Staff Software Engineer, Systems Framework @ Instacart - San Francisco, CA

Staff Software Engineer, Systems Framework

As a cloud-native startup, Instacart continues to grow at a record pace. Both as a product and a company the rapid evolution and problem solving requires passionate and professional software engineers focused on the infrastructure. The platform team solves the challenges of this growth by introducing new technologies and architecture, and building a layer of systems and frameworks on top of the new infrastructure to allow safe, effective use by the applications team. We build the pieces that power the highest-scale, most modern pieces of Instacart's products.


  • Assess Instacart's overall architectural needs and opportunities, proactively identifying areas to invest in

  • Understand existing infrastructure (including non-standard infrastructure) and create strategies to upgrade, evolve, or repair it

  • Organize work for large collaborative projects

  • Create debuggable, observable systems with an eye towards excellent operational use

  • Mentor less experienced engineers


  • 8+ years experience and an expert-level understanding of the ways that application code connects to other applications, metrics, storage, and service architectures

  • You stay abreast of the latest developments in both underlying technologies and usage patterns and love to bring new innovations to Instacart

  • You have a customer focus. You are attentive to the needs of your application engineering partners and design solutions that fit their requirements

  • You are experienced and professional enough to manage your time, deflect distractions when necessary and drive projects to completion

  • You care about other people enough that you are thoughtful about what you say and open to feedback from others