Mobile Engineer at Underground Cellar (W15)
Upgrading Your Wine Experience
San Francisco, CA / Remote
Full-time
3+ years
About Underground Cellar

Underground Cellar is a Y Combinator and VC-backed startup based in San Francisco that is currently experiencing hyper-growth. We’ve ‘gamified’ wine sales through our addictive e-commerce platform that gives buyers a great value through “upgrades”, allowing wineries to quickly sell wine without resorting to brand-damaging discounts. Since launching in 2014, Underground Cellar has sold over 750,000 bottles of wine, and has sales of $18M per year.

We’re at the forefront of technology, having built our entire e-commerce platform in house. Our tech stack is built on Node.js, React, PostgreSQL and the open-source .NET Core, and we use “serverless” functions in the cloud to assure scalability!

About the role
Skills: React Native, TypeScript

About Underground Cellar:

Underground Cellar is a Y Combinator and VC-backed startup based in San Francisco that is currently experiencing hyper-growth. We’ve ‘gamified’ wine sales through our addictive e-commerce platform that gives buyers a great value through “upgrades”, allowing wineries to quickly sell wine without resorting to brand-damaging discounts. Underground Cellar has become the most exciting way to buy wine in the world, with over 1,000,000 bottles sold to thousands of customers through the platform.

We’re looking for someone to jump right in and join a highly-effective and talented team of people who are solving challenging problems and learning from one another. We value talent and dedication just as much as we encourage creativity and passion. Join our team!   

What you will do and the impact you’ll have

As a Mobile Engineer, you will be a key player in taking Underground Cellar’s product to a whole new level. Our ‘gamified’ e-commerce platform merges the worlds of physical and digital, leveraging e-commerce, game theory, and gamification to completely transform how customers discover, buy, and store the best wines in the world. Customers are OBSESSED with our platform, leading to 10x growth in the past 18 months at a $25M run rate, and we’re on track to 10x again in the next 18-24 months!

In this role, you’ll work closely with the engineering, product, data, and design teams to make sure our our app experience is state of the art, has feature parity with our website and that we continue to ship exceptional and performant features. You will report to our Head of Engineering and work cross-functionally with other company leaders to ensure you have significant input in bringing our product vision to life.

The ideal candidate has an eye for details and strive for impeccable user experiences. You get excited about complicated challenges and are able to break them down in digestible pieces that are maintainable, scaleable and serves our customers great joy. You are motivated by ownership, want to work with a small and rapidly-growing team that shares similar values.

Key responsibilities:

  • Design, develop, test, and maintain customer-facing mobile applications using React Native
  • Stay up-to-date and aware of mobile technology trends
  • Work closely with backend engineers to design APIs that enhance the user experience
  • Work with the product and design team on creating new user experiences and features
  • Create and monitor analytics to prove how effective new and existing features are to helping customers
  • Lead our React Native mobile app development and ensure we are following best practices for both iOS and Android

About You:

  • Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, or equivalent
  • 5+ years of experience in software engineering
  • Previous experience working on an app published on the App- and/or Play store written in React Native
  • Bonus points for experience in native iOS or Android app development
  • You are resourceful, a self-starter and you’re able to make things happen, against all odds
  • You have strong interpersonal skills and excel working with different groups of people, especially non-technical team members
  • You are passionate about delivering outstanding experiences for our customers, and team
  • You are an ambitious top performer, you persevere through intense obstacles

We’ve Got You Covered 

Underground Cellar is invested in the health and wellness of our family-like team:

  • Equity ownership for every employee

  • Competitive base salary

  • Premium health, dental, and vision insurance

  • 401k with matching

  • Flexible work hours and unlimited paid time off

  • Parental leave benefits

  • Company-wide events and travel (we took the whole team to Hawaii once!)

  • Free gym membership

  • Free and low-cost bottles of wine shipped to you to expand your wine knowledge

  • Complimentary wine tastings throughout Napa, and more!

Our Core Values - Ones we actually live by!

Lead with integrity  

We operate at a high level of integrity that is deeply rooted in large ways and in small daily activities and practices. We act with honor and truthfulness in all that we do.

Be supportive 

We achieve the best results through the combined efforts of each individual. Our culture creates an eagerness in employees to take initiative and personal interest in the people with whom they work with.

Foster inclusivity

We place a high value on equality and fair treatment in the workplace. All employees are treated with a high level of respect all while ensuring a safe, diverse, and welcoming work environment free of any form of discrimination. 

Extreme ownership

We own everything in our world, to an extreme degree. We are responsible for not just those tasks which we directly control, but for all those that affect whether or not our mission is successful.

Trust-based culture

Our executive team maintains open communication and radical transparency in all aspects of the business. We also provide an open line of communication for all employees to voice their opinions. We welcome all suggestions and improvements by team members.

Be positive

We are a team where positivity is contagious. We’re truly passionate about what we do and look for others who approach their work with the same energy. We're not afraid to get messy and view every challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow.

We value talent and dedication just as much as we encourage creativity and passion. We also believe diversity drives innovation. We are committed to inclusion across race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We celebrate multiple approaches and diverse points of view that drive us forward every day. 

If you require accommodation in order to participate in our hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance to ensure appropriate accommodations are in place.

Due to COVID-19, our standard recruitment process has slightly changed. Click Here learn more about how Underground Cellar is continuing to hire during this time and what you can expect throughout the hiring and onboarding process.

LEARN MORE ABOUT US:

Technology

Our company is skyrocketing in growth, and our 3-person engineering team is ready to level-up -- that’s where you come in. We’re looking for a proven technology leader who can first and foremost be our senior individual contributor helping hands-on to bring our exciting product vision to life, but to also work with company leadership to help create that vision through creative exploration, roadmapping, mentoring, and building our engineering team.

As part of our core engineering team, you will be responsible for the development, design, and testing of our e-commerce platform and warehouse management system. You will work directly with our small technology team (currently consists of our Founding Engineer, an offshore developer, and our Founding CTO who remains involved on a part-time basis). The team will look to you to bridge knowledge gaps and act as a mentor to the existing engineering team and new hires. Not only will you have a hands-on role in building out our technology, but we will look to you for help to recruit, build and lead a strong team through evolution and change as well as help influence the future of our technology, systems, and processes using your technical expertise.

Key Responsibilities:

Prioritize and complete engineering tasks, which entail building new features, improving scalability, security and testability, and reducing tech debt Help formulate company best practices, documentation, and architecture decisions. Responsible for ongoing coaching and guidance of the Engineering team. Identify short and long-term objectives, evaluate performance and recommend areas of training or extra development Work with the team to roll out and QA releases. Drive the on-time delivery of well-engineered features to meet or exceed functionality, usability, and quality requirements Maintain high standards of communication within the team and with management stakeholders

About you:

Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, or equivalent. 3+ years of deep experience in: Object Oriented Programming (For example, Java, C#). Javascript or Typescript on the frontend (including React.js, and Redux) RDBMS, such as PostgreSQL or MySQL. (We use PostgreSQL.) Test driven development, on both frontend and backend (experience with one or more frameworks is needed, i.e. Jest, XUnit, and JUnit). Cloud computing, such as AWS and Azure. We’d love to get something like Terraform set up and running so that we can automate environment set-up. 1-2 years experience leading small to medium sized development teams You have the ability to empower others. You are resourceful and you’re able to make things happen, against all odds. You have strong interpersonal skills and excel working with different groups of people, especially non-technical team members. You are passionate about leadership and delivering outstanding experiences for our customers, and team. You are an ambitious top performer, you persevere through intense obstacles. Bonus points if you have experience using: Serverless computing, such as AWS Lambda. We’re going Serverless wherever we can for scale and cost optimization. React Native. Our mobile app is React Native, although this position is more focused on our main web app. Containers, such as Docker and Kubernetes.

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