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Systems Architect

We're looking for a Systems Architect to help us take a successful product to a global scale.

Posted on:
June 2022
Closing date: 
July 2022
Job title:             Systems Architect
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 lifetime 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.


The Yield is about to launch their services in the USA and then other countries in the coming years. We are currently looking for a Systems Architect to take ownership of our systems architecture for Data Science and Engineering, and to help us take a successful product to a global scale.

The role will enable The Yield to grow into the US market as well as helping to improve the team’s overall design capability and skills, and capabilities of our software engineers. This is a significant role and pivotal to The Yield’s success.

This role will take primary responsibility for architectural design of systems for software and data science, for supervising the technical aspects of the transformation projects and to be a key reviewer of software design, acting as a technical mentor to the software team.

This is one of the most exciting programs of work with large scope covering advanced cloud software, web and mobile applications and highly specialised data science applied to agtech – one of the most rapidly growing sectors in the world right now.


1.   Architecture & Design

  • Devising and documenting the architecture of systems and overseeing technical design of systems in a collegiate and collaborative environment
  • Liaising with the CTO, Software, Devops, Data Science and Product to understand needs, formulate solutions and ensure they are properly engineered
  • Evaluating new technologies, prototyping solutions
  • Understanding operational costs of system designs and ensuring cost efficient solutions are being developed and deployed
  • Follow and contribute towards engineering and design guidelines for developing highly scalable, available and fault tolerant systems
  • Devise, document and extend data models to support business needs. You will be a champion for the data model and will have to be able to communicate it to the team
  • Championing creation of reusable design patterns, documenting them and making sure they are reused by the software team

2. Capability Building

  • Working with the team to ensure software is developed and deployed to meet the architecture
  • Using technical review and mentoring to grow team capability
  • Contributing to a cohesive, diverse, and high-performing team that is genuinely inclusive and gender-balanced

3. Communication

  • Effectively communicating architecture to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Working effectively and collaboratively with partners such as Databricks, Microsoft and various others

4. Planning

  • Working with peers and stakeholders to plan projects.
  • Being able to develop high-level estimates to the business.


To be successful in this role you will have:

  • 7+ years’ experience as a systems architect in small to medium company environments building globally scalable and high performance systems
  • Extensive Cloud experience in any cloud, preferably with Azure specific experience
  • Solid experience with data systems including data stores/lakes, Databricks, NoSQL(CosmosDB, Dynamo DB), Datawarehouse tools, assorted SQL databases
  • Experience with IoT systems and geospatial data will be very well regarded
  • Data Modelling experience – being able to understand the business and devise and maintain a data model to support business needs
  • Proven ability to provide documented architecture and to support a software and devops team in development and maintenance of the system
  • Experience in supporting the needs of Data Scientists
  • Experience in complex, large-team technical environments where issues require prompt resolution and strategic actions
  • Ability to prototype solutions to prove concepts and / or value
  • Understanding of cloud costs and being able to ensure systems architected are cost effective and scale efficiently
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a high functioning, multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to mentor and support software engineers in their career growth through review and direct mentorship
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Skills that will be highly desired but not essential:

  • Commercial consulting experience
  • Supporting a Data Science team with highly scalable production models in place


To be successful in this role you are likely to have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related field.

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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