Lead Software Engineer, Backend

| Austin

About Us:

HomeAway, based in Austin, Texas, is the world leader in vacation rentals with more than 2 million unique places to stay in 190 countries, and is a part of the Expedia, Inc. family of brands. HomeAway offers an extensive selection of vacation rental homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, especially more room to relax, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online.

The Opportunity: 

As for engineering, we solve problems of scale and work on cutting edge and open-source technologies. Our culture is one that strives on solving difficult problems focusing on product engineering based on hypothesis testing to empower people to come up with ideas.

Challenges you can work on:

  • Scale our services to more than 60k requests per second.
  • Develop fast, scalable, highly available, and reliable payment engines that will process billions of dollars per year.
  • Use real-time data to understand customers’ needs before they do.
  • Dockerize our apps and services for cloud deployment.
  • Develop features that will drive our business through real-time feedback loops.
  • Develop a smart service layer that will allow for in-session personalization based off user behavior and data.
  • Scale our public API to allow other partners to leverage HomeAway services & experiences on third party sites.
  • Simplify core booking and listing workflow to enhance our travelers & suppliers experience.

 Technologies we use:

  • AWS, Docker, Mesos Dropwizard, Elasticsearch, Cassandra, Kafka, Hadoop, Samza, NoSQL, Java8,

 Requirements:

  • BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent experience.
  • 8+ years of professional software development experience.
  • Technical leadership experience.
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to work well cross-functionally across multiple departments.

 Responsibilities: 

  • Provide hands on technical leadership and participate in architectural decision-making.
  • Own new features from design to production release.
  • Dedicated to delivering tested and optimized high performance code for a distributed SOA environment (our stack satisfies 10s of thousands of requests per second!).
  • Create and maintain quality software using best-in-class tools: Git, Splunk, New Relic, Sonar and TeamCity.
  • Work with QA, product management, and operations in an Agile environment.
  • Participate in resolution of production issues and lead efforts toward solutions.
  • Grow a performant production environment in a way that makes the system increasingly reliable.
  • Opportunities to showcase your work on our tech blog and internal & external conferences.
  • Participate in our innersource culture (Internal Open Source) by delivering high quality code that levels up not only your team but the entire organization.
  • Opportunities to showcase your work on our tech blog and internal & external conferences.
  • Conduct peer code reviews and act as a resource for junior developers.

Benefits & Perks:

  • Competitive health and insurance benefits.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Annual target bonus or commission.
  • Paid vacation and sick time.
  • Vacation rental on a yearly basis (taxable benefit).
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program.
  • Free snacks and beverages.
  • Frequent company update talks with our leadership team.
  • Free listing on HomeAway.com.
  • Electronic, adjustable stand-up desk.
  • Discounted Metro & Rail pass.
  • Casual dress.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

HomeAway has five offices in the Austin area with a 16-story global headquarters under construction at the Domain set to open in 2019.
11800 Domain Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

Insider's spotlight

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

HomeAway has the best work-life balance out of any company I've worked for. Not only are you given plenty of vacation time, they actually encourage you to use it. Around here, we call it a "whole vacation" because you're supposed to enjoy your time away from work and return recharged.

Kayla

Employer Brand & Digital Media Specialist

What projects are you most most excited about?

As a Software Engineer, I’m excited to rebuild an old JavaScript and jQuery STAB component into a new React based component. The goal is to update this component to our new tech stack so when consuming applications move to using Catalyst based applications we can ease the integration process.

Juliana

Software Engineer

What are some things you learned at the company?

I've learned to always be flexible and always question all assumption to a logical conclusion.

Dottie

Partner Success Account Manager

Passion for the business. When you genuinely believe in our mission and the unique value we offer owners/travelers, our clients feel your enthusiasm and want to work with you.

Nevo

Regional Sales Manager

Perks of working here

401(K) Matching
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Dental Benefits
Game Room
Generous PTO
Health Benefits
Onsite Gym
Generous Parental Leave
Parking
Stocked Kitchen
Vision Benefits
Volunteering Opportunities
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