Software Engineer

| Chicago

What Makes Pampered Chef Unique:

We aren’t your typical company - we act like owners, seek out learning opportunities, and thrive in an environment of empowerment and accountability. We want the best people who are passionate about driving results and continuing to get better. Our team is guided by our core values and our purpose of enriching lives. We’ve set a clear strategy for growth; we’re focused on driving our reinvention and capitalizing on the numerous opportunities in a growing industry. Our open floor plan and flat organization ensure that you will collaborate across teams and work closely with our leaders. Additionally, we have a unique blend of being a long-term focused, small, agile company backed by the resources of Berkshire Hathaway.

Purpose of the Role:

Participate in software application development projects of all sizes. Implement scalable solutions for our public and consultant facing web sites, back-end tools, and APIs following agile development methodologies. Self motivated and directed, with the ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment. Analytical and problem solving abilities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with team to execute on new market initiatives, continuously improving the codebase and processes of existing systems
  • Write solid, maintainable, and testable code, paired with useful documentation
  • Build and maintain scalable ecommerce APIs (e.g. shopping cart management, order management, etc.) that will support The Pampered Chef internal, consultant and .com facing set of tools
  • Maintain high standards of software quality by establishing good practices and habits
  • Identify areas for improvement within the team
  • Develop and unit test applications in accordance with established standards
  • Analyze and resolve technical and application problems
  • Participate in peer-reviews of solution designs and related code
  • Provide production support to business users
  • Establish working relationships with all the productized SCRUM teams and key team members and across the IT organization as appropriate
  • Verify integration test specifications to ensure proper testing

Key Competencies: 

  • Anticipating and adopting innovations in business-building digital and tech applications
  • Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with org’s goals
  • Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done with a focus on continuous improvement 
  • Attracting and selecting the best talent to meet current and future business needs 
  • creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its goals 

Measures of Success:

  • Contribute to team improving velocity
  • Contribute to team reducing the average ticket cycle time IN PROGRESS to RESOLVED 
  • Contribute to team delivering more story tickets
  • Contribute to team reducing the amount of interruptions
  • Work with team to deliver at least 90% story completion in a sprint 

 Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors in Computer Science 
  • Building enterprise web applications leveraging object oriented/functional programming concepts.
  • Building applications using MEAN Stack, Angular 5 or a similar front-end framework
  • Designing and building APIs using REST/JSON
  • Database and caching experience, NoSQL and SQL (Elastic Search, MongoDB, Oracle)
  • Building micro services a strong plus
  • Responsive design experience using Bootstrap or other CSS frameworks a strong plus
  • With distributed, cloud-based systems and application design in a SOA environment using AWS (EC2, Lambda, S3, etc.) and Containers (Docker, Kubernetes) a strong plus
  • Delivering e-commerce/consumer websites at scale (thousands of requests/second) under tight latency constraints is a strong plus
  • CI/CD experience using Jenkins, Atlassian stack a plus
  • Google Analytics and metrics-based data analysis a plus
  • E-commerce frameworks such as Hybris, ATG or Broadleaf a plus

More about Pampered Chef:

We are a global brand delivering curated, high-quality kitchen solutions through a network of over 40,000 independent consultants and a rapidly growing online business. We began as a Chicago-based start-up in 1980 and today are part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. Now we’re leveraging our company’s strong foundation to reinvent our company and our brand for future growth. We’re searching for top talent to help reshape our company to deliver on our purpose of enriching lives one meal and one memory at a time.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • OracleDatabases

Location

We get to mix it up! PC has offices in Addison and in downtown Chicago.

What are Pampered Chef Perks + Benefits

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
Pampered Chef hosts Help Whip Cancer fundraisers with the American Cancer Society and is a proud partner with Feeding America's Round-Up from the Heart Program raising more than $26 million since 1991
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Our FUN Committee plans monthly events from game nights, happy hours, Halloween contests, and summer BBQs.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker, and 4 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Darts.
Happy Hours
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Pampered Chef hosts occasional Lunch and Learns for employees.
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

Each and every coworker makes a difference every day by asking tough questions, finding the answers, and then making it happen—our entrepreneurial employees are the key to our success! Pampered Chef is big enough to implement cutting-edge technology, and small enough for all ideas to be heard and challenged.
We are a learning focused environment—we want you to learn from us, and we expect to learn from you and what you’re passionate about! We even provide training and development for added brainpower.

We collaborate every day in a high-tech space with writable walls, open collaboration zones, quiet “I need to contemplate” zones, and fun zones with ping pong, basketball, and bags, of course. No boring cubicle farms here!

We are concerned about your physical and financial well-being and offer BC/BS PPO or HMO health plans, dental, disability, matched 401K, life insurance, on-site fitness center, comfy chairs, on-site cafeteria, and dry cleaning valet service.

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