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Lead Software Engineer



Software Engineering
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

About Karbon

Karbon is the global leader in practice management software for growth-minded accounting firms. We provide an award-winning, highly collaborative cloud platform that streamlines work and communication, enabling the average accounting firm using Karbon to save 16 hours per week, per employee.

We have customers in 34 countries and have grown into a globally distributed team, with our people based throughout the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines. We are well-funded, ranked #1 on G2, have a fantastic team culture built on our values, are growing rapidly, and making a global impact.

Karbon is seeking Software Engineering Leads skilled in balancing efficiency and excellence. Ideal candidates thrive in teamwork, innovate, and maintain products while valuing autonomy and creativity. We prioritize ownership and impact, welcoming diversity, passion, and authenticity in a collaborative, sincere environment. This is a hybrid role.

Key Responsibilities

  • Balance Speed and Quality—As a lead engineer, you adeptly balance the need for speed with a commitment to quality. You know when to accelerate to meet deadlines and when to focus on detail for perfect outcomes. Your keen judgment allows you to navigate these priorities effectively, while guiding your team to maintain a high standard of both efficiency and excellence.
  • Foster Effective Team Collaboration—As a lead engineer, you understand that software development is a team sport, where solo victories are rare. Your strong collaboration skills and dedication to supporting your colleagues are crucial. You contribute to a harmonious blend of focused work and engaging discussions, both in home and office settings, ensuring everyone can contribute to the team's success. You lead by example, fostering an environment where every team member feels valued and motivated to invest their efforts towards collective achievements.
  • Build and Maintain—As a lead engineer, your role involves developing innovative products and ensuring the continuous operation of existing ones. You appreciate not only the allure of new technologies but also the importance of iterative improvements on established systems. Your commitment to both pioneering advancements and preserving stability is crucial. You lead by example, fostering a culture that values both innovation and reliability, ensuring that your team excels in both creating and maintaining high-quality software solutions.
  • Autonomy—You are inherently curious, finding joy in learning and exploration. Faced with challenges and direction rather than predefined solutions, you engage fully and creatively with problems.
  • Own Your Work—As a lead engineer, you take pride in your creations and feel responsible for their impact on customers. You inspire your team to share this commitment, ensuring everyone delivers high-quality, impactful solutions.
  • Bring your passion and personality—Your creativity, curiosity, and authentic self make the team stronger. If you've worked in highly political environments, you'll find our culture, free from office politics and valuing openness and authenticity, a refreshing change.


  • Proven leadership experience in both new development and maintaining legacy systems.
  • Ability to guide and mentor team members, fostering a collaborative and innovative environment.
  • Experience owning a technical backlog, including ideating, prioritizing, pruning, and delivering on tasks and projects.
  • We are primarily a .NET-focused team, seeking candidates proficient in C#, SQL Server, and .NET technologies (MVC, Web API, .NET Core)
  • Comprehensive understanding of latest browser standards (HTML/CSS, Javascript, DOM API)
  • Experience and knowledge of the following:
    • One or more Javascript frameworks including React.js, Angular.js, Vue.js, Ember.js, Lit.js or equivalent.
    • Typescript
    • I18N and accessibility standards for web applications
  • Experience with one or more persistence frameworks and good understanding of RESTful protocols
  • Candidates with demonstrated ability to repeatedly and successfully adapt to new technologies over several years will also be considered as team versatility is important.
  • Candidates should have a deep understanding of scalable systems, software architecture, data structures, and algorithms and have experience driving the adoptions and delivery of these systems.
  • Strong knowledge of the full software development life cycle and can speak to examples where they have helped implement engineering best practices including testing, delivery, and deployment processes.
  • Strong communication skills are essential for our international, multi-locational team dynamics and working closely with product and design representatives.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience is needed.

Karbon embraces diversity and inclusion, aligning with our values as a business. Research has shown that women and underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single criteria. If you've made it this far in the job description but your past experience doesn't perfectly align, we do encourage you to still apply. You could still be the right person for the role!

When we look for talent to join our team, we want unique, creative, and amazing people that align with values, and help us build a world-class product and company.

We recruit and reward people based on capability and performance. We don’t discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, lifestyle, age, educational background, national origin, religion, physical or cognitive ability, and other diversity dimensions that may hinder inclusion in the organization.

Generally, if you are a good person, we want to talk to you. 😛

If there are any adjustments or accommodations that we can make to assist you during the recruitment process, and your journey at Karbon, contact us at for a confidential discussion.

At this time, we request that agency referrals are not submitted for this position. We appreciate your understanding and encourage direct applications from interested candidates. Thank you!