Development Team Lead

Last updated 16 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.

About this role

Due to ongoing growth in our Product teams in Wellington, we have 3 roles open. We are looking for enthusiastic and experienced People Leaders, who have excellent coaching, mentoring, and performance management experience. It’s also very important that you know the challenges your people face, so you will need to have previous experience working in a software development environment.

You will be managing engineers across a number of pods, and you will be responsible for supporting your direct reports in becoming awesome Xero’s, empowering them to hone their engineering skills and grow as individuals. You will also work alongside other People, Product, and Engineering leaders to foster the growth of a world-class engineering culture in your wider Product area.

You’ll maintain an environment in which your pods can do their best work predictably and sustainably. You’ll make sure the pods have all the information they need, and the right feedback loops in place, to discover and deliver valuable, usable, and buildable outcomes. You’ll help your pods learn and improve, making local discoveries global. You’ll look after the health of your pods and their products, aiming for resilience.

Success looks like

  • Your pods build products that customers love and which achieve the intended business outcomes
  • Your pods are highly engaged - everyone has a strong sense of purpose and feel they’re contributing to making a positive difference
  • You and your pods maintain a predictable and sustainable delivery pace, reflect on practices and delivery, and constantly try to make improvements
  • Your reports grow in their responsibilities, capabilities, and contribution to their team and wider in the organisation
  • What you’ll bring with you

  • Excellent people leadership and management experience
  • Understanding of modern software and product delivery practices
  • Experience with agile practices and environments and an excellent grasp of modern software development practices and lifecycle
  • Excellent coaching and facilitation experience
  • Proven ability to navigate areas of conflict in an open, positive and proactive way
  • High EQ - you are self aware, self regulated, motivated and empathetic, with great interpersonal skills
  • A growth mindset - you understand that competency is not fixed but is enhanced through dedication and hard work
  • Why work at Xero?

    Working at Xero will provide you with a diverse and inclusive environment alongside people who will respect, challenge, support and mentor you. Who says you can't have fun while you do the best work of your life?

    We see the value in work-life balance, many of us take full advantage of our flexible working arrangements, so whether you like to get a surf in before work, like to head home in time to pick up the kids or you just like working from the comfort of your own home now and then, we want to support you.

    We trust you to build your career to the best of your ability and we will support your hunger to learn with training and career mentorship, to help you flourish. Our facilities and PX teams work hard to give us great workspaces with all the tech company perks so join us and experience our awesome culture!

    Xero will be closed for our annual end of year shutdown between Friday, 25th of December 2020 - Sunday 17th of January 2021. We will follow up on your application as soon as possible upon our return.

    We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding and wish you a safe and happy New Year.

    Take care, The Xero Talent team.


    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.