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Senior Backend Software Engineer



Software Engineering
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

About Us

Hungryroot is your partner in healthy living. We get to know your lifestyle, budget, health objectives, and preferences, and we recommend and deliver nutritious groceries, easy recipes and essential supplements for you and your family. It’s the easiest way to eat healthy, achieve your goals, save time at the store and in the kitchen, and live a healthy (and delicious) life. Founded on the belief that food is the foundation of health, convenience should not mean compromise, and we’re all unique in how we eat and live, Hungryroot is building a future in which healthy living is easy and enjoyable.

We are a distributed team built on top talent from over 28 states across the U.S. While we have a headquarters in New York City, we support employees working from wherever they are based. We believe in fostering team connection and collaboration across all of our employees' locations. Expect to attend regular team building events and an annual company retreat. Expect to be treated like an owner who cares about our common goal, not someone who has to clock in and out of work.

About the Role

Hungryroot is looking for a Senior Software Engineer, Backend to join our growing Engineering team.

This senior software engineer will drive the technical design, implementation, testing and maintenance of important features and integrations on the backend team. These include REST API endpoints, database schema changes, translating business logic, performance tuning, security hardening and other critical features. They rely on their own experience while performing additional research as necessary, to arrive at the best solution for each task. They can independently execute projects, proactively raise issues and resourcefully unblock themselves. Some form of mentoring and guiding less experienced or new developers on the team is required. They can constructively debate any issue, persuade others with hard evidence while staying objective and open to changing their mind. In short, they will be the backbone of our entire engineering team.


  • Own critical overarching aspects of engineering infrastructure. This does not necessarily mean owning any particular service, but rather, owning the system by which all the services are strung together, or owning the process by which services are designed, implemented and maintained.
  • Drive important technical discussions and help the team arrive at the best possible solution given any constraints we may face. Be a sounding board to other engineers and willing to offer assistance in helping solve very difficult problems.
  • Work closely with engineering leads on planning and execution of large, complex projects.
  • Contribute directly to important feature development and maintenance.
  • Help raise the bar on code quality and enforce engineering discipline through code review feedback, testing, technical presentations and opportunistic refactoring.
  • Participate in the interview process of other senior, mid, or junior engineering candidates and contribute to hiring decisions.


  • 5+ yrs of commercial software development experience.
  • 3+ yrs of experience using Python and the wider ecosystem as the primary day-to-day env.
  • 3+ yrs of designing and extending RESTful APIs.
  • 3+ yrs of experience working with a web framework such as Django (preferred), Flask, Rails.
  • 2+ yrs of relational SQL experience.
  • 2+ yrs of experience troubleshooting production issues

Perks & Benefits

  • Remote Work Optional: Work from home, work from our NYC office, work from anywhere, you decide!
  • Competitive compensation + comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits
  • Unlimited vacation policy
  • Monthly Hungryroot credit
  • Universal paid parental leave
  • 401k
  • Commuter benefits
  • A working environment filled with passionate, happy, smart people

Expected Pay Range:
$150,000-$160,000 USD


Our mission to help make healthy eating easy, accessible, and joyful is better served by a diverse workplace. We are a proud Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building an inclusive workplace. We have zero-tolerance for harassment or discrimination. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.