eCommerce Recruiter Knowledge and Experience Working for You

Jerry Bernhart is proud to announce that he has been profiled among 11 leading Digital Influencers in the new book, “Digital Influence for Baby Boomers,” by author Janet Granger.

Also, check out Jerry Bernhart’s feature interview in digitalcommerce360 (Internet Retailer- April 2017)

In my role as an eCommerce Recruiter, I am often asked:  What in your opinion makes a good eCommerce Manager, Director or Vice President?

As an eCommerce recruiter who has placed more than 120 eCommerce leaders over the past 15 years- and who has devoted an entire chapter in my book to that very question- there are seven keys to the job: User experience (mobile and desktop), customer acquisition, improving conversion rates through good UI/UX and use of analytic tools, defining KPI’s, generating C-level friendly P and L reports, strategic, and good leadership skills.

Find someone with all of this, and you’re golden.

That’s what I do.

Our Candidates Solve Your Most Pressing Digital Marketing and Ecommerce Priorities:

  • Customer Data Integration, Analytics and Personalization
  • Ecommerce Platform Selection, Website Performance Improvement and Richer User Engagement
  • Demand Generation, Lead Acquisition, Conversion and Cross-Selling, Basket Size
  • Behavior-Based Insight Gathering For More Effective Segmentation and Targeting
  • Search Marketing, Online Advertising, Third Party Markets, Mobile
  • B2B, Wholesale

Read Jerry Bernhart’s widely viewed blog post, “Looking For An Ecommerce Leader? Here’s Your Hiring Checklist.”

Jerry has literally “written the book” on digital marketing and ecommerce recruiting. His book, “Careers in Ecommerce and Digital Marketing,” the first book of its kind on hiring, educational preparation, and the outlook for employment opportunities in ecommerce and digital marketing, plus profiles of many of the nation’s top digital marketing and ecommerce practitioners, is available in the Kindle Store on Amazon.

Looking to build your eCommerce Dream Team? Check out our eCommerce and Digital Marketing staffing checklists on our dedicated Career and Team Staffing website.

Jerry Bernhart, ecommerce recruiter, is uniquely qualified to help you with your online marketing and ecommerce recruiting needs:

More than 370 online and ecommerce-specific positions filled with IR-500, etail, Fortune 1000 corporations, start-ups, service providers and digital agencies.

Focus areas include:

  • (Senior) Vice President/Director/Manager-level Ecommerce

  • (Senior) Vice President/Director/Manager-level Digital Marketing

  • Vice President/Director-level Online Marketing

  • Email Marketing
  • Social Media

  • Web Analytics
  • Affiliate Marketing

  • Mobile Marketing
  • B2B and B2C
  • Ecommerce/Digital Marketing Organizational Structure

Jerry Bernhart launched and ran for 7 years. He is the only ecommerce recruiter in the U.S. who has had hands-on experience launching, designing and managing a nationally marketed commercial ecommerce business.

In 1995, Jerry recognized that the internet was going to be a business game changer. He was the first ecommerce recruiter to have a website, and working literally at the kitchen table he designed and coded more than 70 web pages, including multiple internal search engines, to create one of the very first marketing-specific job posting websites. He engaged the West Group ad agency to design the logo and manage print advertising and PR. At its peak, featured more than 600 job postings representing a who’s who of leading online brands including Eddie Bauer, Amazon, eBay, Office Depot, Dell, CDW, Newegg, Victoria’s Secret, Williams-Sonoma, Systemax, L.L. Bean, Orchard Brands, Macy’s,,, Musician’s Friend, Cabela’s Nike, Oriental Trading, Abercrombie & Fitch, peapod, plus hundreds more. twice made the CareerXRoads list of top specialized job posting websites. “Hundreds of candidates got jobs through It gave me the in-the-trenches experience and knowledge to speak at a deep level with employers about their ecommerce recruiter needs, from a technical as well as strategic perspective. This is truly what sets me apart.”

Quoted extensively by leading marketing resource and research publications, including AdAge, Bloomberg, CMO Council, the DMA, CBS Radio, MarketingProfs and many more, on issues related to recruitment and hiring ecommerce-related talent. For the past three years, this ecommerce recruiter has been a panelist at “The State of Digital Media Marketing” conference at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, one of the nation’s top gatherings of subject matter experts, college-level instructors and thought leaders in the space.

Jerry provided exclusive analysis for EM+C magazine’s survey of employment trends in ecommerce marketing, conducted by the publishers of Target Marketing.

For more on our digital marketing and ecommerce-specific recruiting capabilities, please visit our dedicated Digital Marketing and Ecommerce website.

Recent eCommerce-Related Placements:

  • Director of Ecommerce
  • Corporate Vice President of Search Engine Marketing
  • Senior Associate of Web Strategy
  • Manager of Ecommerce
  • Vice President of Ecommerce

  • Manager of Internet Marketing
  • Director of Search Engine Marketing
  • Vice President of Marketing

  • Vice President of Digital Marketing

  • Chief Marketing Officer

  • Vice President of Online Marketing and Sales

Client was looking to raise the level of expertise in all aspects of online marketing, particularly ecommerce. This particular company operates largely on an offline MLM business model and wanted to aggressively expands its online acquisition marketing efforts. They wanted someone who could interact with product managers and other departments, including executive level management, but also needed to be highly proficient with SEO/SEM, sponsored links, banner adds, mobile and email because of the small size and experience level of staff. It was also critical that they understand how their work impacts the overall business goals (something we put a great deal of emphasis on). Candidate has been in the position for two years making significant accomplishments, and in fact, his duties and responsibilities have been expanded as a result of his success to date.

Client is a Fortune 500 financial services firm looking at the time to hire its first Online Marketing and Ecommerce VP. The company was doing very little of its business online and falling behind the curve as competitors were making a major push towards digital marketing. A recognized expert in paid search, organic search, email and behavioral banner advertising, our candidate has delivered far beyond expectations as the business becomes a recognized player in the online space in its industry. Among his many accomplishments: Increased natural search traffic by 30% due to website technical changes, link-building and onsite optimizations; created a triggered email program based on visitor and buyer past behavior and purchases, increasing email revenue by 15%; spearheaded the creation of a new corporate website.

Bernhart Associates was engaged to recruit a Director of Ecommerce for an $80M consumer marketer, in a confidential replacement search. The new position represented a level up from the incumbent. Reporting to the President, this position was responsible for driving all ecommerce revenue through a broad strategic approach managing website structure, design, content, navigation, SEM, PPC, web analytics, information architecture, branding, and site functionality, all of this in a high SKU environment. The site was experiencing a higher than satisfactory cart-abandonment rate and the client was also focused on growing organic traffic, boosting ROI on paid traffic and increasing conversation rates. Being able to work cross-functionally with other team members was also going to be key in the context of this particular organization’s culture. My candidate has been on the job nearly 3 years, and already has been awarded with a VP title for his accomplishments.

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For the past 28, years, our reputation has been earned by providing leading companies top performing multichannel and ecommerce marketing talent under the most demanding deadlines, who meet and exceed expectations. Jerry Bernhart’s articles and interviews appear frequently in many industry leading ecommerce-related trade publications, newsletters and research organizations.

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