Senior Architect - Catalyst Engineering

  • Xero
  • Auckland, NZ
  • 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 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 a Senior Architect to guide the evolution of our Cloud Platforms.  Working closely with Product Managers and Engineering leaders you'll shape the technical capabilities of our platforms and toolchains in step with the products that they support and guide teams in their adoption journeys. Internal to the team you will bring the leadership, customer obsession and technical depth required to build productive 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 a Senior Architect in a platform engineering environment
  • You’ve guided at least one large organisation’s cloud journey from idea to a mature, scalable, business-critical offering running large numbers of workloads across a breadth of services
  • You know AWS and one of GCP or Azure really well and have created poly/multi-cloud environments across them
  • You understand synchronous and asynchronous integration of complex data driven systems using APIs and events
  • You can translate between high-level business strategy to an actionable platform roadmap
  • You have a working knowledge of agile software development methodologies.
  • You understand how to address information security, risk management, data privacy and compliance in the cloud
  • You enjoy mentoring and up-skilling other architects and engineers 
  • You have great listening, problem-solving, communication, negotiation and coaching skills
Most of all, 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.