Senior Backend Engineer

Los Angeles, CA or Remote /
Engineering /
Full-time
Do you want to build products that connect thousands of food orderers to restaurants
every day? Do you love writing PEP-8'ed, unit-tested, and documented Python? Does the thought of continuous integration and agile workflow encourage you to craft high-quality, well-tested, and resilient methods? Do you feel security, availability, and maintainability are inextricably linked to your application architecture?

Are all() of your answers to the above == True and did you envision that as a list comprehension? If so, keep reading; this might be the product building environment you have been searching for.

Our Product and Technology
Our backend applications are written in Python 3. The RESTful APIs we develop enable multiple client-facing platforms, ranging from our website products built with React & Redux to our native mobile applications. We write code to integrate with partners in the restaurant technology space. Depending on our use case, we store data in MySQL RDS, Elasticsearch or Redis.

Our infrastructure-as-code platform is hosted by Amazon Web Services, developed and orchestrated using Ansible and Terraform. We automate as much as we can, utilizing Jenkins for deployments.

About the Position
ChowNow’s Engineering Team has built a reliable, stable, and modern platform enabling restaurant owners to accept pickup and delivery orders online. Our “quality product first” approach to engineering drives the team to succeed and has contributed to the success and growth of the company. We are looking for similarly minded engineers who care deeply about the product, the customers, the team members, and the codebase itself.  As Senior Backend Engineer, you will have a deep impact on our platform and the team. You will influence technology choices, support leadership in decision making, solve hard problems, and enable the growth of and contribute to the future architecture of the platform.

About Us:
ChowNow is unique among tech startups in the restaurant space. We power branded online ordering systems for independent restaurants across North America – via websites, Google, and through branded iOS and Android apps – and we do it all for a reasonable monthly fee regardless of order volume. We operate this way because of our belief in being fair, sustainable, and equitable with our restaurant partners. And the same goes for our workplace.

Diversity, teamwork, and mutual respect are among our core company values. And we pride ourselves on giving our teams plenty of opportunities to make their mark. To date we’ve created over 14,000 apps for our restaurant partners – something that’s never been done before in our category. And as we expand to new markets, further spreading the word about the ChowNow difference, those opportunities to create, build, and grow will only increase. If this sounds like the kind of workplace, and the kind of mission, that appeals to you, we’d love to talk.

Learn more by checking out our reviews on Glassdoor (they’re excellent). Together we can preserve neighborhood flavor, one restaurant at a time.

Within 3 months, you'll...

    • Learn our business model and how it translates to platform architecture and features. We work closely with the product and it influences how we think about the code.
    • Build, launch, and support your first big feature in one of our many products. We ship with iterative agility.
    • Master development patterns and collaborative processes. We work together to make work efficient.
    • Write internal documentation and test your features and systems. We take responsibility for communication and quality.
    • Grasp the basics of the platform architecture. Developers share responsibility for our always available APIs.

Within 6 months, you'll...

    • Have made a valued impact on multiple products across our platform. We celebrate our success by measuring our impact, internally and externally.
    • Understand major feature areas of our applications and be comfortable navigating the stack and infrastructure. We are all generalists, but we specialize in feature areas too.
    • Have participated in the architecture and implementation of new developer and user-facing features. We communicate and collaborate on our architecture to achieve security, scalability, and maximum learning.
    • Provide feedback during code reviews of prospective engineers and listen in on telephone screening. We will teach you our interviewing methods.

Within 12 months, you'll...

    • Build within reliable estimates. We know this takes time, and we strive to be accurate with each other.
    • Feel comfortable as a knowledge leader, teaching others and continuing to learn. We want to learn as much as we teach.
    • Be an essential part of growing our team by fully participating in the hiring interview process. We share responsibility to grow our team.

You should apply if:

    • You have experience building SaaS products, e-commerce or similar online platforms
    • You are excited about new technologies, are able to judge the maturity of the latest innovations, and find practical use for them
    • You constantly work to get better at your craft
    • You find excitement in learning new business models and transferring such knowledge into beautiful software design
    • You like collaborating with multiple stakeholders within and outside the Engineering Team towards a common goal
    • You make decisions based on data and evidence
    • You enjoy iterative, agile development process with frequent releases
    • You take great pleasure in writing quality, highly maintainable code 
    • You thrive in environments supporting your growth, and where you can support others

About Our Benefits:

    • Competitive salary
    • Ongoing training and growth opportunities
    • A "best place to work" winner multiple times where we focus on creating a great employee experience
    • Rock solid medical, dental, and vision plans
    • 3 weeks paid vacation; paid holidays; we expect you to work hard, but still enjoy your personal life
    •  6 weeks of baby bonding time for all new parents (within the first year of birth or adoption), 6 Weeks of Paid Pregnancy Leave
    •  Employer contributing student loan assistance program
    • Commuter benefits (including Uber Pool)
    • Monthly gym reimbursement
    • Employee Stock Incentive Plan
    • Quarterly Industry Speakers Series
    • Quarterly Tech Events (Women, LGBTQ, Diversity, Inclusion)
    • Consistent & fair leadership: we’ll share info, set clear goals, show you respect, and treat everyone fairly
    • Enough freedom to spread your wings while still holding you accountable
    • Fully stocked kitchen and cold brew on tap
We are committed to an inclusive and diverse work environment. ChowNow is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status