Senior Systems Engineer

Glasgow, United Kingdom


Kubernetes Go Docker Kafka Java Python AWS ECS

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Our Platform and Enablement Tribes are looking for Senior Systems Engineers with experience running and monitoring high scale systems in the cloud. 

Skyscanner can offer you large scale, complex problems where you can reach 80 million monthly unique users whilst enjoying a high level of autonomy and influence.

What you’ll do:

  • Empower product developers to run their high-scale services and data processing workloads on our platforms in an automated, self-service fashion.
  • Collaborate with other squads and share your deep understanding of your services and domain
  • Work on complex technical challenges such as:
    • Multi-tenant compute platforms such as Kubernetes (where we run one of the largest installations in AWS) and ECS.
    • Scaling up our Kafka based Data Platform that provides the whole company with monitoring, alerting, real-time log inspection and secure storage of events
    • Improving the performance of our existing technology stack end-to-end in order to provide a better, quicker experience to our travellers.
    • Monitoring the status and traveller experience on the website, handling incidents and advocating improvements across the business and technical stacks on behalf of the traveller.
    • Empowering product squads with tracing and monitoring of requests as they travel through our platforms.
    • Improve our continuous deployment pipeline, looking at innovative ways to ship our new features and configuration in a safe and swift manner.

What we are looking for:

  • Experience designing, implementing and operating cloud-native systems and services at scale, including open-source and commercial third-party solutions.
  • Experience and knowledge of administrating at least one cloud provider, preferably AWS
  • Proficient in scripting languages and experience working with production-ready Go, Java or Python
  • A good understanding of Docker & multi-tenant compute environments (Kubernetes / ECS)
  • Monitoring and Alert configuration management
  • System design and decision-making based on data
  • Excellent troubleshooting and diagnosis skills across technologies
  • Good communications and teamworking skills
  • Passion for learning new technologies and adapting to a changing technological ecosystem

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, subsidised gym membership and 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