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Principal Engineer

Pet Circle

Pet Circle

Software Engineering
Sydney, Australia
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2023
At Pet Circle, we want to create a world where pets and their families are healthy, happy and spend more time together - and we are looking for fantastic people to help us do that!
Over the past ten years, we’ve scaled to become one of Australia's Top 5 eCommerce companies and the No.1 player in the Online Pet industry. We will accelerate our growth as we continue on our mission to disrupt the way that pet parents discover & shop for the products they love.
The pet industry is booming (it’s a $15billion dollar industry!) and pets are holding bigger spaces in our hearts and homes than ever before. Online penetration of the pet industry is going to grow exponentially in the next 5 years. This is a unique opportunity in your career to be part of our exceptional growth story!
Founded and headquartered in Sydney, our team is now over 700 people strong and are based across Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.
The Opportunity
Are you a visionary Engineering Leader with a passion for creating world-class teams and driving the continuous improvement of development processes? If so, we have a fantastic opportunity for you! We're looking for a Senior Principal Engineer who will guide our team on aligned architectural and long-term engineering decisions, as well as shorter-term trade-offs. You'll lead the development of high-quality software engineering practices and maintain our high standards of excellence. You'll also be the voice of the business within your team, and the voice of Engineering to the business, keeping everyone informed and working towards our shared goals. In this role you'll be leading a passionate team and further fostering our culture of engineering excellence. You'll play a critical role in leading the recruiting of new engineers, raising the bar and building a world-class engineering team. You'll also provide thought leadership on how to improve our platforms, processes, and tooling, and drive the adoption of new technologies to improve our practices and processes for development and testing.
Day to Day
The key aspects of this role are fostering high performance, executing on delivery and building out our roadmap.
- Work with the VP of Engineering, Director of Cloud Reliability, Principal Architect, Engineering Leads and Product Managers to co-create the technical vision, strategy and technology roadmap
- Work with the delivery team to coordinate the delivery of large business wide initiatives that have multiple connected touch points across multiple functions
- Contribute to building and supporting our business strategy
- Demonstrate tangible value through the outcomes you deliver
- Subject matter domain expert capable of working with other engineering leaders to solve problems at scale
- Drive adoption of best practice and best in class technology, design best practices, enforce engineering practices
- Responsible for the technical decision making and architecture across your portfolio of teams
- Can clearly design and communicate a technical roadmap to the organisation with proof of value

About You

  • 5+ years of engineering leadership experience building high performing and autonomous teams
  • Previous experience in a hands-on software development role, 10+ years (Ideally within a Java/GCP environment)
  • Experience within a Retail/eComm environment is highly regarded
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate at all levels of the business
  • Bias to getting things done and effecting organisational change
  • Ability to handle competing priorities
  • Passion for technology
  • Proven track record of delivering large engineering initiatives
  • You can articulate business value through visualisation tools and applicable data points.
  • A passion for automation, orchestration and leaving nothing to be manual
You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position.
Role Location
At Pet Circle we believe that collaboration and team connection is key for success. This role will be based in Sydney with a blended working arrangement of 2 days in our pet friendly offices and the remaining working from home.
As part of your working from home arrangement we will provide you with IT hardware and an office allowance to support your home set up. #LI-Hybrid
Why Join?
We’re passionate about what we do and our love for pets is the centre of our why. Becoming a pawsome Pet Circler means you’re committed to help shape an entire industry - pretty exciting stuff! We’re a stable, innovative and low-ego group of people who relish challenges and aren’t afraid to do what’s right. Here’s what we stand for;
- Culture first. Every time.
- We live and breathe our values of Better Together, Pets Matter, Instinctively Curious and Humble Hearts, Hungry Minds. Values alignment is super important to us - you’ll notice this through our recruitment process.
- A focus on you and your development - think learning tools, stretch projects, focus groups, secondments and other internal mobility opportunities!
- We’re committed to flexibility and understand that it means different things to different people. We also offer generous parental leave for those exciting new life adventures!
- Your wellbeing is non-negotiable. We seek to provide a collaborative, caring and safe environment, allowing you to present your full self each day.
- Pet better with our generous employee discount, product sample giveaways and Pawrental leave for your furry family.
- Join us on our animal welfare mission: we donate 10,000kg of pet food and supplies per month to pet shelters and support through our communities through team charity volunteer days
We have an incredibly passionate team, a leading brand, over 700,000 customers and growing, and we’re only just getting started!
At Pet Circle, candidate experience is of utmost importance. We have been recognised as a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer and we commit to responding to every application.
Belong at Pet Circle
Our unique expertise unites us to achieve our goal of helping pet parents, pet better. We value diversity in all forms and perspectives, always. Our global team are highly valued for all that they offer, we listen to each other and create a humble and inclusive environment for all to thrive. No matter your background, please apply if our roles ignite an excitement in you to bring your full self to work each day.