Principal Software Engineer

Shenzhen, China


NoSQL Spark SQL Java Python Hadoop AWS

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Skyscanner is a leading global travel search site and app, a place where people are inspired to plan and book direct from millions of travel options at the best prices. 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. It’s a hugely exciting time for Skyscanner and the over 80m people who use us every month. We are unbiased and free, our secret is in our unique proprietary technology that connects people directly to everything the travel industry has to offer.

We are seeking a Principal Engineer to join us in our Shenzhen office and be part of our highly distributed global team. Do you have the technical authority to deliver world class engineering at scale?

Do you relish in technical leadership? Would you consider yourself an expert 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.

Skyscanner operates in a Tribes and Squads model and we have created an engineering culture where there is a high level of trust, autonomy and transparency. Our engineers work in autonomous teams (squads), they create their own backlog, they ship code whenever they want and don’t have dependencies in order to deliver to their users. Our engine uses global scale services, big data and machine learning to capture, normalise and make sense of real time information from our thousands of partners.

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 your team’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 senior engineering lead/principal engineer or comparable ideally within an internet economy business
  • leading large organisations in complex technical scenarios to successful completion, resulting in significant business impact
  • Use of agile/lean methodologies for continuous delivery and improvement
  • leading one or more groups with multiple teams
  • Product-oriented, customer-focused emphasis on rapid delivery of value to production
  • 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
  • It would be useful to have experience in large scale systems deployed to AWS
  • Previous experience with one or more of the following technologies: Java, Python, NoSQL databases, distributed workflow (Hadoop/Spark), machine learning, SQL, Elastic Search- recent coding experience with mastery of one or more programming language

What else can we offer you……

We are proud to have a working environment that sets our employees up for success, as well as all the usual perks such as barista coffee, fizzy & fresh drinks, snacks and fresh fruit and we can help with ‘down-time’ in the office that includes table tennis, pool table, foosball, xbox, office scooters, and massage chairs. 

We give you the chance to be an owner and grant options in Skyscanner, and we also 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. 

Then it gets really interesting, and you can buy more holiday, donate to a good cause, take part in 2 hack days per year, and 1 charity day, work from your home country for up to 3 weeks, spend up to 30 days working from another of our offices globally.  And, you have the option to take part in Skyscanner extended annual leave which is an additional 3 weeks’ break (unpaid) after 3 years’ service or take 5 weeks’ break (paid) after 5 years’ service.

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?

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