Lead Engineer - Global Tax
Auckland, NZ
1d ago

Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform that helps small businesses and their accounting and bookkeeping advisors grow and thrive.

At Xero, our purpose is to make life better for people in small business, their advisors, and communities around the world.

This purpose sits at the centre of everything we do. We support our people to do the best work of their lives so that they can help small businesses succeed through better tools, information and connections.

Because when they succeed they make a difference, and when millions of small businesses are making a difference, the world is a more beautiful place.

How you’ll make an impact : You’ll work in collaboration with other Xeros to help create and deliver beautiful software to our customers, faster.

You’ll model the standard for engineering excellence at Xero, supporting your team to grow their technical capability and improve development practices.

You’ll undertake software application development on applications in our suite of products (including new ones), contributing to new or improved experiences for our customers, internal and external.

You’ll contribute to the technical direction of the product group, helping grow our cross functional environment by identifying technical gaps, promoting capability growth, and championing & demonstrating modern principles and practices.

You'll help build and manage software that solves engineering problems at scale. You will be enabled to seek clarity with technical complexities and be able to demonstrate smart ways to simplify.

You’ll be able to make data-driven decisions that will release value early to solve Xero customers' problems more effectively.

About the team :

  • We are a platform team focused on creating reusable, configurable features for preparing and filing sales tax in each region
  • Our customers are both internal (regional teams) and external - our product is used by small businesses and their accounting and bookkeeping advisors
  • Our purpose is to deliver quality, customer focused new features while maintaining and supporting our current products
  • About the role :

  • Create software - Guide technical design to ensure implementation of architecture principles and good engineering practice.
  • Identify the technical blockers and waste that slow down the team. Work with engineering leadership and delivery teams to identify technical capabilities that need to be grown.

    Maintain in-depth system knowledge across all system boundaries relating to the team’s components as well as hands-on development expertise.

  • Test software - Guide the quality engineering practices for your team, identifying and resolving challenges to ensure processes and tools are optimised for their context and engineers have the required knowledge and skills.
  • Contribute to and champion Xero’s quality strategy and standards.

  • Resolve issues - Recognise and solve for common patterns of failure in the team’s delivery practices, preventing future issues by improving skills, processes or tooling.
  • Measure the cost or value of issues, and often lead incident responses and post-mortems.

  • Engineering standards & frameworks - Contribute to Xero's engineering standards and frameworks. Work closely with engineering leadership to apply standards to software and delivery processes.
  • Continuous improvement - Proactively maintain, grow and share knowledge of development technologies used in the development of Xero’s software applications.
  • Deliver infrastructure in a production environment - Champion automation of delivery processes and ensure deployment pipelines are fit for purpose.
  • Coach and support engineers to ensure all software is running as expected and proactively work to prevent customer facing problems.

  • Recruitment - Participate in interviews and recruitment processes.
  • What are we looking for?

  • Experience working across full stack with a high level of technical expertise in frontend or backend
  • Experience in coaching and mentoring engineers across multiple disciplines
  • A strong team player who is highly skilled in collaborating with others to find solutions
  • An excellent communicator, who can fill the gaps between technical and non-technical specialists
  • Experience with balancing new feature delivery with maintenance and support for systems in production
  • Ability to work with applicable parties to make code design decisions for all teams’ products
  • Experience in auditing teams codebases, aiming to maintain high standards for security, testability, and ability to make changes easily
  • Ability to lead or facilitate discussions on application design
  • Passionate about best practice in all aspects of engineering and delivery
  • Able to ensure team products meet Xero's various engineering standards
  • Experience in contributing to discussions around new standards and revisions to existing ones
  • Xero is an inclusive environment, with people who will respect, challenge, support and mentor you to do the best work of your life.

    Where creativity, innovation and continuous learning are encouraged and celebrated. Whether you're after a workplace with a social vibe, or a workplace which understands your family, sport or a side gig is the priority or something in between - Xero can be all of that and more.

    At Xero, we trust you to build your career to the best of your ability and we will support your desire for learning with training and career mentorship to help you flourish.

    As part of our awesome package, you’ll receive Xero shares and a Life Insurance package as well as a variety of other perks to make your time here that much more fun.

    Our facilities and PX teams work hard to give us great workspaces with all the tech company perks.Xero is a Rainbow Tick certified employer.

    Xero strongly encourages employees and contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to work from a Xero office, or engage in any face-to-face Xero business.

    Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position.

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