Sep 04, 2023

Technical Lead

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

Job Description

  • Experience Hybrid working arrangements in a flexible environment
  • Permanent role based in Melbourne or Sydney

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 Personalisation and Privacy tribe, one of the Tribes that sit within the Consumer Group of the business lead by Melina Cruickshank, our Chief Product & Audience Officer. Consumer Group’s mandate is to be the number one destination for Australian property and real estate through having the most engaging and best real estate and property experience. The Personalisation and Privacy Tribe supports and develops the majority of our marketing technology stack and platforms, and a privacy first user experience which underpins REA’s revenue, product growth and world class user experience. Additionally, this tribe is home to the CX data science squad who own and build out audience and listing models that power next generation property experience but also the worlds leaving AVM from PropTrack.

What the role is all about

  • Leading teams of experienced full stack developers in both Australia and Xi'An
  • Working with Tech Leads and architects to ensure our solution is in line with our technical vision.
  • Informing delivery planning and technical design by providing a balanced view of options, effort, and quality considerations
  • Keeping abreast of the latest technology advancements to inform product and technical design.
  • Proactively contributing to the continuous improvement of products, technology, processes, and team development
  • Lead ML engineering strategic thinking, ensuring the appropriate machine learning practices across the business to drive data-led decisions and product innovations. 
  • Designing new or uplifting existing data pipelines and APIs using Scala, as well as data platform technology such as Kafka, Apache Flink, BigQuery and Airflow
  • Coach and mentor direct reports and act as a SME to ML engineers, data engineers and business stakeholders to upskill, share knowledge and best practices related to ML engineering and data science. 
  • Ensure industry best-practice approaches to ML engineering are maintained, including verifying the use of data is ethical and compliant with all legal (privacy) requirements. 

Who we’re looking for

  • A few runs on the board - you'll be experienced in leading engineering teams. 
  • Proven relevant leadership experience in ML engineering, data engineering or similar roles. 
  • Tertiary qualifications in ML or data engineering, software development, data science OR equivalent experience
  • Proficiency with machine learning in a commercial production environment - experience with developing APIs, streaming data (eg Flink, Kafka), and generative AI is a plus. 
  • Expert skills in developing long-term system architecture strategies. 
  • Expert in SQL, Python, and/or other relevant software/languages. We’re happy for you to learn the particulars on the job, but you'll need to be able to code. 
  • Extensive experience with dev-ops tools and techniques, particularly Docker, Git, GCP, AWS, and CI/CD. 

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?