Lead Engineer - Customer Relation Platform/Ecommerce

Los Angeles, CA, United States • $180k - $200k


Role Location

  • Los Angeles, CA, United States


$180k - $200k


501+ people


8850 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA, 90232, US

Tech Stack

  • React
  • Node.js
  • Ruby on Rails
  • GraphQL
  • Docker
  • Lambda
  • Serverless
  • AWS
  • Jest
  • Selenium
  • Ember
  • Angular
  • Python
  • Postgres
  • Elasitc Beastalk
  • ECS
  • Swift
  • React Native
  • Objective-C

Role Description

Job Title: Lead Engineer

Reports to (Job Title): Engineering Director

People leader (Y/N): N

Summary: A sweetgreen Lead Engineer acts as the point person for a given track or tracks of work. They coordinate heavily with the product team and stakeholders to create meaningful and lasting solutions to an array of problems both customer facing and internal. It is expected that a Lead Engineer will assist in facilitating the agile process, architecting solutions in coordination with their engineering peers, and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to quality with constant focus on solutions. A sweetgreen Lead Engineer is responsible for building, testing, debugging/troubleshooting, clean/compliant software for both web and native applications. They take ownership of responsibilities regarding infrastructure, continuous integration and deployment, as well as driving standards with other engineers and the rest of the department.

Core Work Activities:

  • Architecture: Designs architecture for new and current systems, translating complex functional and technical requirements, for engineering team to build and meet objectives + key results (OKRs).

  • Development: Supports advanced fullstack development (e.g., frontend, backend) of key features in sweetgreen's products by understanding + translating project requirements, using DRY, SOLID + YAGNI code design principles to write code, review + test code, and troubleshooting open issues + bug-fixes. Calls for and implements continuous integration and deployment in all projects.

  • Maintenance: Monitors performance of system engineering solutions, documenting issues, escalating complex issues and resolving moderate issues.

  • Prioritization: Supports multiple stories at once and prioritizes simultaneously to meet critical deadlines.

  • AGILE Methodology: Leads AGILE teams supporting company objectives + key results (OKRs). Improves engineering processes and tools to increase team productivity and effectiveness. Actively observes and iterates on the established SDLC.

Minimum Qualifications for Successful Performance:

  • Advanced knowledge of programming languages and the ability to propose alternative solutions.
  • Proficiency with Node.js, Ruby, and Rails and/or related frameworks and languages.
  • Experience with AGILE methodology.
  • Thorough grasp of best practices across all focus in technology (Client, server, automation, deployment, QA, and project management).
  • Expert-level knowledge in modern web development practices, especially those relating to service design.
  • Proficiency with AWS’ offering.
  • Design experience with RDS and various databases such as Postgres and MySQL.
  • A strong desire to experiment with bleeding edge technology and understand relating market trends.
  • Strong problem solving, communication and negotiating skills.
  • Strong time management.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years’ developing and leading large-scale technology initiatives.
  • A degree in computer science, or related is field preferred.
  • Experience building applications and websites for world recognized brands where load and scale have been a focus.
  • Expertise with React and React Native.
  • Experience deploying website and mobile application A/B testing.
  • Experience building personalization tools.

About sweetgreen

Founded in 2007, sweetgreen passionately believes that real food should be convenient and accessible to everyone. Every day, across its 100 restaurants, over 4,000 team members make food from scratch, using fresh ingredients and produce delivered that morning. sweetgreen’s strong food ethos and investment in local communities have enabled them to grow into a national brand with a mission to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food.

Over the next few years, we are expanding our restaurant + market footprint, as well as our digital penetration – to meet customers where they are. Aside from improving our customers’ and communities’ relationship with food, we are also changing the way they interact with the restaurants.

Online + app ordering revenue is increasing at a rate of ~50% year over year. Additionally, 44% of in-store payments were processed through the sweetgreen app in 2018. This is an incredible opportunity to join the company as we expand into new markets and new avenues of product delivery. Now is the time to accelerate sweetgreen’s growth, and in the process, radically transform the fast-casual restaurant industry.

Company Culture

At sweetgreen our business evolves every day and so do our roles. At any given time any team member has a variety of different roles that they play in order to help us achieve our goals. We also believe that it’s a mix of individual skill and collaboration that leads to successful outcomes. There is no standard definition of what an Engineer is or does, and depending on where you’re coming from things might look a little different.

We value, encourage, and support diversity in backgrounds and opinions. We are human, fallible, life-long learners - we make mistakes from which we learn and grow. We partner with Product, Design, Data, IT, Operations, and Business stakeholders in long-term ownership of the solutions we build to improve the lives of our customers.

Our mission within Engineering is to create, operate, and continually improve upon software critical to the overall sweetgreen mission. We provide technical expertise, guidance, and vision to our partners and stakeholders in order to inform sustainable thinking across sweetgreen.

Our sincere vision is to be a world-class engineering organization leading the food experience revolution.

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