Software Engineering Manager, Delivery

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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.

Instacart is a Flex First team

There’s no one-size fits all approach to how we do our best work. Our employees have the flexibility to choose where they do their best work—whether it’s from home, an office, or your favorite coffee shop—while staying connected and building community through regular in-person events. Learn more about our flexible approach to where we work.

Overview


About the Role

At Instacart, our mission is to create a world where everyone has access to the food they love and more time to enjoy it together. As the Engineering Manager for our Delivery Team, you will be an essential contributor to this mission. Delivery team is responsible for creating a seamless experience to deliver orders from grocery stores to our customers on time with the highest quality. Your leadership in driving the strategy and technical trajectories for our perfect delivery framework, coupled with your aptitude to deliver complex projects through cross-functional collaboration, will significantly enhance our business metrics.

You will play a transformative role in enhancing customer satisfaction, reducing delivery failures and fostering a delightful Instacart delivery experience. Your acumen in recruiting, developing, and nurturing top talent, will be pivotal as we grow, daring to innovate for long-term industry-wide growth.


About the Team

As part of the Shopper Org, our Delivery Team strongly embodies Instacart's competency of 'Solving Creatively.' We are responsible for key metrics affecting business health, including customer satisfaction, improving delivery times and reducing failed deliveries. Our team's mission is to foster a transparent real-time delivery experience, equipped with robust detection systems for proactive issue resolution using AI/ML systems and an efficient reverse logistics setup.

Representing the core function of order fulfillment, we are driven by the spirit of 'Rolling Up Your Sleeves' to make sure groceries arrive seamlessly at customers' homes.


About the Job 

  • Leading a 7-10 person full-stack + mobile team with hands-on technical guidance, focusing on the core delivery experience.
  • Collaborating cross-functionally with Product, Design, Data, ML, and senior leadership across the company to deliver complex projects within ambitious timelines.
  • Driving the team’s strategy, roadmap, and crucial technical decisions.
  • Recruiting and developing top talent for the technical leadership of our rapidly-growing engineering team.


About You

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2+ years of experience managing teams of software engineers.
  • Adaptive, effective leadership in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working proactively in a dynamic environment, making difficult prioritization decisions.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Excellent product intuition and business competence to drive innovation.
  • Ability to balance business needs and a sense of urgency, while delivering high-quality solutions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, effective cross-functional leadership.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science or related field.
  • Experience working with ML / LLM systems.
  • Experience with Datadog or other Observability systems.
  • Familiarity with Snowflake.


We value all perspectives and believe in long-term solutions where everyone wins. Let's 'Go Far Together' at Instacart!

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • TypeScriptLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases

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

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.
OKR operational model
Open office floor plan
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.
Diversity
Mandated 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), Parents@, and Women@.
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
Company equity
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave
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.
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 Parents@ 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
Unlimited vacation policy
Paid holidays
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free daily meals
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored 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
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
Lunch and learns
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.

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