Head of Software Engineering

Job type
NZD150000 - NZD175000 per annum
  • Powerful global scalable data & analytics play
  • Predictable acceleration of crop yields
  • Provenance/traceability through IoT & apps
Homegrown product development hero catering to global growers with $50M product portfolio, agritech plant growth software sorcery

The opportunity:

Rarely do you see a blend of edgy tech, a team bound by purpose to help people in an industry ripe for change (yes, it's a pun). Yet here it is. There has been a seachange in the business provided by the shift from web-enabled, integrated standalone devices to full IoT and the harnessing of data to build benchmarking, predictive yields and enhanced decision making for their customers. The role of the Software Engineering Leaders is a powerful one for this product development business. The opportunity for an effective, contemporary software engineering leader to bring new life to a business that has already brought to market a product portfolio currently worth $50M in revenue. Strong technical thinking is required to bolster the technical roadmap on the tech selections and development of multiple components.  This will not cover the firmware. The tech advancements are rapidly growing data requirements and an increasing community of customers that are hungry for these systems to generate greater value for their crops and businesses. This role will be able to understand the technology whilst building on an already effective team, catering to the changing demands for the data platform and integration product suite. Working with the founders, product management, engineering and design, you'll have the chance to grow your career like no other time and be part of one of New Zealand's established technology stars.

Company profile:

International growth. A self-organizing community of customers that advocates its services. A growing number of businesses switching on to the power of this community with independent growers collaborating around the outputs of their crops to make each other better. This homegrown product vendor is the newest business empowering growers to create higher-value products and yields providing traceability, provenance and ideal growing conditions. The product suite includes a number of components: devices, sensors, apps, web portals, platforms, and the soon-to-be-built Data product and platform - this will be the primary direction of this role. This product portfolio offers opportunities for real-time analytics, data aggregation and sharing to scale the software IP of the business.  You'll be building intuitive and smarter software with data manipulation and integration for visualizations, tracking and enabling all sorts of capability to its customers. At its heart, it is an offering to rebalance power from the buyers to the growers.

Software Engineering Leadership:

The journey of growth and change this business has been on has been radical. And it's not slowing down. A leadership role has emerged to lead and manage the hardware engineering within the business.

The role breaks down into four core components:

  • Software roadmap: vision and leadership: commercial to technical, build and run
  • People leadership: growth and management of your new team
  • Delivery leadership: predictable milestones and process fit-for-purpose acumen
  • Engineering leadership: Go to woah, internal teams/stakeholders and partners, vendors (Cloud) and the thorny technical problems of doing world-first work

The fit:

To be able to fulfill this role you will be driven by the opportunity to influence the direction of the software and engineering roadmap for a scaling business. You’ll celebrate the opportunity to win the hearts and minds of your team and grow them, igniting a sense of purpose for the company’s vision. Emerging from a technical business or background in a technology vendor, you will have rolled out successful, scalable delivery and quality systems and owned the whole software product development sphere. You’ll be confident building and executing against a roadmap and vision, contributing to strategy. Reporting directly to the Chief Product & Innovation Officer you'll marry software, people, delivery and a little commercial leadership in the fast-paced world of contemporary product development.

For more information please contact Julian to discuss this opportunity on julian@potentia.co.nz or apply now.

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