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Principal Systems Engineer

Full Time, Permanent — Sydney or Melbourne

Brighter Together
Brighte is on a mission to make every home sustainable.
Recognized as one of Australia’s fastest-growing tech companies, Brighte is a remote first scale-up, hiring across Australia & NZ.
We value different perspectives, skills and backgrounds and have been recognized for our strength in creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, winning Best Workplace Diversity (Finnies 2021).
Founded in 2015, Brighte has helped over 100,00 Aussie households get solar sooner, providing financial solutions, partnering with over 2,000 SMEs nationally and processing more than $2 billion in finance applications.
Brighte supports the power shift to the home by enabling the generation of more than 2,111GWh of clean energy, and preventing greenhouse gas emissions totaling more than 900,000 metric tons of CO2e each year – equivalent to 193,922 gasoline powered passenger vehicles driven for 1 year!
Ready to join a purpose-led business? Read on!
Become a Brighte-aneer!
Have you thought how it might feel, making a positive impact on thousands of family households, and the environment, every time you come in to work?
What if you could do that without giving up your own family time? That’s what we do at Brighte, and hundreds of our employees get to feel that day in, day out.
Life at Brighte: 🏝
We’re all about ensuring you have the tools make a difference, and an environment that allows you to do that! We are a true remote first & flexibility first organisation, so if you want to spend quality time getting the kids ready for school, hit the gym at lunch or dash to social sports in the evening, we think that’s great, we know it’s only going to bring you back more engaged!
There’s no requirement to come to the office, but it’s always here if you need. When you are in the office, you’ll find yourself surrounded by collaborative spaces, free snacks & kombucha/beer/wine on tap for out Social Thursdays!
We strongly encourage internal mobility/promotions, and we hire for Brighte as a whole, not for individual teams. So if you want to see some clear advancement in your career, we want to see it too!
We’ve also got a couple of industry leading work policies to make sure that when life happens, you’re ready for it:
- 20 weeks paid leave for new parents the first 2 years
- Gender neutral; covering adoption, surrogacy and birth; flexible return to work options & super paid up to 12 months
- Work remotely from anywhere in the world for 6 weeks a year
Your Mission: 🌏
We want to make every home sustainable, and we’re doing that by eliminating the biggest barrier to household renewable energy solutions, the price! Brighte is a fintech company seeking to make the transition to sustainability more affordable through an innovative financing platform.
To reach the ambitious goal of making every home sustainable, we need to continue evolving technically and we want hands-on leaders like you who can create change. In this role, we want you to drive the change so that overtime words like rebuild, transform, legacy, and monolith are no longer used at Brighte. You'll enable our teams to build software that is architecturally consistent and of high quality, establishing best practices for the organisation.
If you want to take on the challenge of creating excellent culture, right across the engineering department, this could be your next step. You’ll be a go to for advice and tasked with directing us forward with best practices and continuous improvement at the front of mind. We think Test Driven Design, Distributed Systems, Eventing Systems and Microservices, have been core pillars to enable rapid delivery from us to customers.
What You Bring: 💭
One of our core values is ‘Deserve the Customer’, so a customer first attitude is paramount for us and as a tech team, we need to embrace that as much as anyone. In the next 2 years we’ll be spending a lot of resources to establish new foundations for the next phase of Brighte’s growth. We’re looking for previous experience as a key member in the decision making process supporting a large shift in architecture.
We’re operating at the unique intersection of renewables and fintech, so any industry experience or general interest in these areas is preferred. Knowledge of the solar industry or lending platforms specifically would be highly favourable. This is the most senior technical position available here at Brighte, so we need someone to come in and be confident in their decision and guide us unwaveringly into our next stage of alignment and efficiency.
Here’s the nitty gritty details on the experience that we feel would be set for success here at Brighte:
- Background in some (the more the merrier) of the following tech;
--- Typescript, React, Node, GraphQL & PHP (we have some legacy PHP actively been replaced)
--- AWS where we leverage RDS, ECS, Lambda, SQS, and EventBridge
- Previous experience directing technical strategy and architecture, ideally from transforming legacy architectures to modern cloud solutions
- Knowledge of distributed computing, eventing patterns, separation of concerns, and automated testing
It’s uncertain times at the moment, but there’s nothing uncertain about the opportunity here at Brighte, we’re building something special and we want to chat to you about joining us, no matter your background. Apply now or check out our Talent Acquisition team on LinkedIn, we’re always open for a chat!
Named LinkedIn’s #10 Top Australian Start Up (2021), we know we wouldn’t be anywhere without our investors, who believe in our mission and the opportunities that lie ahead for a brighter future.
Airtree Ventures, Mike Cannon-Brookes’ Grok Investments, Kim Jackson and Scott Farquhar’s Skip Capital, and Qualgro Partners all continue to support Brighte in making this dream a reality!
If you want to join this mission-driven, inclusive, and highly collaborative team, click apply and upload your resume! All applicants will receive a response.
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Acknowledgement of Country

Brighte acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of our land - Australia. We pay our respect to them and their cultures and to the elders past, present and emerging. The Gadigal of the Eora Nation are the traditional custodians of the land on which Brighte’s office stands.