Senior Software Engineer, Backend

The Opportunity:

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. We are the leading vacation rental website in the world with more than 1 million online bookable listings. We have millions of travelers visiting our site per year.


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:

- Scale our services to more than 60k requests per second

- Develop fast, scalable, highly available, and reliable payment engines that will process billions of dollars per year

- Use real-time data to understand customers’ needs before they do

- Dockerize our apps and services for cloud deployment

- 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

- Simplify core booking and listing workflow to enhance our travelers & suppliers experience


Technologies we use: 

- AWS, Docker, Mesos Dropwizard, Elasticsearch, Cassandra, Kafka, Hadoop, Samza, NoSQL, Java8


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 

- Dedicated to delivering tested and optimized high performance code for a distributed SOA environment (our stack satisfies 10s of thousands of requests per second!)

- Create and maintain quality software using best-in-class tools: Git, Splunk, New Relic, Sonar and TeamCity

- 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

- Opportunities to showcase your work on our tech blog and internal & external conferences

- Participate in our innersource culture (Internal Open Source) by delivering high quality code that levels up not only your team but the entire organization

- Opportunities to showcase your work on our tech blog and internal & external conferences

- Conduct peer code reviews and act as a resource for junior developers


Benefits: 

- Great Medical & Dental Plans

- Highly Competitive salary

- Target annual bonus

- Company stock (RSUs)

- Employee Stock Purchase Plan

- 4 weeks paid vacation

- Free vacation rental on a yearly basis (taxable benefit)

- Ability to work up to two weeks in any of our offices around the world on a yearly basis

- Free drinks & snacks

- Weekly company update talks with our leadership team

- Free listing on HomeAway.com

- Electric adjustable stand up desk

- Casual dress code 


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