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Jim Devine, group HR director, Spirax-Sarco Engineering

Jim Devine joined Spirax-Sarco Engineering as group HR director in 2016

Devine has been an instrumental part of the group executive team that has accelerated the organic and acquisitive growth of the group in recent years.

He has a wealth of experience across a number of industries spanning manufacturing, financial services, resources and engineering; having previously worked for Chemring, British Gas, Centrica, Ford Motor Company and BAE Systems.

Since joining Spirax-Sarco Engineering Devine has transformed the HR function and has actively encouraged the business to consider the people agenda a key enabler of corporate strategy. Employee engagement has been established as the ‘North Star’ with the focus being on creating an inclusive values-based culture that is orientated for performance. Under Devine individuals are encouraged to own and drive their personal development with plenty of support from the business. He is committed to achieving the growth ambitions of the business by recruiting and developing the best technical sales talent and putting them through Spirax-Sarco’s established global sales academy, ensuring their continual development.

Devine is passionate about attracting the best business talent to develop careers in HR, and is a strong believer that HR is a key commercial discipline as opposed to being a ‘partner’ of the business.