Senior Backend Developer

    FindHotel Published: May 20, 2017


    As a Senior Backend Developer at FindHotel, you will help to develop and improve our high-performance website FindHotel, scaling up web traffic from 2M+ visitors to 10M+ by the end of the year.


    What you tell your friends you do

    "I am a great backend developer who can make code run safely yet fast as lightning!"


    What you will really be doing

    • Building a high-performance website, helping scale up web traffic from 2M+ visitors per month to 10M+ by the end of 2017;
    • Developing our own APIs and deploy them as independent services;
    • Integrating our product with internal tools and APIs (e.g. event tracking, A/B testing) built either by us or other squads at FindHotel;
    • Building the right suite of monitoring and alerting system, in order to have both the helicopter view and the magnifying glass at hand whenever needed;
    • Improving the code base, architecture, infrastructure, and overall quality of our product, in order to deliver a great experience to each and every one of our users.


    How will you be doing this?

    • You are an experienced backend developer in a diverse team of talented experts, and you enjoy working on a product delivering quality code while meeting ambitious deadlines;
    • You choose the right tools for whatever job will be thrown at you. We're always open to re-evaluating choices that were made in the past: there is always a budget for good ideas;
    • You understand speed is a feature: you love benchmarking and experimenting with different technologies to figure out new ways of improving your code over time.


    What we worked on last quarter

    • Laying the groundwork for a modern adaptive web application, based on React and Redux front-end which communicates with a decoupled Ruby On Rails backend.
    • Created a fast RESTApi, build on AWS Lambda's to serve the results of our machine learning models
    • We built a scalable infrastructure in the cloud, based on AWS, Docker, and Continuous Deployment, that serves on average 11M+ requests per day.


    What a day in the office might look like

    In the morning, after the daily stand-up, you pair program with a fellow developer to improve the performance of an API call which is not as fast as it could be. After lunch, you provide some feedback on the quality of a couple PRs from your teammates. Then you implement a new feature from the backlog or tackle an annoying technical debt issue that you've been keeping an eye on for a while.


    Why join now?

    • We have successfully built the foundation of a great product, which will evolve in time and compete with the big players of the travel industry. By joining the team now, you will have the chance to have a strong impact on how we grow our tech stacks and the way approach work.
    • We are looking to grow traffic from 2M monthly visitors to 10M+ by the end of 2017. This is the perfect time to become part of the team working on the core behind our product, tackling exciting challenges around scalability and performance.
    • We are a company that is growing fast, hiring talent across many different areas of expertise (development, data science, data analysis, marketing, UX). Each team collaborates with the others on a lot of different tasks, making every day the day when you learn something new.
    • You will have fun writing code for existing and new applications, integrating them with internal and external systems, with room to explore new technologies and architectures!




    What we're looking for

    • 7+ years of professional experience in web development, with a strong backend background and solid understanding of the whole life cycle of a web application
    • Professional experience with at least 3 languages out of: Python, Ruby, Scala, Java, C#, Javascript (Node.js), SQL, Go, Elixir
    • Experience with development and integration of databases, REST APIs, third party integrations including testing and deployment
    • Experience running high-traffic websites and laser focus on performance optimisation, scalability, and reliability
    • Experience in shipping code on the cloud
    • Bonus points if you have professional experience with AWS
    • Bonus points if you have professional experience with Docker

    What we offer

    • The opportunity to work in a diverse international team within a profitable company with a startup mindset
    • An agile environment where communication and initiative is valued and cherished
    • Many chances to develop yourself, including access to courses and conferences
    • No nonsense! We’re proud of our flat hierarchy and short, democratic decision paths
    • A fun work environment at a great office in the city center of Amsterdam


    Sound like somewhere you'd thrive? We'd love to hear from you!
    Please send us your resume and a short paragraph introducing yourself and why you'd like to be a part of our team!