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Engineering Manager

Lyka Pet Food

Lyka Pet Food

Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Posted on Friday, November 10, 2023

Lyka is an Australian founded pet wellness company that’s shaking up an outdated industry and paving the way for happier, healthier pets. Despite medical advancements, animal lifespans are on the decline. Today, the average pet only reaches 37% of their full potential lifespan and statistics have shown us that many suffer from dental disease, cancer, and obesity. Simply put, the status quo is not enough.

As humans, we’ve experienced firsthand the positive impact fresh wholefoods can have on our health and wellbeing, and we believe our furry friends deserve the same. We're on a mission to do just that, starting with nutritionally balanced, wholefood meals delivered direct to doors around Australia. As the world’s most sustainable pet wellness company, we’re putting pets and our planet first — one bowl at a time.

Today, we are proud to share we’ve served over 20 million meals to puppers and their parents across Australia, and this is just the beginning. Our vision is to create multiple nutritional products, adding disease prevention meals and supplements, and expand into new markets.

Currently, we have a team of 200+ pet-obsessed and we're continuing to grow (yes, looking at you!). These carefully selected people are dedicated to building the next generation of technology and products to help empower pet parents to take control over their pet’s wellbeing.

To date, we have raised over $60M in funding from our venture fund investments and pet industry insiders, who believe in our mission and ability to drive change in a stagnant industry, providing nutrition that nourishes puppers from the inside out.
Are you ready to shake things up and give pets the life they deserve? Come join our pack!

Our Mission
The time we share with our pets is being cut short. Despite medical advancements, they’re getting sicker earlier. They’re dying prematurely. The industry has it backwards — prioritising treating symptoms instead of addressing the root cause. That’s where we come in.

At Lyka, we take a preventative, holistic and personalised approach to pet care. We look at the full picture, factoring in the diet, lifestyle and environment of each individual animal.
We don’t stop at symptoms, instead we dig for the root cause. We create nutrition plans unique to each pet, because it’s not just about living longer, but living well too.

Our mission is to double the average lifespan of dogs and cats by 2050. When we can share a full life with our pets, we've done our job.

What you'll do:

Are you an Engineering Manager with a passion for nurturing talent, fostering innovation, and propelling teams towards groundbreaking accomplishments?

At Lyka, we're on an exhilarating journey, shaping the next generation of our platform. We're seeking an Engineering Manager to champion our dynamic squads in crafting pioneering systems, steering us towards an event-driven architecture that will strengthen Lyka's grand expansion plans.

As an Engineering Manager, you'll play a pivotal role in nurturing and organising our Engineering squads.
You'll collaborate closely with the Engineering Director and other leaders, ensuring our teams reach new heights in achieving their objectives and delivery milestones.
You will partner with product owners, technical leads, and external collaborators, creating solutions that not only cater to our customers but also add substantial value to our internal operations.

Who is this for?

You are more than just a leader. You are an advocate for engineers, dedicated to empowering them with contemporary practices, fostering growth, and steering their career journey to new heights.

An academic background in Computer Science or Software Engineering, coupled with over a decade of rich experience in multi-stakeholder software development environments.

Your People Leadership Skill:

  • Guide and align the engineering team with our company's vision while nurturing a collaborative culture.
  • Mentor and coach team members, supporting their professional aspirations.
  • Cultivate a culture of growth by championing training initiatives and skill enhancements that aligns with our business objectives.
  • Keep a keen eye on software practices, promoting & ensuring quality, efficiency, and timely deliveries.

Your Technical Expertise:

  • Proficiency in AWS Cloud development, encompassing Lambda, Cognito, and DynamoDB.
  • Expertise in microservices, event-driven architectures, and serverless principles.
  • Mastery in Test Driven Development (TDD), End-to-End (E2E) testing, and continuous delivery practices.

The X-Factor:

  • Innovate and challenge the status quo, driving fresh ideas to elevate our Engineering team.
  • Command of modern software development practices, design patterns, and problem-solving.
  • Stellar communication skills, enabling seamless collaboration and idea exchange.

Join us on this Exciting journey, where your passion, expertise, and leadership will sculpt the future of engineering at Lyka!


  • Work in a fast-growing start-up, experiencing what goes behind the scenes to sustain hyper-growth for a start-up with a physical product!
  • Growth and Development – Lyka is growing extremely quickly, which means you will have the opportunity to experience different challenges every day and progressively acquire more responsibilities as our facility and team expands. We provide an annual L&D budget for you to continue your personal development.
  • Work for a sustainability focused company – we care about the health of our dogs and our planet. We’re proud to be Australia’s only carbon-negative and plastic-negative pet wellness company and we’re always looking at ways for us improve sustainability practices.
  • Be part of a diverse top talent team, coming from widely different backgrounds and geographies.
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave for primary carers and 6 weeks for secondary carers, alongside 2 weeks of miscarriage leave in the first twenty weeks. We also offer 18 paid weeks to both primary and secondary carers if you have been at Lyka for over two years.
  • Wellbeing assistance & tools to take care of your mental and physical wellbeing so you can do your best work.
  • Flexible working: work from where you get your best work done. We have pet-friendly offices and industrial kitchens in Sydney and Melbourne and offer a working from home allowance for your home set-up.
  • Pupper parent support to care for your furry friends – flexible arrangements for new pets, pet-friendly offices, discounts, and financial allowance for dog training & care to help them live their best life!

We are committed to building inclusive and diverse teams.

Lyka is an equal opportunity employer devoted to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. We celebrate diversity, are devoted to creating an inclusive environment for all staff and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application.