Software Engineer - Returnship, Care

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago | US-NY-New York
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About The Opportunity

Grubhub’s Reconnect Returnship Program is a 16- week paid returnship for experienced professionals returning to the workforce after taking time off for caregiving. The program is open to the individuals who have at least five years of professional experience and have been out of the paid workforce for at least two years to focus on caring for a child or other dependent. If you meet these criteria, we welcome you to apply. 


At Grubhub, we are excited to launch our Reconnect Returnship Program  because we appreciate the skills you can offer, the perspective you provide, and the contributions you will make. This program offers you a chance to revamp your skills, update your resume with new experience, and make connections with other individuals transitioning back to the workforce. It also offers support through Path Forward, a nonprofit organization on a mission to empower people who’ve been focused on caregiving transition back to the paid workforce.


This program is 100% virtual during the 16-week returnship program.  Upon successful completion of the returnship, there is a possibility of an offer for full-time employment. A full time offer will likely be based out of New York  or Chicago and a full-time opportunity will offer relocation package.


Got a taste for something new?


Grubhub is dedicated to connecting hungry diners with our wide network of restaurants across the country. Our innovative technology, easy-to-use platforms and streamlined delivery capabilities make us an industry leader today, and in the future of online food ordering. 


We strive to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our customers and the communities we serve. When you join our team, you become part of a community that works together to innovate, solve problems, take risks, grow, work hard and have a ton of fun in the process!


We have a fast-paced environment and that is what our teams thrive on. Grubhub believes in empowering people and offering opportunities for development, as well as professional growth.  We value strong, positive relationships in all areas: with each other, our customers and our greater community.  Want to be a part of a team of diverse collaborators in an authentically fun culture?  If so, we want to talk to you - and hear what’s your favorite restaurant for food delivery!


About the team

We are looking for a Backend developer to join our team and help us continue to provide an exceptional customer experience. You’ll be working with a full stack team focused on a mission: improve the experience of the diner after they order. We’ve got a lot of work to be done, and you could end up running a new a/b test experiment, updating order tracking, or providing new self service automation. Projects you work on will have measurable impact on our diners, and our engineers work directly with product management and stakeholders to build the best experience possible. 

The Impact You Will Make

  • Help contribute to the development of the technical direction and strategy within the team and help influence technology across Grubhub.
  • Assist the team in developing solutions by helping envision, design, create, and supportour solutions that operate with a high degree of operational excellence.
  • Partner with a cross-functional team to imagine, design, develop, test, and launch software that wows our diners. Be willing to explore technical needs and bring problems AND solutions to the table.
  • Constantly strive to raise the bar on engineering excellence.

What You Bring to the Table

  • Tech-savvy and passion: You have an aptitude and eagerness to learn new and complex technologies at Grubhub.
  • Strong cross-functional communication: You can explain complex technical information to both technical and non-technical stakeholders in a clear and concise way.  
  • Detail-oriented problem-solving skills: You enjoy the process of scratching beneath the surface to find the best solution to challenges.
  • Curiosity and self-awareness: You’re able to articulate when you may need help and are curious enough to ask questions to gain a deeper understanding.
  • Team work: You’re able to work both independently and collaboratively with the team, bringing your best to every interaction and inspiring others to do the same. 
  • Enthusiasm for Grubhub’s mission: You’re excited to help connect hungry diners with great, local restaurants.

Basic Qualifications

  • Strong computer science fundamentals from a college degree in Computer Science, a related field of study, or equivalent experience.
  • Programming experience with at least one modern language such as Java, C#, Scala, Kotlin, or Swift including object-oriented design.
  • 3+ years of non-internship professional software development experience.
  • An understanding of best practices for networking, concurrency, and API development.
  • Experience and a good understanding of app performance and debugging techniques.
  • A high-quality bar and a drive of continuous improvement; just-enough documentation, unit testing, code reviews, test automation, continuous integration & deployment.
  • Open to relocate to New York or Chicago at the conclusion of the program if offered Full-Time employment post-returnship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a test-driven development environment.
  • Experience with event-driven architecture
  • Experience with cloud computing services such as AWS
  • Experience with eventually consistent databases (Cassandra/MongoDB/CouchDB)
  • Familiarity with Agile methodologies

And Of Course, Perks!

  • Learning and Career Growth. Your personal and professional development is a priority at Grubhub. From day one, we empower you to lead and be an active participant in your career growth.  We provide continuous learning opportunities, training, and coaching and mentorship programs.  
  • MealPerks. Who’s ready for some lunch? We provide our employees with a weekly Grubhub credit  to enjoy and support local restaurants. We also offer company-wide meals several times a year to bring our Grubhub family together.
  • Fun. Every Grubhub office has an employee-led Culture Crew that connects people through fun, meaningful events and initiatives. Some of our popular past events include: Wing-eating contests, Grubtoberfest, 5k Runs, Bring Your Child to Work Day, regular happy hours, and more!

Grubhub is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. If you are applying for a job in the U.S. and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and contact information. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.  


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