Lead Portfolio Architect – Platform


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 team

Our Architecture & Integration team sits within our Technology area of the business. You will be joining us at an exciting time as we continue to evolve, scale and transform Xero’s architecture to support our customer needs around the globe. This opportunity supports our Platform team whose mission is to create an open platform that enables both internal and external application development teams to focus on innovation and creating beautiful solutions for Xero customers. The platform team has three groups. Platform as a Service who provide a platform allowing customers to develop, run, and manage applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure. Platform Engineering who provide quality shared services which enable product teams to deliver customer value quickly and easily. Bank feeds who connect millions of people to their banks and the financial services they need to build healthy businesses.

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About the role

The Lead Portfolio Architect is a member of the Platform Leadership Team and a key contributor to the overall technical direction of our Platform. You will help define and lead the execution of the technical runway that supports the development and evolution of features, evolves business processes and improves performance, scalability, security and data stewardship.You will work closely with General Managers, Product Managers and Engineering Leads to ensure that technical outcomes are closely aligned to and integrated into their agreed plans. 

You will build an effective team of architects that continually improves and is respected by the development teams for helping them deliver value to our customers. Provide line management and coaching for architects within the team, including 1:1s, personal development plans and pastoral care. For any work where it is agreed the architecture team leads the execution of that work, you will ensure that the work is effectively managed, delivers a positive return on investment and is seen as successful by stakeholders.

What you’ll bring with you:

    • Demonstrated ability to envision large-scale web-based services that meet consumer customer/stakeholder needs or solve business problems.
    • Exceptional stakeholder management skills. In particular the ability to navigate and manage a wide map of internal stakeholders. Business savvy and the ability to bridge worlds across technology and business domains.
    • Ability to think strategically and end to end, translating business needs into technical solutions.
    • You will be familiar with multiple software development methodologies and styles.
    • You will have the ability to discern business and user requirements and develop technical requirements from them.
    • The ability to motivate in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
    • You will bring superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities.
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Why you should become a Xero

It’s a diverse and inclusive environment, with people who will respect, challenge, support and mentor you to do the best work of your life. We’re a place where innovation and change are not only encouraged but also celebrated. We value our people and want them to enjoy and take pride in their work.

We’re very supportive of flexible working arrangements and offer a competitive remuneration package including shares and life insurance, in addition to your base salary. We have a culture we’re proud of. Whether you’re after a workplace with a social vibe, or a workplace which understands your family is priority – Xero is all of that and more.

Xero is continuing to grow and so are the opportunities to join us!

Xero is an NZ Immigration Accredited Employer and Rainbow Tick certified too.

Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position.

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  • Job function

    Engineering and Information Technology

  • Industries

    Information Technology and Services, Computer Software, and Financial Services