Lead Front End Engineer at Shippit

Technology, Full-time, Sydney sydney engineering full-time
Posted 23 days ago

Shippit is a powerful technology engine that is revolutionising how the world sends anything, to anyone, located anywhere. Logistics infrastructure is a sophisticated beast, and we’re not only improving the experience for everyone involved, we’re impacting the planet in a positive manner. Our deliveries are already 100% Carbon Neutral. While Australian founded, we’re truly global in our approach and have the benefit of being a free moving startup yet with the security of impacting a growing industry that needs some love and attention.

The technology team at Shippit lives and breathes by one core value:  ‘We make good sh*#’. From deploying to new geographies to building next-generation products, and taking the microservices journey, there’s no better time to join a vibrating team already strong of several world-class software engineers.

As a Lead Engineer, you are responsible for leading a squad of 4 to 8 engineers, taking ownership of key product features through all the phases of the software development cycle, working alongside one of our Product Managers.

You’ll have an excellent working knowledge of most aspects of software development, from designing, coding, testing to DevOps, and be proficient in at least two of these domains.

You will be comfortable working side by side with product managers, designers, and other internal teams, taking decisions together in order to quickly deliver valuable working software to Shippit customers.  

You’ll also take an active part in our journey towards micro-services, working alongside our architect and infrastructure leads to deploy our new features outside of our Rails monolith.

To succeed in this role you will be agile and retrospective, and not afraid to identify what we’re doing wrong so we can fix it, and what we're doing right so we can make it even better. 

The Lead Engineer participates in all phases of the software development cycle, including analysis, design, development, debugging, testing, and deployments.


  • T-shaped specialist with a deep expertise in Front End technologies and a solid breadth of knowledge in Back End.
  • Able to build an end to end approach to address complex features and lead a team of developers from conception to shipping, with planning awareness.
  • Understands the technical and business larger picture around their work, seeks clarifications from designers, product managers and is able to negotiate trade-offs and alternative options based on planning and existing code bases constraints.
  • Can build a strategy to build and maintain quality in your area of ownership.
  • Able to assume a first level of people management responsibility, running 1:1’s, provide feedback in the performance management process for junior and senior developers.
  • Participate and contribute to the team's life, attend learning events and propose topics of interest.

  • Usually at least 8 years of experience being a professional programmer in several technical domains with deep knowledge of multiple technologies and a proficiency in React and at least one other area, within Ruby, Javascript/TypeScript/Node.js, Go, Java, Kotlin. 
  • Experience with Cloud-based development and devops practices (AWS, Terraform etc).
  • Ability to mentor and train other developers on the team, including seniors.
  • Experience with Object-Oriented programming.
  • Strong problem-solving capabilities.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Eager to learn from and share knowledge with others
  • Enjoys analyzing complex problems to find simple solutions
  • Excited to work closely with product, design, and users with empathy and kindness

  • Experience with Kafka
  • Experience with microservices
  • Experience with Docker and Kubernetes

  • We’re on a mission that needs the right humans to help make ship happen!

    Our core values haven’t changed since launch, and we adopt and celebrate these values in our day-to-day. We love to push the envelope to break though old norms, make good sh*t taking passion and pride in our work, have a laugh through the good and challenging times and, we are good humans - we have heart and want to improve the world we live in whilst having fun along the way.

    We’re a phenomenal place to work, and we can back that up. Shippit’s been ranked as #8 in Linkedin’s Hottest Startups to work at in 2020. We have a high-performance culture, everyone can make a difference, together we make great ship happen.

    We have an overriding focus on wellness and are committed advocates for mental health awareness and gender pay equality & we’re committed to supporting and nurturing our team with perks like flexible work arrangements, parental leave and so much more!

    “We are a 2021 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to responding to every applicant”