Principal Engineer, Engineering Practice at Waddle

Engineering, Permanent, Melbourne, AU melbourne engineering full-time
Posted 4 months 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.

About the team

The Engineering Practice team works across the business to lead efforts to improve engineering practices and culture, and to help Xero to reach its audacious goals of being a world-class engineering powerhouse and opening up our product to global markets.

About the role

As a Principal Engineer, you will help create and define our engineering standards at Xero as well as lead initiatives to grow the technical capabilities of engineers and evolve the technical architecture of our software across all of Xero.

You’ll create and collaborate on technical strategies with engineering leadership to allow Xero to achieve its strategic goals and vision. You’ll work across multiple product groups and portfolios, working closely with architecture, design, product and engineering to ensure the technical roadmap and architectural direction is aligned.

You’ll understand the Xero product vision & strategy and work with product and engineering leadership to ensure technical decisions and implementations are aligned with strategic goals. You’ll lead the growth of our cross functional environment, contributing to the technical roadmap and architectural direction across the product group and wider if necessary.

What you’ll do:

  • You’ll guide engineering practices of teams, helping them achieve product goals via world-class engineering techniques.
  • Advocate for the adoption of new technology and tooling to support product requirements.
  • Promote the quality engineering strategy and standards for Xero, and support teams in evolving their practices and skills to be able to rapidly deliver quality products.
  • Be involved with the creation and promotion of Xero wide as well as portfolio level standards and frameworks.
  • Proactively maintain, grow and share knowledge of development technologies used in the development of Xero’s software applications.
  • Be a proactive champion of agile and delivery practices who coaches and develops others in this space in order to ensure a consistent approach to ways of working. Working with the engineering leaders and agile practitioners to identify technical solutions that can help improve the product group processes.
  • What you’ll bring with you:

  • Ability to regularly review delivery and production metrics to identify areas of improvement for product groups.
  • Experience in developing techniques to quantify the cost of technical debt and when to pay it down.
  • Ability to advocate for and help design automated processes and tooling that ensures product teams delivery are correct, secure, and safe to deploy.
  • Extensive technical leadership experience on cloud-native platforms.
  • A collaborative approach to responding to complex and ambiguous problems
  • Strong communication skills and successful stakeholder management from numerous and/or divided perspectives across all levels of the organisation
  • Experience in coaching and mentoring engineers across multiple disciplines.

  • Why Xero?

    At Xero we support many types of flexible working arrangements that allow you to balance your work, your life and your passions. We offer a great remuneration package including shares plus a range of leave options to suit your well-being. Our work environment encourages continuous improvement and career development and you’ll get to work with the latest technology.  

    Our collaborative and inclusive culture is one we’re immensely proud of. We know that a diverse workforce is a strength that enables businesses, including ours, to better understand and serve customers, attract top talent and innovate successfully. We are a member of Pride in Diversity, in recognition of our inclusive workplace. So, from the moment you step through our doors, you’ll feel welcome and supported to do the best work of your life.