Software Engineering Lead at Athena

Full-Time, Technology, Sydney, New South Wales sydney engineering full-time
Posted 18 days ago

Software Engineering Lead (React native & web)

Athena Home Loans launched in 2019 to help Aussie borrowers save money and pay down their home loan faster. Athena’s digital mortgage platform radically simplifies the application process passing on the savings to customers as better rates. Customers switching to Athena are saving ~ $60,000 over the life of their loans. Since launch, Athena has settled over $1.9b in home loans, and saved borrowers over $200m in interest savings – and grown to become one of Australia’s largest fintechs.


Athena has built Australia’s first cloud-native home loan platform, covering the full value chain to acquire, originate, service and fund residential mortgages. Fintechs targeting mortgages are typically only focusing on a narrow layer of the value chain (e.g. originations), then handing back to legacy bank systems. By tackling the full stack, Athena aims to cut the cost of running a mortgage business by 70% vs. legacy players, providing sustainable advantage.


Athena has raised $200m in equity funding to date in four funding rounds from leading investors including AirTree Ventures, Apex Capital, AustralianSuper, Hostplus, Macquarie Bank, RESIMAC Group, Rice Warner, Square Peg and Sunsuper. Most recently in October 2019, Athena closed $90m in Series D funding – the largest ever Australia-led venture capital investment round.

The role

The Customer Journey software engineering team lead (React native & web) at Athena is part of a squad with a well-defined mission to build first class mobile and web front ends and is responsible for providing technical guidance as well as supporting a small team of Software Engineers. You will have excellent architecture and solution design skills and are quick to roll up your sleeves and join the team on delivering high quality code and solutions. You will lead a small squad of 2-3 engineers initially.

Key responsibilities

  • Managing internal priorities and helping the Product team to define the roadmap
  • Facilitating the daily scrum, sprint planning, sprint demo and retrospective meetings
  • Clarifying goals and actions to achieve them
  • Handling performance feedback
  • Coaching and developing the team in both software development and Agile practices
  • Architecting and designing software solutions, reviewing and collaborating with other engineers on internal and cross-team technical proposals
  • Collaborating with tech and product team members to improve the lending customer experience
  • Collaborating with everyone in an open and constructive way
  • Building out our React web front end and React native mobile applications
  • Ensuring high quality, stability and functionality in changes introduced to the platform
  • Continuously increasing efficiency and quality of the production environment through tooling and experimentation

About you

  • You are a skilled engineer with high standards, passion for quality and a handful of years of experience under your belt
  • You have demonstrable leadership experience
  • You have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • You have experience with mobile first and single page web app design patterns
  • You can troubleshoot issues in production, help determining root causes and proposing the most appropriate solution for the situation
  • You can collaborate with software engineers, product owners and other tech staff members in order to understand the goals, derive/adapt requirements and implement solutions
  • You are comfortable working in an Agile, fast-paced environment
  • You are a problem-solver and embrace the can-do
  • You are a team player
  • You are keen to learn and get comfortable with new technologies
  • You proactively engage on continuous improvement efforts for application support and operation in production


Demonstrable advanced React web or React native experience with intermediate experience in the other.

Strong mobile first mindset

Solid computer science fundamentals: algorithms and data structures

Strong design and analytical skills

Capacity to think holistically and see the bigger picture

Experience with public cloud providers is a plus. AWS is a plus plus

Solid writing and communication skills

Be great, be you, play nice

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