Principal Engineer - Mobile

Last updated 1 hours ago
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.

The business products team are on a mission to make all aspects of running a small business beyond accounting a beautiful experience. Our product portfolio spans Payroll, Adjacent Products, and Packaging product groups. This role will initially focus on a greenfield mobile-first product to catering for an unserved need of our customers. We are searching for a technology leader with deep knowledge and experience of modern mobile application development in a digital product environment.

Xero's technology vision is to "be one of the most sustainably excellent software engineering companies in the world."The Principal Engineer is a pivotal role in achieving this vision. Working across multiple teams, you will use your superior technical acumen and leadership skills to drive software delivery performance and support our engineering teams to thrive in a continuous improvement culture.

About the team

The wider business products team consists of many cross functional product teams focusing on specific needs of our small business customers. The new product team has a number of smaller ‘pods’ working to continually deliver incremental changes to our product.

About the role

Every day in this role will bring different challenges, but the key areas of your job is to champion engineering practices that will help the delivery team to build quality software and deliver customer value.


Collaborate with Team Leads, senior developers and quality engineers to define technical practices for the pod
Establish strong relationships with supporting disciplines such as architecture, security, infrastructure and quality across Xero
Work closely with pods, coaching/mentoring engineers to make better technical decisions


Define ways to measure the maturity of the teams engineering practices.
Seek out, quantify, and collaborate on cross-cutting obstacles that hinder development teams' ability to deliver
Work with Product Management and Product Architecture to understand solution feasibility and produce high level estimations
Advocate for metrics collection and informed decision making


Support implementing new tooling and processes to improve cross-team performance
Research and explore new technology to solve current and future problems
Stay connected with the Xero engineering community to ensure we remain connected to Xero’s engineering vision
Support the Engineering Manager and Team Leads in recruiting, interviewing and onboarding new team members

About you

  • You will love enabling teams to do their best work and achieve great outcomes for our customers
  • You will be an expert in your field with a passion for excellent engineering and data driven decision making
  • You rise to the challenge and rely on your influencing skills to solve broad problems to make an impact at scale
  • What you'll bring with you

  • Deep Mobile Application development experience with modern native mobile technology e.g. Swift and/or Kotlin
  • General mobile application development experience with teams continually delivering commercial products
  • Experience optimising engineering infrastructure with product development teams (ideally SaaS product development)
  • Proven experience in technical leadership on large projects
  • Experience with cloud native technologies across compute, data, eventing and observability.
  • Experience delivery planning across multiple work streams
  • Designing and operating CI/CD pipelines including compliance as code approaches to security, standards and code metrics
  • Solid experience working in Agile teams, specifically facilitating technical discovery & design sessions
  • Awareness of software governance across security, privacy, reliability and cost.
  • Understanding of technical risk and mitigation strategies
  • You’ll be an excellent communicator, comfortable presenting and defending ideas in a diverse environment
  • 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.