Senior Engineer

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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 the Role

Scalability is essential for our success and we need a passionate, experienced Senior Software Developer to work on our document management automation platform which processes millions of documents each month. Working in small scrum teams you will contribute to the technical leadership of the team through influence, leveraging your expertise and acting as a technical mentor in order to drive improvements and ensure we deliver exceptional software to our users.

Part of delivering robust and scalable services involves thinking about how to deploy and monitor them, you will help to create service health metrics, infrastructure code and provisioning tools.

You will be product and customer focused, working closely with other functions including sales, support and marketing. You will contribute to the technical leadership through your expertise and help influence process improvements, workflow and provide technical mentorship and coaching to other members of the team.

Required Skills

  • 5+ years of experience designing and delivering scalable web applications and distributed systems
  • 5+ years working with relational databases and SQL. You understand how to create and normalize schemas, write and optimize queries and have a working understanding of concepts such as indexing, replication, and views
  • 5+ years of hands on experience with the following: C#/.NET or Java/Spring (or equivalent).
  • Demonstrated experience constructing and maintaining comprehensive automated testing suites - unit / integration / end-to-end / smoke tests, etc 
  • Hands-on experience working in message driven systems with RabbitMQ, Apache Kafka, ActiveMQ or others
  • Experience working within one or more of the Agile methodologies

Nice to haves

  • Cloud infrastructure provisioning, deployment and management on AWS or Azure using tools such as Chef, Puppet, Terraform and Ansible
  • Automated build and deployments via CI/CD with TeamCity, Jenkins, GitHub Actions, Octopus Deploy or similar 
  • Monitoring and alerting with Datadog, New Relic or the ELK stack

Why Xero?

Diversity of people brings diversity of thought, and we like that. Our human-first culture of respect, fairness, and inclusion is what helps Xeros thrive and work and beyond, and that includes our candidates. Research has shown that women and underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single competency or experience, but you could be just the right person for this role. If you are excited about working at Xero, but your past experience doesn't align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway.

Offering very generous paid leave to use however you’d like (plus statutory holidays!), dedicated paid leave to care for your physical and mental wellbeing as well as an Employee Assistance Program to access mental health care for you and your family, health insurance and dental reimbursement with vision allowances, a healthcare spending account, fertility and family forming financial support, wellbeing and sports programmes, employee resource groups, 26 weeks of parental leave for primary caregivers, an Employee Share Plan, beautiful offices with shared meals, flexible working, career development, and many other benefits that reflect our human value, you’ll do the best work of your life at Xero.

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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

Volunteer in local community
Xero employees are given a day off each year to volunteer in their communities.
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Remote work program
Typically, we work from home as needed. During COVID, all employees are working remotely and have access to stipends to access the equipment they need to be successful.
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Highly diverse management team
42% of Xero's leadership team is female, while our Board of Directors maintains an equal gender balance. Xero was included in Bloomberg's 2020 Gender Equality Index report.
Mandated unconscious bias training
All Xero employees will complete online unconscious bias training during on-boarding
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
The talent and leadership teams at Xero are committed to building diverse talent pipelines that reflect the communities we serve.
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 insurance
Cigna dental PPO plan
Vision insurance
VSP vision plan
Health insurance
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
Mental health benefits
Concern EAP benefits for all employees
Financial & Retirement
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
26 weeks paid parental leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Xero offers 21 days of paid time off, 10 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 10 wellness days per year in addition to our generous PTO
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Set aside pre and/or post tax dollars for commute related transit, parking and bike expenses
Company-sponsored outings
Annual holiday party, as well as a summer celebration!
Free snacks and drinks
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
Company-sponsored happy hours
Happy hour starts every Friday at 4!
Fitness stipend
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
Teams have budget set aside each year to support growth and up-skilling
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Xero leadership consistently reviews benefits to ensure they are competitive and allow our people to bring their full selves to work each day.

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