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Frontend Software Engineer



Software Engineering
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posted on Monday, March 18, 2024

About us

Vow is a food company – a very different one. We’re creating real meat products from animal cells instead of the animal itself.

We’re bringing together cutting edge innovations in science, engineering, culinary and design to make sustainable food that’s both irresistible and available to billions of people worldwide.

The role:

We are seeking an experienced Frontend Software Engineer to join the team. Visa sponsorship options are available for the right person.

As a Software Engineer on our team, you'll enable and accelerate the future of food through software and data. You’ll collaborate with the world’s leading experts in cell culture research and manufacturing – designing and building the interface that underpins everything from micro optimisation of cell metabolites through to factory wide operation of cutting edge bioreactor technology.

This critical role requires strong capabilities in UX design to bridge our technical capabilities with the need for enhanced user experience. While the primary focus is on frontend development, especially with React, you should be comfortable working not only across the stack, but across cross-functional domains and outside your comfort zone.

About you

  • You will have 4+ years of software engineering experience shipping code in production tech stacks, including in mission-critical and large-scale systems.
  • You have experience owning and delivering on complex software problems.
  • You’re kind, curious, take pride in your work, and enjoy learning new things.
  • You’re able to identify and make pragmatic tradeoffs – threading the needle between robust engineering and business needs.
  • You are a fantastic communicator capable of driving for clarity and impact alongside both technical and non-technical individuals alike.
  • You possess solid experience in React and TypeScript, with the ability to engage in full-stack development when necessary.
  • You demonstrate a strong understanding of UX principles, prioritise user-centric solutions, and effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams while aligning your work with company objectives.
  • You have developed deep frontend technical expertise through diverse project experiences, including small scrappy projects in startup environments and larger frontends implementing scalable best practices in larger companies.

Bonus if you have

  • Experience working in extremely cross-functional teams
  • Familiarity in scientific and/or manufacturing domains

You will

  • Take full ownership and accountability of the frontend React stack, championing a user-driven approach that delights users with a delightful software experience.
  • Drive for higher team velocity by upskilling all those around you.
  • Demonstrate versatility by contributing to backend or full-stack tasks as needed while maintaining focus on front-end development.
  • Confidently take ownership of highly cross functional on ambiguous and domain specific projects
  • Maintain a balance between best practices and pragmatic approaches to meet project deadlines and objectives effectively.

What success looks like

In the first month, you’ll get to know your team and manager, collaborate with scientists, technicians, engineers and data scientists to understand their lab, factory and data challenges. Learn the core science of cultured meat, and delve into our tech stack to immediately ship impactful changes into our software platform.

In the upcoming months, you'll have complete ownership and responsibility for the frontend stack. Your focus on user-driven design will ensure that our software delivers a delightful experience, ensuring our platform always delivers significant and meaningful impact through to the team at Vow.

Who we are and why join:

  • We are building a diverse, mission-led dream team of “Vowzers.” Our mission is to make food products for everyone. To do that well we need a workforce that’s representative of the people we serve. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view - so we’re building a culture to match. Be yourself and come as you are.
  • Work on cutting-edge technology. We’re bringing together cutting-edge innovations in science, engineering, and food, to recreate the world’s most tantalising and unique culinary experiences. All without compromising on ethics or our planet along the way. Since our inception in 2019, we have held the title of being the first startup to cultivate meat from the cells of an undomesticated animal, and have served up our exotic meats ranging from kangaroo dumplings to alpaca sliders in tastings with world-renowned chefs.
  • Work with and learn from the best. Our team includes some of the world’s top scientists, innovators, operators, and creatives with decades of industry experience. Despite our experiences though, we all strive to build, break, learn, and repeat. We see the impossible as temporary and strive to learn and support our company and fellow Vowzers' growth as much as possible.
  • We’re fully funded and ready to go. We are a growing Aussie biotech start-up backed by Blackbird Ventures, Square Peg Capital, Grok Ventures, Tenacious Ventures, P7 Ventures, Toyota Ventures, and PeakBridge VC.

Vow perks and benefits:

  • Everyone is an owner. In addition to competitive base salaries, each and every ‘Vowzer’ owns equity in the company so we can all benefit from our hard work and future success.
  • Generous paid parental leave. We offer 8 weeks of paid caregiver leave and an additional 8 weeks paid leave for the birth giver.
  • Generous relocation budget & support. Support for interstate or overseas team members and their families (including pets!)
  • Flexible working hours and location. We value work-life balance. While we’re mostly back in the office, you’re free to choose the best way for you to work.
  • Unlimited personal leave. At Vow we recognise that sometimes you need time off to recuperate, look after your mental health, or simply deal with an emergency. We put unlimited personal leave in place to empower you to truly bring your best self to work every single day and you are always paid for days taken off as personal leave.
  • Heaps of tasty samples from our culinary centre. Our fantastic "food inventors" on the Vow team are always cooking up new product prototypes, and all Vowzers are given the opportunity to taste, give feedback, and learn from their culinary prowess.
  • An awesome converted warehouse “campus” in Alexandria. Complete with a glass-walled lab, manufacturing line, free snacks, a culinary centre, and professional-grade coffee machine in our cafe, as well as a DIY workshop for all hands-on projects.
  • Human and dog friendly office! An inclusive community and culture, in a welcoming office, complete with friendly “Vowzer” dogs!
  • A variety of social clubs. We encourage all our Vowzers to build the culture with us and share what you love by creating social clubs across the business. From book clubs to hiking groups, we’re always looking for ways to learn and engage with our team.

You don’t have to have every listed requirement and skill to be a great fit - you may even teach us something about what we should be looking for! If you are passionate about this opportunity and think you have the skills to succeed, please apply! If not, but you know someone who might be interested, please share this post.