Senior Software Engineer - Backend (API & Infrastructure)

HotelTonight makes it remarkably easy to book great hotels at amazing rates on your mobile device for tonight, tomorrow and beyond. Our mission is to make people feel more alive by delivering the unexpected and we’re looking for a Software Engineer to help do just that.

At HotelTonight, our engineers take enormous pride in creating the world's first mobile-only travel company. We’re seeking teammates who want to set the standard, question the status quo, and want to keep learning. Part of the greater Product Development team, the Core Services team focuses on the back-end services and infrastructure that support iOS and Android features of the consumer facing app. We are a team of  builders; we like to solve problems, take action, and work collaboratively with others to get stuff done.

This is a great opportunity for an engineer who is passionate about the product, thinks of the users, and wants to utilize the latest technologies to deliver industry-changing products. HotelTonight now allows users to book a hotel up to 100 days in advance - an exciting expansion for many reasons, but it’s also a significant change to our backend infrastructure. This means there are some big, challenging projects ahead for you and the rest of the Platform team to tackle.

You’ll have an immediate impact, ensuring that our APIs, infrastructure, and internal tools create a world class user experience and help HotelTonight on its mission to become the only hotel booking app you need on your phone.


WITHIN 1 MONTH, YOU WILL:

  • Familiarize yourself with our development workflow, tooling and tech stack
  • Learn about the upcoming initiatives and projects you’ll be owning
  • Release bug fixes and feature improvements to our production environment
  • Actively participate in our code review process

WITHIN 3 MONTHS, YOU WILL:

  • Collaborate with other engineers, product managers, designers, and domain experts to iterate on and improve core business logic and user-facing features
  • Develop, modify, and maintain our e-commerce platform while optimizing for speed, user experience, and continued 99.99% availability
  • Support critical production systems as part of our on-call rotation
  • Leverage instrumentation to identify and diagnose performance bottlenecks
  • Own the delivery and deployment of the services you build into our containerized production cluster

WITHIN 12 MONTHS, YOU WILL:

  • Lead end-to-end development of mission-critical features
  • Work on managing and scaling the infrastructure that enables our services to process millions of requests per day
  • Evaluate and experiment with new technologies and techniques that can be added to our tech stack to solve the trickiest of problems
  • Work alongside other engineers to define the future of HotelTonight's core services

WHY THIS OPPORTUNITY IS COOL:

  • You’ll be able to directly contribute to and shape the systems that power HotelTonight’s marketplace
  • You’ll work alongside and be exposed to senior leaders across the company; an opportunity to learn and grow from those around you
  • You’ll work with other teams across the company on a wide range of projects, ranging from end-user-facing features to behind-the-scenes improvements to our bookings, payments, and notifications platforms
  • You’ll help implement and refine best practices for deploying, monitoring, alerting, and performance testing critical services

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS ROLE:

  • Extensive experience in software development working as a Backend Engineer
  • Strong expertise in Ruby and RSpec (or similar) and an interest in other languages (e.g. Golang, Elixir)
  • Working knowledge of relational databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL
  • Familiarity with any of the following is a plus: AWS, Ansible, Docker, Elasticsearch, Kafka,  Packer, RabbitMQ (or other queueing systems), Terraform, Redis
  • Experience scaling and maintaining high-traffic, service-oriented production systems
  • Ability to tackle broad, challenging problems in an analytical, pragmatic way
  • Empathy for users, teammates, and other stakeholders
  • Love working as part of a team and continuously strive for self-improvement

WHAT YOU’LL GET FROM US

  • An official Best Places to Work (2 years running!)
  • The opportunity to define mobile commerce and change the way people book travel
  • A people-focused organization dedicated to making sure you're challenged, learning, growing, and recognized for all the great work you do
  • The camaraderie of a driven, agile team that is building something disruptive
  • Excellent health, dental, vision and 401k plans, and stock options too
  • Fun stuff - quarterly travel stipend, flexible time off, subsidized cell phone plans and fitness memberships, and the opportunity to spin the HT Roulette wheel to win a spontaneous weekend getaway!

We are on a mission to radically transform hotel bookings. Doing this requires us to think differently and to question conventional approaches, therefore it’s essential to have a diverse team of the very best people with all types of backgrounds and experiences to bring the best ideas to life. We are committed to maintaining an environment where all of our team members have the opportunity to be heard, to make an impact and to do the best work of their lives.

Meet Some of HotelTonight's Employees

Jatinder S.

VP of Platform Engineering

Jatinder and his Platform Team build and maintain state-of-the-art software to make sure HotelTonight’s platform operates at peak performance and delivers the most relevant hotel options to its customers wherever they are in fractions of a second.

Spencer S.

Regional Manager

Spencer and his team oversee the hotel relationships in HotelTonight’s Greater NYC region, monitoring metric growth in the market and ensuring outstanding performance results from the organization’s application.


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