Case study

Project to launch Japanese engineer team

Client Major overseas machinery manufacturer
Position Manufacturing and quality-management related engineers
Country Germany
Term 3 (Acceptance of the offer)~10 months (Join the company)


The client was international machinery manufacturer rapidly increasing its share in recent years and becoming the world leading firm.               In order to drive further growth, they needed to develop not only the middle/low-end market where they are already champions but also the high-end market in advanced countries.  However, they could not meet the quality-level required in the high-end market with their own engineers at that time. It made them to decide to invite Japanese high skilled engineers and organize a new team to lead drastic quality improvement. In that situation, client requested Genius to find Japanese engineers who can solve quality problems at their manufacturing plants.

Our Plan

Genius first identified the target firms and divisions to search candidates, then listed up executive class candidates who have much experience based on the sources like HR announcement, patents, industrial news reports, and academic thesis, etc.,.


From the beginning of the project, fastest candidates only took 3 months to accept the offer and last one person decided to join the company 10 months later.


Yumiko Yamaguchi

Yumiko Yamaguchi

After her experience at Bank of America and UBS (formally known as UBS Phillips and Drew) Research group both in Tokyo, she received her master`s degree at University of California, Los Angeles in 1990. She joined McKinsey & Company Tokyo Office and served clients in the area of healthcare and finance, as well as assisting foreign affiliated companies in Japan with their Japan entry strategies and product market strategies.
After Yamaguchi transferred to McKinsey’s Duesseldorf Office in 1996, she became a member of European Healthcare Practice, focusing on practice knowledge management and research.
After returning to Japan in 2002, Yamaguchi joined a start-up boutique consulting firm focusing on healthcare as a co-founder. In 2006 she established its US branch in Silicon Valley, further accelerating the business until 2010 when she came back to Japan and assumed a role as the head of business management/planning to help organize the internal structure of the company.
In August 2012, Yamaguchi joined Genius as a Senior Consultant.


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