Development Team Lead
Xero NZ
Wellington, New Zealand
2d ago
source : Jobg8 Ltd.

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.

Due to ongoing growth in our Product teams in Wellington, we have a number of roles open. We are looking for enthusiastic and experienced People Leaders with management experience.

It's also very important that you know the challenges your people face, so you will need to have previous experience working in a software development environment.

What is a product / software developer at Xero?

At Xero our product is our Xero software that millions of people use everyday across the world. This means you will be building upon existing and new parts of the Xero software.

Externally what looks like one beautiful cohesive product, is actually composed of many Xero products.

Each product team is headed up by a Dev Manager who oversees the overall product teams delivery and growth, and a technical lead who floats between pods providing technical support, guidance and mentorship.

Each team consists of a couple of Pods, within each pod you have one Development Team lead (this role) and could have anywhere between 3-7 devs, maybe a QA, DevOps (it just depends on the team and what they need)

At Xero we often talk about having multiple teams / families. You have your core team ie your Pods. But you also have your wider product team, which includes your Product Owner, Agile Team Facilitator, Product Designers and Product Researchers.

We're a very collaborative bunch so you'll work closely with each other daily.

Our Developers work in a collaborative team environment, continually delivering improvements and features to our customers while looking for innovative ways to handle the challenges of this fast paced industry.

About this role

You will be managing engineers across 1 or 2 pods, and you will be responsible for supporting your direct reports in doing the best work of their lives, empowering them to hone their engineering skills and grow as individuals.

You will also work alongside the Tech lead as well as other People, Product, and Engineering leaders to foster the growth of a world-class engineering culture in your wider Product area.

You'll maintain an environment in which your pods can do their best work predictably and sustainably. Making sure the pods have all the information they need, and the right feedback loops in place, to discover and deliver valuable, usable, and buildable outcomes.

You'll help your pods learn and improve, making local discoveries global. You'll look after the health of your pods and their products, aiming for resilience.

As a people manager, you will occasionally have to have some hard conversations, you'll do this in a safe and #human way.

You'll know you're doing it right when :

  • You and the pods maintain a predictable and sustainable delivery pace, reflect on practices and delivery, and constantly try to make improvements
  • The team build products that customers absolutely love
  • Your team are highly engaged - everyone has a strong sense of purpose and feel they're contributing to making a positive difference
  • Your reports grow in their responsibilities, capabilities, and contribution to their team and wider in the organisation
  • What you'll bring with you

  • You're an experienced people leader! You've had experience with managing performance reviews, professional development and day to day people management
  • Understanding of modern software and product delivery practices - Maybe you've had a career as a Dev or an ATF or even a Product Owner!
  • Ideally experience with agile practices and environments
  • Proven ability to navigate areas of conflict in an open, positive and proactive way
  • High EQ - you are self aware, self regulated, motivated and empathetic, with great interpersonal skills
  • A growth mindset - you understand that competency is not fixed but is enhanced through dedication and hard work
  • Why work at Xero?

    Working at Xero will provide you with a diverse and inclusive environment alongside people who will respect, challenge, support and mentor you.

    Who says you can't have fun while you do the best work of your life?

    We see the value in work-life balance, many of us take full advantage of our flexible working arrangements, so whether you like to get a surf in before work, like to head home in time to pick up the kids or you just like working from the comfort of your own home now and then, we want to support you.

    We trust you to build your career to the best of your ability and we will support your hunger to learn with training and career mentorship, to help you flourish.

    Our facilities and PX teams work hard to give us great workspaces with all the tech company perks so join us and experience our awesome culture!

    Xero is an NZ Immigration Accredited Employer and Rainbow Tick certified too.

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

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