I joined Devro in the Czech Republic in 1991. This was formerly known as Cutisin where I trained and completed my apprenticeship. I started work in the maintenance department, where I spent 4 years before I began compulsory military service for a year. I then returned to the company and continued my work in maintenance for a further 2 years which was good training to further my career within the company.
I really enjoy my work. Devro has enabled me to improve my personal development and train to gain new skills for my new role as safety officer.
I feel I am a valuable part of a company and have a chance to be a part of the decision making process on the future of the company.
I have worked at Devro for 23 years and I have been fortunate to experience many different roles in the business including Finance and Supply Chain Director in Scotland, Managing Director for the Australian entity and Commercial Director for Asia Pacific.
Throughout the years, I have been fortunate to work closely with many colleagues around the world where the community spirit, culture and diversity of the people has been amazing and contributed greatly to my development at Devro. What makes Devro special is feeling part of a global community and working with and feeling supported by colleagues all over the world.
I am coming up to my 8th year at Devro and have witnessed a lot of changes over this time. Prior to joining the company I was a regulatory, nutrition and stakeholder management consultant; helping large food brands and industry associations deal with various issues. Devro appealed to me as it was in a completely new food category – B2B, a new type of business which offered development opportunities in understanding regulations in regard to animal derived products. Quality and Business Continuity was an area I knew I could make a difference.
However, a key factor for me was the people, many of whom I now consider friends. Everyone I met was welcoming and willing to spend the time to help me understand the business. I was struck by the huge depth of knowledge, the longevity of service and the willingness to help, something that doesn’t happen in many other companies. What I am most proud of is bringing people together globally to find solutions. Collectively we avoid duplication and can share our knowledge, skills which develops our future direction. Our collective potential is far greater than our individual endeavours.
I joined Devro as the Customer Service Supervisor based in Bathurst, Australia in March 2020. This was a trying time for all, given the COVID pandemic, and my colleagues had just begun working from home.
I was extremely fortunate that Devro were still able and willing to give me an opportunity at such a trying time, and the team here in Bathurst have been very supportive.
Even through my short tenure, I have found Devro to be a great company to work for. They have a good reputation in the local community and colleagues from all departments have been really wiling to impart their knowledge and help me get up to speed in my new role. I can definitely see a great future with this company!
Joining Devro straight from university, I now have 16 years of tenure in numerous roles within the Technical and Commercial areas of our business.
There have been so many different reasons that I have chosen to remain at Devro, but the three that really stand out for me are opportunities, experiences and relationships. Through hard work and dedication, Devro has provided me with great opportunities; I have grown personally and professionally with the business’s absolute support. I have had outstanding cross-functional experiences, from traveling around Devro’s global sites to working closely with customers, to designing and commissioning a new manufacturing factory. Most importantly, I am part of Devro’s global community, through which I have developed great relationships and true friendships.
Over the years Devro has challenged me and given me the tools and experiences to be successful, both personally and professionally!
Since joining Devro in 2011, I have held the roles of Finance Manager, Finance Director and am currently the Operations Director of our factory in Nantong, China. I feel very grateful to have experienced three different roles in the past 10 years.
Devro is a multinational company which places high value on the career progression of all its employees. We are always encouraged to expand our knowledge, to embrace different ideas, to challenge ourselves and to share successes across the Devro family. It is also very easy to get the support I need from my colleagues all over the world when facing obstacles and challenges – and that’s an aspect of my role and the company that I really enjoy.
I joined Devro in 2019 after 30 years with British Telecom. Joining Devro gave me a chance to experience a smaller company and an IT team that covers all aspects of IT; from providing and maintaining hardware and applications, to managing service and stakeholders.
One aspect of working at Devro that I particularly appreciate is the clarity of vision; Devro has clear goals, aligned with the Board of Directors and cascaded from the CEO, and I therefore appreciate having clarity around how each person’s role contributes to the success of our company. This makes me feel engaged and I appreciate knowing that I have the real opportunity to make a difference.
Whilst every day presents its challenges, there is always support on hand when you need it which, for me, is one of the best things about working for Devro. My colleagues are so important in making working here a positive experience; I do not have to work through layers of management and I feel comfortable talking to any member of the team in any of our locations, right through to our board members. These are exciting times to be part of Devro and I am very happy to be part of the team.
I have been employed with Devro for over ten years, working within the Global Research and Development team and am currently a Product Development Technologist. This role has allowed me to work on varied and interesting projects, alongside colleagues at different sites around the world. It has also provided me with the opportunity to travel globally to ensure we provide our customers with the best product possible. Devro has provided me with a safe working environment, secure employment, and good colleagues. Everyone is welcoming and willing to help in any way they can, which I believe is one of the reasons people choose to stay at Devro. There have been a number of changes in the business over the years, but investment in our growth and people make it an exciting time to be part of the business.
Devro as a company put health and safety above everything else. Having this knowledge makes it easier to work as everything has been risk assessed and deemed safe. Devro also look in-house to improve and promote their own employees and this motivates colleagues to improve themselves and their knowledge of Devro and its processes. I’m particularly proud of the way that Devro provides work experience and training to students and apprentices . These programmes help develop their skills and confidence, as well as helping to build an engaged and motivated work force.
I joined Devro in 2020 as part of the HR Team in Jilemnice, Czech Republic. After9 years’ experience in the automotive industry, I found the transition to Devro both challenging and to be a significant change from the environments in which I was used to working. I made the decision to join Devro as I was inspired by the desire for change and the openness, humility and friendliness of the Devro Team.
After a few months in the role, I can honestly say that I am very happy to have joined Devro at this point in the company’s journey – during a time when many exciting changes are happening. I am really pleased to be involved in important local and global projects and I am honoured by Devro's belief that I can bring my experience to the table and make a significant contribution to the company.