and a Marketing Manager role.

5. Julie Mathern reports that E. is interviewing at a defense company for Director of Marketing.


1. Debbie Brupbacher reports about B. and R.
-B. is interviewing for a department store opportunity. The interview was gained from a referral and is with a key business leader in the retail sector. The company has a large retail store and a digital presence.
-Meanwhile, R. is interviewing with a paper company for Head of Sourcing Energy and with a recruiter for a Group Energy Procurement Manager role.

2. Jerry Fronczak shared interview updates from a multitude of clients.

-First, U. in the Telecommunications Industry for a Global Vice-President of Account Growth and Client Satisfaction.
-Second, F. with a hotel company for Corporate Sales Manager.
-Third, C. at a security company for Director of Business Development.
-Fourth, M. with a steel and metal manufacturer for the Director of IT Operations.
-Fifth, W. at a real estate firm for Regional Manager.
-Sixth, P. is interviewing with 2 companies. More details to come.
-Seventh, S. is in the final round of interviews with a food retailer for the Senior Vice President, Marketing.
-Eighth, A. was interviewed by the President of a television network for a potential lead media position to expand network media operations.
-Ninth, G. interviewed with the President of an insurance group for an Area President position.
-Tenth, K. is being considered for the Presidency of a commercial playground manufacturer. K. is one of two finalists.

3. Lori Chevalier’s clients U., T., I., and L. all had interviews.
-To begin, U. interviewed at a major online retailer for Senior Category Manager.
-Next, T. is interviewing with a home improvement chain for two positions: Manager Strategy – Private Brands and Manager – Strategic Business Development.
-Not to be outdone, I. is pursuing a Digital Workplace Product Manager role with a software company. “I. reached out to someone she interviewed with before she had a green card, now she has a green card, and reached out again. And now she has an interview!!”
-And finally, L. is interviewing with a consulting group for a Management/Contractual Consultant position. “L. knows individuals she worked with previously who left her last employer and are working for this company. They have been in contact with L. about a role that would be a great fit for her.”

4. Julie Mathern’s clients D. and H. had busy interview schedules.

-D. lined up interviews with seven different companies for Environmental Social & Governance (ESG) Consulting roles.
-Also, H. is working with a healthcare company on a Director, Energy and Climate Change position.

5. Barbara Limmer reports that her clients E. and N. are interviewing.
-E. has a video interview with HR at an aerospace company for Sales Operations Principal.
-Next, N. is interviewing at a large home improvement retailer for Director of Credit Operations. This would be an internal promotion to a different department and would allow her to go from Senior Manager to Director level; she’s interviewing with the hiring manager. N. is also interviewing with a professional services network for Director of Managed Services. She gained this through a job posting. This is the first interview with the HR Recruiter.

6. Isabelita Castilho’s clients U. and B. are interviewing.
-To begin, U. was at a computer security service for Business Ops Director. Isabelita shares, “U. has reached out via job postings. We identified the replacement COO who is leaving the company and helping find the next CEO. He’s done really well and next meeting to be announced within the next 2 weeks.”
-And finally, B. is interviewing with an auto parts supplier for Senior Supply Chain Manager. Isabelita provides details: “Through social capital, client gained an introduction to the company CEO while visiting a friend in town. He ended up having a complete job interview for a position. He’s super thrilled with the discussions and waiting for the next step.”


1. “Good morning, Isabelita, and many thanks for your quick actions and support provided. I do appreciate. Will keep you posted with developments and also with other actions. Regards, V.” (Received on LinkedIn after making him several intros to social capital)

2. Formerly at-risk client O. shares, “Rob is a great asset to The Barrett Group. I’ve been on both sides of the interview desk for over 20 years, but Rob’s approach completely reordered my mindset, and I can’t thank you enough! That one interview made The Barrett Group program worth its weight in gold!”

3. “To: Waffles Natusch and Anne Lipsitz- My sincerest gratitude for the whole team! -R.”

4. “Thanks again for your time today, Rob Wicker; your insight and feedback was exactly what I was looking for. I really appreciate your help! -Y.”

5. From Ramsey Penegar regarding the writing team: “This last week the TBG writing team completed what may be a record-setting 55 tasks!!! The week’s heavyweight champion (the writer with the most projects of any type) is a brand new contender for this championship… Lora Hirschhorn delivered 24% of the assignments! Our writers are continually drafting top-notch career search documents for TBG clients. Each member of our team contributes volumes of expertise & awesomeness to our clients!”

When you are in the middle of a job search, it is easy to feel like you are alone on a raft. But when you work with the Barrett Group, you have our 30-years of proven career management success by your side. We help you through every stage of the interview process, from preparing your resume, to interview preparation, to offer negotiation (when the time comes), and more! Don’t be alone in your job search. Contact the Barrett Group. It’s our job to help you find yours. 

Click here and read Frontline Report (04-27-22) for last week’s report.

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