HR profile: Sarah Dent

British Steel HR Lead Sarah Dent smiling at the camera
Sarah Dent, HR Lead for Functions and Internal Logistics, is a third-generation steelworker

Sarah joined our HR team in 2011. Since then, she's progressed through a number of roles in the HR team. Find out why, as a third-generation steelworker, working at British Steel means so much to her...

What was your first role at British Steel? And what's the journey been to your current role?

My first role with British Steel was as the Graduate and Placement Coordinator. I held this position for about a year before having the opportunity, as part of the our graduate programme, to complete placements within all areas of HR including the HR Service Centre (now known as the HR Operations Team) ending with a secondment to a HR Advisor position in 2012 and a subsequent appointment in 2013.

Throughout my time as an HR Advisor, I’ve provided support to many areas including the Rod Mill, the Rail and Section Mill and, more recently, the central functions team.

I have recently started a new role as HR Lead for Functions and Internal Logistics.

How many years have you been with the business?

I've been with the company since 2011.

What does your day-to-day role involve?

Currently, as a HR Advisor, I find my role to be varied. I support all aspects of the employee lifecycle from the management of vacancies within our structures to exiting employees from the business through retirement or resignation etc. I also work with management teams on a day-to-day basis, providing advice on various topics.

One of the most enjoyable elements of my role is working closely with HR colleagues to develop and deliver training solutions on topics such as attendance management.

I’m looking forward in my new role as HR Lead to focusing on the longer-term people agenda within British Steel.

Why do you enjoy working for British Steel?

Working for British Steel is very special to me as I’m a third-generation employee. My grandad worked in the steel industry throughout his career. In his final role, prior to retirement, he was the General Manager at Immingham Bulk Terminal.

Both my parents worked here also. Interestingly, I now work in the same team as the lady who covered my mum’s maternity leave when I was born!

British Steel is a fundamental part of the local community and to work for the largest employer in our area makes me extremely proud.

What advice you would give to other people considering a career at British Steel?

The best advice I can give to someone who is thinking of joining us is to do your research! We have a very long history and are extremely proud of this. The internet has so much information, you can really sell yourself in an interview by demonstrating you’ve researched who we are!