Human Resources Director

HR Director Marina Polyakova

Working at Instron

My journey with Instron still feels very fresh (I joined in 2013) and I have thoroughly enjoyed it so far.  

I knew very little about the fascinating world of materials testing before joining the company and am still constantly amazed about the broad application of the Instron products in every-day life.

“I am delighted to be a part of the Instron team and feel very privileged to be surrounded by so many talented, experienced, supportive and warm people. Instron truly embraces diversity and allows people to be themselves and perform at their best. “

What does your role involve?

My role is very diverse and encompasses all aspects of HR management. No two days are the same as my role combines both strategic and operational responsibilities. I partner closely with the Senior Leaders on key projects and initiatives and my role expands across Europe overseeing an entire Instron population of approximately 700 people. Talent Management, Succession Planning and Leadership Development are currently very high on our agenda. I see my role as an enabler, a facilitator and a culture carrier for the exciting times ahead.

How did you become a HR Director?

I studied International Business with major in HR as I always felt passionate about the difference people can make to business success.

My career in HR started after my graduation, when I joined a family run business where I had an amazing opportunity to set up the HR function. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and truly value this experience.

I then took a career break to have children and obtain my Masters in Personnel & Development and Chartered CIPD status all at the same time. Let’s just say it was interesting!

I was not ready to go back to work fulltime, so I worked as an HR consultant on a few International projects before going back to the corporate world.

I then spent almost 5 years working at Renault in a variety of progressive roles and then took 6 months off to find myself again and rediscover my passion for HR before joining Instron. 

I joined Instron as a European HR Manager and was promoted into this role in 2014.

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