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Senior Software Engineer – Full Stack in Barcelona


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45,000 - €55,000
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Job Description

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 senior full stack engineers to join us in our Barcelona office and be part of our highly distributed global team.

Do you relish working with the latest front end technologies including react? If you enjoy a range of technical challenges you can expect a variety of areas to contribute to- along with modern frontend (we’re standardising around React) page speed and SEO are important to us- we’re exploring micro-services and microsites powered NodeJS, with isomorphic server-side rendered components. We’d also love you to be willing to work closer to the server- side as needed, teams may have to tie together API’s, create new ones, and work closer to the backend to achieve great frontend performance.

We’re building some exceptional tooling, with deploy pipelines out of the box, allowing our engineers to ship changes quickly. We're also working on server side/hybrid rendering strategies for our iOS and Android apps as well as looking at React Native.

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 senior software engineer

  • A supportive, trusting and transparent working environment
  • A place to look at things differently and challenge and offer solutions
  • Overall responsibility of multiple key product feature components within your area
  • You will define and implement services that make up a complex sub system within the scope of your area
  • Collaboration across all relevant product engineering development lifecycles
  • An opportunity to influence the engineers around you

What we are looking for

  • An ability to converse in English is essential
  • Previous job experience as a software engineer ideally within an internet economy business
  • Metrics driven approach to decision making, prioritisation and continuous deployment
  • Modern engineering mindset- moving fast with confidence backed up by experimentation and split testing
  • Use of agile/lean methodologies for continuous delivery and improvement
  • Comfortable balancing trade-offs between technical, analytical and product needs and understand the difference between Single Page Apps and Server-Side Rendering
  • Strong customer focus and appreciation of what makes good product, UX and design
  • You make others better proactively through code reviews, documentation, technical guidance and mentoring
  • Capable of building a new frontend codebase from scratch, scaling through component driven development
  • Proficiency in modern frontend technologies e.g. ES6, Sass/Less, Webpack, npm, frontend framework- React, Angular, Vue, Backbone and HTML, CSS
  • We don’t expect you to be a backend expert but would anticipate experience with some, combined with a curiosity for others- JavaScript, Java, Python
  • It would be useful to have experience in large scale systems deployed to AWS
  • Mobile Development experience while not required for this role could be useful

Why Us?

We are proud to have a working environment that sets our employees up for success, as well as all the usual perks you would expect from barista machines to massage chairs, to free food, holiday buying scheme as well as frequent townhalls with our CEO. What we really aim for is a place where people can thrive, be trusted to make impact and ultimately help us put our users first.

What you will get in Barcelona -

Situated in the Placa Catalunya in Barcelona’s bustling centre, known for its many fountains and statues and nearby some of Barcelona’s most popular attractions. Our acquisition of hotel search company Fogg saw the birth of Skyscanner hotels product and is a hub of product engineering activity. With space to hire many more staff we are excited to welcome our new recruits.

Skyscanner can offer you large scale, complex problems where you can reach over 80 million monthly active users whilst enjoying a high level of autonomy and influence and a flexible working environment where you can thrive.

Join us now.

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


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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