Oct 06, 2023

Lead Developer

  • REA Group
  • Richmond, Melbourne VIC
Full time Information Technology

Job Description

  • Experience Hybrid working arrangements in a flexible environment – ex: Work from the office or home in a rhythm that suits you

  • Sustainability - We are certified carbon neutral and committed to reducing our impact on the environment.

  • Charities – We have long-term partnerships with charities working to address homelessness.

We're REA

REA Group  is not your average digital business. From humble beginnings in a garage in Melbourne’s east in 1995, we have grown into a leading global digital business, specialising in property.
With bold and ambitious goals, we are changing the way the world experiences property. No matter where you're at on your property journey, we're here to help with every step - whether that's finding or financing your next home.

Our people are the key to our success. At the heart of everything we do, is a thriving culture centred around high performance and care. We are purpose driven and collaborative, which drives innovation and our ability to make a real impact. As such, we’re proud to be named in Australia’s “Top 5” Best Workplaces two  years in a row, as well as being recognised as a Best Workplace for Women.

Where the team fits in

This role sits within the Consumer Marketplaces portfolio as part of the Leads & Outcomes - Owner Tribe. Our overall purpose is to help consumers understand the selling process, build confidence about their property value and find the right agent to sell with. To enable this, we are continually adding and enhancing the features available in the Property Owner dashboard, both in our web platform and our mobile app. We are also responsible for one of realestate.com.au’s most highly trafficked experiences, Property Profiles.

You'd be leading a squad of highly engaged individuals that live a 'team first' mantra and really enjoy getting out of bed to come and work with each other every day. Our great team is built on not just the code we write, but being in an environment that people love. We regularly take time to stop and celebrate our successes (yep, there's cake involved, volunteering days and escape rooms, and the list goes on...).

What the role is all about

As a Lead Developer you will be accountable for the technical outcomes of your team. The Lead Developer is a structural role that provides the technical direction required to ensure their product delivery team produces great technical results and products. This requires working in close collaboration with the Delivery Lead, Product Manager and Technical Lead to help organize and plan the work for the team, including leading estimation, discovery, technical planning, experimentation and support and maintenance activities.

You will apply your people skills as a manager of 1-2 developers. This involves supporting their career progression and providing high value performance and mentoring feedback. You will also mentor more junior team members who may not be reporting directly to you.

The Lead Developer is responsible for the systems health of the team’s systems. You will be responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining our products in a collaborative team environment. You will liaise with Tech Leads and Architects to ensure your solution is in line with our technical vision. You will lead the engineering team in the implementation of solutions using a variety of programming languages, databases and cloud technologies. You will champion agile software development practices such as test-driven development, continuous delivery and pair programming and take responsibility for the solution's technical quality. You will liaise with Systems Engineers to deploy your solutions to production environments and monitor its performance.

The Lead Developer supports the team in the following ways:

  • Providing technical team leadership for a team of highly capable engineers

  • Designing, coding, testing, deploying, and maintaining software products using a variety of technologies and platforms

  • Supporting production systems

  • Leading the implementation of major products

  • Providing technical mentoring and guidance to less experienced members of the team

  • Helping define and manage roadmaps (with the DL and PM)

  • Co-ordinating and planning the technical activities required to deliver team outcomes

  • Supporting discovery activities (with designers, PMs, UX research)

  • Triaging and prioritising custodianship work and developing your team’s systems health improvement plan (SHIP)

  • Working with other squads to support and drive federation work.

  • Ensuring technical practices are adhered to

  • Reviewing and giving feedback on PRs and engineering docs.

Who we’re looking for

  • Someone with a number of years of experience working in software development, with significant wins on the board

  • Great people skills and a good communicator

  • Looks at tricky situations through a solutions-focused lens

  • Able to lead engineering teams in a collaborative, remote-hybrid team environment

  • Work productively in a fast paced and agile environment

  • Proficient in working across the tech stack – from frontend to the backend 

  • Expert skills one or more of our core programming languages - Scala, Java, Typescript.

  • Skilled in designing high-performance web-based products and microservices that scale for millions of users

  • Solid understanding of RESTful APIs; experience with GraphQL is a bonus

  • Advanced skills in developing long-term system architecture strategies.

  • Expert skills in building products using open source and cloud technologies.

  • Expert skills in modern software development techniques such as clean-code, functional programming, test-driven development, micro-services, and continuous delivery.

The REA experience

The physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our people is something we’ll never stop caring about. This is a place to learn and grow. We’re committed to your development – both professionally and personally. Your experience with us is something we take seriously.

We offer: 

  • A hybrid and flexible approach to working - https://rea.to/hybrid-working  

  • Flexible parental leave offering for primary and secondary carers 

  • Programs to support mental, emotional, financial and physical health & wellbeing

  • Our Because We Care program offers employees volunteering leave, community grants, matched payroll giving and our Community Café donates 100% of revenue to charity.

  • Hack Days so you can bring your big ideas to life  

  • Performance recognition programs because hard work should never go unnoticed

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  

We are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity, equity and inclusion. We believe teams with diverse ideas and experiences are more creative, more effective and fuel disruptive thinking - be it cultural and ethnic backgrounds, gender identity, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other identity or lived experience. We know diverse teams are critical to maintaining our success and driving new business opportunities. If you've got the skills, dedication and enthusiasm to learn but don't necessarily meet every single point on the job description, please still get in touch.

If you like the sound of us, then we think you should apply today. We're proud to be Circle Back Initiative Employer and we commit to respond to every applicant. While we're looking at your application, and preparing to come back to you with an update, why not get to know us a bit more through our various social channels?