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Lead Software Engineer



Software Engineering
Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Saturday, August 26, 2023

KitchenMate powers a chain of hot-food micro-markets at the heart of big buildings where people live, work, and play.

We are on a mission to provide access to high quality meals to everyone, while reducing the cost and time required. This gives us the unique opportunity to rethink how ready-to-eat meals are created, not just delivered. It also presents many interesting challenges in an effort to reduce labor, waste, inefficiencies, and build a food-chain from farm to fork in a digital world.

We are a team of multifaceted builders who care deeply about the problems people face around eating well. We are backed by world class investors from Toronto, New York, and Silicon Valley. Our talented team of software engineers, hardware engineers, and operators have previously worked at such companies as Amazon, IBM, and Google.

We’re currently looking for a Lead Software Engineer to join our core team, lead a team of talented software engineers, and design and build software applications that power the KitchenMate product experience and streamline our business operations.

You will succeed in this role by:

  • Delivering superior engineering (quality, stability, speed, best practices)
  • Launching new products & features quickly
  • Taking ownership and seeing initiatives through
  • Mentoring teammates and raising the bar

You are someone who is

  • Hungry, even when times are great. You choose to solve audacious problems.
  • Brave, even when it’s really hard. You aren’t afraid of being uncomfortable or vulnerable.
  • Meticulous, even for small things. You put a lot of care into every detail.
  • Thoughtful, even under extreme pressure. You seek clarity and understanding before you act.
  • Humble, even if you know the answer. You are coachable by your peers and grateful to others.
  • Kind, even when others seem unkind to you. You are calm, professional, and empathetic.
  • Leader by example. You show up first and do the hard things.
  • Mentor to everyone on the team. You help everyone around you reach their highest potential.

Technical Requirements

Must have

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Computer Science or related field
  • 6+ years of software engineering experience on large or fast scaling products
  • Strong computer science fundamentals in data structures and algorithms
  • Backend development experience in Node/Express, or similar languages/frameworks
  • Experience with distributed systems (event-driven architecture / SOA / microservices)
  • Experience with front-end web frameworks such as AngularJS, React
  • Experience developing responsive front-end interfaces
  • Experience with relational (Postgres) and non-relational databases
  • Exposure to cloud infrastructure and operations (e.g. AWS, Heroku, CircleCI, docker)
  • Expert knowledge of web technologies (e.g. SCSS, Typescript, HTML, JSON, REST)
  • Familiar with test frameworks, continuous integration, and TDD
  • Experience with version control (e.g. git)
  • Strong communication and ability to collaborate well with other teams
  • Solid track record of overachieving


  • Experience with Python and C
  • Experience building scalable, available, and low-latency systems
  • Experience with machine learning
  • Experience with IOT
  • Startup experience

We work hard, but smart towards our mission as a team. We think from first principles, act with purpose, build trust, craft products, and keep pushing the bar higher.

Accommodations and Accessibility:

KitchenMate provides employment accommodation during the recruitment process. Should you require any accommodation, please indicate this on your application and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs.

Inclusion Statement:

At KitchenMate we are committed to building an environment where everyone feels included, valued, and heard. We know that diversity makes for the best problem-solving and creative thinking, which is why we’re dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team and encourage everyone to apply. Experience comes in many forms – skills are transferable, and passion goes a long way. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities.

If KitchenMate sounds like a place for you to build your future, we’d love to meet you!

For more information about working at KitchenMate, see our careers page.