Development Team Lead

Melbourne, AU /
Product – Development /
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.

Your role can be summarised by ‘you do what is needed for the team to succeed’. You will be responsible for supporting your reports to become awesome Xeros. You’ll work with the Product Owner, Designers, BAs and Agile Team Facilitator in the team to make sure that your team has a set of clear goals and responsibilities, and that any blockers for delivery are cleared in a timely fashion. You’ll also work alongside your Development Manager and fellow Team Leads to drive cross-pod initiatives to enable the success of the group as a whole. Although you won't have any hands on coding responsibilities, you will provide the team technical coaching and mentoring drawing on your background in Software Engineering.

About The Role

    • Drive a culture of engagement and improvement, making sure the team understands how they help our customers and our business achieve great outcomes.
    • Make sure your team understands and adheres to modern engineering practice in line with organisation objectives.
    • Build and maintain a positive and constructive relationship with the product owner and others  to ensure the delivery pipeline is flowing at a predictable and sustainable pace, raising and addressing blockers as appropriate.
    • Ensure the health of your team is monitored, that all members of your team are empowered to raise ideas and concerns, and that everyone contributes to improvements in how the team works together
    • Meet regularly with your reports, drive each of your people to become the most high performing version of themselves they can be, using a variety of techniques which may include performance feedback, career development, coaching and mentoring.
    • Spend a proportion of your time on people-focused tasks, including recruitment,  leave and expense approvals and management.
    • As needed, review and manage performance, remuneration and facilitate any remedial actions.
    • In addition to the people-focused tasks above, you will also continue to contribute to your team’s goal of delivering robust, high quality software, including, but not limited to;
    • -contribute to analysis, design, specifications and/or user stories
    • identify and resolve issues raised throughout the development cycle
    • champion and perform development and/or test activities (manual and/or automation) during all parts of a project from planning through to releasing to production, in alignment with guidelines and standards

About You

    • You will be an excellent people manager who has worked in a similar Development Team Leader role. You will be an expert in the Agile Methodology with significant experience of delivering projects using the Agile delivery process.
    • You will have a software engineering background with the ability to coach and mentor the team on software engineering fundamentals
    • You will have a passion for helping people fulfil their potential, provide mentorship and have the ability and willingness to impart knowledge and guidance to your team members through excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.
    • Passion for helping people fulfill their potential
    • Coaching and mentorship
    • Prior leadership experience preferred
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.