Head of Engineering

New Zealand or Australia
Type of role
Applications close
2nd April 2021

The role

We believe in taking great people and pointing them at great projects. You'll primarily be focused on the people side of this equation.

We've built a great culture at Dovetail, with super talented and nice people. This role is about bringing someone on board who can really focus on maintaining and continually improving that culture as the team scales.

We're looking for someone who can bring experience in a similar role with larger teams — but who will also respect our culture, values, and way of working.

You will:

  • Support the Dovetail Engineering team in growing in their careers.
  • Uphold and promote continuous improvement.
  • Have had experience managing software teams and other engineering leaders.
  • Help with hiring and growing the engineering team.

Dovetail run a number of different projects, with teams operating independently, often using slightly different tech stacks, building products to achieve different goals. Our challenge is making all these separate teams feel like part of one greater team.

You'll report to the CTO and will manage other engineering managers across Dovetail.

A strong technical background is a prerequisite for this role, but the majority of your time will be spent leading, growing, and supporting people — rather than writing code.

What's #dovelife like?

We're a distributed team, split across Australia and New Zealand. We have nice offices in Hyde Park, Sydney and Auckland CBD. But flexibility has always been a part of Dovetail, so many of our staff work one or two days a week from home.

The people on your team may not be co-located with you — because of this we value people who are self-motivated and comfortable working in an asynchronous and distributed team.

We value learning and growth. Part of that is the Dovetail library: expense any book and share it with the team when you're done. We take time to do things the right way and encourage sharing you to bring your personality and interests to work.


Dovetail Ventures is an arm of the business where we found, invest in, or grow businesses. Working at Dovetail gives you ownership in current and future ventures. Several of our ventures have taken rounds of external funding and are in growth mode. So there's some real value there already.

And adventures

Since we're split across two countries, we like to get together face to face at least once a year as a company for a team retreat. For our last retreat we went to Queenstown, New Zealand. Previous years we've gone to Indonesia and Costa Rica. We're still figuring out what to do with the whole "global pandemic" thing and retreats, but we'll sort something...