Instacart
Instacart is a North American leader in online grocery delivery.
San Francisco, CA

Director of Engineering, Next-Generation Fulfillment at Instacart

| San Francisco, CA
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We're transforming the grocery industry

At Instacart, we invite the world to share love through food because we believe everyone should have access to the food they love and more time to enjoy it together. Where others see a simple need for grocery delivery, we see exciting complexity and endless opportunity to serve the varied needs of our community. We work to deliver an essential service that customers rely on to get their groceries and household goods, while also offering safe and flexible earnings opportunities to Instacart Personal Shoppers.

Instacart has become a lifeline for millions of people, and we’re building the team to help push our shopping cart forward. If you’re ready to do the best work of your life, come join our table.

Introducing Our Hybrid Working Model

As the future of work evolves, so do we. We have a hybrid model where our roles are open to in-office, flex, or remote work.  Learn more about our flexible approach to where we work.

OVERVIEW

The Fulfillment Marketplace system sits at the core of Instacart. Our engineering team builds technology to best match demand with supply and powers our logistics engine. Our system supports millions of shoppers on the Instacart platform through mobile and web experiences by offering immediate and flexible earnings opportunities, and must be highly reliable at all times. A major aspect of the team's success is to find the efficient frontier between service availability and fulfillment cost, all the while providing the best customer experience.

Given the combinatorial explosion of possibilities needed to solve the vehicle routing problem of fulfilling groceries, our system needs to handle billions of computations and find the best solutions in near real-time, and it heavily relies on real time and fast moving data, adapting to the dynamic nature of customer demand, available inventory, and shopper supply.

Instacart’s goal has always been to support grocers and give retailers of all sizes an edge in an increasingly competitive industry, while creating a seamless experience for customers and shoppers. With Instacart next-gen fulfillment, we’ll integrate leading software and robotics solutions - like those from Fabric - with our own technology and shopper community to create innovative new e-commerce services that help our retail partners better compete while serving the needs of customers. 

To be successful in this role, you should have extensive experience in building a world class team by recruiting and retaining the best engineering talent in the industry. You must be deeply technical and data driven, with a strong business instinct.  In addition, you are an expert in stakeholder management and strategy communication. You will help strengthen the engineering culture and refine a process that will shape the future of the team.

ABOUT THE JOB

  • Lead and drive our software engineering and machine learning teams building the systems that serve as Instacart’s engine
  • Continue strengthening the technical and people leadership of a fast growing engineering team
  • Work cross-functionally with Product, Design, and Senior Leadership across the company

ABOUT YOU

  • High energy and scrappy engineering leader with previous experience scaling large teams in late stage, hyper growth startups
  • Technically respected and inspirational leader, with a deep network of talented engineers/managers, who can recruit and build teams quickly
  • Proven track record of getting things done.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills with ability to influence and collaborate with senior cross-functional leaders across the company
  • BS/MS in Computer Science or related field, and/or relevant experience

Accommodations & Accessibility

At Instacart, we strive to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates. If you need assistance submitting an application through our career site due to a disability, please submit an Accommodations Request Form and someone from our team will reach out soon to see how we may be able to assist.

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What are Instacart Perks + Benefits

Instacart Benefits Overview

Health & Wellbeing
At Instacart we offer generous employer contributions to healthcare for comprehensive medical, dental, vision and mental health. From flu-shot clinics to “take what you need” time off, we provide a holistic approach to supporting our employees' physical and emotional well being.

Family
We believe in supporting every parent within the Instacart family. Paid parental leave, flexible schedules, a grocery credit, and sweet baby swag are offered to new parents. We aim to support parents returning to work with on-site Mother’s Rooms, our Parents @ ERG, and events like Bring Your Child to Work Day.

Food
We donut take food (or food puns) lightly at here Instacart. From giving all employees a free Instacart Express membership to celebrating milestones and cultural heritage months with food, to hosting a monthly AMA with our CEO called "the Scoop" (featuring scoops of ice cream), food is baked into our daily lives.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Our social impact program, Instacart Serves, aims to nourish our communities by helping to remove barriers to food access and enrich the lives of our communities through an annual volunteer week.
Partners with Nonprofits
Instacart is committed to supporting the communities we serve and we are proud to team up with our giving partner Feeding America to combat food insecurity.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
We require all Instacart employees to complete a mandatory unconscious bias training. Our employee resource groups have also partnered together to launch a diversity and training program.
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
At Instacart, we have five active Employee Resource Groups (ERGs): Nightshades (our Black ERG), Rainbow Carrots (our LGBTQ+ ERG), Saźon (our Latinx ERG), [email protected], and [email protected]
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave for employees who become parents (through birth, adoption, or foster care) to support them and their families as they take on their new role as a parent.
Flexible Work Schedule
As a company, we’ve adopted a set of guidelines for managers to help accommodate caregivers on their teams including offering flexible schedules and extra time blocks throughout the day.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
We provide Family Planning benefits for all types of families, including but not limited to fertility planning, surrogacy support, adoption services, care navigation, and reproductive technology.
Company sponsored family events
We partner with our [email protected] community to host virtual events and programming for families such as cooking classes, arts and craft kits delivered, and magic shows over Zoom.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
We have a $600 stipend for outfitting your home office, as well as monthly phone & internet reimbursement.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer free Udemy subscriptions for every employee to allow them to develop new skills and foster existing ones by enrolling in a wide array of courses. We also have a dedicated L&D Team.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Our programming and benefits are constantly evolving to meet the needs of our growing team. We introduce new benefits each year, and add new programs to celebrate cultural heritage, give back to the community, and celebrate our teams.

Our Instacart Serves social impact program is one of the most active across the company. We aim to nourish our communities by helping to remove barriers to food access and enriching the lives of our communities through an annual volunteer week of service, grocery donations, disaster relief, and giving campaigns.

The Instacart Serves program focuses support across 3 main areas:

- Food Insecurity: The majority of our philanthropic support is dedicated to helping to remove barriers to food access and hunger relief with our primary giving partner, Feeding America. We recognize that food insecurity disproportionately affects diverse communities and we also work to raise awareness for this growing inequity.

- Supporting Traditionally Marginalized Communities: We are committed to standing up for injustice and equity, supporting organizations that challenge economic justice, and uplifting traditionally marginalized communities.

- Disaster Relief: In the event of natural disasters which severely impact the communities we serve, we provide disaster relief through financial or grocery donations to centers and organizations supporting evacuees and first responders.

An Insider's view of Instacart

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Family—its what I think of when someone asks me about the Instacart Finance team. It is ACCR-UAL world out there but all of us have each other’s back!

Sachin

Payroll Manager

What does your typical day look like?

Our team is hyper-focused on delivering value to our enterprise customers. We are shaking up the grocery industry and every day brings a new challenge. There's never a dull moment on the technical delivery team!

Nicola

Technical Project Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Instacart has given me the opportunity to grow my career significantly over the last 5 years. I started as an In-store shopper, became a Shift Lead, was promoted to Site Manager. Eventually, I transitioned into a new role on my current team at HQ and am expanding my coding skills with Carrot University, our internal coding bootcamp.

Annabel

Shopper Community Lead, Field Operations

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

"I love being a part of the Care team because we genuinely care about the customers that use our platform and our employees who work hard to ensure a great experience. I get to play an integral role in helping us turn our Care vision into reality."

Kiha

Human Resources Director, Care

What are some things you learned at the company?

As a large company that is growing quickly, there is still a huge appetite for trying new things; in fact, it's the expectation. There is no 'cookie-cutter' approach.

Tonci

Senior Technical Recruiter

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