Lead Software Developer

| Culver City
OK, Here’s The Gist...
We’re looking for a top technologist to help us build the “Netflix for Snacks.”
What’s that you ask?
It’s a proprietary data & insights, predictive analytics, and machine learning platform with an aggressive vision of disrupting the slow-to-evolve and massive $635B consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry.
If you’re looking for a new, exciting project that will challenge you to become a better engineer while also helping millions of people across America become healthier and happier, this will be the most important “job ad” you’ll ever read.
Here’s the deal…
Big CPG has a stranglehold on how new snacks get to the grocery store and retail shelves. They control the distribution. They control the shelf space. They control the destiny of whether or not an emerging snack brand will grow or die.
And that’s not right because there are some damn good emerging snack brands out there that nobody knows about because big CPG won’t let them in.
That’s where SnackNation comes in. We’re the second-fastest growing company in Los Angeles according to the 2018 Inc. 500 list and we discover the most delicious emerging snack brands out there. We get brands distributed in front of the right people, and, because of our data & insights platform, we’re able to get these brands rapid and relevant feedback from their target consumer so they can grow quickly.
We’re here to help the little guys win.
We’re here to give delicious, better-for-you emerging snacks a fair fight against the massive CPG incumbents. We’re here to help improve the health and happiness of America by getting the best tasting and better-for-you brands in the hands of people all across the Country.
That’s where you come in.

We need your help in building three things:

  • “The Netflix for Snacks.” We’re building the most advanced “personalized snacking experience” in the industry which means we need your help to build cutting edge recommendation engines that deploy machine learning and artificial intelligence to deliver ultra-customized snack curations for our customers
  • “The Master Key for Brands.” Our proprietary data & insights SaaS platform unlocks all the secrets of what today’s snack brands need to succeed in the marketplace. The Master Key is an insights engine that combines consumer data, predictive analytics, and prescriptive analytics to provide real-time intelligence from target consumers which helps CPG brands improve their product, stay competitive, and grow.
  • “Robots Talking to Robots.” That’s right, robots talking to robots! We’re building a decision engine that uses machine learning to optimize groupings of shipments and forecast just-in-time inventory so that customers can get personalized boxes of snacks (which, in the future, will be packed by robots). The only question is, are you more “Ex Machina” or “Her?”

What You'll Do:

  • Build new features to our fast growing and evolving application, with daily deployments and real-time metrics.
  • Work with a team of talented developers and designers to build simple, beautiful and consistent user experience for our applications.
  • Drive the implementation of new technologies to improve our ability to build a great product.
  • Participate in code reviews.
  • Manage AWS Lambda functions for ETL and cross-application integration.

Who You Are:

  • You have 5+ years of professional experience with Ruby on Rails.
  • You have 5+ years of professional experience with Relational Databases (ie. MySQL, PostgreSQL) and NoSQL (ie. MongoDB, Couchbase).
  • You have experience leading the development of a project thru all stages of the SDLC.
  • You have built secure, high-performing RESTful APIs at scale.
  • You consistently achieve high levels of code coverage with test frameworks.
  • You have hands-on experience with e-commerce subscription systems (ie Zuora, Recurly).
  • You enjoy providing mentorship to your teammates.
  • You care about the details.
  • You seek perpetual growth.

Perks & Benefits:

  • Employee Stock Options
  • Paid Time Off
  • Company Subsidized Medical, Dental, Vision Plan
  • Life Insurance, 401k, Flexible Spending Accounts, Commuter Benefits & More
  • Catered Lunches & Well-stocked Kitchens
  • Yoga & Wellness Activities
  • Happy Hours
  • Company Retreats
  • Dog Friendly

Our Tech Stack

  • Ruby-on-rails, rspec, capybara, mysql, javascript, jquery, chef, scss, haml, redis, handlebars, jasmine
  • We use Ruby on Rails for application server, MySQL for database, and Redis for our A/B testing data.
  • Our servers are hosted on AWS EC2 and they are built using Chef. We do code review via GitHub, we use RSpec for all server-side tests including integration, and Jasmine for JavaScript tests. Our tests are automatically run on our CI server.
  • We implemented a style guide based on this article.

About SnackNation:
We exist to inspire more conscious food decisions by connecting healthier brands with engaged consumers through a smart marketplace. SnackNation cares about making a positive impact on the world, with a wellness-minded culture and values.
We look for people who aren't afraid to be themselves. Because that's our vibe. Whether it's health or sales goals, our mantra is Better Every Day. In fact, we offer meditation, yoga and bootcamp during work hours, not after. For every sale, we donate to Feeding America. We’ve donated more than THREE MILLION meals to food banks all across America!
Since launching in 2014, we’ve grown tremendously. In fact, SnackNation was just ranked #24 on Inc 5000’s 2018 list and the 2nd fastest growing company in LA! SnackNation also has the backing of VC firms like 3L Capital and have received press accolades in INC, Great Place to Work, Forbes. See here for more press mentions.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • Node.jsFrameworks


SnackNation is situated conveniently in the middle of the trendy Hayden Tract, near the metro line stop and minutes from downtown Culver City.

An Insider's view of SNACKNATION

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The office vibe is high energy and collaborative; It is a really hard-working group of people who love to support each other. When someone gets to their goal, they hit the gong and the whole office cheers for them. We also find time to enjoy the perks in the office - unwinding in the meditation room or participating in our snack tasting panel.


Member Success Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

As a Sr. Data Analyst, I work with almost every team in the organization helping them make sense of their data, identify key insights, and standardize reporting. It’s incredibly rewarding getting to work in such a cross-functional role that sees how data impacts every department.


Senior Data Analyst

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Since joining this company, I've been immersed in the complex, thrilling, and ever-changing world of eCommerce. The B2C arm of our company is small, mighty, and growing rapidly. It's fun being along for the ride, and invaluable. I'm now sure I'll devote my career to eCommerce, and my career path was illuminated by my experience here at SnackNation.


eCommerce + Products Specialist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Most importantly, SnackNation has taught me that career growth goes hand in hand with personal growth. Since working here, I've changed my eating habits, sleeping schedule, improved the way I manage my finances and pushed my physical limits to the next level by doing a few 100 mile bike rides. All with the help and willingness from my coworkers.


Senior Account Executive

What are SNACKNATION Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs

Additional Perks + Benefits

From in-office yoga to snack tastings to walking your neighbor's pup around the block, we offer plenty of ways to take a break during the work day. One of our core values is 'Health Above All Else' and we do our very best to support physical, mental & spiritual health for our team with an array of benefits.

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