Software Engineering @ Xero (Tech Lead)

  • Xero
  • Melbourne, AU
  • Jun 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.

What's the role?

As a Lead Engineer (aka Tech Lead) at Xero, you will be working as a key part of one of our product teams. It is a hands on, on the tools role and you’ll be the focal point where technical decisions meet strategic thinking. Day to day, you'll support the team by providing guidance and coaching around what great delivery, testing and performance practices look like.

These roles will also enable you to grow into a Principal Engineer or Architecture role, as you demonstrate the ability to influence the organisation around you towards engineering excellence. 

Engineering @ Xero

We're hiring for multiple positions across Xero, with a focus on two key areas: Xero Product, where you will work to continuously improve the features of Xero software; Xero Platform, where you'll build and maintain critical applications and services consumed by teams throughout Xero globally.

We believe that a solid technical foundation and strong growth mindset are the keys to success in Software Engineering. You won’t find a long list of must-have tech requirements below!
While you don’t have to have worked with our tech stack previously, what is important is that you have relevant experience that will help you get started quickly, and you are happy to learn as you go.

Generally, if a team is creating a new code base, it may look like the following:
 • A microservice, written in C# on .NET
 • Utilising a variety of AWS services
 • Running in a Docker container, orchestrated by Kubernetes
 • Accessed by SPA written in React with TypeScript
 • Deployed with an automated CI/CD pipeline
 • Monitored by industry leading monitoring, alerting, tracing, and logging tools

What we look for in a Xero Engineer: 
 • Self-awareness and growth mindset
 • Openness to learning from failure
 • Honesty, transparency and encouraging of feedback
 • Teamwork, collaboration and mentorship
 • Customer and product focus
 • Commitment to supporting an inclusive culture and upholding Xero’s values

Life @ Xero

As an engineer at Xero, you’ll be joining us on our mission to be one of the most sustainably excellent software engineering companies in the world! You’ll have exposure to a variety of complex challenges at a global scale, whether it’s linking payments to different global markets, working on our world-renowned third party ecosystem or delivering solutions to small businesses around the world. 


At Xero you will...

  • Join an inclusive cross-functional team and collaborate with Product, Design and Engineering.
  • Use the latest engineering and software delivery practices, at scale.
  • Support your growth with various training and development resources, including the opportunity to become AWS certified.
  • Get involved with the Xero Mentorship Program, our many communities of practice and Employee Resource Groups such as Rainbow X, Parents @ Xero, Neurodiversity @ Xero and many more.

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.