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Hiring Trends

Friday, February 15, 2019  by Bailey

1st quarter 2019 hiring trends indicate a robust job market that is highly competitive for talent acquisition. Companies who actively market themselves to attract and engage talent will set themselves apart. Talented professionals are researching the reputation of companies and their teams to determine if it is a potential fit. Further, candidates are paying close attention to feedback on candidate experience prior to applying.
According to and Linkedin:
  • 75% of candidates research about firm's reputation and Employer Brand before applying for a job
  • 83% of employers say that Employer Brand plays a significant role in their ability to hire talent
  • 69% of candidates would not accept a job in a firm with a bad reputation even if that means being unemployed
  • 97% of candidates who had a positive experience would refer others to apply
  • 90% of global professionals are interested in learning about new job opportunities even though only 36% is actively looking
The B&B team is proactively targeting the talent pool to engage dialogue and market opportunities. Our proven track record of success brings the best people to the table for our clients while streamlining the hiring process.​​​​​​​

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Hot New Search!

Monday, February 11, 2019  by Bailey


Director of Continuous Improvement 

Bethel-Danbury-Newtown (CT) Area

Exclusive. Profitable and expanding B2B with sustained growth due to geographical expansion, new customers, and multiple acquisitions. This is a new role reporting to C-level and will lead and orchestrate initiatives that will improve business processes, efficiencies, systems, and controls. Join a decentralized business model with 70+ SBUs across North America and Europe. Partner across total company. The goal for this role is to identify and lead opportunities to improve financial and operational efficiency that will improve profitability and support continual growth. This will include evaluating all functions (e.g. accounting, human resources, supply chain, operations, fleet management, and contracts), making recommendations for change, leading projects and managing business applications. This will encompass:

(1)  Moving additional functions to existing shared services

(2)  Outsourcing functions to 3rd parties if that is the best solution

(3)  Automation of processes to eliminate time and improve quality

(4)  Technology upgrades and enhancements

(5)  Process improvements evolution

This position will assist in developing a road map acting as a subject matter expert, internal consultant and business leader. Assist in the development of measurable goals and provide training, coaching, tools, and leadership to support change, process improvement, and evolution. 

  • Drive continuous improvement across all operations to achieve results.
  • Lead all shared service operations and facilitate 3rd party resources
  • Utilize Pareto analysis and other tools to identify areas with opportunity for significant improvement. Develop and facilitate implementation of plans to improve areas where major opportunities exist. Prioritize efforts of significant impact and tactical benefit for operations metrics and profitability gains.
  • Work closely with key stakeholders to establish metrics and time lines. Assist with communication of expectations, deliverables, goals, etc., when necessary, to drive desired outcomes and promote successes, when achieved.
  • Partner on assessments to evaluate understanding, thinking, & implementation of existing and proposed practices, tools, processes, & policies. Apply knowledge to develop corporate & operational opportunities and help to establish priorities. Communicate assessment results & opportunities to all stakeholders.

REQUIREMENTS: BA/BS required; MBA a plus; Six Sigma certification highly desired. Candidates must come from multi-location lean manufacturing, distribution or B2B services with over $500M in revenues. Candidates must have lead change and process improvement initiatives that increased efficiency and profitability. Candidates must have strong ERP experience. Looking for that advisory and/or consultative personality capable of convincing the need for change and then leading the transition. Local candidates only.

REWARD: $170,000 to $200,000 plus 20-30% bonus

If interested, please email Ed Bradstreet, Search Partner, at

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Take the Call

Friday, February 1, 2019  by julie

Career minded individuals who are driven to success will accept the call of a recruiter to learn more about an opportunity. The majority of our placed candidates are currently employed. B&B begins each relationship with a conversation about the person's career goals before diving into past employment history. Will the current company provide the trajectory desired? Or will an opening come along that captures the upward mobility the person is seeking? The first conversation will determine the answers to those questions but only if the person accepts the call. 

Recently we received a testimony from someone who took the call from Ed Bradstreet that led to a decades long professional relationship that went from multiple placed candidate to client hiring authoritty. Here is what the recently retired President of a Global Manufacturer wrote to Ed:

""There comes a time when it just seems right to hand the wheel over to someone else and let them drive and for me that time has arrived. Yes, I have actually retired. But I could not walk away without thanking certain people who were instrumental in helping my career and you were pretty much at the top of the list. You helped me move my career forward with meaningful guidance / insights and of course placements. The companies and roles presented were building blocks that allowed me to grow by being challenged which led to new opportunities in and outside the companies. As I look back I recall the birth of your son, a broken wrist, some Yale football games, your support during some trying times at Armstrong, and then the best placement at ASCOM Hasler. That led to terrific opportunities and eventually purchasing a company which became the absolute perfect ending to my career. One thing that stood out was while I was a placement you never acted or treated me as such. You made me feel that you had my best interests and that is for me the most meaningful gift you could have given me."

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New Opportunities!

Friday, January 18, 2019  by julie


General Manager, Bridgeport, CT

VISIONHighly reputableand profitable consumer service company serving New England customers isseeking its #2leader reporting to the President. Must be committed to presenting ideas which foster organic growth via new sales channels and business partnering agreements. Have full P&L responsibility for business development and marketing responsibility to expand this contract based business. Very entrepreneurial setting with a best practices mindset!  Family oriented culture with a history of attracting, developing and retaining its leadership!

Senior Accountant with Upside, New Haven, CT

VISIONEntrepreneurial setting….lot of energy, optimism, and upside potential. Company has over 50 employees and will top the $100M in revenues within next 18 months. New role due to growth. Looking for upside potential and a contributor who can communicate with non-financial teams (e.g. sales, operations, product development) and is willing to provide accounting and financial analysis support in a variety of areas.

Research & Development Director, New Haven, CT

VISIONCenter stage role within an emerging healthcare products manufacturer that targets physicians, major retailers, and spas. Report to retiring R&D Director….ideal for someone with hands-on leadership skills, upside potential, and product ingenuity and development experience who is coming from a prescription or OTC FA-approved products setting (e.g. cosmetics, creams, emulsions, exfoliators, gels, lotions, lubricants, moisturizers, ointments or related products.

Quality Manager, New Haven, CT

VISION: Reporting to the President, the Quality Leader will be empowered to champion a Culture of Quality through partnerships with customers and the embrace of all employees.  This is a multi-site business with extremely quality-focused customers that requires a hands-on Quality Leader who is a problem solver and excellent communicator, bringing all resources to bear in solving complex issues.  Lead a talented team in the ongoing development and execution of quality strategy and the pursuit of continuous improvement.

Sales Engineer Manager, Branford, CT

VISION: Privately-held, manufacturer completed a merger in 2018 and now is looking to grow 3X in the next 5 years organically and inorganically.  The owner has committed to build a local, state-of-the-art facility locally, breaking ground in 2019. Company has a Revenue/Employee ratio close to $1 million per employee.  Company recently added 3 new critical roles to support growth.  Company has recently installed 2 new business applications with an ERP upgrade slated for 2019.  

Latin American Commercial Lender, Hartford, CT

VISION: Executive team is extremely established in this marketplace. This is a high-touch, direct access model that focuses on customers with annual sales between $10 and $100 million ("Middle Market") and a focus on cross-border investment. This is an entrepreneurial setting, so need someone that can be hands-on and likes to collaborate.

  • Join a global commercial bank with over $200 million in lending assets
  • Average loan duration is between 8 to 10 years and the portfolio has strong loan performance (risk adjusted returns)
  • The company will be moving to larger space and will increase headcount by 20% in 2019 to support growth
  • This is a performance management driven culture with robust incentive programs
  • Gain expertise across 9 key sectors and multiple global markets
  • Work directly with the Government of Mexico


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Philip Pearlman Retires!

Friday, January 4, 2019  by julie


After 20+ years of partnering with clients and assisting hundres of candidates to advance their careers, B&B team leader Philip Pearlman has retired. No doubt he will enjoy his well-earned retirement as an avid gardener, music enthusiast, and travel the world with his wife. The team will miss his sense of humor around the office and we wish him happiness and health going forward!

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