At Booking.com, data drives our decisions. Technology is at our core. And innovation is everywhere. But our company is more than datasets, lines of code or A/B tests. We’re the thrill of the first night in a new place. The excitement of the next morning. The friends you make. The journeys you take. The sights you see. And the food you sample. Through our products, partners and people, we make it easier for everyone to experience the world.
Commercial operations includes Customer Service, Partner Services (our commercial function) and our Content Agency who generate and moderate all onsite text, images and videos. With over 10,000 employees distributed across the globe, Commercial Operations is the human face to both our customers and our suppliers. We are responsible for many of the tools that customers use to manage their own reservations and partners use to grow their businesses. We are there to make it easier for everyone to experience the world.
The Technology department of Commercial Operations owns the customer journey end to end, from the customer facing self service app and web platforms to the support tooling used by our employees. ‘Behind the scenes’ we run the critical data and ML infrastructure that helps provide the right answer to our customers and partners as if by magic. We leverage machine learning and data to maximise efficiency and reduce friction. We take pride in our resilience and quality, knowing that our goal is to create a platform that serves all our customers the moment they need us the most.
As a Principal Developer, you are supporting the software development of many product teams from various aspects. Working together with technology leaders, you will be influencing many engineers in their most critical decisions with respect to reliability, architecture and system design. You will collaborate with other business units to maximize the alignment of Commercial Operations and the rest of Booking.com.
Leads design of a successful highly distributed, large scale platform that has a major impact on the internal and external users
Serves as a back-end tech lead on large scale projects
Hands-on development of proof of concepts and evaluation of new technologies
Implement technical strategic decisions in cross functional teams and lead initiatives to improve our development process and business opportunities within Booking.com’s Experiences Tech organization
Works closely with product owners and engineers to design, implement, continually improve highly scalable applications and services
Provides technical guidance to other team members
Maintains a current understanding of industry and technology trends
Communicates and enforces software practices, coding standards and software design principles
Designs and owns a scalable architecture for our service with long term thinking and a pragmatic approach.
We have found that people who match the following requirements are the ones who fit us best:
12+ years of software development experience, minimum 3 years in lead/architect role
Experience and understanding about how to develop and operate strategic systems
Proven hands-on experience in designing, building, improving and operating high-performance, highly-available and scalable distributed systems in fast growing environment
Experience with service oriented architecture (SOA)
Extensive experience with software development processes
Expert knowledge of computer science, with strong competencies in data storage and processing
Ability to design and solve complex business problems by writing simple, effective code
Eager to work in multiple programming languages, frameworks and constantly striving to raise technical excellence
Ability to convince, provide work direction and leadership to colleagues who do not directly report to this role
Experience mentoring and growing (senior) developers, not through reporting lines, but through thorough and convincing communication is preferred
Excellent communication skills. Demonstrated ability to use data to influence and drive decisions.
Experience with integrating 3rd party softwares and overseeing an hybrid product offering is an advantage
Living and working in Amsterdam, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe
Contributing to a high scale, complex, world renowned product and seeing real-time impact of your work on millions of travellers worldwide
Working in a fast-paced and performance driven culture
Opportunity to utilize technical expertise, leadership capabilities and entrepreneurial spirit
Promote and drive impactful and innovative engineering solutions
Technical, behavioural and interpersonal competence advancement via on-the-job opportunities, experimental projects, hackathons, conferences and active community participation
Competitive compensation and benefits package and some great added perks of working in the home city of Booking.com
Booking.com is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We strive to move well beyond traditional equal opportunity and work to create an environment that allows everyone to thrive.