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Senior Engineering Manager

| Chicago

Who We Are:

We believe a workplace food program is something employees should love and look forward to every day. Powered by technology and a network of over 1,000 restaurants and 800+ clients, Fooda feeds hungry people at work through our ongoing food programs located within companies and office buildings. Every day, each Fooda location is served by different restaurants that come onsite and serve fresh lunch from their chef’s unique menus. Now with over 30 million meals sold, Fooda operates in nineteen major US cities and plans for continued expansion. 

About the Team

We are a close-knit product development team of 33 engineers, PMs and data scientists, tackling technical problems around scaling, rapid user acquisition, machine learning and optimization challenges for a high-growth, VC-backed business, every single day. Take an in-depth look at our platform here. 

About the Role:

In collaboration with the VP of Engineering, Fooda is looking for a passionate engineering leader to grow our Popup and Food Hall businesses by increasing customer engagement and conversion rates. Popup Restaurants and Food Hall are rapidly growing core Fooda businesses and the technology team is focused on both sides of our marketplace: Our diners growing 3x YoY and our network of 1,000+ restaurants in nineteen cities. The features you will build will touch up to 500 transactions per minute and will generate millions in revenue, but most importantly, will bring the best lunch to our users at work. What you'll be doing:

  • Growing and developing an incredible team of 8-16+ talented and motivated engineers with high expectation around ownership and impact
  • Implementing an “engineering leads” model and nurturing talent as the team grows. May manage other Engineering Managers depending on growth of this team
  • Partnering with product, design, marketing, and stakeholders to manage scope and deliverables for the technical side of the product roadmap 
  • Iterating quickly with small teams of developers
  • Setting clear expectations for team members; actively soliciting, synthesizing, and delivering feedback; creating an open and transparent environment that is welcoming and appreciative of feedback
  • Leading delivery of major initiatives on clear timelines with incremental milestones
  • Leading improvements to the process of building software and managing technical debt for the team
  • Defining scope and breaking problems into sprints, estimating timelines and being flexible as changes arise
  • Wearing many hats! Depending on the projects your team is tackling, you’ll play some combination of technical lead, project manager, product leader, and guide

Culture highlights:

  • Enjoy a fantastic work-life balance with daily releases and no on-call duty
  • Build new features within a small, agile team
  • Work downtown at one of Chicago’s fastest growing startups

What You Should Already Have:

  • You have 8+ years of backend engineering experience (experience with Ruby on Rails, eCommerce systems and event driven architecture are a huge plus)
  • 4+ years of experience managing and mentoring engineers of varying experience and seniority
  • Experience working within a product engineering team and a track record of contributing to and leading projects
  • Comfortable balancing people management with technical leadership, including driving design discussions, participating in code reviews, and conducting technical interviews
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication
  • You are data driven, pragmatic, results-focused, and capable of leading and inspiring diverse groups of engineers to accomplish complex projects
  • You’re technical enough to ask engineers good questions about architecture and product decisions
  • Proven ability to recruit, hire, train, and aggressively grow organizations

What We’ll Hook You Up With:

  • Competitive market salary and stock options based on experience
  • Comprehensive health, dental and vision plans
  • 401k matching and flexible spending account
  • Paid maternity and parental leave benefits
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Laptop and peripherals of your choice
  • Daily subsidized lunch program (ours!) and free food and beverages in the office
  • A fulfilling, challenging adventure of a work experience

Must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. No phone calls or recruiters please.

Fooda provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Fooda complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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Our office is a convenient 6 minute walk from Ogilvie and Union train stations and a 3 minute walk from the Washington/Wells Brown line stop.

An Insider's view of Fooda

What’s the vibe like in the office?

In one word, I would say the vibe in our office is 'Hungry'. Hungry because every person in here is driven to grow this company as quickly and effectively as possible, and you can feel that energy when you walk in the door. Hungry also because there is food everywhere all the time.


Business Development Manager

What projects are you most excited about?

One of the most exciting features on the horizon is Order Ahead for our popups. Order Ahead is a game changer for professionals on the go, giving them the ability to bypass unpredictable lines. It’s a huge challenge, some companies (including Starbucks) took years perfecting their programs into well-oiled machine. We’re up for the challenge!


Senior Product Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

Within the engineering department at Fooda, there are two career tracks - technical and management. On the technical track you'll learn how to solve challenging computer science problems. On the management track you'll learn how to lead a team of people. Engineering managers at Fooda do a great job guiding you down whichever path you choose.


Senior Software Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

We set annual goals for the company and measure ourselves against them. With this as the guide, we expect our teams to identify and advocate for ideas that get us there. I can point to ideas from teams all over the company - technology, sales, account management - that became an impactful part of our business strategy or technology platform.


Chief Product Officer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

When I joined Fooda, my goal was to memorize all of our 100+ partners. Five years later, I’m managing a team of 6 people and we manage the daily operations for 100+ events per day! I’m so grateful that in such a short time I've been able to grow personally and professionally with Fooda. My mantra – the work doesn’t get easier, you just get better!


Popup Account Manager

What are Fooda Perks + Benefits

Fooda Benefits Overview

A few things Fooda will hook you up with:
- Competitive market salary and stock options based on experience
- Comprehensive health, dental and vision plans
- 401k matching and flexible spending account
- Paid maternity and parental leave benefits
- Flexible spending accounts
- Laptop and peripherals of your choice
- Daily subsidized lunch program (ours!) and free food and beverages in the office
- A fulfilling, challenging adventure of a work experience

Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
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