Full Time Job

Software Development Team Lead

PredictHQ is the world’s leading source of demand intelligence, enabling global companies to accurately predict and prepare for demand anomalies.

We cover every major category from conferences and concerts to live, unscheduled events such as extreme weather or airport delays. Our expertise is in verifying, enriching and adding intelligence to the millions of significant events that impact demand, so companies can act before it's too late.

Our teams are creating advanced machine learning algorithms, using data from thousands of sources around the world, processing it through our modern, micro services based pipeline - and exposing it to customers via a powerful API. Some of the world’s most exciting companies such as Uber, Amazon Alexa, Accenture and Dominos rely on us to learn from the past, and to predict their future.

Launched in 2016, PredictHQ is growing rapidly and backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures and Aspect Ventures. PredictHQ has offices in San Francisco, US, London, UK, and Auckland, New Zealand.

PredictHQ is about teamwork to achieve huge things. We are building innovative and complex products, so our empathetic, hard working culture is key to our success. We are proactive in helping our teammates grow and thrive in their careers, and ensuring everyone can put their family and friends first.


The Software Engineering Team Lead is responsible for helping to nurture, mentor and manage R&D teams, whilst maintaining an active role within the codebase (hands-on technical work). This role would suit someone with a solid background in software engineering and the ability to lead, motivate and build strong teams. Therefore a keen eye for detail and strong communication skills to be able to engage with all levels of our business is a must.

Your role will be split between hands-on technical work, and people leadership work. The workload for each of these is variable, people leadership and people management may take up most of your time some weeks, whilst other weeks may be filled entirely with technical tasks. Flexibility, adaptability and being able to effectively self manage will be important. The top priority is the well being of your team and their performance.

Key Tasks and Expected Results

  • Actively work on development tasks and deliver high quality solutions.
  • Champion, suggest or improve R&D practices
  • Discuss requirements with developers, data scientists, and the head of product.
  • Proactively raise concerns and solutions for emerging or existing problems.
  • Day to Day line management of your team - leave approval, wellbeing etc
  • Fortnightly 1:1’s with your team to assist with coaching and career development.
  • To conduct Performance and Salary Reviews with your direct reports, as appropriate.
  • Be able to articulate the business impact of the work you and the team are doing.
  • Be actively involved in recruiting, interviewing and onboarding new team members.

Skills, Knowledge, and Competencies

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong coaching and mentoring skills
  • Strong communication and team participation skills
  • Strong technical ability
  • An awareness of new practices and processes and implement them in your team
  • Good organisational skills and ability to take initiative
  • Understanding of fundamental design principles behind scalable applications.
  • Experience in Python
  • Experience or familiarity with message-based microservices is a plus
  • Experience or familiarity with Docker, Kubernetes, Elasticsearch and Kafka is a plus


  • Applicants for this position must have New Zealand residency or a valid New Zealand work visa.
  • Ensure that all activities are conducted in accordance with internal policies and procedures, applicable legislation, rules and standards, including relevant Acts, Advertising Standards Authority rules and regulations, and industry body requirements.

Our people come first

Enabling and supporting them to do their best work is a company priority. Regardless of age, education, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or any personal characteristics, we want everyone to feel welcome. Our PredictHQ values are at the heart of our business and mean we are not only creating a word-first product but also a culture that is inclusive and unique.

  • Health Insurance
  • 10 weeks of fully paid parental leave
  • A remote first work environment centered on collaboration, flexibility, agility, and fun
  • Paid Birthday Leave
  • Paid Family and Friends Day Leave
  • Regular Social Events (after all, we can’t be the Event Experts if we don’t have a few of our own!)
  • Strong focus on your training and development
  • Options in a fast-growing company in its early stages