Development Manager- Core Platform at Peapod Digital Labs (Chicago, IL)

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What’s Our Dish

Announced in May 2018, Peapod Digital Labs (PDL) is an Ahold Delhaize USA company that powers the eCommerce and digital strategies for the Great Local Brands of Ahold Delhaize USA. Accelerating growth in digital and personalization capabilities, PDL is an innovation lab focused on meeting the changing needs of customers, regardless of when, where, and how consumers choose to shop.


Browse The Aisles  

The primary purpose of this position is to deliver a great consumer experience online through the development, usability, quality and maintenance of the mission critical PDL eCommerce core platform. The role will encompass software design and engineering of customer facing website channels, third party APIs, content management, product catalogs, promotion/coupons and personalization engines, the eCommerce database model, as well as performance and usability web analytics. This role will lead a close-knit team developing and delivering technology solutions via projects; ensuring the competitiveness of the eCommerce core platform in terms of application functionality, integration, information, infrastructure, security and service operations. This role will work closely with Product team facing colleagues to ensure that core platform backlog exceeds customer expectations.


Recipe for Success - What's “in store” for the role  

  • Develops, manages and implements consumer-facing e-commerce features requested by the business
  • Joint development responsibility for eCommerce platform feature requests
  • Awareness of, and ensures adherence to, policy, tooling and architecture standards (as defined by the Production Change Automation and Governance team)
  • Continuously knowledgeable about competitive and industry best practices, technologies and features.
  • Passionate to stay ahead of the competition in features, functionality, usability (UI/UX) and application performance
  • Manages a highly skilled development team specializing in scalable eCommerce solutions
  • Responsible for the design and implementation of new features including functional, technical documents and coding for customer facing API’s. Define software solutions that are robust, scalable, maintainable, and innovative
  • Project manage through Scrum Agile development methodologies (SAFe)
  • Collaborate with the Agile Transformation Process Office to adhere to best practice and standards for software development efforts within the company
  • Collaborate (with the Platform Engineering function) and define requirements around Development Operations and Infrastructure needs
  • Lead designs around robust and flexible data models
  • Interface with solution teams to coordinate the implementation of new solutions and changes onto the Core Services platform
  • Work with IT counterparts to develop features cross functionally, e.g. mobile 
  • Be a subject matter expert for the eCommerce core systems supporting Ahold Delhaize’s strategic eCommerce business


The Essentials In Your Cart - The required ingredients  

  • BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent work-related experience.
  • 5+ years’ experience building large scale consumer-facing applications or web e-commerce solutions
  • 2+ years successfully managing and leading an infrastructure engineering team with production responsibilities
  • 3+ years of implementation and operations experience with production systems in public cloud environments, such as AWS, Azure or Google Cloud


Extra Spices - What you should bring to the table  

  • Excellent understanding of eCommerce based SDLC

  • Strong Technical Aptitude to gain the respect of experienced, talented software developers

  • Strong understanding of Azure based eCommerce operations

  • Good interpersonal skills; with some presentation experience to internal groups

  • Proven track record in working collaboratively across functional areas to drive results

  • Extensive experience in Scrum Agile development methodology and practice, ideally SAFe

  • Experience using Java/Groovy/Kotlin

  • Experience building real time order management and reservation systems

  • Experience building Search Engines

  • Experience with SQL, NoSQL, and Postgres Databases that are built with flexible and robust data models

  • Experience developing scalable consumer-facing SaaS software using modern technologies (Kubernetes, Saltstack, gRPC, REST web services, and GraphQL)

  • Experience with Web TEchnologies (JavaScript/CSS/HTML/JSP/Etc)

  • Understanding of Development Operations and Immutable infrastructure

  • Knowledge of Distributed Technologies (Elasticsearch/Hazelcast/Etc)

  • Knowledge in providing zero downtime software components

  • Knowledge of multi region Azure operations

  • Understanding of how UX & technical designs can be translated into software solutions

  • Background in Domain specific languages and Rule Engines

  • Background in Microservice Architecture

  • Background in building eCommerce systems/engines would be an advantage




Join Us at Our Table

Peapod Digital Labs is a forward-thinking company with a strong legacy of innovation. We recognize who powers our progress – our people! We offer a great variety of benefits and perks to our employees, including: great health care options, including PPO and HSA plans (with company contributions), dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, a 401k with strong company match and immediate vesting, and generous and flexible paid time off.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws. Qualified applicants are considered without regard to sex, race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship status, religion, age, marital status (including civil unions), military service, veteran status, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, legally recognized disability, domestic violence victim status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Technology we use

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    • ScalaLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • AzureLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • SpringFrameworks
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    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • OracleDatabases
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Right next to Union Station, we are easy to get to and surrounded by food in Downtown and the West Loop.

What are Peapod Digital Labs Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
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
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
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
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

Building a cutting edge eCommmerce center of excellence means our teams need to focus on their work challenges, not whether their benefits are activated. With a one-stop shop for online benefit management, competitive bonus potential, and a flexible, brand new office, our employees are able to focus on making the customer experience amazing.

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