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What we do

Engineers work on our platforms. That means nothing would function without us. If you want to build things that last a long time and everyone relies on, this is for you.

We’ve got lots of teams who want to bring grad engineers on board, so whether you’re interested in platform, reliability or security engineering, we’ve got a role for you. As a grad, you’ll get to rotate through different teams before you choose a career path and figure out where your passion lies.

The skill sets across our engineering roles are similar, so don’t worry if you’re not sure which one best suits you – apply for one and we’ll help you find out. If you do have a preference, just let us know in your application.

Roles available

What we need from you

You’ll be self-driven, inquisitive, enjoy collaborating with different teams across the business, and thrive on technical challenges. We welcome grads with any qualification, not necessarily a university degree.

Ideally you’ll:

  • like working with servers or data, and if you like to script or write code then that’s a great combo

  • love problem solving, thinking on your feet, helping other people and taking the initiative 

  • enjoy investigating why things work, not just how they work

  • enjoy building solutions for other Xeros, removing pain points and making their lives easier

If this sounds like you, get in touch! We’d love to hear from you.


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How to apply

Applications for our 2021 grad program open on 2 March 2020 and we’re hiring graduate engineers in both our Auckland and Wellington offices.

We’ll need a copy of your CV, as well as links to any online projects, your website, GitHub/Stack Overflow and anything else you want to show us.

We’ll also need a copy of your academic transcript – we know it won’t be complete until the end of the year, so just send us everything so far.

Instead of a cover letter, in your online application we’ll ask you to tell us a bit about yourself and your thoughts on technology.

You need to be a citizen or permanent resident to apply. We’ll need a copy of your passport and/or visa for a start date in Feb 2021.

Due to the sheer number of applications we receive, we ask that you only apply for one role in one location. Please take some time to research each opportunity available before submitting your application.

Applications have now closed.

Graduate engineer: Auckland

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Graduate engineer: Wellington

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What to expect from the recruitment process

Our recruitment process has several different stages. Each is an opportunity for you to show us a little bit more about what makes you, you.

Once you’ve submitted your online application, you’ll receive a technical assessment and get an invitation to submit a quick video interview.

After this is done, we’ll get you to a grad day so you can meet the team at the office you're applying for. It’s a lot more fun and a lot more comprehensive than a regular interview, and gives you a chance to decide if we’re the right place for you.

Here’s what’s involved in the application

02 MAR – 24 JUL
Submit application, complete technical challenge and video interview 

24 JUL
Applications close

10 -18 AUG
Invitations to grad assessment days sent out

1 - 10 SEP 
Grad assessment days

14 - 15 SEP
Job offers made

FEB 2021
Start at Xero

We know that it can feel like a long time when you’re waiting to hear back from us, but we promise we will get back to you. We have a lot of applications to work through and we make sure we spend time looking at every single one.
We’ll process applications as we receive them, so it’s great if you can get yours in as early as possible. We’ll let everyone know whether they’ve progressed to the next stage or not by 18 August.

What to expect when you start

Your first day at Xero will be memorable. We’ll kick things off with an induction week, bringing all our grads together.

In between some awesome social events, you’ll learn about the whole of Xero, including what different teams around the business do and how they contribute to our overall strategy.

We’ll make sure you’re all set up with the right tech and equipment and then we’ll get into some technical training, and get you across some of our codebase. 

You’ll have time to get to know your manager and we’ll introduce you to the teams you’ll be working with in your first rotation.

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Xero is really well-known for its culture and people enjoy coming to work. We’ve really tried to impart that spirit into the grad program and I like to think we’ve succeeded.


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