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About The Role

We are looking for a technical leader who lives and breathes Docker/Kubernetes and has a history of developing self-hosted software for enterprises. We are wanting a CTO, but a CTO that knows how to operate in a start-up, and that has the background to guide the engineering team as we scale. The CTO is the architectural authority for the software, and its codebase and is expected to be the most technically competent member of the engineering team. If you don’t know your Kubernetes stateful sets from your deployments, how to configure oAUTH, LDAP, or the in’s and out’s of TLS and reverse proxies, then this likely isn’t the role for you. Equally, if you don’t know how to manage PRs, live in multiple code bases, manage JIRA, or have a great understanding of CI/CD, multi-platform builds, test automation, and how to proactively manage software library dependencies, this isn’t the role for you.

You will lead teams of product managers, developers, and QA testers across multiple time zones. We need someone that is able to manage these three teams (each with their own team leaders), be a natural positive influence, and inspire them to design and engineer a high-quality solution, that our customers love. We should live and breathe our own product, so you should be an avid user of the product yourself. Most importantly, we need someone that “owns” engineering, in that they take accountability and responsibility for building an awesome engineering team, with a vibrant culture, and that wants the best for our customers. Sometimes it’s too easy to forget about the end users of our product when we get tied up in engineering. Equally, we need to balance engineering excellence with product velocity and commercial viability, so we need a CTO that understands that we are building a product that is for sale. There is no point in having the perfect product that is overtaken in the market by more nimble new entrants. Our market continues to evolve rapidly, and we need to exist within this market. This requires us to have an engineering culture that is dynamic, and understands we need to adapt to a constantly evolving and maturing market.

You will often be exposed to our customers and our open-source community, so a willingness to speak (directly, and via social channels) to our users is a must. You should want to know how they use our product, what they love, what they don’t, and what they think is missing. You should know how to triage/replicate customer-reported issues to be able to understand the pain points the users are having with the software. You should care deeply about creating an awesome product that our nearly 800k users love.

We invest heavily in marketing, and as a result, are often on stage presenting at events. You should be willing and able to present our product to a technical audience and explain our value proposition in a language they understand. This may require international travel, so you should be able to accommodate this. You need to be comfortable being seen as the technical “spokesperson” for the product, as you will be called on by both our success team and the marketing team.

The majority of our product and engineering team is based in Auckland New Zealand, but we also have engineering in France, Israel, and South America. Whilst engineering is in these countries, the vast majority of our customers (and our sales staff) exist in the USA and Europe. We are open to applicants from any time zone that allows active collaboration with our team and our customers.


  • Help set the vision for technology development and growth, ensuring that the technological resources meet the short and long-term needs of the business.
  • Provide leadership with an appetite and energy for moving things forward at a rapid pace of growth, while ensuring that practices in place are setting the business up for long-term success.
  • Provide direction and leadership to development and product team members to design, implement and revise the required architectural structure to meet the business’s current and future needs.
  • Align the company’s technology resources with the organization’s short- and long-term goals.
  • Oversee and own product development and road mapping.
  • Provide timely communication to leadership regarding current projects, aligning to future business needs, problem resolution, technology budgets, timeframes, and other status updates.
  • Work across the company and with leadership to align on business priorities, needs, and trajectories.
  • Consult and advise the CEO and business leadership on technology needs, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Create and oversee high-level KPIs for development and product teams.
  • Continually evaluate business and technology opportunities, identify best practices, and implement them as appropriate to drive continuous improvement.
  • Assess, identify, recruit, and retain talent to grow technical expertise on current programs and build talent for future program proposals and execution.
  • Understand the end users and the market and help to develop a vision for the product.
  • Collaborate with members across the company to understand and spearhead mapping product features and roadmap.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned


Qualifications and Experience

  • 5+ years of experience leading development teams.
  • Strong full-spectrum leadership skills. These are essential for setting a vision and working across the business collaboratively to align, build, and drive strategic growth strategies.
  • Experience in building and managing a team of developers.
  • Detailed knowledge of the software development life cycle.
  • Experience working in agile/scrum development processes and lean methodology.
  • Experience building and managing commercial software with solid foundations in designing software architecture and infrastructure.
  • Care about designing highly functional systems with an emphasis on top-notch UI/UX.
  • Deep understanding of Docker and Kubernetes, ideally from an operational management and interface perspective


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