Head of Software Engineering


Salary:

$200,000.00 - $300,000.00 / annum

Location:

Sydney

Date posted:

30 July 2019

Job reference:

ESIP200


Description







Robert Half Executive Search has been exclusively retained to identify a Head of Software Engineering for an exciting disruptive Sydney-based tech firm. If you are interested in working for a market-leading start-up which is about to embark on its next stage of evolution this will be an exciting opportunity to partner with a dynamic CEO. You will be instrumental in defining the strategy and executing on delivering this technology to market.



The Company


Established almost 10 years ago and with a sound business model, this successful Tech firm is well regarded as a disruptor in its industry and counts many successful Silicon Valley and Australia-based entrepreneurs and venture capital funds among its investors.


This is an exciting time to join this entrepreneurial and vibrant business that has enjoyed strong YoY growth since its inception, with revenues increasing by 53% in the last year alone. With current operations spanning 4 countries in APAC, this company has moved from the classic 'start-up' phase and is now focussing on the commercialization of the business. As such, the firm is now looking to hire an experienced VP/ Head of Engineering to join the senior leadership team at this exciting juncture in their evolution.


In this newly created position, you will be instrumental to the success of the business by driving an agile and creative engineering culture and balancing high quality outputs at pace with building and inspiring a high-performing team.


The firm's current tech stack: platform - Magento, programming language - PHP, database - AWS Aurora (MySQL), infrastructure - AWS, containerisation - Docker.


The firm has recently adopted Node for several services and for their new digital platforms, currently in the early stages of development, the team are tentatively selecting Python as the programming language with Django written in Python as the framework and ReactJS for the front-end.



The Role



As the first Head of Engineering, the successful candidate will be tasked with developing and delivering a strategic technological vision encompassing software, infrastructure and architecture to meet the needs of the firm's customer base. Priorities of the role include analysing, designing, developing and supporting all software application systems as well as developing new products and ensuring the scalability of all existing technologies employed.



With a mandate to build a world-class engineering team the Head of Software Engineering will provide leadership, management and technical vision to the team and will promote, document, and implement systems infrastructure best practices, building tools that allow the department to develop and deploy an impeccable platform.


Working alongside the founders and partnering closely with both the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Product Officer, this role will form the strategic roadmaps and develop the future tech stack while also establishing data-oriented approaches for the collection and utilisation of customer data to optimise the user experience.


Your Profile


The successful candidate will possess an active and enquiring mind and will have established a presence in the development/tech community likely in the form of delivering talks, writing blogs, contributing to GitHub and Stack Overflow or running events.


A proven leader with between 5 and 10 years' experience gained from within an agile development environment, the ideal candidate will have made a significant contribution to an eCommerce business, disruptive/high growth start-up or established software firm. Alternatively, prior exposure to online streaming, emergent technologies, the sharing economy or other organisations experiencing rapid growth are also of great interest.


With demonstrable experience in DevOps and successfully scaling consumer-facing digital online platforms, the successful candidate will be either a Head of Engineering (or similar) presently or an aspirational 2IC ready to take the next step.


The ability to identify and implement technology trends that will be able to support the continued growth of the business will be essential to success in this role.


A strategic yet hands-on approach, attention to excellence in operational execution and the ability to hire, inspire and motivate a passionate and high-performing Engineering team will ensure this individual thrives and excels in this business.


Personal Attributes Sought


§ Customer-connected, objective and measured approach with an ability to work in a high-pressure environment with a young management team


§ Driven, proactive and solutions-oriented with an analytical mindset and the ability to deal with ambiguity


§ Logical and considered decision-making skills, combined with the ability to think strategically


§ Strong communication skills and a focus on collaboration



What's on offer…


A flexible work culture, brand new office space, fun teammates and of course a lucrative salary package with equity!



PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY APPLICANTS WITH FULL WORKING RIGHTS IN AUSTRALIA WILL BE CONSIDERED.



Requirements
eCommerce, agile, CI/CD, auto-scaling, AWS, cloud, DevOps, microservices, Python, PHP, Magento


Sydney

Level 24
1 Martin Place
Sydney NSW 2000
au
02 9241 6255
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