Nov 17, 2022

Lead Developer

  • REA Group
  • Richmond, Melbourne VIC
Full time

Job Description

  • Leadership role

  • Work from the office or from home in a rhythm that suits you

  • Make an impact working with the latest tech

We're REA

An Australian start-up success story we're quietly proud of.

From a garage in Melbourne to the global stage is an achievement we're humbled by. Our idea to put pictures of houses on the internet has blossomed since 1995, and we now have businesses across Australia, India and North America.

Our purpose is to change the way the world experiences property. No matter where you're at on your property journey, we're here to help on every step - whether that's buying, selling, renting or renovating.

Some of our brands include,,,, and Mortgage Choice.

We're proud to be named in Australia's "Top 5" Best Workplaces two years in a row. This recognition is a great proof point of our unique and special culture. A culture that is driven by our people, our values, and our commitment to making a difference in the community.

What we’re doing

With us, you’ll experience Belonging. This role sits in the SPACE tribe within the Technology and Data Group.

The SPACE tribe within the Technology and Data Group is responsible for driving REA’s internal tooling, infrastructure, and making all delivery teams at REA more effective. We work on a wide range of technical products and solutions as required by other groups across the company, such as cloud deployment tools, CI/CD pipelines, networking, security, monitoring and deployment. We also consult to our many product delivery teams to help them bring their solutions to life. 

We’re looking for a Lead Developer to join SPACE and build, support, and improve the tooling that developers utilise across REA Group.  We help REA build and run systems sustainably and our mission is to establish a platform to reduce friction as well as helping REA create a healthy software ecosystem.  

As a Lead Developer in the Developer Acceleration squad, you will be looking after the critical tools and services that developers all around REA use to build and maintain their software. We accelerate development by reducing cognitive overhead, automating maintenance, and looking for ways to keep our fleet of software healthy, company wide.

The Lead Developer supports the Developer Acceleration team in the following ways:

  • Contributing to the technical direction for SPACE platforms in collaboration with other technical leaders. 

  • Provide advice and thought leadership to ensure successful design and implementation of our technology strategies that align with the Group and wider REA Strategies

  • Embedding REA technology practices into the team and ensure our technology decisioning is aligned with our overall goals

  • Facilitate and drive the end-to-end delivery of initiatives across cross-functional and distributed agile teams.

  • Take the lead at the inception phase to ensure that initiatives are scoped, planned and resources appropriately.

  • Be responsible for day-to-day operations of the team, balancing platform health and custodianship with the delivery of new features.

  • Work with Product to understand the needs of our internal stakeholders and participate in discovery and product practice.

  • Providing technical leadership, coaching and mentoring to the team and 2-3 direct reports.

  • Providing technical direction to the team and removing blockers.

  • Positively contribute to the culture of your team, build engagement and morale, be involved with recruiting, building and maintaining a high-performing team.

  • Leading practices to be adopted for all of REA for software delivery and maintenance.

  • Manage technical relationships and engagements with existing partners and third parties.

Who we’re looking for

  • Advanced skills in one or more programming languages. Most of our systems utilise Python, Typescript, React and Terraform.

  • Someone that enjoys leading engineering teams in a positive, collaborative and agile team environment.

  • Advanced skills in architecture and design of systems. 

  • Advanced skills in modern CI/CD practices. 

  • Well-built ability in communicating development techniques, involving modern object orientation, functional programming practices, test-driven development, pair programming and continuous delivery. 

  • Demonstrable and varied experience in building full stack web products using open source and cloud technologies. 

  • Deeply curious about technology with an interest in solving technical problems  

  • Ability and experience in communicating effectively with your team and business stakeholders  

As a bonus:  

  • Experience with iOS/Android development


But we don’t just look for someone based on their skills and expertise.  It’s our connection, acceptance and genuine care for each other that makes REA a great place to work. That means you also need to be:

  • Savvy minded and have curiosity to think a little left of field / outside the box

  • A strong and creative communicator

  • Friendly, approachable and have good relationship management skills

  • An avid contributor to our inclusive culture - we celebrate different perspectives and all play an active role in creating a sense of belonging

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 flexible working environment, meaning we strike the balance of what you need and what works for the business (and yes, our leaders fully understand the benefits of working flexibly)

  • A hybrid approach to the future of work -

  • Generous and flexible parental leave offering for primary and secondary carers

  • Summer Fridays – time back to focus on your wellness every Friday afternoon from December through to March

  • Support for your mental and physical health and wellbeing via our ‘You Matter’ Program

  • Because We Care program which includes volunteer leave and community grants, to ensure you have the opportunity to give back to your community

  • Hack Days for you to bring so you can bring your big ideas to life in a supportive learning environment

  • An additional day of leave just for your birthday

Oh, and by the way:

At REA we value diversity and inclusion in all forms. Gender, religion, ethnicity, LBTGIQ+, neurodiversity and so much more. Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized folks tend to only apply when they check every box. So if you've got the must-haves, dedication and enthusiasm to learn but don't necessarily meet every single point on the job description, please still get in touch. We'd love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit.

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?