Principal Software Engineer- Core Platform at Peapod Digital Labs (Chicago, IL)

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Address: USA-IL-Chicago-300 South Riverside Plaza
Store Code: Web Platform (27548)

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 of software and maintenance of the mission critical PDL eCommerce core platform. The role responsibilities include the analysis, design, development, testing, installation, and maintenance of consumer and back-office systems. They interface with various business teams and other developers to determine the most efficient and cost-effective approach to meet their business requirements. Solutions utilize a variety of software technologies and will include new code construction, modifications to existing modules, and/or package implementation. Create solutions by designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining software-based components and interfaces, as well as web-based applications based on business requirements. They will help guard and maintain the software through code reviews and ensure that software is being built to address the scale and business needs to come.

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

Solutions Development (Functional Requirements/Design):

  • Works with technical leads, product owners, and domain architects to understand business and functional requirements for new software features and enhancements. Provide level of effort estimates based on project scope and technical complexity.
  • Works with the business to adjust functional requirements based on technical feasibility and to coordinate software launch with overall launch plan.
  • Provides subject matter expertise in the analysis, design, and preparation of software solutions to meet business needs. Can influence the strategy for delivery of these solutions
  • Mentors lower-level engineers in the translation of business requirements into software components and products, supporting them in writing of user stories/epics and identifying dependencies and interfaces
  • Is a key influencer in determining the components for solutions that will work well together across business domains, will partner with domain architect or act as the domain architect to ensure adherence to the architectural roadmap
  • Accountable for projects or applications meeting business needs and being delivered in a timely, cost effective manner considering all budget aspects including total cost of ownership.
  • Creates technical specifications for new features or enhancements as required. Work with DBA to design new schemas and data access logic. Work with other development teams to design interfaces between the different systems.
  • Will work with DevOps/Infrastructure and Performance team to provide high level software needs

Implementation of Solution (Coding & Unit Testing): 

  • Codes, develops unit test plans, and unit test new software features and enhancements.
  • Leads code reviews and approves code for release in accordance with agreed CI/CD pipeline processes. Where steps in the process are not automated, confirms that all requirements are met for the release of code into production.
  • Develops complete and robust test cases and scripts, ensures defects are properly resolved, QA has certified, and user acceptance is obtained. The test scripts and defects are entered and tracked in our department tools.
  • Adheres to development best practices that have been established by the organization.
  • Presents implementation approach to peers and manager prior to coding an implementation. Articulate the approach, design pattern(s) and technologies to be utilized.
  • Reviews QA system and regression test plans.
  • Fixes identified deficiencies by QA promptly and communicates these fixes regularly to the QA staff.
  • Develops POC projects to prove out the feasibility of an approach or technology.
  • Works with Content Developers to provide technical assistance and implement site creative prior to unit test phase.
  • Completes applications development by coordinating requirements, schedules, and activities, troubleshooting development and production problems across multiple environments and operating platforms.
  • Writes documentation supporting the implementation of the solution
  • Mentors lower-level engineers in adherence to development best practice and all activities related to the preparation and release of solution code to production.
  • Fully understands the PDL CI/CD pipeline process and toolsets, can identify areas of improvement, and influence the Production Change & Automation Governance groups efforts to deliver continuous improvement

The Essentials In Your Cart - The required ingredients 

  • 7-10 years of software development experience
  • Strong technical aptitude to gain the respect of experienced, talented software developers
  • Experience in implementation and operations experience with production systems in public cloud environments,
  • Java/Groovy/Kotlin
  • Knowledge of Distributed Technologies (Elasticsearch/ Hazelcast/Redis, etc)
  • Background in Domain specific languages and Rule engines
  • Understanding of Development Operations and Immutable infrastructure
  • Background in building e-commerce systems/engines would be an advantage
  • Background in Microservice Architecture
  • Experience with building real time order management and reservation systems
  • Knowledge in providing zero downtime software components
  • Knowledge of multi region Azure operations
  • Experience building Search Engines
  • SQL, NOSQL and Postgres Databases, that are built with flexible and robust data models
  • Experience developing scalable consumer-facing SaaS software using modern technologies e.g. Kubernetes, Saltstack, gRPC, REST web services, and GraphQL
  • Web Technologies (JS/CSS/HTML/JSP, etc.)

Extra Spices - What you should bring to the table

  • B.S. in Computer Science, Engineering or related field
  • Ability to develop and maintain high quality software products supporting the organizations standards
  • Ability to manage own work time and priorities in accordance with aggressive timelines and budgets
  • Able to excel working in an Agile Development environemnt

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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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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