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Senior Software Engineer, Logistics



Software Engineering, Operations
United States · Remote
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024

We're transforming the grocery industry

At Instacart, we invite the world to share love through food because we believe everyone should have access to the food they love and more time to enjoy it together. Where others see a simple need for grocery delivery, we see exciting complexity and endless opportunity to serve the varied needs of our community. We work to deliver an essential service that customers rely on to get their groceries and household goods, while also offering safe and flexible earnings opportunities to Instacart Personal Shoppers.

Instacart has become a lifeline for millions of people, and we’re building the team to help push our shopping cart forward. If you’re ready to do the best work of your life, come join our table.

Instacart is a Flex First team

There’s no one-size fits all approach to how we do our best work. Our employees have the flexibility to choose where they do their best work—whether it’s from home, an office, or your favorite coffee shop—while staying connected and building community through regular in-person events. Learn more about our flexible approach to where we work.


About the Role

We are seeking driven backend engineers with strong ownership to come shape the next evolutions of Instacart’s fulfillment logistics. The engineer would be responsible for leading and innovating on systems and projects across this space, collaborating cross-functionally with the Shopper app teams, ML engineers, Product, and many other teams across the company. The engineer will have input into the technical vision of their space, as well as identifying new, impactful opportunities for the team to pursue.

Example projects in this space include: building a dynamic pricing system driven by geospatial signals, architecting deep learning driven routing systems, detecting shoppers taking detours and building a mechanism to add orders to existing work for shoppers.

About the Team

The Logistics & ML group is responsible for the intelligence and execution behind Instacart’s fulfillment system. The team optimizes a multi-sided marketplace to ensure customers get their orders on-time and in high quality, shoppers get efficient and fulfilling work, and retailers and consumer brands get reasonable business. The team tackles hard problems in a variety of spaces, such as matching, pricing, and geospatial, as well as foundational problems executing on a high throughput system with dynamic data.

About the Job

  • ​​Architect, build, and maintain excellent backend applications with clean code.
  • Spearhead the development and roadmap of our Logistics systems
  • Contribute to building out cutting-edge features as part of fulfillment logistics initiatives.
  • Envision new features and solutions that are inspired, considered, and forward thinking.
  • Own important pieces of the product that have high visibility both internally and externally.
  • Communicate and collaborate extensively across multiple teams and functions within the company to drive consensus, align goals, and achieve effective cross-functional outcomes.
  • Be empowered and responsible for planning, decision making, shipping, and maintaining your surface areas.

About You

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of backend development experience with a proven track record of success.
  • Expertise in backend languages, specifically Ruby or Python
  • Solid understanding of Rails or Pandas
  • Proven ability in rigorous unit testing and practical problem-solving.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills, capable of collaborating and influencing cross-functional teams.
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a related field, or equivalent practical experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in Marketplace problems
  • Experience working with one or more of: geospatial and mapping problems, data pipelines or data processing, highly asynchronous systems
  • Experience with monitoring and observability tools like Datadog
  • Experience working with databases, especially PostgreSQL

Instacart provides highly market-competitive compensation and benefits in each location where our employees work. This role is remote and the base pay range for a successful candidate is dependent on their permanent work location. Please review our Flex First remote work policy here.

Offers may vary based on many factors, such as candidate experience and skills required for the role. Additionally, this role is eligible for a new hire equity grant as well as annual refresh grants. Please read more about our benefits offerings here.

For US based candidates, the base pay ranges for a successful candidate are listed below.

$192,000$245,000 USD
$184,000$235,000 USD
$176,000$225,000 USD
All other states
$159,000$203,000 USD