Deliveroo launches engineering centre

The India hub is going to work on products for Deliveroo’s grocery service, supporting the rider network, and improving the in-app customer experience.

UK-headquartered food delivery company Deliveroo is all set to expand into India, with the launch of a new engineering centre in Hyderabad. The platform is looking to employ over 150 engineers by the end of 2022, and the team is going to work on products for Deliveroo’s grocery service, supporting the rider network, and improving the in-app customer experience.

As such, the recruitment of engineers locally will be in the fields of analytics, platforms, automation and machine learning by the end of 2022.

The engineering centre in Hyderabad will be a part of Deliveroo’s central technology organisation, and is set to be its largest technology hub outside the United Kingdom. To foster meaningful integration between the UK and India-based tech teams, Deliveroo will enable its UK technology team members to spend time in India to help with onboarding and knowledge-sharing.

On the choice of location, the company stated: "India is home to many hugely talented engineers and tech professionals. The teams of engineers at the Centre will work on expediting software engineering and development across the fields of mobile apps, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotic process automation, and data analytics."

More specifically they will initially focus on projects including, but not limited to:

  • Developing new application services to accelerate Deliveroo's fast-growing grocery segment, 
  • Ensuring a best-in-class rider proposition and improve network efficiency, 
  • Delivering enhanced, scalable automation systems, and
  • Ensuring seamless, fast consumer experiences.

Will Shu, Deliveroo CEO and Founder, said: "Opening up a new engineering hub in India will extend our global team of incredible engineering talent. The Centre will help us to continue to unlock new innovations for each side of our marketplace, developing a world-leading service for consumers, restaurants and grocers, and riders.

"This is an exciting development for Deliveroo and I look forward to working with our new colleagues in India."

To lead the facility, Deliveroo has hired Sashi Somavarapu as Vice President of Engineering. He comes with experience from tech-driven organisations such as Amazon, Jio Platforms and Ford Motor.

He will be reporting to Devesh Mishra, who joined Deliveroo in 2021 as its Chief Product and Technology Officer. Prior to joining Deliveroo, Mishra was Vice President, Global Supply Chain at Amazon, overseeing thousands of engineers, data scientists, and product managers, and operating a supply chain spanning 185 markets. 

Mishra commented: "We know in India there are engineers able to tackle some of the most challenging problems in tech, to innovate in a fast-paced environment and to combine experience and expertise with an entrepreneurial mindset.

"The work we do in India will have a global impact, helping Deliveroo to scale while being at the forefront of change in its sector. This is a massive opportunity for software engineers, data scientists, machine learning and artificial intelligence engineers to work on some of the toughest challenges in engineering."

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