Principal Engineer

Melbourne, AU /
Technology – Engineering & Architecture /
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 

The goal for the Engineering & Architecture Practice team is to build the World Class Engineering culture at Xero. The team is focusing on: providing tools, practices, patterns and frameworks to reduce the cognitive load on our Engineers. We develop the standards and guidelines which clarify the expectations of our engineering teams, and  help grow and enable the capabilities of our Engineers.  

About You

As the Principal Engineer you will develop a strategy for supporting and educating our teams in best practice and tools. You'll set the standard for engineering excellence at Xero and educate teams in what those standards are, how to recognise them and how to reach them.   

What you'll do:

    • Shape what the future of quality practices looks like at Xero
    • Technical coaching and mentoring of software engineers
    • Form and lead a community of quality coaches/Engineers
    • #champion and drive engineering principles and practices
    • Work with the General Managers of Engineering to build and maintain quality standards and provide them with assistance to ensure technical/testing standards are being met

What you'll bring with you:

    • Extensive experience coding in production
    • Proven experience in operating at a senior technical level
    • A Bachelor of Computer Science, or similar
    • Extensive experience working with software development projects at scale
    • Previous experience identifying and implementing process improvement
    • A track record of innovating and delivering technology at scale.
    • A track record of solving customers' problems through software.
    • Excellent communication skills
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.