Jan Dobbie

Jan Dobbie
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Jan Dobbie


On Demand Video: Varley Group: Leading the way in Australian Engineered solutions
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As a privately owned Australian company, Varley has a rich history of engineering and manufacturing from its inception 135 years ago as a small local plumbing and boiler-making business in Newcastle. Today’s success of Varley is credit to its vast capability and diversification into the Transportation, Energy, Defence, and Aviation industries expanding a business network nationally and internationally with major facilities and subsidiaries across Australia, United States of America and Indonesia.

 Varley supports and invests in its future generation of Australian engineering and manufacturing through best business practices, adopting new technologies and employing quality qualified people. Varley reinforces its industry by consistently participating in and developing programs internally and with other organisations. This not only benefits Varley’s business, workforce, and local areas but also the future generation of employees.


Jan Dobbie is the HR Manager of Varley Group overseeing the Australian facilities and employees for all aspects of “people” for the past eight years. Her diverse expertise includes HR strategies and planning, workplace relations, policy development, recruitment and selection, learning and development, performance management, HR project management and employee engagement.

 With over thirty years in management roles and twenty-two years of those in HR management, Jan’s experience extends across the government, local government, professional services, engineering and manufacturing industries.

 Jan has actively been involved in VET from the inception of the AQTF in the mid-nineties helping unemployed people gain skills and employment, as well as being an industry partner on the Industry Advisory Committee for Tumut / Riverina Slopes VET in Schools programs.

 As a passionate supporter of VET programs and tapping into under-represented groups for employment, Jan continues to work with Job Active providers, refugee services, school programs, university programs (particularly UoN), and a range of programs with RDA Hunter.

 Further to her connection with AI Group’s Hunter industry leaders Council, Hunter Employee Relations Network, Hunter Skill Development Network and the Sydney School to Career Task Force, she was a Senior HR Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute for over ten years.

 Jan has a Master of Business Administration, Master of Education (Adult Education) and Certificate IV Workplace and Business Coaching in addition to being a registered JP.