Software Engineer at Xero

| Greater Denver Area
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Our Purpose
Small business makes the world go 'round – it's the heart of the global economy. At Xero we want millions of small businesses to thrive through beautiful software, advice and connections. We aim to make being a small business more efficient and profitable, and more enjoyable too.

How you'll make an impact

Based in Denver, you will be part of the Backups team, a cross-functional agile infrastructure development team. Our goal is to create a platform solution in AWS for Xero product engineering teams in a highly automated fashion. You will write API-first software to deploy, monitor, and maintain Xero's core platform.

You'll be able to work in collaboration with your team and other Xero's to help create and deliver beautiful software to our customers, faster. You'll regard engineering teams as your customers, and test, measure and learn how best to provide them value.

You'll maintain the standard for engineering excellence at Xero and support your team members in building collaborative products together. You'll contribute to our cross functional environment working towards the same objectives, using modern techniques.

You'll help build and manage software that solves engineering problems at scale. You will be enabled to seek clarity with technical complexities and be able to demonstrate smart ways to simplify. You'll be able to make data driven based decisions that will release value early to solve Xero customers' problems more effectively.

What you'll do

  • Be customer-focused; develop robust, high quality work based on informed technical decisions to reduce barriers for customers.
  • Be kind; embrace our culture where we encourage diversity in a psychologically safe workplace. Voice your own opinion while considering the opinions of others.
  • Be engaged; actively contribute to your team activities, initiatives and technological challenges, while working towards your product roadmaps. Maintain processes and monitoring to drive incremental improvement.
  • Be collaborative; work with the team and others to achieve a good outcome using a working style that suits the problem at hand. Take operational responsibility for services, which may include 24x7 on call rotation.
  • Be coached; proactively work with your manager on your personal and career development, highlighting any training/development needs and following through with actions agreed.

Success looks like

  • Contribute to roadmap and aligning with the agreed vision
  • Take ownership of personal/career development
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully giving and receiving feedback 
  • Display empathy and inclusion in interactions with others
  • Meeting agreed Service Level Objectives for operational performance
  • Ensure continued improvement in ways of working for efficient delivery 
  • Provide support and guidance to teams that use our platform services
  • Play an active role within the Communities of Practice in Xero
  • Hands-on experience automating infrastructure in a cloud environment, preferably AWS
  • A strong desire to automate testing processes, build software tools, and create infrastructure-as-code solutions in a DevOps environment
  • Practical experience with infrastructure-as-code (with tools like Powershell, Golang, Cloudformation, Terraform, Ansible, Chef, etc.)
  • Experience with an object-oriented programming language (like Python, C#, Java, etc.)
  • Understanding of REST APIs
  • Familiarity with agile software development methodology and tooling, including continuous integration and continuous delivery
  • Exceptional troubleshooting and analytical abilities 

What you'll bring with you

Critical competencies

  • Living the vision & values: Keeps Xero's vision and values at the forefront of decision-making, actions, communication and behaviors.
  • Delivery: Has track record of innovating and delivering technology in a team and solving customer's problems through software.
  • Growth mind-set: Understands that competency is not fixed but is enhanced through dedication and hard work.
  • Self-awareness: Has an awareness of EQ and is capable of recognizing one's own emotions and of those around you.
  • Balance: Maintains a healthy personal/work-life harmony. Considers the wide range of learning and social opportunities at Xero against the needs of the team.
  • Great communication skills: Speak and write clearly, succinctly and articulately without relying on jargon.
  • Relationship building: Successfully builds trust and credibility with stakeholders and team. 


  • 2+ years experience in delivering code to production in a commercial environment.
  • Proven ability to work with others and navigate areas of conflict in an open, positive and proactive way.
  • Experience with modern product and engineering principles and practices.


What we offer

The opportunity to be part of a growing global success story; a fun, fast-paced work environment and a relaxed, supportive team which encourages personal growth; competitive salary, shares in the company; generous 4-weeks of PTO, 5 wellness days, standard holidays and office closure between Christmas and New Year's; flexible work arrangements and a plush new office environment in downtown Denver.

If you are ready to take on a new challenge in a fast-paced organization where the sky's the limit we want to hear from you.

This position description is intended merely as a guideline of the responsibilities involved in the position. The employee is expected to perform any other duties as reasonably required by their Manager.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • SalesforceCRM


Just a quick walk from Union Station, our US HQ is located in the heart of Denver's LoHi neighborhood surrounded by local shops and restaurants.

An Insider's view of Xero

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Getting things done for our customers is always top of mind, but Xero understands that starts from taking great care of ourselves as well. Having the ability to work from home when needed, wellness days, and events like office walks and 10 minute massages show that life (and living it!) helps us contribute and innovate better at work.


Product Owner

What projects are you most excited about?

Right now, I'm most excited to work on our Denver Roadshow. I've worked with our Colorado Account Manager to connect with Colorado's leading accounting and bookkeeping firms and drive attendance to this event right here in Denver. Our goal is to build up our network and educate the community on all Xero has to offer!


Account Manager

What makes someone successful on your team?

We look for people that are driven by purpose, who understand their role in the larger organization and make great things happen. Dependability is one of the highest traits of successful people within the Customer Experience organization. Trusting that your teammates can & will get things done is the first step to developing effective collaboration


Director, Customer Experience- Americas

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Our team is responsible for ensuring every Xero has a voice and an opportunity to influence: upward, downward and horizontally. There are very few constraints for people who have bright ideas, the right values, and the passion to make things better. Every Xero has access to leadership and opportunities to impact strategy in very direct ways.


Talent Experience Manager

What are Xero Perks + Benefits

Xero Benefits Overview

Xero offers a variety of benefits aimed at helping our employees maintain their physical, financial and mental wellbeing, allowing them to bring their best selves to work each day

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Xero allows employees to set aside pre-tax dollars for medical and dependent care expenses. $2,650 annual limit for healthcare FSA
Disability Insurance
Xero's long and short term disability plans provide income protection at 60% of annual base salary
Dental Benefits
Cigna dental PPO plan
Vision Benefits
VSP vision plan
Health Insurance Benefits
Xero offers a variety of health plans including Cigna HSA, Cigna PPO, and Kaiser HMO for Colorado and California employees
Life Insurance
Provided to Xero employees at no cost. Coverage for each employee of 2x annual base salary up to $500,000
Wellness Programs
Xero will fund up to $300 annually in employee health reimbursement account to be used toward a health improvement activity including gym membership, mental, physical or financial health
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Xero will match 100% on the first 3% contributions plus 50% match on next 2% of contributions
Company Equity
All Xero employees are granted Restricted Stock Units at a certain percentage of their base salary which vests over a 3 year period
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Eight weeks paid leave for primary caregiver. Two weeks of paid leave for secondary caregiver
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Xero offers 21 days of paid time off, 5 wellness days, as well as 11 paid holidays per calendar year. We also participate in a company wide shut down between Christmas and New Years Day
Paid Volunteer Time
Xero encourages employees to give back to our communities by providing 8 hours of paid volunteer time per year
Paid Holidays
11 paid holidays per calendar year
Paid Sick Days
Each employee is granted 5 wellness days per year in addition to our generous PTO
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
You'll typically catch our employees rocking jeans and a Xero t-shirt!
Commuter Benefits
Set aside pre and/or post tax dollars for commute related transit, parking and bike expenses
Company Outings
Annual holiday party, as well as a summer celebration!
Game Room
Video games and ping pong table in lounge
Stocked Kitchen
You find a variety of fruit, chips, nuts, snack bars, sodas and iced tea in the Xero kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Breakfast each Tuesday and lunch every Thursday from a variety of local vendors
Happy Hours
Happy hour starts every Friday at 4!
Fitness Subsidies
Our monthly health reimbursement plan can be used towards your fitness membership or a variety of other health related wellness programs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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