Lead Engineer

London (West)
12 Oct 2018
17 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Gousto is one of Europe’s best funded and fastest growing independents. Our business is recipe boxes and our opportunity is enormous - one billion meals are eaten in the UK every week! We’re just scratching the surface on our mission to help families enjoy good food.

Powering our business with cutting edge technology, we use data and tech to put customers first. Artificial intelligence drives everything we do, from the recipes customers see on our website, to how we put the boxes together. We’re proud of our industry-leading product and service, which helps our customer enjoy the good food, they want.

It’s an exciting time to join Gousto. We’ve secured £28 million more funding, launched even more product ranges and continue on our mission to help UK families serve up 400 million tasty and nutritious meals by 2025.

Join us on our hugely exciting and rewarding journey!

As a tech team we love using the latest technologies to solve complex problems. We’re heavily invested in AWS using many of its features. Our platform is fully automated using Ansible and we release code to production daily. We’re moving our platform to a microservice architecture and currently have services built in PHP and node.js as well as a number of AWS Lambda functions in Python. Our frontend has a mix of old PHP Laravel (which we’re removing) and React using cssnext and CSS modules. This year we’re aiming to move our services to use GraphQL and be fully migrated onto Kubernetes by the end of 2018.

We’ve grown rapidly since our founding in 2012, seeing a 185% increase in sales over the summer of 2017. Technology remains central to our ability to continue growing and to support this we have bold plans to double our team size during 2018.

The Job
To support this growth we are hiring talented and passionate Lead Engineers to act as technical leads for our 6 person Squads in the Web Tribe. Our Web Tribe currently consists of two cross-functional squads, growing to 3 squads by the end of 2018. The Lead Engineer will provide technical leadership and team mentorship, working closely with our Engineering Manager and Technical Architect for the Web Tribe. The Web Tribe is focussed on maintaining and improving our customer facing website and is predominantly focussed on our business critical metrics of acquisition and retention of customers.


What are we looking for?
Front End / Back End / Full Stack Lead Engineers - we’re passionate about working as full stack, multi-disciplinary teams
Experience of writing RESTful services using PHP (Laravel), JavaScript (Node) or other OO programme languages and/or;
Experience writing complex front end web applications in React or other JavaScript frameworks
A passion for delivering quality code which is secure and performant whilst delivering to tight deadlines
The ability to technically lead full stack teams creating a culture of engineering excellence; passionate about engineering practices such as TDD and pair programming
Experience of mentoring and coaching all levels of Engineer
Experience of working collaboratively across product, design, test and business teams, influencing a diverse set of stakeholders
A lifelong learner; someone who’s constantly striving to improve themselves and others

What you’ll be doing day-to-day
As a Lead Engineer at Gousto you will:

Work with the Web Tribe Engineering Manager to deliver our roadmap across both functional and technical improvements
Hands-on coding on a daily basis, pairing with others to help develop your squad
Ensuring all code owned by your squad meets the agreed quality levels; when deadlines are tight ensuring technical debt is cleared up appropriately
Constantly seeking out ways to improve our platform and the way we work; ensuring these ways are implemented in your squad and sharing best practice with other squads
Line management is not required for this role, but can be provided if this is something you are passionate about
We are hugely committed to equality of opportunity in all areas of Gousto. We employ over 20 nationalities and think it's extremely important to have all genders represented in all functions and levels. All individuals will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of age, disability, gender, pregnancy and maternity, marital status, race, religion or sexual orientation.


"tech 10%" - use every other Friday to sharpen your own skills and work on your own projects
Holidays - Time off for you to enjoy yourself! 22 days of holiday (plus bank holidays) increasing by a day each year up to 25
Holiday Purchase - Option to buy up to 5 additional days of annual leave
Discounted Gousto boxes - 40% staff discount on Gousto boxes and 25% for your family and friends
Company pension - 1% employer rising to 2% in April 2018
Healthy Snacks - fruit and ice cream (ok, or not so healthy) provided every single day to keep you fresh
End of Week Party - Wine, beer and soft-drinks provided every Friday evening
Help us test the Product - As many new recipes to test cook as you can handle
Gym Membership - Free membership of a local gym after 6 months
Childcare vouchers
Cycle to work scheme
Regular all-company socials - last quarter we played darts at Flight Club and the previous quarter we enjoyed a summer party at Dinnerama
Quarterly team socials - our most recent was Axe Throwing

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