Aug 23, 2023

Senior Technical Lead (Data Engineering)

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

Job Description

  • Join PropTrack and the lead the build of a new property data universe.
  • Experience Hybrid working arrangements in a flexible environment.
  • Permanent role based in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane.

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

REA is evolving how it leverages data and technology to deliver benefits for customers. After the acquisition of PropTrack in May 2018, and following large growth in recent years, we are now looking for an experienced Senior Technical Lead to lead the build of a property data universe.

PropTrack provides property data and technical platform solutions to customers in the financial and government sectors. The Engineering Team within PropTrack works together to deliver solutions to our internal and external customers. It is the core delivery centre for developing solutions to meet customer priorities and align with PropTrack's technology strategy.

What the role is all about

As the Senior Technical Lead (Data Engineering), you will be responsible for the architecture, design, build and run of the PropTrack property data universe and related systems. In collaboration with other technical leaders across the business you will lead the engineering for the property data portfolio. You will combine your extensive data management experience with your understanding of the business to guide your teams through all aspects of delivering a world-class data platform. While the focus of this role is on data architecture and leadership, you will remain hands on and work with the engineering squads to develop solutions using agile software development practices as required. You will champion our technical practices to ensure a high-quality outcome for our business. You will share responsibility for the provisioning, deployment and operational support of the software the engineering team build.

You will join the PropTrack engineering leadership team and will be jointly accountable for the health, happiness and performance of the squads. You will contribute positively to the culture of the team, build engagement and morale, be involved in recruiting, set structure and processes and generally help build and maintain a high performing team(s). You will also use your skills and experience to mentor more junior team members.

The Senior Technical Lead supports the PropTrack group in the following ways:

Solution Architecture and Technology

  • Contributing to the overall technical vision & direction for PropTrack in collaboration with other senior technical leaders
  • Be the primary decision maker on technical decisions relating to the overall data ecosystem, API and service design, patterns and integrations. Be the expert at taking account of risk, impact and business factors such as cost, time and skills in the implementation of a given approach
  • Embedding REA technology practices into the team and ensure our technology decisioning is aligned with our overall goals
  • Provide detailed specifications for proposed solutions
  • Involvement in due diligence processes for new acquisitions and partnerships

Custodianship, Quality and Platform Health

  • Be the advocate for building a strong culture around custodianships of our software solutions and work with your Product, Commercial and Delivery peers to ensure our data platforms are operating optimally taking cost, time, prioritisation and people constraints into consideration
  • Work with your team to develop our quality and testing practices

Internal and External Stakeholders

  • Build strong working relationships and be a trusted partner of the PropTrack Product and Commercial teams
  • Work closely with sales and clients to scope opportunities and propose best solutions which addresses their business needs
  • Manage technical relationships and engagements with existing partners and third parties
  • Have strong awareness of the risk, compliance and security landscape of a lending business and engage with these stakeholders to ensure we are meeting all requirements

Delivery and Leadership

  • Working with Lead Developers to provide technical direction to your team(s)
  • Provide people leadership, coaching and mentoring
  • Be on the constant look out for inefficiencies in our processes, technologies and ways of working, lead the team through addressing these opportunities
  • Work with Delivery Leads to remove blockers
  • Contribute to the REA knowledge base through blog posts, brown-bag sessions and coaching less experience members of the team

Who we’re looking for

  • An experienced data engineering leader with a passion for data - you will ideally have 7+ years leading data engineering teams
  • Demonstrated experience building and running enterprise-scale data platforms that are critically important and strategic to the business
  • Demonstrated experience with data warehousing concepts and design patterns such as data lakehouse, data vault, dimensional modelling, medallion architectures, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience with leading data engineering toolsets such as BigQuery, Redshift, Snowflake, Glue, DBT, Airflow, Flink, Kafka, Collibra, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience working with large and complex datasets
  • Demonstrated experience working with cloud platforms such as AWS and GCP
  • Experience with event streaming architectures and messaging patterns
  • Experience with build pipelines, continuous integration and delivery
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with business stakeholders
  • Ability to lead multiple engineering teams in a collaborative agile team environment

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 -  
  • 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?