Product Leader

Bay Area /
Product /
About Us:
Local Kitchens helps the best local restaurants expand to new cities with our network of micro food halls. We are helping the $900bn restaurant industry go digital while bringing high-quality food options to families in every neighborhood. Today, we are operating in the SF Bay Area and rapidly expanding throughout California in 2022. 

Our team was on the founding team at DoorDash and we are well-capitalized by tier 1 venture capital investors and angels like David Novak (CEO/Founder of Yum Brands), Tony Xu (CEO of Doordash), and Jack Dorsey (CEO of Square/Twitter). Read more about us in QSR Magazine, QSR Web, and in the SF Business Times.  

Local Kitchens is seeking a Product Lead to lead product strategy and execution across the company as the first product management team member. You will translate company goals into a thoughtful product strategy spanning guest- and kitchen-facing products across our vertically-integrated business. You’ll support a rapidly growing engineering team (6 today, doubling over 6 months) to prioritize and execute on the right experiments, while blocking and tackling rollouts to ensure product success and collect feedback across the organization. This is a leadership role - you will build and manage a small team of designers, product managers, and product operations specialists while developing an EPD culture of impact and guest obsession. This is an excellent role for an entrepreneurial and strategic product leader to have massive impact in an early-stage, complex bits-and-atoms environment. 


    • Execution:
    • Run weekly product reviews
    • Analyze data and facilitate eng/design experiments
    • Communicate cross-functionally with guest experience, kitchen ops/hospitality, marketing, culinary
    • Be an expert on guests and kitchen staff users, spend time in kitchens 
    • People:
    • Hire and manage designers, PMs, and product operations
    • Close engineers
    • Build EPD culture of impact and guest obsession
    • Strategy:
    • Set product strategy to align with company goals; participate in leadership meetings
    • Set product portfolio and build/buy decisions
    • Measure impact goals and KPIs


    • 4-8 years product experience - delivered multiple products 0->1 with broad business impact, preferably at a marketplace or e-commerce startup
    • Extremely analytical and data-driven
    • Strategic mindset, ability to synthesize impact levers across the business
    • Talent magnet + leadership skills 
    • Entrepreneurial - relentlessly resourceful
    • Strong cultural alignment (see below) 

Nice to Have:

    • Technical background
    • Advanced SQL  
    • Recruitment experience


    • Guest love: Local Kitchens exists to make guests happy. We start with “what would the guest want?” and work backwards. Support Center works to serve our kitchen teams, so that they can take care of our guests.
    • First principles thinking: We keep asking “why” like a 4-year old and never accept the status quo. We are truth seekers. We reason from fundamental truths in order to invent new ways to delight guests.
    • Operate at the lowest level of detail: We solve problems at the lowest level of detail e.g. by going to the kitchen. We measure everything and win arguments with data. We don’t use sloppy thinking.
    • Relentless: We outwork everyone, it’s our most controllable competitive advantage. We don’t get knocked down when things are tough. 
    • Drive for excellence: We are intrinsically motivated and strive to get 1% better every day. 
    • No job beneath you: We do whatever is needed to help the team win. We don’t understand the words “that’s not my job”. We always wash the dishes.
    • Play with joy: We bring joy to work every day. We support each other with contagious energy and optimism. We choose to have fun even when it feels like a grind.
This is an opportunity of a lifetime! Local Food Group is being built by some of the best in the world including the first few employees at DoorDash and Momofuku. We are backed by some of the best investors in the world. We have set out to work as hard as humanly possible, to work as a team and to serve local communities with the best selection and the best employment opportunities. If you're someone who is looking for a career defining opportunity, someone who is willing to grind it out day after day, someone who has enthusiasm for guests and partners - we want to hear from you. 

For more insight about Local Kitchens, visit our website and follow us on instagram @eat.local.kitchens.