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Staff Backend Software Engineer



Software Engineering
Posted on Saturday, March 9, 2024

Who We Are

Hungryroot is your partner in healthy living. We get to know your lifestyle, budget, health objectives, and preferences, and we recommend and deliver nutritious groceries, easy recipes and essential supplements for you and your family. It’s the easiest way to eat healthy, achieve your goals, save time at the store and in the kitchen, and live a healthy (and delicious) life. Founded on the belief that food is the foundation of health, convenience should not mean compromise, and we’re all unique in how we eat and live, Hungryroot is building a future in which healthy living is easy and enjoyable.

We are a distributed team built on top talent from over 28 states across the U.S. While we have a headquarters in New York City, we support employees working from wherever they are based. We believe in fostering team connection and collaboration across all of our employees' locations. Expect to attend regular team building events and an annual company retreat. Expect to be treated like an owner who cares about our common goal, not someone who has to clock in and out of work.

About the Role

Hungryroot is looking for a Staff Backend Software Engineer to join our growing Engineering Team. This individual will drive some of the most critical technical issues for the backend team, such as making application architecture and API design decisions. They can independently implement complex solutions, but can also assist other engineers to help them overcome difficult issues blocking them. They can constructively debate any issue, persuade others with hard evidence while staying objective and open to changing their mind. In short, they will be some of the most trusted and dependable technical leaders of our team and will be able to make a huge impact on future technical decisions here at Hungryroot.


  • Own critical overarching aspects of engineering infrastructure. This does not necessarily mean owning any particular service, but rather, owning the system by which all the services are strung together, or owning the process by which services are designed, implemented and maintained
  • Drive important technical discussions and help the team arrive at the best possible solution given any constraints we may face. Work closely with other engineers and be willing to offer assistance in helping solve very difficult and complex challenges
  • Work closely with engineering and product leads on planning and execution of large, complex projects
  • Contribute directly to important feature development and maintenance
  • Help raise the bar on code quality and enforce engineering discipline through code review feedback, technical presentations and opportunistic refactoring
  • Create their own initiatives, provide evidence, get buy-in from other engineers and stakeholders and drive solutions independently
  • Interview senior engineering candidates and contribute to hiring decisions


  • 8+ yrs of commercial software development experience.
  • 6+ yrs of experience using Python and the wider ecosystem as the primary day-to-day env.
  • 6+ yrs of designing and extending RESTful APIs using a framework such as DRF (preferred) to build APIs
  • 4+ yrs of experience working with Django web framework and ORM Integration
  • 4+ yrs of relational SQL experience and practical knowledge about relational databases
  • 4+ yrs of experience troubleshooting production issues.
  • Expert level understanding of building scalable web applications.
  • Excellent grasp of computer science concepts, common design patterns, good engineering practices, and frequent real world pitfalls

Nice to haves

  • Full-stack engineering experience is a big plus.
  • Experience with AWS and its various core services.
  • Performed technical interviews of many experienced engineers
  • Implemented non-trivial APIs from scratch or significantly extended existing ones.

Perks & Benefits

  • Remote Work Optional: Work from home, work from our NYC office, work from anywhere, you decide!
  • Competitive compensation + comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits
  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • Monthly Hungryroot credit
  • Universal paid parental leave
  • 401k
  • Commuter benefits
  • A working environment filled with passionate, happy, smart people!


Hungryroot is built on the values of being proactive, positive, and transparent in all that we do. Our mission to help make healthy eating easy, accessible, and joyful is better served by a diverse workplace.

We are a proud Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building an inclusive workplace. We have zero-tolerance for harassment or discrimination. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.