Principal Site Reliability Engineer

London, United Kingdom


Kubernetes AWS ECS

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Skyscanner is looking for a Principal Site Reliability Engineer to help shape and grow SRE within Skyscanner. The initial SRE squads will focus on helping our product engineering squads scale. We operate a "You build it, you run it" mantra we also want to support these teams by introduction an SRE function that can both look after the mature services and help build tools to reduce toil across our product engineering squads. As this is a new function in Skyscanner we are looking for someone who can bring their prior SRE experience to help define our success. Skyscanner can offer you large scale, complex problems that reach over 80 million unique monthly users.

Do you relish in technical leadership? Would you consider yourself an authority in your domain? Can you enable teams to move faster, smarter and more efficiently in a continuous delivery manner? If you enjoy collaboratively guiding companywide technology initiatives and principles, then this could be the role for you.

What you can expect as a principal engineer

  • A supportive, trusting and transparent working environment.
  • A place to look at things differently and challenge and offer solutions.
  • Overall responsibility to clarify, elaborate and iterate on Skyscanner’s technology roadmap and designs.
  • The opportunity for personal development, growth/mentoring of engineers and influence across the business.
  • Collaboration across all relevant product engineering development lifecycles.

What we are looking for

  • Previous job experience as a Site Reliability Engineer or comparable, ideally within a product technology company
  • Experience with distributed systems and highly scalable systems 
  • Evidence of leading large organisations in complex technical scenarios to successful completion, resulting in significant business impact.
  • Demonstrated history in automating operations processes via services and tools
  • Systematic problem solving approach, coupled with a strong sense of ownership and drive.
  • Comfortable balancing technical direction with the business value needed factoring into solutions multiple constraints such as scale, distribution, costs, users, patterns.
  • You will obsess over ensuring value for travellers, partners and Skyscanner through our technology.
  • You are an advocate for iterative software delivery and world class engineering, demonstrating best practice.
  • A good understanding of Kubernetes/ECS and microservice architectures
  • Experience in large scale systems deployed to AWS.

More info on Skyscanner: 

We employ over 1000 staff across eleven offices globally, and, having reached market leader status, we were recently acquired by Chinese online travel company Ctrip in a deal valued at £1.4bn. While we remain operationally independent, our acquisition by Ctrip allows us to take the business to the next level of accelerated global growth. 

We are proud to have a flexible working environment that sets our employees up for success. We provide for your health with medical insurance, health screening options, gym membership, headspace subscription and an employee assistance programme to support you and your loved ones. 

For more details on Engineering at Skyscanner you can check our Engineering Blog and follow Skyscanner Engineering on Twitter 


At Skyscanner, we put travellers at the heart of everything we do and we’re obsessed with turning their travel dreams into reality. And we’re only 1% done! Highly curious. Highly motivated. Highly skilled. We bring great minds together to make the hard stuff easy for travellers. Are you one them?

~40m monthly active users