Lead Software Developer at SNACKNATION

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SnackNation Engineering

Do you want to be a part of one of the fastest growing companies in Los Angeles, disrupting the massive $635B consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry?  If you answered yes, this just might be the most important job description you’ll ever read.

This opportunity is open to remote or working directly from our Culver City and Chicago offices. Must have work authorization for the United States as this person will be employed by a United States entity. Visa sponsorship is not available for the role.

Who are we?

At SnackNation, our mission is to help consumers discover healthy alternatives and inspire conscious eating decisions.  We’re building a data and insights platform that knows what you should eat, and when you should eat it. We help the clean, emerging snack brands we partner with, understand their consumer base with rapid and relevant feedback.  To see our vision thru, our engineers are responsible for aggregating millions of consumer data points to build world-class predictive systems, consumer trends systems, recommendation engines and more!

Who are you?

You’re a highly skilled, and motivated technologist looking for a new, exciting project that will challenge you to become a better engineer while also helping millions of people across America live healthier.

With a deep understanding of software technologies, you’ll leverage your technical expertise to architecture, frameworks, performance, automated testing, monitoring, and more. Working closely with the rest of our engineering team, you’ll assist in creating the foundation for how we build data-driven applications, tools, and experiences for our subscribers, brands, and employees.

We need your help in building three things:

  • “The Netflix for Snacks.” We’re building the most advanced “personalized snacking experience” in the industry which means we need your help to build cutting edge recommendation engines that deploy machine learning and artificial intelligence to deliver ultra-customized snack curations for our customers
  • “The Master Key for Brands.”  Our proprietary data & insights SaaS platform unlocks all the secrets of what today’s snack brands need to succeed in the marketplace. The Master Key is an insights engine that combines consumer data, predictive analytics, and prescriptive analytics to provide real-time intelligence from target consumers which helps CPG brands improve their product, stay competitive, and grow.
  • “Robots Talking to Robots.”  That’s right, robots talking to robots!  We’re building a decision engine that uses machine learning to optimize groupings of shipments and forecast just-in-time inventory so that customers can get personalized boxes of snacks (which, in the future, will be packed by robots). The only question is, are you more “Ex Machina” or “Her?”  

What you'll do:

  • Build new features to our fast growing and evolving application, with daily deployments and real-time metrics.
  • Work with a team of talented developers and designers to build simple, beautiful and consistent user experience for our applications.
  • Drive the implementation of new technologies to improve our ability to build a great product.
  • Participate in code reviews.
  • Manage AWS Lambda functions for ETL and cross-application integration.

Who you are:

  • You have 5+ years of professional experience with Ruby on Rails.
  • You have 5+ years of professional experience with Relational Databases (ie. MySQL, PostgreSQL) and NoSQL (ie. MongoDB, Couchbase).
  • You have experience leading the development of a project thru all stages of the SDLC.
  • You have built secure, high-performing RESTful APIs at scale.
  • You consistently achieve high levels of code coverage with test frameworks.
  • You have hands-on experience with e-commerce subscription systems (ie Zuora, Recurly).
  • You enjoy providing mentorship to your teammates.
  • You care about the details.
  • You seek perpetual growth.

Perks & Benefits:

  • Employee Stock Options
  • Paid Time Off
  • Company Subsidized Medical, Dental, Vision Plan
  • Life Insurance, 401k, Flexible Spending Accounts, Commuter Benefits & More
  • Catered Lunches & Well-stocked Kitchens
  • Yoga & Wellness Activities
  • Happy Hours
  • Company Retreats
  • Dog Friendly

Our Tech Stack:

  • Ruby-on-rails, rspec, capybara, mysql, javascript, jquery, chef, scss, haml, redis, handlebars, jasmine
  • We use Ruby on Rails for application server, MySQL for database, and Redis for our A/B testing data.
  • Our servers are hosted on AWS EC2 and they are built using Chef. We do code review via GitHub, we use RSpec for all server-side tests including integration, and Jasmine for JavaScript tests. Our tests are automatically run on our CI server.
  • We implemented a style guide based on this article.

About SnackNation

We exist to inspire more conscious food decisions by connecting healthier brands with engaged consumers through a smart marketplace. SnackNation cares about making a positive impact on the world, with a wellness-minded culture and values.

We look for people who aren't afraid to be themselves. Because that's our vibe. Whether it's health or sales goals, our mantra is Better Every Day. In fact, we offer meditation, yoga and bootcamp during work hours, not after. For every sale, we donate to Feeding America. We’ve donated more than THREE MILLION meals to food banks all across America!

Since launching in 2014, we’ve grown tremendously.  In fact, SnackNation was just ranked #24 on Inc 5000’s 2018 list and the 2nd fastest growing company in LA!  SnackNation also has the backing of VC firms like 3L Capital and have received press accolades in INC, Great Place to Work, Forbes. See here for more press mentions.

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