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Principal Software Engineer


Hyderabad, India (Main Office)


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Location: Hyderbad or Bangalore, India - Hybrid

Why Deliveroo?

Our mission is to be the definitive food company. We are transforming the way the world eats by making food more convenient and accessible. We give people the opportunity to eat what they want, as they want it, when and where they want it.

We are a technology-driven company at the forefront of the most rapidly expanding industry in the world. We are still a small team, making a very large impact, and looking to answer some of the most interesting questions out there. We move fast, value autonomy and ownership, and we are always looking for new ideas.

What you'll do?

In the Principal Engineer world, individual work steers and boosts company-level goals and metrics. Occasionally lead efforts outside of the direct remit of their team benefitting the tech department. 


Technical Execution:

  • Principal Engineers are sought out to review the most difficult problems. They give relevant, world-class feedback that improves Deliveroo.

  • You will break down, plans, estimation and shipping very complex work at pace, touching almost all teams.

  • The impact of this role is very significant as the work produces designs that change how Deliveroo works, and sets business-wide standards on how our products work. 

  • With time this will include familiarity with large parts of Deliveroo's products and technology, and the ability to reason about complex dependencies and interactions across Deliveroo

Collaboration & Leadership:

  • Principal Engineers a Deliveroo align all of the tech to meet complex goals and are viewed as key technical leader throughout the entire business.

  • Principal Engineers are calibrated to lead all types of engineering interviews, to help guide the understanding of the Deliveroo bar for all lower levels which often requires contribution in other recruiting areas outside of interviewing.


We want to emphasise that we don't expect you to meet all of the below but would love you to have experience in some of these areas.

  • Pride in readable, well-designed, well-tested software

  • Experience writing web-based applications in any language, and an interest in learning (Go, Ruby/Rails, Python, Scala, or Rust)

  • Familiarity and practical experience with relational databases (PostgreSQL, MySQL)

  • Familiarity and practical experience with web architecture at scale (20krpm and above)

  • Familiarity and practical experience with "NoSQL" data backends and key-value stores (Redis, DynamoDB, ElasticSearch, Memcache)

  • Familiarity and practical experience solving logistical problems with software


Workplace & Diversity

At Deliveroo we know that people are the heart of the business and we prioritise their welfare. Benefits differ by country, but we offer many benefits in areas including healthcare, well-being, parental leave, pensions, and generous annual leave allowances, including time off to support a charitable cause of your choice. Benefits are country-specific, please ask your recruiter for more information.

At Deliveroo, we believe a great workplace is one that represents the world we live in and how beautifully diverse it can be. That means we have no judgment when it comes to any one of the things that make you who you are - your gender, race, sexuality, religion or a secret aversion to coriander. All you need is a passion for (most) food and a desire to be part of one of the fastest-growing businesses in a rapidly growing industry.

We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our hiring process. We recognise that some candidates may require adjustments to apply for a position or fairly participate in the interview process. If you require any adjustments, please don't hesitate to let us know. We will make every effort to provide the necessary adjustments to ensure you have an equitable opportunity to succeed.

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A competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package

Time to recharge

  • 15 days of annual leave, 12 days of casual leave, and public holidays
  • One paid day off each year to volunteer or support a charity of your choice


  • Headspace membership
  • Gym or fitness membership
  • Private medical, medical subsidy or Wellbeing Allowance, dependent upon location


  • We pay every employee competitively for the role they are performing in their respective location
  • Most employees are eligible for a variable cash bonus that directly rewards individual contributions and is linked with broader company success

Work Life

  • Flexible working hours and location flexibility
  • Competitive Parental Leave Policy
  • Work-from-home kit
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Roolearn platform, giving you access to content from leading L&D providers
  • Employee Resource Groups including Women in Tech, Roo-LGBTQ+, Racial Equity and more