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Tech Lead Manager



Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Thursday, February 29, 2024
The future of food production hinges on an important question: How do we feed the world’s growing population without compromising our natural resources? Both dairy and beef farmers feed our population and hold the keys to vital climate solutions. At Halter, we’re on a mission to enable farmers to run the most productive and sustainable farms. Farmers are using Halter to break free from the time-intensive constraints of conventional farming. They’re growing more grass, increasing milk production and/or helping their cattle gain more weight (for beef farming) and improving the health and well-being of their cows.
We bridge deep tech into farming. Halter enables farmers to remotely shift, virtually fence and proactively monitor their cows’ health and behaviour. Can you imagine watching 500 cows or cattle walk calmly towards the milking shed or their next break? No quad bikes, no dogs, no fences. Just a mob of cows walking at their own pace. People say it looks like magic. Our customers are revolutionising farming with Halter. It's changing lives and transforming an industry.
People join Halter because they want to do meaningful work. By joining us you’ll be solving challenging problems within a talented team and a culture built for high performance. Our team out-think, out-work and out-care. We’re committed to delivering real change in the world - this isn’t easy, and in truth, we love that it’s hard. We’re backed to deliver on a mission that matters by Tier 1 investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, DCVC, Blackbird, Promus Ventures, Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck and Icehouse ventures.
To find out more, visit our careers website, LinkedIn & Instagram.
About the role
At Halter, we work at the interface where software meets firmware meets hardware underpinned by deep data to transform and improve what our customers (farmers) have been doing for centuries. This space is challenging and intellectually stimulating… and we're just scratching the surface. We are looking for a Tech Lead Manager who is hungry to make an impact on the world; people from all backgrounds who can continue to make our team greater than the sum of its parts.
As the Tech Lead Manager of the Farmer domain, you’ll play a pivotal role in establishing a net new and strategically significant product that enables farmers to run more sustainable and productive farms. You will build and lead a team of talented engineers, ensuring we are delivering performant, scalable and reliable experiences at pace. This will require someone architecturally minded who is not afraid to take ownership of their domain while working closely with other teams. The ideal person for this role will not only be a hands-on coder but also a strategic thinker who can set a technical direction and inspire teams to deliver impactful work.
What your day could look like

Technical leadership

  • Walk the talk. Hands-on development delivering tested and reliable software through to production
  • Dive deep on technical threads, knowing the ins and outs of each decision and how it aligns with Halter’s and our teams’ objectives
  • Input into all software design decisions and technical direction in your domain, working closely with other engineering leaders to ensure the architectural vision is carried out.

Team Management

  • Ensure engineers in the team are supported in their roles with regular 1:1s, reviews, and active development of PDPs
  • Recruit and manage exceptional software engineering talent, with responsibility for up to 8 direct reports

Collaboration and Communication

  • Working with software engineers, product and design leaders as part of a cross-functional team, encouraging collaboration and challenging each other to continuously improve
  • Join your teammates in ensuring your systems are always available and responsive, as part of our on-call roster, following good reliability engineering practices
  • Work with your Domain Lead to ensure software engineering efforts deliver on valuable customer outcomes
  • Maintain high levels of communication with your team and others about product requirements, timelines, risks, and priorities
  • Bring new technical insights and best practices from the industry into the company, so we can continually learn and grow

Who we’re looking for

  • An excellent track record working as a software engineer and tech lead/manager, with examples of outcomes that you’re proud to have accomplished and feel meaningful for you
  • Experience working with modern cloud-based distributed systems (especially in the AWS context)
  • Experience working in cross-functional development teams
  • Someone who is product-orientated and cares about customer experience, being able to solve real-life customer problems
  • Extensive full-stack experience with good depth in either frontend and/or backend engineering. Experience working with TypeScript, Node.js and/or React is a huge plus.
  • Sound understanding of how to develop testable systems and write great automated tests
  • Understanding of common development processes such as version control, continuous integration/delivery, code reviews, and pair programming
  • A degree in software engineering or equivalent is a bonus but is not a must-have
  • Importantly, we're looking for someone who is super passionate about what they do and is always learning!

Why our team loves working at Halter ❤️

  • Dedicate yourself to solving real-world problems alongside an epic team in a culture designed around growth.
  • A genuine and shared connection to our mission to make a difference in the world.
  • The pride of joining an iconic New Zealand technology company. The excitement, risk, and reward of a high-growth technology scale-up on the global stage.
  • Our ideas are truly valued, we are able to move fast, and our impact is real.
  • State-of-the-art, dog-friendly office that’s been thoughtfully designed right in the heart of Auckland city. Did we mention dogs and cows?
  • Healthy body, healthy mind. We’re partnered with Southern Cross Health Insurance to support your well-being.
  • We offer 6 months of fully paid parental leave for primary caregivers, 4 weeks of fully paid secondary caregiver leave and many other parental benefits that support you and your family.
  • Our personal growth is important. Halter offers an annual $1000 self-development budget to be used for anything that fuels personal growth.
  • Our time to recharge is valued, we’re offered wellness leave and unlimited paid annual leave.
  • We offer an inclusive and attractive remuneration package made up of salary, benefits and an employee stock ownership plan.
  • Delicious snacks and drinks are available for your daily flow.
Halter is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace — a place where we can each be ourselves and do the best work of our lives. Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the requirements, women and under-represented groups of candidates tend to only apply when they meet every requirement. If you think you have what it takes but don’t necessarily tick every requirement on this job description, please still get in touch and apply to Halter. We’d love to chat to see if you’ll be an epic fit!
Our Office First Approach (For Auckland Offices)
We do have flexible working hours and you can work from home when you need to but we encourage our team to be in the office as much as you can.
We have an office-first approach because we would like to keep the opportunity for teams to have spontaneous interactions which in turn has allowed our team at Halter to foster strong relationships. Stronger relationships make it easier to disagree, give feedback, do meaningful work and as a result, be higher performing as a team.
This is applicable mainly for our Auckland office-based roles rather than on-the-road roles in teams such as Customer Success or Business Development teams.
Join our team
If this opportunity sounds like you, please apply below by sending through your cover letter explaining why you’re excited about this role and working at Halter, along with your CV, and we’ll be in touch!
Please also feel free to check out the careers and culture page for more information on working at Halter and don't forget to follow us on LinkedIn & Instagram.