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DevOps lead

Build and lead our DevOps team to deliver reliable, scalable, resilient software that will help us achieve our global ambitions.

Posted on:
June 2022
Closing date: 
July 2022
Job title:             DevOps Lead
Reporting to:  Chief Technology Officer
Salary:                 A market competitive package including                                   participation in The Yield’s employee share                                   options plan
Hours:                  Full Time
Location:           Sydney with hybrid working available

About us

The Yield is hiring! Come join us as we change the face of agtech and help feed the world without wrecking the planet.

We’re an agricultural technology company on a mission to transform food and farming practices with scalable digital technology.

We use real time data and AI to power our technology to solve real challenges at farm level and throughout the food chain.

We help commercial growers, input providers and marketers make faster, more informed decisions that impact yield and reduce risk. We do this by providing an integrated set of agtech solutions that sense, analyse and predict on-farm growing conditions, and then deliver information in a usable, insightful format.

The Yield technology combines hardware, data analytics and user-friendly apps. Our agtech solutions can be applied across the food chain to help customers to drive profits and sustainability, scale faster and reduce risk. We help our customers to #growbetter.

We are on the brink of global stardom! We are growing our team and expanding our presence globally. This year we commenced our launch into overseas markets with our Founder and CEO, Ros Harvey, spending much of her time in the US developing customer and investor networks and building our US team.

Our Vision

Our vision is to feed the world without wrecking the planet. We plan to do this through sustainable food production with AI-driven decision making on farm and along the supply chain adjusting in real time for weather. We aim to be the essential data and AI platform for large corporate growers in speciality crops globally.

The world needs to produce 60% more food by 2050 to feed the planet at a time of unprecedented resource constraints. We aim to be a global leader in intelligent solutions in the food industry.

The Yield has a highly-focused team combining leading engineers, data scientists, agriculturists and technologists.

We partner with some of the global giants of technology services like Bosch, Yamaha Motor Company and Microsoft. We have a deep commitment to open innovation, collaboration, and diversity. A core value is that we work with the best and share the rewards.

Our Founder and CEO has spent her life time promoting inclusion and diversity at work. Our business is committed to creating the right culture, systems and flexibility for everyone regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation to thrive and reach their full potential. We were awarded the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) inaugural #TechDiversity award in 2016 in recognition of our achievements. Check out our videos on our corporate values.


We are ready to launch our services in the USA and then other international markets in coming years. We are currently looking for a DevOps Lead to help build and lead our DevOps team and operational capability to deliver reliable, scalable, resilient software that will help us achieve our global ambitions.

As the DevOps Lead at The Yield you will work with the CTO, Architects, Hardware, and Software and Data Science teams to deliver on our goals. You will build and lead a diverse, highly creative, agile, human centred team. You’ll be a self-starter and highly motivated thinker who loves to learn new things and enjoys when no two days are the same.

We are seeking someone who is experienced at building and managing teams in a complex start-up environment, who is passionate and eager to learn and also to share their skills and knowledge in the ever-evolving DevOps space. The role involves working in a rapidly growing engineering team, leading a key group in the development and continuous improvement of our cloud infrastructure and systems. You’ll gain exposure to many different technologies in this role and will work with a highly proficient team of engineers and data scientists.


There is no typical working week at The Yield. But here are some of the things you might be working on, day-to-day:


  • Build a sense of team with a clear purpose and cohesive direction
  • Grow the capability of each person in the team; helping them to develop and meet their personal goals and the goals of The Yield
  • Ensure the team reflects the values held to be important at The Yield
  • Value diversity in the team
  • Liaise with other people and teams in the business to ensure we collaborate well to deliver solutions that meet our goals

Process, Tools, and Innovation

  • Ensure a solid and practical set of processes are in place to successfully deliver reliable and commercially valued solutions
  • Transform the way we get things done to increase productivity and the value of our solutions
  • Ensure the team has the right tools and training in place to support their work and ensure we work as efficiently as possible
  • Work with the team to assess current practices and devise improvements


  • Communicate with Senior Executives and peers to convey progress, status, ideas, plans and needs.
  • Teach the broader team about all aspects of project management whilst always being open to learning new skills and concepts from the team.

Planning, Reporting & Delivery

  • Project and resource planning
  • Track and report on progress
  • Work with the Project Office

Technical Oversight (including Security)

  • This role will oversee a substantial transformation from Australia to global markets both architecturally and operationally
  • Ensure that the team leverages the right technologies to provide the best solutions and to the right standards
  • Keep the team abreast of new industry developments and adopt new ideas in a sensible and controlled way

Production Oversight

  • Ensure that the system is running securely, smoothly and cost effectively


To be successful in this role you will have:

  • 3+ years’ experience building and managing a DevOps team with team members in Australia and overseas
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects in a demanding environment
  • Ability to work in a team of highly skilled professional peers, collaborating to deliver complex projects
  • Strong and recent hands-on experience with DevOps aspects of development of large and complex cloud based systems in Azure and AWS
  • Strong working knowledge and hands on experience of Containerisation and Kubernetes
  • Demonstrated ability to ensure the security of cloud systems as they are being built and then during operation
  • Good working knowledge of branching strategies and associated configuration management
  • Hands on experience with Terraform, Jenkins CI/CD, Grafana
  • Scripting experience in Python, PowerShell &/or Bash
  • Hands on experience with Linux and Windows systems
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Skills that will be highly desired but not essential:

  • Supporting a Data Science team with highly scalable production models in place
  • Experience in a helpdesk / network support environment


To be successful in this role you are likely to have:

  • Bachelor degree in Computer Science or a related field.
  • Equivalent skills through experience and on the job learning.

More about us

We are looking for talented people who share our passion and hire on both skills and values. We are a truly diverse company and actively strive to be an industry leader in building inclusive technology teams. We offer a supportive and flexible working environment, including giving our staff the tools needed to work remotely.

Check out our LinkedIn company page for further details.

Enquiries: recruitment@theyield.com

June 2022

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