ZeroCater (W11)
ZeroCater is the #1 way companies provide family-style meals for their employees.

Software Engineer II

Austin, TX or San Francisco, CA
Full-time
6+ years
About ZeroCater

ZeroCater is where food meets tech! We curate food that people love using our technology and vendor platform. To put simply, we are Netflix for B2B food services. We believe food is one of the easiest, and most effective, ways to build culture in an office. We make it easy for companies to feed their employees delicious meals and are building technology to revolutionize the way employees eat. Our proprietary FoodIQ® technology learns employees’ unique tastes and preferences to curate menus they will love. We successfully launched our core product into 6 markets nationwide and recently launched Cloud Cafe, a personalized digital cafeteria that offers companies unmatched flexibility and enables employees to choose their own daily meals from hundreds of top-rated caterers and restaurants. ZeroCater is changing a $100 billion industry and continues to innovate to best serve today’s dynamic workplace.

The key to our success is FoodIQTM: our Proprietary Food Recommendation Engine that uses intelligence to curate a meal and snack program for your team based on your employees’ tastes and preferences. This first-of-its-kind technology is revolutionizing the way companies eat:

Check out this 1 pager: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UIMNIkdpgPYazqT3orJFkGe7t6Hpsuo0/view.

Here is a short video on FoodIQ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mln2R1opDn0&feature=youtu.be

Check out our newest product offering, Cloud Cafe, in this brief video: https://youtu.be/6BeSCj0bmzU

In 2020, we launched our newest product offering, Cloud Cafe, which is a digital cafeteria where employees can select the meal they want for the days that they plan to be in the office. It offers unmatched flexibility with thousands of delicious meal options from our top-rated culinary partners.

About the role

Skills: Django, Node.js, Python, PostgreSQL

At ZeroCater, we believe food is one of the easiest, and most effective, ways to build culture in an office. We make it easy for companies to feed their employees delicious meals and are building technology to revolutionize the way employees eat. Our proprietary FoodIQ® technology learns employees’ unique tastes and preferences to curate menus they will love. We successfully launched our core product into 6 markets nationwide and recently launched Cloud Cafe, a personalized digital cafeteria that offers companies unmatched flexibility and enables employees to choose their own daily meals from hundreds of top-rated caterers and restaurants. ZeroCater is changing a $100 billion industry and continues to innovate to best serve today’s dynamic workplace.

Come join an impactful Engineering team that works closely with our customers and Product to ship code every week. We value ownership, independence, collaboration, communication, and bias towards getting things done with measurable results. We are seeking a Software Engineer with a focus on the back-end development of models, serializers, business algorithms, and APIs, but is also able to work on front-end with some help. The person should be keen to make a difference by writing defensive but performant code, thereby influencing where we go as a company, and how the code is organized to achieve the best results. We use Python, Django, PostgresSQL, Redis, RabbitMQ on the back-end, and React as well as Vue.js on the front-end.

What you will do:

  • Build & improve code across the entire stack (Postgres SQL, python-Django, javascript, html and css) for new and existing product.
  • Practice and encourage software engineering best practices: reasonable test coverage, appropriate modularization, designing cohesive interfaces, and making the call on technical trade-offs.
  • Collaborate in technical reviews to strengthen our architecture and system designs and assist others with coding and troubleshooting.
  • Create quality APIs and prototypes on tight timelines.
  • Work on business-critical features in order to help achieve product vision and goals.

Qualifications for success:

  • 4+ years industry (post grad/non-internship) experience in software engineering with full-stack web applications (particularly with Django, python, or Node.js).
  • Strong understanding of industry trends, and opinions on those trends, as well as in-depth knowledge of web technologies gained from research and professional experience.
  • Ability to create robust APIs and data structures that will enable the business to grow to the next level, while anticipating problems and understanding the tradeoffs for each decision.
  • Pragmatic approach to engineering that strikes a balance between beautiful code, maintainability, and time to market.
  • Ability to create pixel perfect, responsive, web pages while working with product designer(s). Bonus points for experience with software programs like Sketch, Zeplin and the Adobe Creative Suite.

“The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture.” - Michael Pollan

Feel free to apply direclty to our careers page: https://zerocater.com/about/careers/

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at ZeroCater. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Technology

We use Python, Django, Javascript, Node.js, CSS, HTML, Heroku, PostgresSQL, Redis, RabbitMQ, REACT.

OUR TOP CHALLENGES:

WE NEED TO BE BETTER THAN NETFLIX AT MATCHING PREFERENCES AND MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS -Food is a very complex product - no two dishes are the same (e.g. the exact same dish from two vendors can be quite different) and no two people have the same food preferences -Getting this right has an immediate impact on employee morale and productivity

WE NEED TO BE BETTER THAN UBER EATS AT FOOD DELIVERY EXECUTION -Our clients expect their meals to be delivered within a 15-minute window -Any delay/error can throw schedules of hundreds of very busy people off -Achieving high precision in delivery execution at scale is very difficult to get right and very tough to replicate for competitors once you get it right

We are positioned to be able to achieve these goals because:

-We have 9+ years of leadership experience as a disruptive FoodTech player in the B2B Catering market -We are one of the largest FoodTech players that have a leading Catering and Snacks offering - this gives us the unique ability to gain a 360-degree view of our client's food preferences -We have expertise in what it takes to curate great meals and snacks subscriptions which we can use to build our technology

Our Director of Engineering PD Wanjari: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pwanjari/

Meet PD Blog: https://zerocater.com/blog/2019/12/13/meet-your-manager-pd-wanjari-director-of-engineering/

Want to learn more about our culture and values? Check out this video! https://app.frame.io/presentations/bc038aa6-3435-4631-a0ef-70e8acf2c839

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