Platform Engineering Lead


We work 4.5 day weeks - every Friday afternoon is off!

Posted 1 month ago

Only considering candidates eligible to work in Auckland, New Zealand ⚠️

About Auror

At Auror, we’re empowering the retail industry to stop theft and Organised Retail Crime, a $150 Billion problem globally. It’s high volume crime that’s increasingly organised in nature and is putting people, retailers, and communities at risk every day.

Founded in New Zealand 12 years ago, we’re working with some of the best and largest retailers in the world across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

Auror is connecting people and intelligence to reduce crime. We’re using technology for good and prioritize privacy by design principles. In partnership with our leading retail partners, we need people with the passion, determination, and innovation required to overcome one of the world's largest problems. If you’re looking to make a difference with and for the people dedicated to stopping crime, for good, then we want you on our team.

About Auror Engineering

Collaboration is at the heart of the Engineering team at Auror. We believe that we can only build the very best software by working with each other, and seeking different perspectives to solve problems. In terms of what we value:

  • Impactful Work: We focus on solving problems that make a real-world impact by asking lots of questions
  • Continuous Improvement: We're always looking for ways to enhance our product and technology.
  • Quality Mindset: We take responsibility for the quality of our software, consulting with fellow engineers and supporting teams.
  • Collaboration: We work closely with the wider Product team (Product Design, Product Management, Quality Engineering) to scope out the best solutions and help each other through great feedback on PR reviews.

We solve problems that make a real-world impact, and we take engineering seriously. We’re a team that:

  • Ship code to production in regular cadence: We do this with a minimal defect rate, prioritising short feedback cycles over project plans and deadlines.
  • Work on cloud native architecture: We focus on delivering business value to customers, without the burden of maintaining complex infrastructure
  • Work on innovative and up to date tech stacks: Our tech stacks include: React SPA with MobX and Typescript over a C# dotnet core backends-for-frontends WebAPI, hosted in Azure. In Azure we use App Services, SQL, Functions, Storage, Event Grid and Search.
  • Contribute to our product: We work with Product Management and Design from the very beginning to make sure we’re delivering value to our customers and making a meaningful impact.
  • Supports a coaching culture: Together, we support one another to level up
  • Continuously improve: We are relentless about getting better and improving our processes, tooling and tech stack.

About our team

This is our epic Product team where you’ll work with a collaborative, fun and diverse bunch of people.

To learn more about the team you’ll be joining, check out the video on Innovation Week 2024 on our careers page

You can also read up up on our blogs and what life is like at Auror:

As a Platform Engineering lead your role will require leading a mixed team of Site Reliability and Software Engineers. Our philosophy is that every leader should have time to get their hands dirty so we limit team size. You will bring the following:

  • Strong expertise in: Azure or cloud-native architecture is preferable, thought not required.
  • Team leadership: Passion for building a healthy, outcome-focused engineering team.
  • People management: solid experience managing fellow engineers in Site Reliability or Software Engineer roles, including setting goals and having performance conversations, and ability to align challenges with growth opportunities for team members.
  • Design to automate: experience with CI/CD tooling such as GitHub and Octopus, and a track record of building out and streamlining build and deployment processes in a cloud-native SaaS software system.
  • Collaborative working style: You appreciate working in an agile environment. You’ll be able to work with engineers of all skill levels and to coach and mentor your teammates.
  • Strong communication skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail, and an ability to discuss technical problems and solutions with both technical and non-technical people.
  • Big picture thinking: The ability to think holistically about the impact of your work and your decisions on the whole business, not just the engineering team.
  • Prioritization: Ability to break large pieces of work into small, shippable units of value, collaborating to come up with simple, evolvable architectures that prioritise learning over perfection.
  • Care for the Product lifecycle as a whole: An interest in scalability, usability, security, cloud platforms, privacy & ethics, and/or our industry: loss prevention / safer communities / crime prevention.

We are looking for people who demonstrate a strong alignment to our Guiding Principles (you can find these on our Careers page).

Auror is committed to providing an inclusive and accessible application process to all candidates and we are actively working to improve diversity within the tech industry. We celebrate diversity and inclusiveness at Auror, regardless of (but not limited to) race, gender, sexual orientation, family status, religion, ethnicity, national origin, physical disability, veteran status, or age.

If you need adjustments to any part of our recruitment process because of accessibility reasons, please do not hesitate to let us know during the application process. We will work with you to identify adjustments that will allow you to perform at your best.

  • Competitive salary range: This will depend on the level of experience. We have scoped this role as an PL4 with a hiring salary range of $157,000 - $195,000.
  • Employee share scheme: You’ll own part of a company making a real difference!
  • Flexibility: We are hard-working and outcome focused, but recognise there is more to life than work. We promote a healthy work/life blend.
  • Shorter work weeks (at full pay): Everyone gets Friday afternoons off, so you can start your weekend early, and do more of whatever it is that makes you happy.
  • Focus on mental and physical health: We understand how vital our health is and have policies to support your wellness, including: Wellness Days,  and up to three expert sessions paid for every year.
  • Health Care Plan: In partnership with nib, Auror covers 100% of the cost of your individual health insurance plan.
  • Family-friendly: We offer comprehensive parental leave and benefits for primary and non-primary caregivers, including a baby bonus and meals delivered to your door.
  • Personal growth: We support our team to participate in courses, conferences, or events that will help them develop their skills.
  • Team love: We have regular team lunches and social events where most (if not all) activities are during work hours.

Next steps:

If you’re excited about our mission and you have experience and a passion for this role, please hit “Apply” below.

We’re proud that Auror is a place where everyone can learn and grow. So if you’re not sure that you tick all the boxes but feel you’re close to what we’re looking for, please apply anyway as we’d love to hear from you!

You'll be asked to submit a cover letter as part of your application. While this is optional we do encourage it, as we find cover letters can tell a story that resumes alone often cannot. Our hiring team love to understand what attracted you to this role and why you are excited about the opportunity to join Auror.

Once you apply, you’ll hear from us to acknowledge your application. If you have questions about any of the above, or if you have any accessibility requirements, we’ll be able to help you from there.

Auror is the platform for retailers focused on preventing crime, reducing loss, and making stores safer.

Working Week

We work 4.5 day weeks - every Friday afternoon is off!

Our Vacation Policy

4 weeks PTO plus public holidays

Remote Working Policy

We are flexible with work location. Work from our office in New Zealand or remotely.

  • New Zealand
  • USA
  • Australia
  • UK

Company Benefits

  • Private Health Care (location dependant)
  • Comprehensive parental leave
  • Employee share scheme
  • Equipment allowance

Our Team

We're a team of 200 across 16 departments:

  • engineering
  • support
  • education
  • product management
  • operations
  • entrepreneurship
  • human resources
  • marketing
  • data science
  • +7 more teams

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • GitHub
  • Octopus
  • React
  • TypeScript
  • C#
  • Azure
  • Cloud-native architecture
  • Team leadership
  • People management
  • CI/CD tooling
  • Collaborative working
  • Big picture thinking
  • Prioritization

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