Head of Engineering - Bank Reconciliation & Inventory

  • Xero
  • Wellington, NZ
  • Apr 11, 2024
Engineering Technology

Job Description

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 role

The Head of Engineering (HoE) leads a team of approximately 40-50 engineers, across the Bank Reconciliation and Inventory portfolios. Both areas have critical delivery commitments and can help drive growth across Xero. 

This role works closely with Product and Design to deliver compelling customer outcomes.  Responsible for shaping technical strategy for the portfolio, delivery of our roadmaps, technical operational concerns and people development.


What you'll do

  • You will lead multiple portfolio domains and be responsible for ensuring your teams are aligned to Xero’s product and engineering strategic objectives and priorities.
  • Collaborate with the General Manager (GM) of Engineering (this includes specialist GMs) to proactively manage the risk of delivery and drive consistency in the way we deliver.
  • Ensure your team is aware and aligned with the Xero engineering standards, compliance and best practices ensuring your teams are aligned to Xero’s product and engineering strategic objectives and priorities.
  • Ensure that the performance of your team is actively measured and monitored, with issues identified as quickly as possible and actively managed through to resolution.
  • Working with your engineering leaders to ensure that the right training and support is provided to teams to balance working styles, experience, capability, well being and career aspirations.


What you'll bring with you

  • Experience of managing teams of people in product or technology companies. Ideally experienced being a leader of leaders.
  • Proven ability to navigate areas of conflict in an open, positive and proactive way.
  • Proven ability to plan and implement strategic change, while getting buy-in from stakeholders.
  • Proven ability of thought leadership and true global perspective.
  • Excellent grasp of modern software and engineering practices.

Why Xero
Offering very generous paid leave to use however you’d like (plus statutory holidays!), dedicated paid leave to care for your physical and mental wellbeing as well as an Employee Assistance Program to access mental health care for you and your family, free medical insurance, wellbeing and sports programmes, employee resource groups, 26 weeks of paid parental leave for primary caregivers, an Employee Share Plan, beautiful offices, flexible working, career development, and many other benefits that reflect our human value, you’ll do the best work of your life at Xero.

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.  At Xero we embrace diversity and inclusion and value a #challenge mindset.

Research has shown that women and underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single competency or experience . If you are excited about this role, but your past experience doesn't align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be just the right person for this role and Xero. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application and throughout the interview process.

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