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VP Engineering - Auckland



Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2023

About Auror

At Auror, we’re empowering the retail industry to reduce theft and Organized Retail Crime, a $100 billion problem globally. It’s high volume crime that’s increasingly organized in nature and is putting people, retailers, and communities at risk every day.

Founded in New Zealand, we’re working with some of the best and largest retailers in the world across Australasia, North America, and the UK.

Auror connects people with intelligence to reduce crime. As a company, we’ve built a high-performing, positive culture with a focus on providing an inclusive environment for a diverse team. If you’re excited about reducing crime and building safer communities, for everyone, then we want you on our team.

The Role

The VP Engineering at Auror is fully focused on the engineering organisation, people, and processes to deliver valuable products and features to our customers in ways that achieve Auror’s business goals. As our VP Engineering, your responsibilities will include:

  • Technical leadership: Providing visionary leadership, setting the technical direction and strategy for the engineering team to drive innovation and ensure the delivery of scalable, reliable, and secure products and features.
  • Team management: Leading, mentoring, and inspiring our team of engineers, fostering a culture of high performance, continuous improvement, and collaboration. Encouraging professional growth and creating opportunities for career development within the team.
  • Product delivery: Overseeing the end-to-end software development lifecycle, and collaborating with cross-functional teams, including product management, product design, and quality assurance, to drive successful product outcomes.
  • Technical excellence: Promoting best practices in software development methodologies, coding standards, and quality assurance processes. Fostering a culture of continuous learning and innovation within the engineering team.
  • Collaboration: Working closely with the senior leadership team, including the Chief Product Officer (CPO) and other stakeholders, to align technical initiatives with overall business objectives. Collaborating to define and prioritise engineering projects based on customer needs and market trends.
  • Communication: Creating and owning key messages for the engineering team. Ensuring that company-wide changes and initiatives are shared and understood by the engineering team, and communicating engineering initiatives company-wide and to senior leadership.
  • Advocate: Advocating and promoting Auror in the engineering and product community -- as both a sophisticated technical operation, and a great place to work. Within Auror being a strong advocate for your team and initiatives within the senior leadership team. Ensure the good work of your team is noticed and recognised. Ensure engineering initiatives are correctly prioritized for the long term health of the company.
  • Talent acquisition: Driving recruitment and hiring efforts to attract top engineering talent. Collaborating with the PX department to develop effective talent acquisition strategies and ensure a diverse and inclusive workforce.
  • Resource management: Optimising resource allocation, managing budgets, and making strategic decisions to ensure efficient utilisation of engineering resources. Identifying and addressing any technical or resource-related bottlenecks that may impact product delivery.
  • Risk management: Identify and mitigate technical risks, proactively addressing potential issues that may impact security, scalability, reliability, platform performance or development timelines.

You’ll be reporting to Tanya Johnson, Chief Product Officer

Founder of Women in Tech NZ's Slack community and the Auckland Women in Tech Meetup, I'm really motivated by doing work that makes a meaningful difference in the world, and supporting people in all the different ways they need to work well. "Context, Collaboration, and Cake" pretty accurately sums up my approach not only to work but to life in general. I'm enthusiastic about Taekwondo (which teaches me how to fail repeatedly and still persevere), love reading sci-fi and fantasy, and consider baking a good form of meditation. I'm excited to work with people who are curious about how things work, enjoy solving problems, think strategically, and are good at digging into details. Check out my LinkedIn here.

About you

  • You’ll be able to demonstrate proven experience in an Engineering leadership role, as a leader of leads.
  • You have strong technical judgement and deep experience that allows you to facilitate good decision-making - keeping our product reliable, performant, secure, and efficient.
  • You’ll be an expert people leader who is able to drive positive, company-wide impact across the whole company. A core focus in your previous roles has been to ensure alignment between Engineering and the rest of the business.
  • You lead by example when it comes to inclusive leadership - seeking perspectives to ensure voices are heard but confident in applying your knowledge and abilities to create timely solutions when required.
  • You’re respected by the teams you have previously led in and the industry at large, because your past impact speaks for itself, both through work where you’ve been involved directly and through appropriately working through others.
  • You have experience in fast scaling SaaS companies with multiple products and >$25m ARR
  • You demonstrate a strong alignment to our Guiding Principles (you can find these on our Careers page).

With diversity and inclusion at the forefront of Auror’s guiding principles, we promote a culture that celebrates 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.

  • Competitive salary range: Depending on level of experience: $220,000k-$285,000k (PL7).
  • 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.
  • 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.

What are the 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!

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.