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Principal Engineer – Data & AI

New Zealand

LawVu is transforming the legal industry by providing the world’s leading and most loved platform for in-house legal teams. 


Our aim is to make the lives of in-house legal teams and their business partners more productive and fulfilling. We are well on the way with some of the world’s leading global brands and best in-house legal teams already operating on LawVu. Growing super fast, LawVu is headquartered in sunny Tauranga, New Zealand with teams in Australia, the USA , UK, Europe and Ireland. Our culture is strongly values aligned where we look for people to bring their whole selves and join a team doing the best work of their lives. 


LawVu’s Product & Engineering team is looking for a Principal Engineer, who takes pride in creating beautiful solutions that can scale to meet our rapid global growth and expansion. We are looking for a technical leader with strong experience in hyper growth & data platforms, as well as a passion for utilising the latest emerging Gen AI trends to keep our user experiences at the cutting edge of technology in a way that provides solutions to real world problems and delivers value to help accelerate the world’s legal work. 


As a Principal Engineer at LawVu you’ll be expected to think ahead, design for change and build robust solutions. You will inspire, challenge and mentor our existing team of highly skilled and experienced engineers and analysts to the next level in their careers.


What you’ll do

  • Lead the design, development and deployment of cutting edge solutions, with a particular focus on our Data and Analytics platform, as well as emerging Generative AI technologies
  • Instill a culture of engineering excellence and best practices in everything you do and in those around you  
  • Be a leader of our technical architecture and system design by driving decisions and technical strategy to support a scalable and robust infrastructure
  • Challenge the status quo to ensure we are thinking creatively and reaching our full potential
  • Prioritise secure development and instill a culture of security first design
  • Technical guidance and mentorship of team members including conducting code reviews, providing feedback and ensuring high-quality code standards
  • Work closely with the wider product and engineering leadership team to develop product and platform roadmaps and initiatives, championing scalability, performance and cost to serve initiatives
  • Work with product teams and customers on product discovery
  • Stay updated with the latest industry trends and emerging technologies


What you’ll bring


  • 8+ years of experience designing, building and supporting large scale modern data platforms
  • Experience designing, implementing and deploying ETL/ELT pipelines, data lakehouse (medallion) architectures and metadata driven frameworks
  • Experience with streaming and batch processing architectures
  • Expert level knowledge in cloud computing platforms such as Azure (preferred), AWS, or GCP
  • Experience in owning, maintaining, and building solutions on a modern data platform such as Databricks (preferred), Azure Synapse etc.
  • Experience in visualization tools such as Power BI 
  • Strong SQL and Python (PySpark) experience
  • Experience with CICD, DataOps, and MLOps using Azure DevOps or GitHub Actions
  • Comfortable working in an Agile development environment
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral with the ability to articulate technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders internally and externally.


  • Knowledge and experience in generative AI and RAG architectures
  • Experience in data governance tools such as Unity Catalog or Purview



Preferred locations are Tauranga, Auckland and Wellington, but other locations will be considered for the right person.


People Leadership 

  • There are no direct reports


Why LawVu?

At LawVu we support many types of flexible working arrangements that allow you to balance your work, your life and your passions. We offer the opportunity to get onboard a growth company early and the opportunity to participate in LawVu’s success through our incentive scheme. LawVu has rapidly expanding offices and our work environment encourages continuous improvement and future career development. 

Our collaborative and inclusive culture is one we’re immensely proud of. We know that a diverse workforce is a strength that enables us to better understand and serve customers and innovate successfully. From the moment you join, you’ll feel welcome and supported to do the best work of your life.

Our team is only as strong as the culture it is built upon. Our core values are:

Inspire and Delight

We take pride in what we do and go the extra mile to create experiences that inspire and delight our customers.

Move Swiftly

We do what we say we will do, moving fast to get the right things done to make an impact.

Dig Deeper

No challenge is too big. With courage we embrace the challenge, learn from our mistakes and share the knowledge

Take Ownership

With every decision and behaviour, however big or small, we take ownership of it’s impact on our business.

Back yourself. Back others

We strive to be supportive, honest people who respect each other and build a high level of trust to perform as a winning team.

Bring your Woo

Woo is what energises us, brings us joy and makes us unique.  We seek to create a safe environment that fosters bringing your whole self so you can thrive. 

About LawVu & our culture
LawVu is a modern software platform that is revolutionizing the way corporate legal teams manage legal and engage with the wider business. LawVu is creating a true legal operating system. We’re helping in-house legal teams to reduce risk while providing massive productivity gains along with cloud technology to share and collaborate on files. We have both clients and staff around the world so if you enjoy working in a fast based entrepreneurial environment then you are the person we are looking for. Our team is only as strong as the culture it is built upon. Our core values are listed below. If our core values resonate with you and have the skills and desire to get your teeth stuck into a real challenge then we would love to welcome you to the team.
Our values

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