Principal SRE - Database Engineering

| Chicago | Remote

About The Opportunity

We’re all about connecting hungry diners with our network of over 300,000 restaurants nationwide. Innovative technology, user-friendly platforms and streamlined delivery capabilities set us apart and make us an industry leader in the world of online food ordering. When you join our team, you become part of a community that works together to innovate, solve problems, grow, work hard and have a ton of fun in the process!

 

Why Work For Us

Grubhub is a place where authentically fun culture meets innovation and teamwork. We believe in empowering people and opening doors for new opportunities. If you’re looking for a place that values strong relationships, embraces diverse ideas–all while having fun together–Grubhub is the place for you!

 

More About the Role

We are looking for a Principal-level Site Reliability Engineer to join our Database Engineering Organization which focuses on our stateful systems. These systems handle hundreds of thousands of requests per second, with strict reliability and stability requirements. In this role, you’ll be in a leadership role. You will drive and lead the technical direction for this area. The system is comprised of over one thousand Cassandra nodes, extremely high throughput Elasticsearch clusters, a Kafka backbone, and distributed caching clusters, all across multiple Amazon regions. This team works day in and day out on some of the most complex distributed systems problems and is the engineering organization's bedrock.

The Impact You Will Make

  • Building a system for providing self-service management of caching clusters
  • Raising the top-line reliability of Grubhub by building solutions to make stateful data stores more reliable under heavy load. This could include client-side or server-side rate-limiting solutions.
  • Building complex automation systems to allow for large clusters to self-heal in cases of hardware failures
  • Work across engineering to design scalable data models and designs.

What You Bring to the Table

  • Experience as a Principal-level Site Reliability Engineer working on extremely high throughput systems. You should understand how to scale a distributed system, failure modes, monitoring, et cetera.
  • Experience writing code that automates complex operations. We want someone who can write OO, testable code, not just scripts. We use Python, but experience in any similar language or a JVM based language is acceptable.
  • Experience tuning the JVM. You should understand the various garbage collectors, how memory is managed, and how to get the best performance from a JVM based application.
  • Experience with a NoSQL database. Bonus points if it is Cassandra. You should understand CAP theorem, tunable-consistency, et cetera. Not a lot of database experience is OK; we want a strong SRE who will dive deep and become an expert.
  • Knowledge of the Linux kernel. You should be familiar with tools to debug performance at a system-call level.
  • Experience leading and managing projects. You should understand how to take a multi-month project, break it down into manageable chunks, and execute without guidance.

And Of Course, Perks!

  • Flexible PTO/PTO. Grubhub employees enjoy a generous amount of time to recharge.

  • Health and Wellness. Excellent medical benefits, employee network groups and paid parental leave are just a few of our programs to support your overall well-being.

  • Competitive Pay. You’ll receive a competitive base salary with eligibility for generous incentives, bonuses, commission or RSUs (role-specific).

  • Learning and Career Growth. Your personal and professional development is a priority at Grubhub. We empower you to be a leader and grow your career through training, coaching and mentorship opportunities.  

  • MealPerks. Get meals on us! Our employees get a weekly Grubhub credit to enjoy and support local restaurants. 

  • Fun. Every Grubhub office has an employee-led Culture Crew that connects people through fun, meaningful events and initiatives like Wellness Wednesdays, Slack competitions and virtual happy hours!

  • Social Impact. At Grubhub we believe in giving back through programs like the Grubhub Community Relief Fund and donating $1 million to the Equal Justice Initiative in 2020. Employees are also given paid time off each year to support the causes that are important to them. 

  • COVID-19 Response. All of our employees are currently working from home and will be for the foreseeable future. We look forward to seeing everyone in-office when it’s safe to return. 


Grubhub is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity and encourage a workplace that is just as diverse as the customers we serve. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. If you’re applying for a job in the U.S. and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an email to [email protected] and let us know the nature of your request and contact information. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address. 

 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • SQLAnalytics
    • AxureDesign
    • IllustratorDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • FigmaDesign
    • JIRAManagement
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

111 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

What are Grubhub Perks + Benefits

Grubhub Benefits Overview

PTO. Grubhub employees are provided a generous amount of time to recharge their batteries.

Health and Wellness. We provide programs that support your overall well-being such as generous medical benefits, employee network groups, company-wide fitness challenges, and a comfortable and casual workplace! We also support our parents by offering 8 weeks of paid parent bonding time, a 4-week returnship program, and 6-8 weeks paid medical leave.

Learning and Career Growth. Your personal and professional development is a priority at Grubhub. From day one, we empower you to lead and be an active participant in your career growth. We provide continuous learning opportunities, training, and coaching and mentorship programs.
MealPerks. Who’s ready for some lunch? We provide our employees with a weekly Grubhub credit to enjoy and support local restaurants. We also offer company-wide meals several times a year to bring our Grubhub family together.

Fun. Every Grubhub office has an employee-led Culture Crew that connects people through fun, meaningful events and initiatives. Some of our popular past events include: Wing-eating contests, Grubtoberfest, 5k Runs, Bring Your Child to Work Day, regular happy hours, and more!

Social Impact. We believe in the importance of serving the communities that support our business. In addition, employees are given paid time off each year to support the causes that are important to them.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Certain roles within Grubhub are eligible to receive company equity.
Performance Bonus
Certain roles within Grubhub are eligible for bonuses.
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Technology employees are eligible to receive up to $2,000 annually for continuing education opportunities such as conferences, bootcamps and events.
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
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