Working for the Lely means working in an ambitious international family business. We have more than 30 facilities and customers in more than 60 countries and are the market leader in automated systems for dairy producers worldwide. We are a forerunner in the development of grassland machines and a pioneer of wind turbines on farms. Recognized and acknowledged as a leader in Dutch manufacturing, we are always striving to do better.

Apart from being a leader in our field, we pride ourselves on being a company with an informal atmosphere and a solid background in the agricultural sector. Our origins are in Maassluis (the Netherlands), where the company was founded in 1948. Even today, the Lely Campus still resides there. This is our head office and also a hub of innovation and creation. 

Our values

Our unique combination of being a front-runner and a family business with a solid background in the agricultural sector is reflected in our core values: innovation, passion, progress, respect and honesty. 

Our passion for the agricultural sector consistently brings us outside the realm of traditional ideas to come up with revolutionary concepts. With the introduction of innovative and ground-breaking products, such as our milking robot, we have enjoyed tremendous success. To meet the needs of our customers, we develop and manufacture highly engineered products. These are based on the latest technology in the area of robotics and data processing.

We work with a mindset of respecting people, animals and the environment. We are open and honest about our focal point: the wishes, needs and dreams of our customers. Our passion for innovation and sustainability is based on this. Lely employees are driven and engaged. With the culture of a family business they are respectful, honest and entirely customer-focused.

‘Producers must have the freedom to seize the opportunities that innovation and sustainability offer to run their business efficiently.’

Alexander van der Lely CEO Lely Group

Smart working

All over the world, we work with more than 2,000 employees to find solutions to support farmers in their businesses. The freedom of choice that they, by definition, have as entrepreneurs is central to this. Based on their business goals, we advise them on smart ways to run a dairy farm, with a view to the future and the possibilities of the present. 

Running a business and smart working are also themes that are central to our own organization. We are always on the lookout for new ways to work together more efficiently and intelligently, across borders and time zones. 

At Lely you can make a contribution beyond the scope of your own role. In a continuous effort to go a step further towards being better and different. In essence, we are raising the bar for the customer -- you -- and the company. We have no nine-to-five mentality, but we are passionate and results-oriented. This is the attitude we welcome. There is room for ideas and to develop these ideas. It is this freedom that makes Lely such a great place to work.

Want to join the Lely team?

Lely is looking for smart, driven and motivated individuals to join the Lely team. Think you have what it takes? Check out our current openings. We can’t wait to hear from you. Your dream job could be just a few steps away, so contact us today!

Lely Academy

We stimulate progress and passion by challenging colleagues to bring out the best in themselves. With the Lely Academy, we offer a range of educational and training programs. These allow all our employees to grow and better serve our customers. The Lely Academy safeguards our company values for the future. 

You can obtain certifications based on your own career goals. For example, you can become certified as a technician for one of our products or as an advisor for our Farm Management Support department. There are also personal development courses for acquiring skills such as leadership and negotiation.

We care about our customers and our employees, being a front-runner with a solid background and working in a sustainable sector. That is what makes Lely a great place to work.

Lely Group

A great place to work

Anneke Gouw

Farm Management Support Milking and Cooling

'My work at the Lely head office is a mixture of office work and practice. I like being at a farm to understand what keeps farm managers busy. Together with our customers, I seek to discover how they can optimize the level of health of their cows and management of their farm. It makes me proud if I can give them good advice. And what I observe in the field, I interpret for my colleagues in other departments so they can incorporate my observations in product development.'

Joop Savelkouls

Sales Manager for Benelux and Switzerland Forage

'As I have worked for ten years to build up our distribution network in the region, I know almost all Benelux dealers personally. This is useful, because they know where to find me. In practice, this means to be continually on the move, talking with customers and perceiving the needs of the market. In understanding the issues of dealers it also helps that I grew up on a farm. My love for robust quality equipment is just ingrained.'

Jos Seldenthuis

Software Architect

'Some of the trends you see outside the agricultural sector we have been working on here for quite some time. Self-propelled vehicles between cows, for example. This is working with “high tech” in a challenging environment – not in a clean factory, but with animals in a stable. I think that's marvellous. People outside Lely are always surprised when I tell them what we can accomplish with robotics.'

Why Lely?

Farmers all over the world make choices about how they set up and run their farms. Every day, we help them make the best choices for themselves and their farms. We do this by providing advice and innovative solutions that contribute to efficient farm management. For sustainable milk and meat production, forage harvesting and energy generation. Present and future.

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