Director of Engineering

Instacart, San Francisco

Groceries and home essentials delivered from local stores in 1 hour

Every few years, a company appears that transforms an industry. Instacart has the chance to be one of those companies, and you could be one of the early people that shape Instacart and help us change the way people shop.

In a few short years we've launched same-day delivery in nearly 100 major US markets, provided flexible work to tens of thousands of Personal Shoppers on our platform, and have sold and delivered more than $1B in grocery products.


  • You will support multiple multidisciplinary teams focused on a business domain
  • You will provide guidance for the goals of the teams, and ensure they're moving the company forward
  • You will develop the engineering talent on those teams
    • You will maintain a high bar for recruiting, hiring and performance of the engineering team
    • You will provide hands-on technical management, guidance, and support including system/design/code review
  • You will improve the productivity of the teams
  • You will be responsible for the health of your teams' systems and technologies
  • You will be part of the engineering leadership at Instacart promoting overall engineering excellence and best practices


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or equivalent work experience
  • Strong sense of ownership
  • The ability to balance business needs, a sense of urgency, and shipping high quality and pragmatic solutions
  • Experience in building and maturing engineering teams in a startup environment
  • Strong knowledge of common Web technology such as Ruby on Rails, Python or JavaScript frameworks (React, AngularJS, Ember or Backbone.js)
  • Extensive experience with cross functional teams and managing relationships with business or operations stakeholders
  • People management experience, preferably managing first-line managers


  • Strong analytical skills
  • Contributions to the technical communities (e.g. open source, blogging, etc.)
  • Experience with machine learning and/or data modeling
  • Knowledge of mobile technologies (Android/iOS)
  • Experience with b2b systems, working with enterprise customers
  • Experience with advertising, especially in the CPG and/or retail space
  • Experience with large and complex product catalogs and/or other structured big data


  • Talented and collaborative coworkers who will both push and support you
  • Market competitive salary, equity
  • Medical, dental, vision benefits and 401(k) retirement plan
  • Take what you need vacation (and we really mean it)
  • 16 weeks maternity leave / 8 weeks paternity leave so you can truly bond with your child
  • Free lunch and dinner in the office; fully stocked kitchen and snack pantry
  • Complimentary Instacart Express membership (free Instacart delivery!)


About Instacart

You can choose from a variety of local stores including Whole Foods, Safeway, Costco, Mariano's and many more, as well as being able to mix items from multiple stores into one order. Every day, we solve incredibly hard problems to create an experience for our customers that is nothing short of magical. 

Want to learn more about Instacart? Visit https://careers.instacart.com/