Lead Software Engineer, Back End Java

About Us:

Have you ever had the opportunity to impact the lives of millions of people in a meaningful way and help them enjoy time away with their friends and families building memories? 

That is what we do here at HomeAway.com, an Expedia Inc. company. We are the leading vacation rental website in the world with more than one million online bookable vacation rentals. Our mission is to make every vacation rental in the world available to every traveler in the world through our online marketplace and we're committed to helping families and friends find the perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together. 

The Opportunity

As for engineering, we solve problems of scale and work on cutting edge and open-source technologies. Our culture is one that strives on solving difficult problems focusing on product engineering based on hypothesis testing to empower people to come up with ideas.

Challenges you can work on:

  • Develop payment engines that process billions of dollars per year
  • Simplify core booking and listing workflow to enhance our travelers & suppliers experience
  • Scale our services to more than 60k requests per second
  • Use real-time data to understand customers’ needs before they do
  • Dockerize our apps and services for cloud deployment
  • Build and recompose functionally aligned micro services
  • Develop features that will drive our business through real-time feedback loops
  • Develop a smart service layer that will allow for in-session personalization based off user behavior and data
  • Scale our public API to allow other partners to leverage HomeAway services & experiences on third party sites

Technologies we use: 

  • Java8, AWS, Docker, Mesos, Spring Boot, Elasticsearch, Cassandra, Kafka and the Hadoop ecosystem

Requirements:

  • BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • 8+ years of professional software development experience
  • Technical leadership experience
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to work well cross-functionally across multiple departments

Responsibilities:

  • Provide hands on technical leadership and participate in architectural decision-making 
  • Own new features from design to production release 
  • Lead the creation of high performance code for a distributed services environment (our stack satisfies 60K+ TPS)
  • Work with QA, product management, and operations in an Agile environment
  • Participate in resolution of production issues and lead efforts toward solutions 
  • Grow a performant production environment in a way that makes the system increasingly reliable
  • Participate in our innersource culture (Internal Open Source) by delivering high quality code that levels up not only your team but the entire organization
  • Conduct peer code reviews and act as a resource for junior developers

Benefits:

  • Opportunities to showcase your work on our tech blog and internal & external conferences
  • Competitive health and insurance benefits
  • Competitive salary
  • Annual target bonus or commission
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Vacation rental on a yearly basis (taxable benefit)
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Free snacks and beverages
  • Frequent company update talks with our leadership team
  • Free listing on HomeAway.com
  • Electronic, adjustable stand-up desk
  • Discounted Metro & Rail pass
  • Casual dress

Available locations: The Domain in Austin, TX, Bellevue, WA or Denver, CO (white-gloved relocation services available for all locations)

Technical Recruiter: Keith Punches


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