Training Services NSW pilot participants visit Varley Tomago

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Last week Varley Tomago hosted a site visit for eleven graduates from a short Training Services NSW  program pilot. The purpose of the visit was to induct participants ready for a one week work experience placement to commence in early May.


Funded by the state government the pilot program has been developed by Training Services NSW, TAFE and Varley representatives, and Mark Almond for the Australian Department of Jobs & Small Business. The program objective is to assist in preparing suitable unemployed candidates for trades assistant type roles in selected manufacturing organisations.


The program pilot consisted of an intensive nine day TAFE course to be followed by a one week work experience placement. The short course includes units of competence like drawing interpretation, hand tools, safe working and various skills for being employed.


Varley’s Production Manager Wayne Moy and HR Manager Jan Dobbie provided the guided site tour in addition to an organization presentation that highlighted Varley work policies. Each participant was also subject to an interview in a speed dating format. The program participants were accompanied by job active provider representatives from Castle Personnel, Mai-Wel and WorkSkil.

Varley Group host the 2018 HMA Launch event

As the proud winner of the 2017 Hunter Manufacturing Awards (HMA), Excellence in Manufacturing Process and the Manufacturer of the Year, Varley Group hosted the 2018 Hunter Manufacturing Awards Launch event at the Tomago head office site. Over a hundred hunter region based manufacturing professionals attended the event on the 12th of April to launch the 2018 registration an application period.


Varley Group, CEO Jeff Phillips, welcomed the guests via video from the USA and HMA Chairman, Steven Smith thanked the sponsors, partners and supporters for their support of the manufacturing sector.  Downer will be the Major Sponsor of the Awards for the 11th consecutive year and Gavin Foster, CEO, Downer Rail, thanked HMA for their on-going support of manufacturing.


To conclude the event guided group tours with enthusiastic Varley personnel was coordinated to show the vast product display that Varley produce.  Guests were delighted and surprised that such a ‘World Class’ manufacturer is located in the Hunter Region along with insightful information about Varley’s innovation and various industry sector involvement.


This years’ Hunter Manufacturing Awards Launch event has been marked as the biggest successful launch event to date.



A rare opportunity is now available for the right person to take up a management position within Varley Group as the Varley Vehicles General Manager for Queensland Operations. Key to success are skills, experience and commitment that will allow our new manager to ensure business growth, net profitability and sustainability. The GM will manage key accounts and will provide hands on support for the national growth strategy.


Our business is all about designing, manufacturing, delivering and supporting high quality, innovative specialised vehicles to our valued customers.


Our new Manager must have hands on experience with customers – identifying potential markets / customers, developing relationships and actively managing contracts.


Outstanding communications skills are a must – including negotiation, conflict resolution etc.

Financial management and understanding of engineering design, procurement and manufacturing processes are also of high importance.


Formal qualifications in a related area (such as Business, Management, Project Management etc.) will be viewed favourably, but are not essential.


The ability to inspire great performance within the business through effective leadership, passion and care are essential.


To be considered for this opportunity, it is a requirement that you submit a formal and professional application addressing the above requirements. You are welcome to also attach your current resume – please include contactable referees.


For further information about this vacancy, please call 02 4964 0400 and ask for the CEO Varley Vehicles.



We are looking for a high achiever who has an Engineering Degree and solid experience leading a complex team…we have a newly created position for a (national) Engineering Manager who will oversee and optimize engineering outputs at several locations. Key results will include DIFOT, adherence to quality and other processes, and of course the Varley Group hallmark of innovation!


While the position will be based at the Tomago Headquarters, regular travel will be required including but not limited to:

  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

This position will manage a number of engineers, designers and draftspersons ensuring both efficiency and effectiveness of processes geared towards operational excellence (both design and manufacturing phases).


There will be some requirement to directly interface with customers / potential customers and also to liaise with manufacturing and other managers. The position reports to the CEO of Varley Vehicles.

To be given serious consideration for this position, it is essential that your application highlights the following:


1. Your ability and success with planning and managing all aspects of engineering performance against budget, process / quality requirements and customer expectations.

2. Track record of diligence with regard to labour forecasting and control to deliver work to spec / standards on time.

3. History of properly communicating with, developing and otherwise managing a cross functional team located at various sites.

4. Strong commitment to both quality and continuous improvement systems in engineering.

5. Substantial experience in a senior engineering role within an Australian manufacturing business.

6. Genuine understanding and practical application of appropriate metrics to drive superior performance in engineering.

7. Prior experience (and success) in implementing and managing organisational change.


Applicants called for interview will be required to attend in person with 48 hours’ notice. For any further details,  or call 02 4964 0400.

To apply, please call 02 4964 0400 or complete the Application Form 2018 and email it (together with a copy of your resume) to





We are on the hunt for an impressive person to step in and manage manufacturing for our Sydney facility. Our new Production Manager will have a trade qualification, working their way up through training and experience to a supervisory or management role.


This is a hands-on role – leading from the front to ensure our products are delivered in full, on time and to satisfy all customer quality / scope requirements. So there are a wide range of skills we want to check including but not limited to:

  • Experience in an agile manufacturing environment (ideally vehicle / body building background);

  • Experience in setup of assembly stations and assembly lines for 1off builds and production runs;

  • Success with planning of jobs, managing labour and other resources to ensure maximum efficiency and productivity are achieved; understanding of project management

  • Expertise in estimating (labour hours, materials etc.) and then controlling projects to achieve ideal outcomes all round;

  • Clear and strong communication skills to engage workers and liaise positively with a range of customers or other stakeholders;

  • Experience in creation of work packages for shop floor, work instructions and procedures;

  • Experience in interaction with internal stakeholders to ensure that all projects running on time.

  • Confidence and competence in using computers including ERP, Excel, emails etc.;

  • An independent operator who is comfortable in a controlled work environment (procedural / quality) and who is equally comfortable with agility and change.


To be given fair and full consideration for this important position, it is essential that you submit BOTH a cover letter, setting out how you satisfy the above points AND a resume that outlines your work history, qualifications and provides contactable referees.


We will be conducting interviews on Friday May 11 2018. So if you are the right person for us, please prepare your application urgently and clear your diary. We are ready to offer an attractive package and an immediate start.

Varleys' Marketing Analyst Wins University of Newcastle Faculty Medal

Varley Group Marketing Analyst, Daniel Pilipczyk

Varley Group Marketing Analyst, Daniel Pilipczyk

A huge congratulations is extended to our Marketing Analyst, Daniel Pilipczyk for winning the Faculty Medal within the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Newcastle. The award will be formally presented in July at a graduation ceremony.

Daniel joined Varley in December 2016 as a Marketing Research Assistant and has since secured permanent part-time work with the Varley Group while he studies towards his PhD in economics.

The Varley Group commend Daniel on his efforts and wish him all the best in continuing his studies.

Position Vacant: Marketing Coordinator


Our new Marketing Coordinator will drive the Group’s communications, marketing, social media, events and branding activities.

They will possess advanced graphic arts and social media skills, professional writing skills, internal engagement skills to work directly with executive as required.

The Marketing Coordinator will also have good interpersonal skills, be a self-starter, highly organized, have an eye-for-detail and will be tertiary qualified in a relevant discipline.

Find out more and apply here:

Position Vacant - Project Manager, Defence & Aerospace


Based at our Tomago Headquarters.

If you are someone who has recent successful experience with coordinating projects, liaising effectively with the customer and internal stakeholders while also keeping on top of contracts and project administration, we have a rare opportunity for you to join our Defence & Aerospace team.

Defence Industry and / or manufacturing projects experience will be highly valued.