About Propellerhead and New Zealand:
We started Propellerhead in 2002 to change the way software services were delivered in New Zealand. Fast-forward a few years and we now work with some of our countries largest entities, building interesting and challenging technology, and helping to improve the lives of millions of New Zealanders every day.
Our clients include New Zealand's largest government transport entity - Auckland Transport; the governing body of rugby union - New Zealand Rugby; one of the largest telcos - Spark; our national postal service - New Zealand Post; and the Ministry of Education, Dimension GRC, Auckland Museum and ESR.
A large percentage of our small team of 65 building these solutions are European citizens, who came to New Zealand for a better life. Our country is globally regarded as safe, clean and uncorrupt, with excellent work/life balance, thriving tech scene, and some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet.
Recently we were ranked third in the world for best country to live and work in by the HSBC Expat Explorer survey, first in the world on the latest Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), and greatest country on Earth in the latest Telegraph Travel Awards.
At Propellerhead, we value globally relevant skills and mindsets, and European citizens become highly valued members of our team. As our company grows, we would love to give more Europeans the opportunity to live and work in our beautiful country.
In 2019 we're travelling to Europe to interview candidates who may want to move to New Zealand and work for us.
Sound interesting to you? Take a look at our open positions and let us know if you're interested:
We pride ourselves on our use of the right technologies, the hiring of smart people, and our carefully thought-out, beautiful offices.
We believe a few things help make this a special place to work:
Our typical client engagements are large-scale, but often start small. We concentrate on the right combination of methodology, architecture, technology, and operating model. We believe software’s ‘natural state’ is live, in front of real users, and used for the purpose it is intended. The earlier we can deliver working software the sooner we are creating value. We are passionate advocates for open-source software, open data, and open ideas.
Propellerhead has moved away from traditional company hierarchy, and practices a flat organisational structure that takes its influence from Holacracy. We made this change to be able to empower smart people and allow them to make their own decisions.
Work is organised around cross-functional, self-managing teams, each including roles needed to contribute to successful delivery of value. The most effective team size for us is roughly 5 people, with each person playing one or more roles. We adopt this structure for its leanness and flexibility: as teams are internally self-organising, this allows them to focus on managing their work rather than people.
Upcoming Badge System
Very soon we’re planning to start assigning skill-based ‘badges’ to our employees. It’s an experiment designed to recognise the ability of our team, help ensure a transparent system, and is something that allows employees to take charge of their professional development. Business and technology magazine Idealog covered it - you can read about it here.
Some Of Our Work:
Our typical client engagements are large-scale, but often start small. We concentrate on the right combination of methodology, architecture, technology, and operating model, and our teams are skilled in the design, development, and support of software systems. They combine expertise in scalable, distributed systems, problem solving, and a deep desire to bring the latest in technology and technique to the software process.
We believe software’s ‘natural state’ is live, in front of real users, and used for the purpose it is intended. The earlier we can deliver working software the sooner we are creating value. We are passionate advocates for open-source software, open data, and open ideas.
Auckland Transport have been a client for 10 years, and recent work includes:
AT.Govt.NZ: Main Auckland Transport website
AT Hop: UI for the electronic fare payment system on Auckland’s public transport
AT Mobile: Auckland Transport's bus tracking consumer mobile app
Tertiary Concessions: AT Mobile feature allowing tertiary student to view fare concessions/discount eligibility status
Train Line Health: AT Mobile feature allowing users to have an idea on train line schedules - whether they are running to schedule or there are delays
Track My Bus and AT Metro: Predecessor mobile apps for AT Mobile
Back-End Systems: Data tracking, collation and distribution for a wide variety of Auckland Transport initiatives
New Zealand Rugby
We're building a number of products for New Zealand Rugby, including:
AllBlacksTV.com: Web app - game streaming portal
AllBlacksTV.com -Japanese: Official Japanese site managed by CMS (in progress)
MyRugby: Mobile app - official New Zealand Rugby community app (in progress)
NZRugby.co.nz: Web app (in progress)
NZRID: Integrated NZR ID based on AuthO (in progress)
Skinny Mobile is an award-winning prepay mobile provider owned by telco provider Spark, but operated as a separate entity while still utilising Spark’s network. Our work for them includes:
Consumer Website: skinnydirect.co.nz
Customer Service Portal
Mobile App: Skinny Direct
Two years ago, the Auckland War Memorial Museum embarked on a journey with us to share its rich collections with the world, hoping to reach more people, in more ways than through its website alone. Our work for them includes:
Linked Open Data Platform: a platform which links to thousands of other such datasets using Linked Open Data, adding to a global “knowledge commons.”
For its subsequent contribution to open data, the Museum has recently been named alongside the BBC, the World Bank, and other global greats as an example of best practice for web standards. Read the Case Study >>