Head of Engineering

Key Facts

Level: Executive
Salary: $200,000 NZD + ESOP + Kiwisaver/401k/Super
Location: Remote - anywhere on the planet
Hours: Full-time - 40 hours spread out anyway you'd like over 7 days
Benefits: 6 weeks holidays + 4 weeks sick/carer's leave + study days + more
Team size: 8 growing to 20 over the next 12 months

The Role

The Head of Engineering is focused on engineering and technology at a tactical level, working closely with our CTO who is focused on the organisation at the strategic level.

You'll be leading the team day to day to ensure features are delivered at high quality, that our apps and platform are delivered in way that allows us to grow quickly, and that engineers are able to deliver their best work.

A typical day would involve:
- Working with product to design features
- Pair programming with staff
- Providing feedback on changes to our platform
- Ensuring engineers are unblocked and able to focus on the features they are assigned to
- Making technology choices to deliver the best engineering and product results

There is a very strong focus on managing the engineering side of the team, while our CTO focuses on more strongly on the hiring, benefits, engagement, performance and happiness of the engineering team.

This role would be perfect for someone who has been an engineering manager (or above) and really enjoyed the technical side of leading a large team but not didn't really fancy the people management side.

You'll be expected to understand and write code on a regular basis, as well as ensure that engineering's workload is well managed and prioritised.

We use a pretty unique system for managing workload - engineers choose the features they work on, a Kanban board shows upcoming work, we don't use story points, we don't have deadlines and we have very minimal management and reporting overheads. We love this style and are looking for someone to continue (and improve) this methodology.

Our Technology & Attitude

Runn is built using the latest stack: Javascript, React, Node, GraphQL, Postgres & Rails tested with Cypress, Jest & Github Actions.

Our developers are involved in the entire product life cycle. We aren't just full stack, we are product stack. That means you'll be involved from the idea stage, into design, then development, testing, deployment and support. You own your features and have the ability to shape them.


  • Runn is building a company based on putting people first - we build trust with our teams, provide flexibility, and allow people work at whatever hours suit their lifestyle best
  • We have open and transparent salaries for all our staff including regular set pay increases for all staff.
  • Strong benefits package, including 6 weeks paid leave, 4 weeks sick leave, Christmas leave, public holidays, access to extended unpaid leave, learning and development time each month, and more. That's a minimum of 44 paid holidays each year!
  • Fully remote team with high flexibility in hours and location (including international) and fully paid for home office setup.
  • Regular in-person catch ups and events.
  • Advance your skills, learn new techniques, and be surrounded by a talented and supportive team.
  • Thrive as you help us build a high-growth company to improve the work lives of thousands of people.
  • Stress free work environment, no burn out, no overtime.
  • View more about Runn on our careers page.


  • 6+ years of experience as a software engineer
  • 3+ years in an engineering manager role or above
  • Very strong software engineer skills and background - understand how to architecture complex application and systems
  • Great management abilities - being able to prioritise work, write up tasks and work closely with engineers
  • Team building mindset - believe in building and support great teams, then getting out of the way
  • Product focused - very strong idea and opinions on creating great products, not just the technical details behind them

Hiring Process

We keep things simple and value your time just as much as our own. Our interview process generally includes an intro chat, a technical interview and a deep dive into engineering and team management opinions and finally a reference check.

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