Spread Operations Program Lead (Contract)

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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 - We are seeking an organized, analytical and highly motivated individual to provide contractor support to Instacart’s Spread Operations team. The ideal contractor finds it exciting to uncover unusual patterns in behavior and is passionate about investigating these patterns further to get to the root of the problem and work cross-functionally to drive solutions.  In this role, you will need to make critical & sensitive decisions quickly while maintaining strong attention to detail.  It’s important to appreciate that you will be operating in a very dynamic environment which requires always having an eye towards improvement.

About the Team - This team takes data-driven, customer-first approaches to identifying efficiency and quality opportunities to improve the customer experience and improve clarity for retailers and Instacart’s bottom line. As a Spread Operations Program Lead, you will support Instacart’s Spread team by executing and optimizing day to day processes and provide clarity on key cost drivers to Instacart and their partners, which includes being accountable for weekly metrics. The role will oversee and improve programs of shopper and catalog quality. In addition, you will be at the forefront of developing & implementing strategies that ensure the ongoing stability of the Instacart platform. 

This is a 6-month contracted position at Instacart with expectations to work 40 hours per week. This is a non-exempt position, paid hourly and eligible for additional hours as necessary.  

About the Job 

  • Responsible for leading projects and work streams to meet goals and objectives with a high degree of precision while adapting to unexpected issues and proactively driving solutions
  • Ensure accurate and granular reporting on performance and QA for improvement areas
  • Develop deep subject matter expertise in Customer and Shopper Transactions 
  • Create & maintain detailed documentation of operational procedures including regularly auditing current policies
  • Analyze problems logically with a focus on attention to detail while maintaining confidentiality 
  • Effectively communicate to cross-functional stakeholders new trends and unusual cases, helping size business impact and gain deep rooted buy-in for sustainable wins
  • Optimize supporting processes through multiple iterations, standardizing to the point of near-automation
  • Research and analyze data using internal and external tools to identify fraudulent activity and understand opportunities to minimize fraud and reduce unnecessary customer impact
  • Partner with internal stakeholders to ensure a high level of compliance, while also developing long-term sustainable solutions.
  • Resolve customer and shopper account issues through timely and effective responses


About You

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Math, Economics, Finance, Business or other related field
  • 4-6 years work experience in a relevant field with demonstrated business acumen and a track record of leveraging data for business impact
  • Strong proficiency in Excel/Google Sheets
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead projects and work streams from inception to launch
  • High degree of ownership and accountability
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving
  • Strong communication, writing, and attention to detail
  • Positive attitude and fortitude to work through ever-changing and dynamic operational conditions
  • Ability to resolve critical and sensitive issues quickly in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to operate within a high degree of confidentiality
  • Experience in creating and improving processes

Preferred Qualifications

  • Dedication to providing white-gloved customer service
  • Strong understanding of SQL is a plus
  • Willingness to work weekends, evenings or holiday when necessary

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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    • SwiftLanguages
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    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
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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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