As a market leader in executive search recruitment for Lean & Six Sigma, supply chain management, operations & manufacturing, Industry 4.0, private equity, and Business Intelligence transformation leadership talent, The Avery Point Group pioneered the use of Lean and Six Sigma methodologies in executive search and recruiting. Although “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” don’t be misled by other “me too” executive search firms who try to copy/imitate the essence of our Lean Sigma Search™ value stream approach to executive search. Our partners are Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Lean trained by globally recognized industry-leading companies and have real-world, practical experience in their application. Our firm has been featured in 8 books and over 50 industry-leading trade journals and magazine articles as subject matter experts in recruiting transformation talent. Unlike other executive search firms, we truly speak the language of our clients and candidates.
Search excellence starts with the sound foundation of a well-defined and consistent search methodology. Our Lean Sigma Search™, value stream process methodology, incorporates a unique Lean and Six Sigma approach to filling our clients’ staffing needs.
An essential foundation of Lean Six Sigma methodology is the concept of waste and defect elimination. Lean Six Sigma defines a defect in terms of meeting the specifications, expectations, and requirements of the customer. What is a defect concerning the executive search process? Presenting unqualified candidates, candidates with missing skill sets, and candidates who don’t fit the corporate culture and chemistry of the client are just some examples of waste and defects that can result from a poor executive search process.
At The Avery Point Group, we practice what we preach regarding Lean and Six Sigma. Our experience has shown us the importance of incorporating the voice of the client (VOC) at each critical phase in the value stream placement process. We take great care in defining and characterizing the client’s critical to quality (CTQs) requirements, up front, to ensure successful screening and placement of candidates, thus avoiding waste and defects that can cost a client time, money, and worse yet, a poor placement.
Our Lean Sigma Search™ approach to executive search and recruiting is a reflection of our deep understanding of Lean and Six Sigma gained from decades of hands-on operations experience applying both methodologies in industry as executive transformation deployment leaders. As a result, we are uniquely qualified to help our clients find, assess and recruit transformation leadership talent. Our key partners have held senior-level director, VP, and Lean Six Sigma positions in manufacturing, distribution, and service-based Fortune 500 companies.
Unlike other executive recruiters – we’re not just recruiters and headhunters…we’re true seasoned transformation leadership practitioners.
Each phase of our Lean Sigma Search™ value stream recruiting process is based on standard work, which is designed to move the search along efficiently and effectively through our value stream, thus enabling us to exceed our client’s expectations and requirements.
Learn more about the recruiting deliverables for each phase of our Lean Sigma Search™ value stream executive search process.
Learn more details about the Define Phase of our Lean Sigma Search™ Value Stream Process and how we start our methodology by going to Gemba and with the voice of the client (VOC).
Learn more details about the Measure Phase of our Lean Sigma Search™ Value Stream Process and how we develop a Position Benchmarking Specification validated and approved by the client before initiating the search project. This specification is the measurement system by which all potential candidates will be benchmarked and assessed, ensuring the client’s CTQs are met. (VOC).
Learn more details about the Analyze Phase of our Lean Sigma Search™ Value Stream Process and how we identify and find the vital few “X”s, those candidates with the right skills and qualities that best correlate to the client’s CTQ requirements.
Learn more details about the Improve Phase of our Lean Sigma Search™ Value Stream Process and how it’s focused on driving the search to a successful conclusion. This phase begins with client-candidate interviews. We typically assist in the logistics of scheduling interviews, meeting times, and other details so that all interviews proceed smoothly for both the client and final candidates.
Learn more details about the Control Phase of our Lean Sigma Search™ Value Stream Process and how it’s focused on maintaining the positive results gained from a successfully concluded executive search effort. As a result, our involvement with the chosen candidate and client doesn’t end with the completion of the search process.
Timothy Noble is the president & managing partner of The Avery Point Group. Mr. Noble has over 30 years of executive leadership experience in business transformation, manufacturing operations, supply chain management, distribution, and executive search. Throughout his career he has been consistently promoted and has held senior level executive band roles in major Fortune 500 companies like General Electric (GE) and The Stanley Works (SWK – now known as Stanley Black and Decker). As a GE trained Master Black Belt and Shingijutsu trained Lean executive, Mr. Noble has extensive transformation experience applying Lean, Six Sigma, and digital transformation globally.
Prior to starting the Avery Point Group in 2004, Noble was the Global Operations Executive for Stanley-Bostitch, the second-largest division of The Stanley Works . In that role, he had full operational leadership responsibility for 8 plants and over 1,900 employees with operations throughout North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Asia, supporting revenue of just under $1.0 Billion.
Yvonne Hite is a partner and board advisor at The Avery Point Group. Ms. Hite has over 30 years of executive-level leadership experience in manufacturing, financial services, Lean Six Sigma, and executive search. Throughout her career, she has been consistently promoted and has held senior-level executive roles in major Fortune 500 companies like General Electric (GE), Bank of America (BAC) and The Stanley Works (SWK – now known as Stanley Black and Decker). As an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Bank of America Certified Master Black Belt, and Shingijutsu trained Lean executive, Ms. Hite has extensive experience leading Lean, Six Sigma, and digital transformation initiatives on a global scale. Ms. Hite was also one of GE Lighting’s first female Executive Band plant managers in its over one-hundred-year history.
Before her career move into executive search, Ms. Hite was a Senior Vice President with Bank of America, where she led the Trust Services Operation for the Southeast with responsibility for over 8,300 client accounts and over $1.3B in assets under management (AUM).