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April Lea

Director of Engineering
I lead teams of software engineers to build great products that people love to use.
Industry
Technology and Digital
Company
Skedulo
Job Level
Senior
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About me

  • International Experience
  • Regional Background

My current role is as the Director of Engineering at Skedulo. I found my passion with technology when I was 10 years old, back then playing online games and coding myspace layouts for my friends. It was a childhood passion that allowed me to skip the university journey and jump straight into software engineering upon graduating high school. Since then, I have worked for top tier technology companies within Australia and internationally, and I am making my mark on leading and enabling teams of engineers to build great software, being noted as a 2021 Global Emerging Engineering Leader on a prestigious industry list.

Coming from a rural Queensland town, I pride myself on being a cycle breaker, proving to the world that it doesn’t matter where you come from - you can do, and be, anything you want. Having now spent over a decade in the male dominated software engineering industry, my passion lies in helping other young girls realise their potential in STEM and aims to inspire more women to join an industry she has loved since I was a child.

About my role

  • Curious
  • Independent
  • Meticulous
  • Passionate
  • Reliable

The Director of Engineering leads engineering teams that are responsible for building and maintaining the core services, web and mobile applications that make up Skedulo’s product. The role is integral in driving the culture, process and delivery across all engineering teams. The days are very varied - some days you will strategise the delivery of key projects across the engineering teams, and align business goals to the direction of the product. Other days you will focus on guiding and coaching my team members to help them achieve their career goals. Then there are days where you will spend time investigating potential future technologies to introduce to our tech stack, and budgeting/planning for upcoming quarters/financial years.

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Education

  • High school certificate

Awards

  • Winner of Global Top 100 Emerging Engineering Leader 2021

Hobbies

  • Bike riding
  • Photography
  • Reading
  • Writing

Pets

  • 2 Cat

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Landed first job as software engineer.
  2. Fired after first week.
  3. Got a new job as software engineer.
  4. Was promoted.
  5. Realised love of people leadership.

My employer

In today’s world, deskless workers outnumber desk-based workers four-to-one. Skedulo creates cloud-based software to allow any company in any industry to schedule, manage, engage, and analyze their deskless workforce.