Architect - Catalyst Engineering

  • Xero
  • Melbourne, AU
  • May 17, 2024

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 Team
Xero’s ‘Catalyst Engineering’ portfolio is our platform engineering and developer enablement function, responsible for powering Xero’s engineers and our Partner Ecosystem with the platforms and toolchains to rapidly build innovative, robust and secure products that meet the needs of Xero’s customers.  The team are at the forefront of technology adoption for Xero and include some of the best and brightest technology talent in the locations where we operate.

About the Role
We are looking for an Architect to be responsible for the developer enablement arm of Catalyst Engineering.  In this role you will work closely with Product and Engineering leaders to define strategic roadmaps for our engineering enablement capabilities, ensuring that they are fit for purpose for the rapidly changing needs of the engineers that they support.   You will work with product architects and engineers to drive the adoption of our capabilities.   Internal to the team you will bring the leadership, customer obsession and technical depth required to build strong working relationships with your product and engineering counterparts.  

We’re looking for people who have many of the below skills in their toolbox.  If you don’t tick every box right now but believe you can grow into the role, we’d love to speak to you


What you’ll bring with you

  • You’ve worked as an Architect or Principal Engineer in a Cloud Platform Engineering function and ideally a Developer Enablement function.
  • You’ve built developer tooling that streamlines the continuous delivery of cloud-based software and might have implemented an internal developer portal
  • You understand API management and Event-based integration and might have worked on them
  • You can translate between high-level business strategy to an actionable roadmap for your area of responsibility
  • You know AWS well along with one of GCP or Azure.
  • You have a software engineering background and are willingness to dive into technical detail when it matters
  • You are aware of domain-driven design and how it is applied in the integration of complex data driven, customer-facing systems.
  • You’ve worked in fast-moving agile environments.
  • You understand the information security, risk management, data privacy and compliance considerations in the software development lifecycle
  • You have great listening, problem-solving, communication and coaching skills
Most importantly, you have a desire to learn and grow yourself and others.

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, health insurance, life insurance, and income protection, 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. We are a member of Pride in Diversity, in recognition of our inclusive workplace. Our goal is to make sure you feel welcome and supported to do the best work of your life. 

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.