Meet the Team at Gousto Tech — Hendrickson Langbehn — Lead Engineer
This post is part of our series interviewing members of our GoustoTech team. In this post, we meet Hendrickson Langbehn who is the Lead Engineer in our Rockets squad.
Please introduce yourself and tell us about your role at Gousto.
Hi, I’m Hendrickson. I’m the lead engineer of the Rockets squad, which is responsible for retention and is part of the Growth tribe. Our focus is to entice customers to buy boxes more frequently, avoid box cancellations and avoid subscription pausing. We try multiple different strategies to accomplish this, for example customer education on how Gousto works, improvements to the user experience on the web site and apps and different kinds of promotions.
How long have you been at Gousto?
I’ve been in Gousto since January 2020, a couple months before the Covid lockdown started.
Can you tell us a little about your journey before arriving at Gousto?
I studied Computer Science at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, in Brazil. I also have a master degree in Machine Learning, from the same university. In Brazil, I worked for companies acting in different areas, like recommendation systems, metallurgy industry and hospitals. I moved to the UK in 2016, where I continued my focus on web development.
What made you decide to join Gousto?
Mainly three reasons. First the fact I would have the opportunity to improve in areas I wanted, like event driven architecture, micro services and cloud computing. Second, the people and the culture in Gousto. Third, the ecological impact Gousto has by reducing food waste, reducing carbon footprint and reducing plastic usage.
What has been the most exciting thing you’ve worked on at Gousto since joining?
By far the re-platforming of the subscription domain. In Gousto we still have legacy code bases, which we’re trying to slowly migrate into modern architectures by rewriting the code. One of my teams’ domains is subscription management and it’s one of the legacy ones. What I liked the most on this project were the technical challenges we had. We put together a technical proposal document, outlining the new architecture of the system and what work was needed to achieve it. It was a long project, taking the backend developers in the team around 6 months to complete. When we finished implementing everything, we did load tests to calculate what the improvement was in comparison to the legacy system. The new system was able to support 10 times more load, making the project a big success for the team.
What’s in the pipeline that you’re excited about at Gousto?
For my team specifically, we plan to work on another big technical improvement project around the promotions domain. It’s probably the most complex domain in the team and I believe it’s going to bring us many more challenges.
For Gousto as a whole, I’m excited about how quickly the company is growing. The tech team had around 80 people when I joined, and now has more than 200 people. There are plans to grow even more in the next few years, potentially getting to more than 500 people.
How would you describe the culture at Gousto?
Good people who love what they do and support each other. Everyone at Gousto is super helpful and works hard to achieve the company’s ambitious goals. The working environment is fun and there are social events, both company wide and squad wide.
Why would you suggest that someone considers joining us at Gousto Tech?
On the technical side, there are many interesting problems to solve and different tech stacks for each tribe. We’re also moving towards modern technologies having a target architecture in mind.
On the non-technical side, there are lots of opportunities to grow in Gousto. Also, who doesn’t like to work with food?