Senior Engineering Manager

Remote (within Australia, New Zealand)
$180,000-$220,000 plus super

Octopus Deploy is one of Australia’s fastest-growing and most successful software companies. Today we help over 150,000 people worldwide to deliver working software to production.  

If you have a commitment to excellence, a desire to delight customers, and want to be a member of a fast-growing team, you'll love this position.

You will be a great fit for this role if

  • You employ a robust managerial toolbox to independently lead a team, or teams of engineers delivering direct business impact
  • You are an experienced people manager, and have been a software developer in the past.
  • You are able to independently identify and tackle projects that solve open-ended, ambiguous problems that are often beyond the scope of your immediate team.
  • You take accountability for the people in your team, the way they work, and the results they deliver.
  • You autonomously guide your team to the sustainable delivery of business impact through my mastery of execution and people management.
  • You recognise dysfunction in your team and work effectively to resolve it in a timely manner, with empathy.
  • You can confidently coach developers at any level to reach their full potential.
  • You can confidently help your team navigate their way through large organisational change.
  • You give "radically candid" feedback that challenges people directly and shows you care personally.
  • You enthusiastically seek out and act on feedback from others.
  • You are ​​a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion.

You will enjoy this role if

  • You thrive on solving people problems.
  • You like managing a team of autonomous workers, holding them accountable to results and letting them manage how they get there.
  • You like a balance of freedom and responsibility, being treated as an adult.
  • You want to do the best work of your life with other like-minded people.
  • You enthusiastically accept radically candid feedback, feedback that is thoughtful, timely, and directly actionable, and offer the same benefit to others.

A typical day might include

  • Working where you work best, perhaps in a home office designed by you, using a device of your choosing, with or without music, in an atmosphere you create for yourself.
  • Clarifying the goals, roles, and execution plans for your team.
  • Helping your team understand our strategy and how they are contributing to the big picture.
  • Proactively coaching people remotely, accelerating them along their personal growth trajectory.
  • Being a positive contributor to how we approach people and culture in the engineering team, including hiring, firing, performance reviews, culture fit, salary reviews, and how we pay.
Interested? We'd love to hear from you. Please include a cover letter outlining what you can bring to the role and how Octopus would be a good fit for you. 

We are looking for people who live and work in Australia and New Zealand to join our remote-first team. We are currently unable to provide visa sponsorship for candidates outside of Australia and New Zealand.

About the company

We make Octopus Deploy, software that enables teams to deliver working software to production. We've become the "best in class" tool in our category by focusing on doing one thing and doing it very well. Founded in 2012, we have helped 25,000 companies to automate complex deployments, and we employ 120+ wonderful people.

We're a growing, profitable business. Our goal is to build a company that will last forever, while enjoying the journey and doing work that we're proud of. Our business model is all around understanding our customers, building great software, backing it up with great support and customer service, and making it incredibly easy to discover, learn and use. After bootstrapping for a decade, we quietly raised Australia's second-largest ever venture capital raise, accepting a USD $172M minority investment from Insight Partners.

Most of our team is based in Brisbane, Australia, where the company started, though we've spread to other parts of Australia, the US, NZ and UK. Because our team is distributed, everyone works from home, so we've built a remote-first culture. 

We've made our company handbook public, and it's a great guide to how we think about just about everything - including career progression and compensation, our vision and what we care about, how our company is structured, feedback loops, training, remote work and more. Please take a read of our handbook, and reach out if you think there is a good fit.

Why Octopus Deploy

If you join Octopus, you’ll be joining a high trust, remote-first team that helps over 150,000 people around the world to deliver working software to production.

We’ve been around since 2012 and we’re used by over 25,000 companies, including ASOS, Xero, StackOverflow, NASA and Disney.

Growing, sustainable company

We’re profitable and long-term oriented. And yet we’re growing quickly. It’s a unique opportunity to join a growing company without all the craziness. With that growth comes all kinds of opportunities for career progression and professional and personal development.

What to expect

What’s it really like here? We’ve made our internal handbook public, so you can see for yourself. It will answer many of the questions you might have.

Read our Handbook

Benefits & perks


Trust and autonomy to do the best work of your life, in work that makes a meaningful difference.

Competitive salary

Along with a pro-active salary review and feedback system.
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As we grow, new opportunities to learn, advance and contribute are continuously opening.

Laptop & home office

Choose your own laptop and home office program.
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Health & dental

Excellent health care, dental and vision.
(US only)


Generous 401K / pension retirement plan matching.
(US & UK only)

Work/life harmony

No crazy hours or arbitrary deadlines.

Parental Leave

Paid parental leave for primary & secondary carers.

Don’t see a role you’re interested in?

If you share our core values but none of the roles above seem quite right, but you think you can bring something unique that might help, we’d love to hear from you. Just talk to us.