Operating out of Booleroo Centre, South Australia, Kelly Tillage specialises in the design, manufacture and distribution of disc chain tillage equipment for use in North America, Australia, Europe, South Africa and many other countries.
Kelly’s mission is to offer tillage equipment the world over that contributes to sustainable farming practices in a meaningful, innovative and cost effective way.
Over its nearly 30 year history, the business has experienced rapid growth and continues to have strong growth aspirations. Kelly Tillage provides tremendous
career opportunities in numerous fields, namely; engineering, supply chain management, manufacturing, marketing and sales.
The values of the business reflect those of the founding family. Kelly Tillage has a strong connection to rural communities – it respects that people are the greatest asset and that it is everone’s responsibility to help them be successful. Most importantly, the business learns from its mistakes.
Kelly Tillage is a continually growing organisation which is always on the lookout for new and extraordinary talent to help grow, shape and evolve the business into the global leader in disc chain tillage technology. The Kelly team is incredibly excited about the future. and believe you will be too if you choose to join the dynamic, passionate and hard working team.
We believe in caring for our people.
Our Live Work Well and Live Life Well employee programs provide training, resources and support for staff and their families, helping them grow professionally and personally.
We offer a supportive professional environment with flexible working arrangements, strong social opportunities and a driving vision to strive for a better tomorrow.
- All employees can access a wide range of training and resources as part of the Live Work Well program, which supports staff to further their professional growth.
- An accompanying program, Live Life Well, includes workshops, training and resources covering a range of topics, including mental health, financial wellbeing and personal development.
- Employee wages are priced against industry benchmarks accounting for performance, experience and economic factors.
- Kelly Tillage has a company-wide incentive program through which employees can earn bonuses equaling up to 10% of their annual salary, depending on company performance.
- Kelly takes pride in fostering a culture of inclusion, innovation and respect. Staff are encouraged to explore new ideas and engage in blue-sky thinking.
- The Kelly Social Club organises a range of initiatives at Booleroo and Adelaide locations including teaming events, monthly lunches, tipping competitions and charity fundraising.
- With farmers around the world adopting sustainable shallow tillage technology, Kelly Tillage is experiencing rapid growth that facilitates exciting career opportunities.
- With operations across Australia, Europe, North America, Africa, New Zealand and Argentina, staff are offered a range of opportunities for travel.
Luke Ellery started his apprenticeship at Kelly Tillage in 2004. Since then, Luke’s work has taken him around Australia, to Japan and the USA, and to new roles within the company.
After finishing his 4-year apprenticeship, Luke returned to Kelly Tillage as our Production Manager, a role that allowed him to combine his product knowledge and leadership qualities with his eagerness for travel. In 2014 Luke went to Japan to gain insight into lean manufacturing - a process that was instrumental in boosting the capacity of Kelly Tillage through the application of efficient, lean methodologies. “Travelling to Japan was a tremendous eye-opener,” says Luke. “It really changed my perception of what’s possible with lean manufacturing. We’d already applied a lot of our own systems, but it formalised the process in my mind.”
Luke then took the role of Operations Manager, leveraging his knowledge and experience to improve our systems and processes, addressing engineering challenges and working with our key partners around the world. “The main constant at Kelly has been change,” says Luke. “The business is constantly evolving itself.” Luke is currently our Research & Innovation Manager - a position that allows him to focus on the future of our product and the agronomic & manufacturing trends that the business needs to consider as we continue to innovate.
Diane Sims began with us in 2001 as a labourer working for Peter Kelly. For several years she worked on the shop floor, manufacturing Kelly harrows and repairing equipment. In 2003 Diane moved into the office, where her firsthand knowledge gave her the edge in spare parts, sales enquiries and service calls.
Diane next took the role of our European Market Liaison Officer, using her considerable knowledge and experience to support our customers across Europe. On a normal day she’d be working closely with our European Manager to provide excellent customer service and technical assistance, as well as managing spare parts, sales and logistics.
It’s the family culture and rewarding customer service that have kept Diane working at Kelly for 20 years. “Being in a family business stands out,” she says. “They’re willing to support you, as well as the customers. And when you stop thinking about them as Kelly customers and start thinking of them as your own, you realise what a difference you can make in a customer’s life.”
Kelly Tillage has offices in central Adelaide and on the Kelly farm, located 10km south of Booleroo Centre in South Australia’s northern agricultural region. Nestled in the foothills of the rugged and picturesque Flinders Ranges, Booleroo Centre hosts a range of agricultural machinery producers, importers and resellers.
This region is a recognised producer of high-quality goods, from organic fruit to fine wine. Premium wheat, malt barley, wool, forestry, horticulture and seafood combined with spectacular scenery make the Southern Flinders Ranges area a truly special place to live and work.
Booleroo Centre and the surrounding towns have strong local communities, populated by warm and genuine people from all walks of live. The region comes alive for sports and community events. With a kindergarten, school, hospital, retirement home, swimming pool and community gym, Booleroo Centre supports families of all shapes and sizes.
Those seeking adventure will find Booleroo Centre a perfect hub from which to explore the varied beauty of regional South Australia. The town is a short drive from the beautiful world-class food and wine region of the Clare Valley; even closer are the popular hiking and biking trails in Mt. Remarkable National Park.
Located just south of Goyder’s Line, Booleroo Centre also offers excellent access to the historic towns and ancient landscapes of Australia’s outback, including Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.