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Senior Backend Software Engineer (Menu) at Gousto

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  • London
  • fulltime

Gousto are on a mission to become the UK's favourite way to eat dinner!

Delicious recipes, precise ingredients & a dollop of adventure, delivered to your door. We have invested into our technology, data capability and our product to ensure the customer is at the heart of what we do. Every aspect of our business is powered by our passion.

Whether it is innovation through our recipe development, building algorithms to optimise our recipe box journey or devising strategies to reduce plastic and food waste. All our teams play a part in our amazing growth in the UK!

Our DREAM? To be the most-loved way to eat dinner, and for every meal to leave the planet better off. Gousto is changing how people shop, cook and eat food at home. It’s an incredibly exciting time to join our team!

The Opportunity

The code we write powers every aspect of our business from the menu recommendation engine to driving our supply chain. We are a scale up business on a steep growth trajectory, and with that comes the need to build a platform that can scale. In parallel to this, we need to expand our team, evolving effective tools and processes that ensure we can continue to deliver quality code at pace.

Our platform is entirely cloud-based, and many of our backend services are now delivered via AWS Lambda. Our continuous delivery pipeline is fully automated and we release code to production multiple times a day. We’re in the process of moving our microservices architecture to containers.

Your skills and experience will help us move to the next level. We know we’ve got lots of things right but we also have many things still to improve. Right now we’re working on creating robust seed data for testing and flexible developer environments for coding.

We are making huge investments in technology, and plan to triple the size of our team to over 200 people in the next few years. As well as providing lots of career growth for our team, there will be plenty of opportunities to lead, mentor, influence and learn.

What’s it really like to work here?

  • We are customer-centric, data driven and outcome focused, using lean principles to work iteratively, experiment and learn fast.
  • We work in cross-functional squads which we are slowly evolving to include business partners. This allows us to work more closely with our colleagues in food, operations and marketing, enabling greater alignment, collaboration and innovation.
  • Our squads have a high level of autonomy to decide both what outcomes they should pursue and how they will achieve them.
  • We believe in being agile rather than committing to a single framework. We have a set of lean and agile principles which we follow, but beyond that squads are empowered and encouraged to tailor their working processes.
  • We discourage pigeon-holing which means our engineers are responsible for designing, writing, testing, deploying and maintaining their code in production. We don’t have QAs, and our architect works closely with squads to consult and collaborate.
  • A devops culture is central to our way of working and our squads are responsible for running their solutions in production.
  • Pairing and TDD are practices we champion and want to keep improving.
  • 10% of our time is dedicated to tech innovation and we hold regular brown bags.
  • We are committed to being involved in the wider tech community, hosting meetups, speaking at events and sharing learnings via our blog.

Requirements

What skills and experience will you need?

  • Deep knowledge of at least one backend language (we predominantly work in Node.js across the Menu tribe with some PHP)
  • Experience with Typescript (Highly Desirable)
  • Designing and delivering scalable, distributed, cloud-based systems in a highly available manner.
  • Working with async and event driven architectures at scale
  • Ability to architect scaleable solutions
  • Experience of CI/CD tooling and responsibly running solutions in production, working with logging, monitoring and alerting stacks
  • A good understanding of lean product discovery and delivery practices
  • Experience in mentoring other engineers

What we look for in a great Senior Engineer

Great engineering - and this is so much more than writing great code. As well as an excellent knowledge of software craftsmanship, you’ll have a test-first approach and know what automated testing to apply at which level of the stack. You’ll have great design and architectural knowledge and plenty of experience of maintaining your code in production.

Mentorship - this is a big one for us. We look to our senior to coach and mentor all levels of engineering, using your knowledge and experience to drive improvements across your team. You lead by example, driving a culture that’s collaborative and inclusive.

Ownership - you are proactive and use your initiative. You take ownership of problems and drive forward solutions. You have a strong sense of responsibility and accountability, and you expect the same from your team mates.

Lean delivery - you deliver rapidly in small batches, reducing risk and creating a fast feedback loop. You have a continuous improvement mindset, constantly seeking to reduce waste and avoid re-work.

Growth mindset - you are curious and are always looking to learn. You value feedback as a learning tool, and you offer constructive feedback to help your teammates improve.


What’s it like working at Gousto?

All of us are responsible for the success of Gousto. Our guiding values - dream, deliver and care - show our commitment to innovation, our ambition to hit goals at speed, and our deep respect for the people we work with.

Our Culture

You’re a confident self-starter, able to juggle multiple projects in a dynamic, exciting and entrepreneurial environment. You take initiative and are a problem-solver with an eagle eye for detail. You’ll consistently go the extra mile to apply and achieve a high standard across everything you do.

Our Values

Dream - Be confident in your curiosity: think big, aim high and respectfully stand up for what you believe in.

Deliver - We look for effective answers that will have a real impact, take initiative to solve problems and have a healthy impatience for change.

Care - We care about our colleagues, customers and suppliers - they are key to our success - and about where our food comes from, the quality of our ingredients and our impact on the environment.

Where we’re based:

Shepherd’s Bush, London

Hidden away behind Shepherd’s Bush Green you’ll find Gousto HQ. Our London office holds the tech team, finance team, people team, marketing team, food team, proposition team, and customer care team... and we’re growing all the time.

Spalding, Lincolnshire

Sprawled over the fields of Spalding is the Gousto warehouse, where all our boxes start their journeys. Our Spalding site holds the ops team, the logistics team, the food tech team, and even more of our customer care team.

REMOTE VACANCIES AVAILABLE for those outside of Greater London

Benefits

At Gousto we are constantly looking to evolve our benefits for our people. Employees at Gousto are the key ingredient to our success and growth!

Our offices are ergonomically tested for comfort, noise levels and ensuring we have different spaces to collaborate in. Not to mention daily coffee, tea, fruit and ice creams (vegan options too!). We have weekly Friday socials ranging from team updates, birthday celebrations, meet ups and more! Soft drinks, beer, wine and more snacks included! (Well we do love food)

Ping pong, gaming events, running clubs to pub clubs, wellbeing days and quarterly people events are just a few of the initiatives in place. With more to be announced in 2020!

All Gousto employees are offered a benefits package of:

  • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays) - You can buy up to 5 days extra holiday!
  • A holiday day added each year (up to 30 days)
  • 40% Gousto discount
  • Your first Gousto box FREE
  • 25% Gousto discount for friends and family
  • Gousto Academy training courses
  • Free food & recipes from the test kitchen
  • Gousto stash - hoodie, notepad, mug

For the full Gousto list of benefits just get in touch and we can share all the details!

Equal opportunities

Whether it is creating diversity in our recipes or building new teams, we care about our people and the opportunities they have at Gousto.

We are committed to equality of opportunity across our organisation. At all levels we promote equality, ensuring our people are consistently treated in a fair and equal manner.

Go Gousto!

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