Cookpad is looking for a Creative Technologist to join a project team inventing new experiences for communities of home cooks. Our objective is making everyday cooking fun.
This is a new, incredibly varied role requiring hardware and software knowledge, a passion for self-learning and a problem-solving attitude where challenges are seen as opportunities. Rapid prototyping will be a core activity. It is a great opportunity to collaborate with exceptional people and use your skills to make a real difference to people’s lives.
Cookpad is a tech company building a community platform that enables people to share recipe ideas and cooking tips. It’s a global platform used by on average around 100 million people every month across the world. Over 4 million recipes have been created by people in almost 70 countries.
Our mission is to make everyday cooking fun. Because we believe that cooking is the key to a happier and healthier life for people, communities and the planet.
Our heritage is unique: Cookpad was founded in Japan in 1997 and is a listed company in Tokyo. We set up our international HQ in the UK and here we’re a start-up, building the global platform and working with our colleagues around the world.
What we are looking for
Cookpad team members take ownership, care deeply about what they do and are optimistic that they can make change happen.
You will be working with changing technologies so must be confident with self learning to help you learn quickly and communicate technical limitations. Our environment is fast-paced and rapid prototyping is the cornerstone of our test and fail approach. You will manage the balance between generating fast solutions and solid engineering for long-term stability.
A core requirement is the ability to iterate a range of fidelity when prototyping; e.g. from interactive prototypes to working prototypes.
Baseline technical skills include:
- Hands on prototyping experience: developing interactive prototypes, linking web front end with hardware e.g. Arduino or Raspberry Pi, Cameras, Sensors as well as back end data processing apis and storage.
- Processing, Open Framework
Good to have:
- PCB design
- Consider him/herself a design engineer
- Have experience communicating with OEM/ODM manufacturing companies
- Self learning new things
- Creative thinking
- Problem solving skills
- Communication and teamwork
- Creators who want to build great product
Why work for Cookpad?
People join us because they share our vision to improve people’s lives. We hire smart people who thrive in small, highly collaborative and energised teams, and who look at what we do and want to be part of it. Uniquely, we have a mature product in Japan but, in the global market-space, we are a start-up team with a new product vision so there is freedom to be innovative and put forward brave ideas.
Valuing our team means we offer competitive salaries, an employee referral scheme and very generous benefits, including 7% employer pension contribution, income protection and life insurance, and an employee referral scheme. We are central to transport hubs and bike routes which helps with flexible working and all-important downtime with family and friends.
What happens next
We’re building a global product with a global team that’s full of world-class talent. Our hiring process is designed to let your talent shine and for us to get to know each other so we know we’re the right fit.
When we receive your application, it’s reviewed to see if your experience and skills are a match for what we’re looking for in the role. As well as your CV, we’d like to hear why you’re interested in the role and how your skills and experience will help you contribute to the team.
We will let you know if we’d like you to come in and meet some of the team. As part of the interview process we will be assessing technical capability and logical reasoning skills.
The final step is to meet the team: mainly your team but also people from other teams, including the leadership team. We respect your time so this can happen all in one day or over a couple of visits.
The Cookpad team is made up of an incredible, diverse range of people. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, colour, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any other legally protected status.