Software Engineering Manager

Home Chef, 433 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60607 (Downtown)

Home Chef brings people together around the dinner table.

Duration: Full-Time

Home Chef is building new ways to provide meal solutions that meet a wide variety of customer needs, and shipping locations both online and in store.  Our team is a unique mix of creators, chefs, entrepreneurs, and trailblazers and we’re growing quickly. Our customer-first mentality, combined with a zest for supporting our peers, helped us bring home Built in Chicago’s Startup of the Year Moxie award in 2017. If you’re ready to be part of the action, we’re ready to connect with you.  There are no limits to where we can go together.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate in the US and around the world, we are committed to keeping our teams and their families as our greatest priority. To that end, we are making some adjustments to the way we will be doing business in the upcoming weeks.

We are taking all the necessary precautions to keep our employees and customers safe, and would love to have you on our team as we can continue to serve our communities.

As the Software Engineering Manager you will help manage our teams workflow, solve business problems and grow and mentor the teams capabilities through your leadership. Our stack is Ruby on Rails and React, but that doesn't mean you have to be an expert in those to apply. We're looking for someone who has a broad range of technical expertise with a passion for building and bettering teams.

Managing People:

  • Meets regularly with direct reports
  • Works with and provides input to the Director of Engineering to help set processes for their teams
  • Takes input from the Tech Leads on areas of improvement for their direct reports
  • Sets performance goals for their direct reports
  • Administers mid-year and year-end performance reviews
  • Provides input to Director and VP of Engineering on raises and promotions for their direct reports

Writing Code:

  • Utilizing Ruby on Rails framework, React/React Native, and of course vanilla JavaScript and CSS. Hosting on Heroku, Postgres database
  • Can clearly communicate idiosyncrasies and trade offs in advanced technical topics, and can confidently make the final decision, with buy-in, on those topics
  • Providing detailed, constructive feedback on pull requests in a timely fashion
  • Enabling engineers to ship code to production efficiently 


  • Pairing with software engineers to write code
  • Assisting with software engineers to discover opportunities for them to grow their skill-set and learn, both technically and non-technically
  • Leading meetings about various technical topics or sprints

Impactful Discussions:

  • Often taking technical/architecture lead on large projects
  • Understands technical impact on product planning, and communicates that clearly to product team
  • Actively seeks strategic ways to improve company and increase positive outcomes in Technology
  • Works with stakeholders and their teams’ product managers to build a collaborative relationship and guide their teams to success.
  • Is highly accountable to individual and team commitments, while also having the ability to hold team accountable

Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and/or other characteristics needed for this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

  • The technical portions of this role will require more than passing familiarity with the tools and software our applications are built with, namely Ruby on Rails, React, JavaScript, etc.
  • Some previous management experience is a plus, but not required.
  • Must be available to respond to work related on-call inquiries some scheduled nights and weekends
  • General high school degree, or equivalent and/or up to one year of post-high school training such as in a business school, community college or vocational training

- Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance – benefits start the 1st day of the month following your start date 
- Company paid Life Insurance, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability
- 401k Employer match -  50% on the $1, up to 6% of the employee's earnings 
- We offer flexible spending accounts (FSA) for qualified Medical, Dependent Care, Parking, or Transit expenses
- Flexible paid time off (PTO) policy, plus sick days 
- Generous Parental Leave 
- Great Work/Life Balance – We value and support each individual team member
- Quarterly company-wide “Town Hall” meetings 
- Ongoing professional development opportunities by level and function
- Your choice of Windows or Mac laptop, plus an extra screen 
- Onsite gym 
- Weekly Fooda credit
- Newly renovated office in the historic Old Main Post Office which is located close to multiple Metra and CTA options
- Employee discounts through Perkspot
- Discounts on Home Chef meal kits and at Kroger stores
- Casual dress in a fun, friendly and collaborative work environment

Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!

Home Chef is an equal opportunity employer.

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About Home Chef

Every day, you're out there making things happen. That's why our CEO, Pat Vihtelic, created Home Chef: to provide everything you need to bring more delicious meals and moments to the table, no matter how busy you are. Because at Home Chef, we believe that preparing and enjoying a home-cooked meal should be a simply delicious experience. In fact, simplicity is our mantra. From online to doorstep...to your kitchen table, we make planning and preparing a home-cooked meal simple, intuitive and inspirational every step of the way. In 2013, Pat started Home Chef by partnering with a chef to design delicious, easy-to-follow recipes. Since then, our team has grown to include several chefs, and more than 700 employees across production, marketing, technology, product, design, and customer service. Last year, we delivered over 10 million meals and expanded our delivery to cover more than 97% of the U.S. population. Some days -- okay, most days -- we can't believe how quickly we've grown. But we believe that people continue to love Home Chef for the same reasons it was founded: it saves time, reduces food waste, and most importantly, brings people together for a home-cooked meal.

Want to learn more about Home Chef? Visit Home Chef's website.