Senior Software Engineer, Distributed Systems in Barcelona


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Travel. It's one of life's simple pleasures. But, ooof, planning it can feel like hard work. For the last 20 years we've been on a mission to empower every traveller with innovative tools, insights and experiences that help people get to where they're going, so they can spend more time out exploring the world, and less time anxiously bouncing around 25 browser tabs and endless spreadsheets. Our traveller-first approach drives everything we do and it's never been more important than it is today.

When we launched as a flight comparison site back in 2003, we changed the game by helping travellers feel smart, like they were in on a secret, that promise hasn't changed. And today, while we're a world leader in travel, with millions of people using our products every single day we know there's so much more we can be doing.

Being part of Skyscanner means joining a team hell bent on building the world's most innovative, and helpful travel experiences possible. We're hugely ambitious and believe we have the chance to genuinely challenge and disrupt the industry.

Rewarding. Energising. Open.

We need your talent and expertise to help us do something great for our travellers: make booking stays and journeys more sustainable and straightforward. This involves technical challenges and the latest technology, from machine learning and cloud services to world-class APIs.

As a Senior Software Engineer in distributed systems you'll typically be working in Java or Python, and with a technology stack that includes AWS, Kubernetes, Spark, Airflow, gRPC, New Relic and more. Don't worry if you're not familiar with most of these, though - much more important is your understanding of how to design, build and operate distributed systems at scale, your ability to solve problems collaboratively with your teammates, and your passion to learn. You'll be able to break down large, difficult problems into bite-size chunks and support others in delivering them, as well as holding the quality bar high.

We are looking for somebody to help with the evolution of our advertising platform. Some of the challenges we are facing in the advertising domain are related to efficient delivery of our inventory, campaign forecasting, managing audiences, etc. Therefore, AdTech experience is required for this position to help with that evolution aligned with latest technologies from the industry.

We work as a global team, but in squads of 6 to 12 engineers and using Agile/Lean methodology. We don't need you to be a master of all the details of Scrum or Kanban, but you will be able to support your team in establishing sustainable flow to deliver on their projects. Sometimes this will mean being able to break down shared milestones across multiple teams in multiple locations, sometimes it will mean influencing your peers' thinking, and sometimes it will mean helping ensure the success of others by mentoring and coaching them effectively.

Skyscanner is a hybrid working company and most roles can be either Full Time or Part Time. We believe when people meet regularly in person, we are better able to innovate, learn, collaborate and inspire. We ask people to be in the office on average 8 days per month.

Already a global leader in travel, we want to elevate the way we work to a whole other level. In return, you’ll get meaningful things like medical insurance, headspace subscriptions, a home office allowance and the option to buy more holiday. You’ll have the opportunity to work from any country for 4 weeks a year, and 30 days in our other global offices. Everything, in other words, to help you relax and give your best.

For more details on Engineering at Skyscanner, check our Engineering Blog and follow Skyscanner Engineering on Twitter.


You'll join a brilliantly diverse group from all corners of the world. After all, travel is about finding new perspectives and experiencing new people and cultures - and Skyscanner is strongest when our teams are both inclusive and diverse. We recognise and challenge everyday biases, remove obstacles to inclusion and ensure all our people can thrive and be themselves.

We are committed to building a workforce that is representative of our travellers and creating a culture where everyone feels like they belong, including people with disabilities. If you need any adjustments to the interview process because of a disability, please let our recruitment team know. Any information you share with our recruitment team will be used solely to allow us to ensure your candidate experience is inclusive and accessible based on your needs.


About Skyscanner

  • Travel

  • Edinburgh

  • 500-1000 employees

  • 2001

Skyscanner is a global search engine that enables people to find comparisons for flights, hotels and car hire. The service is free to users and directs you to the airline, hotel, car hire provider or travel agency to complete the booking process. It has over 50 million users a month.

  • - ‘Skyscanner University’ offers a range of courses for tech and business topics.
  • - At Skyscanner there’s no clocking in and there’s no bell at the end of the day, they prefer to give you the freedom and autonomy to do your job, add value and own your work.
  • - Better than average annual leave in all office locations.
  • - There’s enhanced maternity and paternity leave and a flexible working policy to encourage and enable a healthy work-life balance.

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