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Controller for Portland, OR

We are in need of a controller with system implementation experience for a postion in Portland, OR. The position may only be a 6-8 months and then we may ask the role to transfer to Chicago. Does anyone know of decent mid level firms in Portland to use? This requires some flexibility, which is going to be tough to find. I want to place the role out of Portland as I don't want the group in Portland to view it as temporary by sending someone from Chicago.

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Robert Glover
Title: N/A
Company: N/A
(N/A, N/A) |

I would contact Vada Zedlar at VanderHouwen & Associates (503) 299-6811.
I have known Vada for almost 20 years. Both her and the firm believe in establishing relationships with both the client and the candidate and not just putting round pegs in round holes.
You made an interesting statement "I want to place the role out of Portland as I don't want the group in Portland to view it as temporary by sending someone from Chicago." But if it is temporary hire in Portland isn't it still sending a message of it being a temporary situation?

Jill Nickerson
Title: CFO
Company: In Transition
(CFO, In Transition) |

My "go to" agencies are Robert Half (Andrew Taylor) and VanderHouwen & Associates (Vada Zedlar). I've also enjoyed working with a former Robert Half associate named Tom Rattle. He is now at Compass Search Associates .

Anonymous
(Chief Financial Officer) |

Thanks for the responses. Is Compass Search a regional player or a boutique firm?

Jill Nickerson
Title: CFO
Company: In Transition
(CFO, In Transition) |

They are more of a boutique firm serving Oregon and SW Washington.

Jill Nickerson
Title: CFO
Company: In Transition
(CFO, In Transition) |

They are a more of a boutique firm that serves Oregon and SW Washington.

Robert Glover
Title: N/A
Company: N/A
(N/A, N/A) |

Robert Half always seems to have a lot of turn over. I know as a candidate they are the type that always want you to jump thru hoops and then you can never get them to return an e-mail or a phone call when you want feedback, and for that reason I will never use them when I am doing the hiring. Today's candidate is tomorrow's hiring manager. Compass Search is a local agency started I believe by the Tom Rattle that Jill is speaking of.

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