Senior Software Engineer

Tech · Wellington, Region
Department Tech
Employment Type Full time, with flexible hours and options for part time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $100,000 -$120,000

Location: Remote working from New Zealand, or in office in Wellington

Contract: Full time, with flexible hours and options for part time

Start Date: ASAP

Recruitment Closing Date: 28 November 2021

Job Overview Video: Hear from Andy, the hiring manager, about the role!


The Cogo API enables banks and other corporations to integrate carbon and other sustainability data into their customer experiences - for example providing a bank customer a monthly carbon footprint statement or showing an online supermarket shopper the percentage of their products that are made by locally-owned businesses. 

We have partnered with some of the biggest banks in the UK and NZ, and are set to launch with bank partners in Australia later this year. Our mission is to empower 100s of millions of people to use their money to shape a future they truly value, and in doing so solve issues like climate change, plastic waste and social inequalities. Let’s go change the world - let’s Cogo!


We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join our growing engineering team that’s based in Wellington, New Zealand. Over the next year we expect to grow our user base to over 100,000 users, as well as building integrations with some major banking partners. This role will be based in a cross functional team building simple and performant APIs which allow our large partners to enable their users to align more of their spending with their environmental and social values.

We’re growing fast and want to make a really big difference in the world, so we rely on our people being flexible and taking on new tasks as the team’s needs change over time. We’d like to work with adaptable and creative engineers who can quickly integrate with our team, deliver high quality code and help scale our systems. As part of a small team you’ll have a large impact on the technical direction of the product, and play a big part in supporting the future growth of Cogo.

The day to day responsibilities include:

  • Working collaboratively with your peers to design, build, and maintain medium to large size features while reducing the system’s tech debt
  • Becoming the go-to person for one or more of our core technologies, and taking initiative to learn new ones
  • Owning the production operation and monitoring of the systems your work on
  • Teaching your skills to your team, mentoring team members to accelerate their career-growth
  • Questioning and adjusting our delivery processes, proactively looking for ways that we can improve
  • Troubleshooting problems across a wide array of services and functional areas


  • Several years of experience building and maintaining web facing systems using high level languages
  • Solid understanding of cloud infrastructure
  • Ability to learn and use a wide variety of open source technologies and tools
  • Strong bias toward team building and continuous improvement


Cogo is built on the following technologies:

  • ReactNative and React
  • JavaScript, TypeScript, Python
  • GraphQL, NodeJS, Django
  • Amazon Web Services (CloudFront, EC2, S3, RDS, CloudFormation, Lambda)
  • Postgres flavoured SQL, including views and stored procedures

Direct experience with some or all of the above is a plus, but above all we’d expect you to be adaptable to working with new technologies and ideas, while having a solid base of experience to draw on.


  • Excited to work in a company making a positive change in the world, and passionately engaged in the Cogo mission
  • Loves learning and seeks to suggest and carry out improvements to the technologies and processes used as we grow
  • Based in New Zealand and able to visit our Wellington office roughly once per quarter (Although you can join us in the office all the time if you like!)
  • Able to work some hours outside of 9am-5pm, for meetings with our UK team


Cogo is committed to providing a flexible working environment, including arrangements to fit around childcare and family life such as flexible working hours and remote working.

Cogo is an active member of the Tech Talent Charter, and is committed to helping deliver diversity in the technology sector. 

The salary range for this role is $100,000 - $120,000. Cogo operates full pay transparency across the company and is committed to equal pay opportunities. 

We are proud to encourage a friendly, open and transparent culture at Cogo and we make sure our amazing team is supported at all times. Here are some of our ever growing employee benefits: 

  • 5 weeks' leave plus public holidays,
  • Unlimited sick leave for your physical and mental health, and that of your family
  • An extra day off on your birthday
  • A paid volunteering day each year, for you to support your chosen charity or cause
  • Extra holiday when you avoid flying
  • 1 additional day’s leave per year of employment 
  • Annual learning budget to spend on personal development


PLEASE NOTE: To apply you must be currently entitled to work in New Zealand. Those who are eligible to work in NZ are NZ or Australian citizens, or have either a NZ residence visa or a NZ work visa. 

Please apply through BambooHR by COB Sunday 28th November 2021 with a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like to join the team at Cogo. 

  • We’ll aim to reply to your application within 7 days from the closing date of this role. 
  • We may then schedule a short call to clarify anything in your application, and make sure that our expectations are in line on both sides.
  • We’ll then schedule a 1 hour situational and behavioural based interview with you.
  • If that all goes well, we’ll schedule some time to get into more of the technical aspects of the role. 

We can't wait to receive your application and hear why you're excited to come change the world with us! 

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  • Location
    Wellington, Region
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full time, with flexible hours and options for part time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $100,000 -$120,000