Product Owner (Platform Engineering)

Last updated 29 days ago
Location:Wellington
Job Type:Full Time

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.

We are looking for an experienced Product Owner to join our Platform Engineering team, part of the wider Technology group based in Wellington.

About the team:

Xero’s Platform Engineering group is responsible for building and maintaining critical applications and services consumed throughout Xero globally. We write and maintain services central to keeping Xero online and scaling to millions of customers.

We pride ourselves on our emphasis on software performance and scalability, our desire to innovate and improve the way we work.


What’s the role?

This role will look to continually improve and drive value within the User and Application Security portfolio of products that are part of Platform Engineering. This portfolio is a constantly evolving area that has a vitally important role to play in the future growth of Xero.

What you'll bring with you:

  • A degree of technical experience in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven experience championing strategic priorities and helping others relate to and align with them.
  • Ideally, proven Product Ownership experience — with a toolbox of modern product discovery practices to draw upon.
  • Ideally, proven experience using a range of metrics to monitor the success and health of products and services.
  • Proven experience of making evidence-based decisions.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills. Proven experience building meaningful, collaborative relationships across all levels of the business.
  • Ideally, proven experience advocating for/evangelising a product or service with customers and stakeholders.
  • Proven experience leading a team through influencing and persuasion.
  • Ideally, proven experience working with innovative software development projects at scale
  • Great communication skills.
  • Above all, a growth mindset & a positive can do attitude.
  • What does success look like?

  • You have a clear understanding of Xero’s strategic priorities and how your products and services align to it. You have articulated a compelling product vision. The pod knows what’s important, how they are contributing, and why what they’re doing matters.
  • Product, design and engineering are considered side-by-side: They are all involved in product discovery.
  • You and the pod actively seek out metrics to validate a hypothesis and measure results. You enable the pod to instrument their work so they immediately understand how their products are being used and ultimately whether customer and business value is being created.
  • You have built healthy relationships with your stakeholders. Key stakeholders are involved in product discovery activities.
  • You and the pod have built a compelling portfolio of products and services that your customers love to use.
  • Why you should become a Xero

    It’s a diverse and inclusive environment, with people who will respect, challenge, support and mentor you to do the best work of your life. We’re a place where innovation and change are not only encouraged but also celebrated. We value our people and want them to enjoy and take pride in their work.

    We’re very supportive of flexible working arrangements and offer a competitive remuneration package including shares and life insurance, in addition to your base salary. We have a culture we’re proud of. Whether you're after a workplace with a social vibe, or a workplace which understands your family is priority - Xero is all of that and more.

    Xero is an NZ Immigration Accredited Employer and Rainbow Tick certified too.

    Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position.