Backend Engineer, Platform & Core Services at ChowNow | Powderkeg

Location: Seattle, WA

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Engineering

Do you love enabling other development teams to ship the best version of their applications? Do you love diving deep into the internals of a system and identifying areas for iterative improvement? Does the thought of continuous integration and agile workflow encourage you to craft high-quality, well- tested, and resilient systems? Do you feel observability, security, availability, and maintainability are inextricably linked to your application architecture? Do you want to support products that connect thousands of food orderers to restaurants every day?

Are all() of your answers to the above == True? If so, keep reading; this might be the product-building environment you have searched for.


Our backend applications are written in Python 3. Our RESTful APIs enable multiple client-facing platforms, ranging from our web applications built in React to our native mobile applications. We also write code to integrate with partners in the restaurant technology space. Depending on our use case, we store data in MySQL, Postgres, DynamoDB, Elasticsearch, or Redis. We use frameworks like Django, Bottle, Lambda Powertools, and Flask.

Our infrastructure-as-code platform is hosted on Amazon Web Services, developed and orchestrated using Terraform and Ansible. These applications are containerized and deployed to ECS Fargate or AWS Lambda. We automate as much as we can, utilizing Github Actions and Jenkins for continuous integration and deployments. We observe, monitor, and support our running applications with tools like Datadog and Pagerduty.


ChowNow’s vision is to become the leading North American platform connecting diners and independent restaurants for at-home dining. The ChowNow Platform continues to grow its product offerings and bring restaurants and diners closer together. Our marketplace provides a commission-free ordering for restaurants nationwide and diners with an ever-growing selection of independent restaurants. Our demand network provides diners with the ability to order where they’re already online, including Google, Yelp, Instagram, Snap, and many others. And our white-labeled online ordering system provides restaurants with a branded experience for diners on their website and their own iOS and Android apps for a reasonable monthly fee regardless of order volume. To date, we’ve created over 20,000 apps for our restaurant partners – something that’s never been done before in our category. We operate this way because of our belief in being fair, sustainable, and equitable with our restaurant partners and the same goes for our culture.

Diversity, teamwork, and mutual respect are among our core company values. We pride ourselves on giving our teams plenty of opportunities to make their mark. As we expand to new markets, while scaling responsibly, those opportunities to create, build, and grow will only increase.

Join us and help ensure ChowNow becomes the diner’s first choice for socially responsible online ordering. Together we can preserve neighborhood flavor, one restaurant at a time.


ChowNow’s Engineering Team has built a reliable, stable, and modern platform enabling restaurant owners to accept pickup and delivery orders online. Our “quality product first” approach to engineering drives the team to succeed and has contributed to the success and growth of the company. We are looking for similarly minded engineers who care deeply about the product, the customers, the team members, and the codebase itself. As a Senior Backend Engineer, you will have a deep impact on our platform and the team. You will influence technology choices, support leadership in decision making, solve hard problems, and enable the growth of and contribute to the future architecture of the platform.

This is a remote position based in one of our employee hubs of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Atlanta, NYC, Kansas City, or Chicago.


You put restaurants first. You deeply understand the importance of local restaurants and put them at the center of everything you do. You aim to help them not only survive but thrive.

You celebrate diversity. You recognize that diversity and inclusivity matter. You’re committed to progress, which means everyone gets the support and resources they need, no matter who they are. You have an ability to listen to other team members' ideas and can thrive in an environment that embraces individuality. Everyone’s voice counts.

You raise your hand. You consistently go above and beyond what is asked of you. You help your peers accomplish their tasks while also excelling at accomplishing your own. When you have a smart idea, you raise your hand and share it.

You keep reaching. You set clear ambitious goals. You don’t allow yourself to become complacent with where you’re at and what you’ve done, so you seek out new opportunities and challenges.


Within 1 month, you'll...

  • Learn our business model and how it translates to platform architecture and features. We work closely with the product and it influences how we think about the code.
  • Master our development patterns and collaborative processes. We work together to make work efficient.
  • Read (and write) internal documentation and test your features and systems. We take responsibility for communication and quality.
  • Grasp the basics of the platform architecture. Developers share responsibility for our always available APIs.
  • Squash a bug or two from your squad’s backlog or ship a small feature to production.

Within 3 months, you'll...

  • Have become an expert on your squad’s area of the product and made an impact on it. We celebrate our success by measuring our impact, internally and externally.
  • Build, launch, and support your first big feature in one of our many products. We ship with iterative agility.
  • Understand how our systems interoperate and be comfortable navigating the stack and infrastructure. We are all generalists, but we specialize in feature areas too.
  • Have worked with others in the organization to propose and define the architecture for a major new system, optimization, or feature. We communicate and collaborate on our architecture to achieve security, scalability, and maximum learning.
  • Look for opportunities to help your squad ship faster.
  • Learn our business model and how it translates to our systems and services.

Within 6 months, you'll...

  • Build within reliable estimates. We know this takes time, and we strive to be accurate with each other.
  • Feel comfortable as an expert on your team, teaching others and continuing to learn. We want to learn as much as we teach.
  • Be an essential part of growing our team by fully participating in the hiring interview process. We share the responsibility to grow our team.
  • Have made at least one major cultural or process shift that improves the productivity of your squad.
  • Join your squad in end-to-end ownership of a system or component and look for ways to improve and extend it.

You Should Apply If:

  • You have experience building SaaS products, e-commerce, or similar online platforms
  • You are excited about new technologies, are able to judge the maturity of the latest innovations, and find practical use for them
  • You constantly work to get better at your craft
  • You find excitement in learning new business models and transferring such knowledge into beautiful software design
  • You like collaborating with multiple stakeholders within and outside the Engineering Team towards a common goal
  • You embrace experimentation and make decisions based on data and evidence
  • You enjoy an iterative, agile development process with frequent releases
  • You take great pleasure in writing quality, highly maintainable code
  • You thrive in environments supporting your growth, and where you can support others
  • You strive for constant improvement and encourage others to build quality software
  • You are comfortable with transparency and open lines of communication, both within your team and with external stakeholders
  • You enjoy being the “glue” between product teams and infrastructure
  • You have a passion for enabling high autonomy, high judgment teams
  • You are passionate about observability, process improvements, CI/CD, and deployment frequency

About Our Benefits:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Ongoing training and growth opportunities.
  • A "Best Place to Work" winner multiple times where we focus on creating a great employee experience.
  • A remote-first culture and up to $450 office equipment reimbursement to enable you to do your best work by setting up your home office.
  • Rock solid medical, dental, and vision plans.
  • Mental Health Coverage - we offer several programs to support your mental health and wellness goals.
  • 3 weeks paid vacation; paid holidays; we expect you to work hard, but still enjoy your personal life
  • 7 weeks of baby bonding time for all new parents (within the first year of birth or adoption), 8 Weeks of Paid Pregnancy Leave.
  • 401(k) Matching
  • Employer-contributing student loan assistance program.
  • Commuter benefits (including Uber Pool).
  • Employee Stock Incentive Plan.
  • Pet insurance for your fur babies
  • Quarterly Industry Speakers Series.
  • Quarterly Tech Events (Women, LGBTQ, Diversity, Inclusion).
  • Consistent & fair leadership: we’ll share info, set clear goals, show you respect, and treat everyone fairly.
  • Enough freedom to spread your wings while still holding you accountable.
  • Fully stocked kitchen and cold brew on tap.

ChowNow takes the health and safety of our team seriously and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to starting work. We strongly believe that this is the best way to protect our employees, families, clients, and communities. All requests for accommodations will be considered.

As one of ChowNow’s core values, “Celebrates Diversity”, we are committed to an inclusive and diverse work environment. ChowNow is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status. We are committed to developing a barrier-free recruitment process and work environment, if you require any accommodation, please let us know at your earliest convenience and we’ll work with you to meet your accessibility needs.

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