Chief Technology Officer


What is the role of a CTO in 2019? Well, depending on who you ask, there are various views on what the role a CTO plays. The CTO role description is vague because the job title means different things in different companies.

When you typically think about the role of a CTO, you immediately think about its key mission: making sure that the organisation’s technology fully serves its business strategy.

That’s true, yes. However, what if you’re looking for more than that? What if you wanted a CTO role with an exciting start-up that is now “growing up” and entering the next phase that allowed you the opportunity to not only drive the technology roadmap, but also work closely with the founders on the product vision and help guide the business and its people through this scale-up journey?

Well, you’ve come to the right place then. That’s exactly how we’re defining this CTO role. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to our friends at Uptick.
Who are Uptick?
Uptick believes that in the future buildings will manage themselves via smart connected software, involving humans only by exception. To help bring this future into reality Uptick has created a complete building maintenance ecosystem of smart, integrated technology, to capture and facilitate every interaction people have with buildings. On their way to complete this mission they already helped maintain more than 20% of all commercial property in Australia, and work closely with national brands like Commonwealth Bank, Scentre Group (owner and operator of Westfield) and Smarter Communities, which manages over 5,000 apartment buildings.

Cumulatively, 100,000 buildings and 2.2 million total assets are maintained using Uptick technology with a total of $15,000,000+ invoiced through Uptick every month. 
Let’s dive into the product
The Uptick ecosystem offers three distinct products targeting all the different stakeholders involved in building maintenance: Uptick Maintenance helps Facility and Strata Managers to efficiently manage remedial maintenance activities, Uptick Compliance provides transparency and peace of mind to Building Owners by helping them manage the safety and compliance of their buildings & Uptick Workforce is a workforce management tool built specifically for service providers in the fire safety and compliance industry.

All of these products are built on the back of the bSecure open data layer, which connects all these different systems across all of their customers. 

And the tech?
Their go-to languages are Python and JavaScript, but they work across a broad range of technologies:

  • Django, Django REST Framework
  • React and Redux
  • Deployed to Kubernetes on AWS
  • Experimenting with serverless architectures
  • Docker for local development
  • Jenkins and Cypress for integration

The role
Uptick has come leaps and bounds in the last 12 months in the way they design, build, test and deploy their suite of products. They have also experienced some impressive growth, growing the engineering team to 16. Now, the role of the CTO has evolved significantly, and the areas of which they need you to have the most impact is:

Product Strategy    

  • You will work closely with the founders, acting as an advisor on technological approaches, to maximize the company’s opportunity to achieve its business objectives through the development of disruptive/leading edge technology solutions
  • Overseeing all technical aspects of the company using an active and practical approach, the CTO is responsible to define the technical strategies required to achieve the company’s commercial goals, as defined by the company’s strategic & operational plans
  • Lead strategic planning to achieve business goals by identifying and prioritizing development initiatives and setting timetables for the evaluation, development, and deployment of product solutions.


  • Leadership for this role means both technical and people leadership. You’re not just the head geek, but someone who can actually help be a voice with the founders of what it means to scale the product from both the technical point of view and people but managing the engineering team directly, and providing mentoring and development.
  • Building a great product is why they’re here. We want you to be fired up to partner with product management, design, and the rest of the company to continually shape their development processes to ensure they maintain effectiveness.

Technology and architecture

  • You will be the chief architect, defining and overseeing the way their code is implemented.
  • You will coach Engineers and Tech Leads in how they can improve their software in terms of structure, best practices, test coverage, scalability, and overall architecture.

Hello… is it you we’re looking for?
Being a CTO at a start-up company can be many things, dull is certainly not one of them! But of course, you will already know that, because you’re someone that has walked this journey before and knows the challenges of what it means to take a business from start-up to scale-up.

What you will bring to the role:

  • You think strategically, and execute tactically. You have the ability to work at a strategic level with senior leaders/ founders, looking at the business goals and translating them into projects, with advice on the specific technology that the team will need to deploy to get there.
  • You have up-to-date knowledge of the technology landscape and trends, modern architecture principles and software delivery frameworks.
  • You are capable of handling ambiguous business requirements with excellent prioritisation, time management and focus on execution.
  • As a leader, you are someone who nurtures and mentors, whilst also teaching and empowering through greater accountability.
  • You know how to create better efficiencies through the implementation of greater process and best practice

Next steps
Hi! I’m Breanna from affix. We work with inspiring tech companies to help them scale up through people. We are super pumped to be partnering with Uptick to help them secure their next generation CTO. There is a lot more I can tell you about them and the role, so why not reach out to have a chat, and let’s see if this is your happy (work) place 🙂

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