Staff Software Engineer

Company Description

Launched in 1998, this pioneering British-born brand has specialized in creating unforgettable experiences - from city breaks, hotels, and holidays to theatre and spa days. lastminute.com is among the worldwide leaders in the field, helping hundreds of thousands of customers every year find, and do, "whatever makes them pink".
 
lastminute.com is part of lm group, a publicly-traded multinational Group, among the worldwide leaders in the online travel industry. Each month, our websites and mobile apps (available in 17 languages and 40 countries) reach 43 million unique users that search for and book their travel and leisure experiences.
 
More than 1,200 people enjoy working with us and contribute to providing our audience with a comprehensive and inspiring offering of travel-related products and services.

Job Description

We are a travel company, with the tech at its core, currently looking for motivated problem-solvers who will embrace the end-to-end responsibility of building, delivering and evolving relevant products.

As a Staff Software Engineer in lastminute.com, you will work with our Platform and Engineering teams and directly impact the lives of a global population of travellers. You will be involved in designing and building our own scalable and resilient platforms to support an ever growing number of customers.

From the first day with us, you’ll experience working in a company with “growing-sharing culture” with a lot of opportunities to improve existing products, bring new ideas to life and learn.

We are looking for brilliant people, not for a list of skills. While reading key responsibilities of the role, please consider that we value attitude more than your expertise. Are you curious and passionate about working in a constantly evolving and challenging international environment?

Even if  you don’t feel like you fit the role 100%, please apply: put your willingness to learn and we will grow together!

WHAT YOU'LL DO:

  • Being a member of an autonomous, cross-location agile team. Defining  best practices and standards.

  • Successfully deliver high-value projects by leveraging your strong technical chops, deep understanding of our systems, and empathy for our travellers.

  • You are responsible for making the impact of changes clear, and ensuring a sound design and approach.

  • You work side-by-side with engineers, product managers, technology leads and individual contributors of varying degrees of seniority, providing mentorship and skills development guidance when appropriate and leading by example.

  • Communicate technical needs and interests to the Product team and others.

  • Balance the need to go fast in the short term with the need to go fast in the long term.

  • Anticipate and act upon issues that arise, providing alternative approaches and solutions.

  • Designing and helping to develop high-quality software by using a range of practices like TDD, Clean Code, simple design etc.

  • Evaluate and create new tools and techniques to facilitate effective development practices.

  • Communicate a clear vision of how the technology can be optimally applied to products.

  • Set the standard for highest quality of work. Lead by example and be proactive in raising concerns as soon as they are observed.

Qualifications

WHAT WE LOOK FOR:

  • B.S./M.S. in Computer Science, proven experience in successfully completing development of two or more complex applications or technologies, or equivalent applicable experience.

  • Strong experience as a Software Engineer programming in OO/FP languages but preferably in JVM: Java, Scala or Kotlin. Also designing or implementing API best practices as well as using design and architectural patterns.

  • Successfully deploying or migrating services/solutions to public clouds (AWS, Azure, GCP… ).

  • Listens a lot. Ask questions to seek clarity. Take the floor when they have information, experience, or perspective to share. Communicates impediments as they arise.

  • Leads complex changes, complicated refactoring, modifications, refactoring, and bug fixes to existing functionality.

  • Participates in high-level architecture discussions and supports the implementation.

  • Excellent analysis, project planning, and schedule estimating skills as applied to multi-person projects.  Ability to anticipate and resolve project roadblocks

  • Expert in current software design practices, including modularity, event-driven architecture, functional programming, microservices, object-oriented design, optimization, extensibility, and testability. Stays abreast of industry innovations and developments.

  • Strong communication skills, especially in representing their expertise to a wide range of people. Forges relationships with development personnel throughout the industry.

  • Self-motivated; works independently.

  • Enthusiastic about company and engineering company products. Willing to Generates, enhances, and promotes ideas for useful new projects and technologies.

  • Business-level English; Spanish knowledge is welcome but not required.

Additional Information

Desirable

  • Previous working experience in a startup or product company with high traffic experience. 

  • Domain Driven Design is a Plus.

Hiring Process

Candidates for this position can generally expect a hiring process similar to the following one (please consider that based on location and availability the process can be slightly modified).

  • Qualified candidates receive feedback concerning their application from our Recruiting team.

  • Based on role and experience, candidates might be requested to solve a coding exercise to submit on a public repository on Github. Exercise will be assessed by our internal Engineering team.

  • Onsite Systems Design Interview: We will use an online whiteboard to design a solution to a given challenge.

  • Onsite Systems Design Interview Follow-up: We will continue working on the previous challenge with other architects at lastminute.com.

  • General Interview: We will have an one hour talk about technical stuff, personal experiences and analyzing possible production scenarios.

  • You’ll have the opportunity to meet our technical leaders and understand a little bit more about our continuous learning environment!.