Senior Software Engineer - Reliability Platforms

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Employer: Booking Holdings
  • IT Software
  • Job type: full-time
    Job level: peste 5 years of experience
  • Updated at: 13.04.2023
    Job remote: On-site
    Short company description

    Booking Holdings Romania is a Center of Excellence based in Bucharest, Romania and was created to support the increasing business demands of the Booking Holdings Brands. The Center of Excellence provides access to specialized and highly skilled talent, leading industry best practices, and collaboration opportunities across all of our Brands.

    As part of our Booking Holdings Romania team, you will have the opportunity to be a part of the world’s leading provider of online travel, with a mission of making it easier for everyone to experience the world through six-primary consumer-facing brands:, Priceline, Agoda, KAYAK, OpenTable and


    A senior software engineer owns the end-to-end execution of technical elements in the tech stack, products and processes. They are responsible for the implementation of complex technical solutions based on business requirements, they can accurately estimate or forecast the effort and impact of the items they work on, and show a high quality of craft in what they deliver.

    Senior software engineers are expected to work together with colleagues in other job roles to design, prioritize and implement complex technical tasks.

    Senior software engineers are expected to coach and mentor more junior engineers and be a thought leader in their team ensuring best practices are being implemented.

    Because the required technical skills and commercial knowledge can vary from one business unit to another, a senior software engineer can own multiple types of work from product features to infrastructure automation, frameworks, tooling or services.


    5+ years of platform engineering experience
    Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, or a related field or 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in the specialty as equivalent
    Strong programming skills
    Strong business and technical vision
    A deep understanding of software development in a team, and a track record of hands-on developing and shipping software
    Strong interpersonal skills
    Strong work ethic; self-directed and resourceful
    Solution oriented and result driven
    Proactive, flexible and capable of working independently as well as working in a team
    Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    Analytical skills and data-driven mindset


    Building software applications

    Is responsible to build software applications by using relevant development languages and applying knowledge of systems, services and tools appropriate for the business area and guide more junior members of the team in this topic.
    Is responsible to write readable and reusable code by applying standard patterns and using standard libraries and guide more junior members of the team in this topic.
    Is responsible to refactor and simplify code by introducing design patterns when necessary and guide more junior members of the team in this topic.
    Is responsible to ensure the quality of the application by following standard testing techniques and methods that adhere to the test strategy and guide more junior members of the team in this topic.
    Is responsible to maintain data security, integrity and quality by effectively following company standards and best practices and guide more junior members of the team in this topic.
    End to End System Ownership

    Is responsible to own a service end to end by actively monitoring application health and performance, setting and monitoring relevant metrics and act accordingly when violated
    Is responsible to reduce business continuity risks and bus factor by applying state-of-the-art practices and tools, and writing the appropriate documentation such as runbooks and OpDocs
    Is responsible to reduce risk and obtain customer feedback by using continuous delivery and experimentation frameworks
    Is responsible to independently manage an application or service by working through deployment and operations in production
    Technical Incident Management

    Is responsible to address and resolve live production issues by mitigating the customer impact within SLA
    Is responsible to improve the overall reliability of systems by producing long term solutions through root cause analysis
    Is responsible to keep track of incidents by contributing to postmortem processes and logging live issues
    understanding of the infrastructure and architecture of our systems
    Is responsible to help grow the business and/or accelerate software development by applying engineering techniques (e.g. prototyping, spiking and vendor evaluation) and standards
    Is responsible to meet business needs by designing solutions that meet current requirements and are adaptable for future enhancements
    Architectural Guidance

    Has sufficient knowledge to advise product teams towards a technical solution that meets the functional, nonfunctional & architectural requirements by challenging the rationale for an application design and providing context in the wider architectural landscape
    Has sufficient knowledge to set a clear direction for a technical capability by evaluating and aligning the target architecture improvements, reframing architectural designs and decisions for varied stakeholder

    Has sufficient knowledge to coach, guide and improve the overall performance of stakeholders and colleagues at all levels, when appropriate, by sharing experience, knowledge and approaches to work
    Critical Thinking

    Is responsible to systematically identify patterns and underlying issues in complex situations, and to find solutions by applying logical and analytical thinking.
    Is responsible to constructively evaluate and develop ideas, plans and solutions by reviewing them, objectively taking into account external knowledge, initiating 'SMART' improvements and articulating their rationale.
    Continuous Quality and Process Improvement

    Is responsible to identify opportunities for process, system and structural improvements (i.e performance gains) by examining and evaluating current process flows, methods and standards.
    Is responsible to design and implement relevant improvements by defining adapted/new process flows, standards, and practices that enable business performance.
    Effective Communication

    Is responsible to deliver clear, well-structured, and meaningful information to a target audience by using suitable communication mediums and language tailored to the audience
    Is responsible to achieve mutually agreeable solutions by staying adaptable, communicating ideas in clear coherent language and practising active listening
    Is responsible to ask relevant (follow-up) questions to properly engage with the speaker and really understand what they are saying, by applying listening and reflection techniques

    Other info


    Contributing to a high scale, complex, world renowned company and seeing real-time impact of your work on millions of travelers worldwide
    Working in a fast-paced and performance driven culture
    Competitive compensation and benefits package and some great added perks of working at Booking

    Booking Holdings is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We strive to move well beyond traditional equal opportunity and work to create an environment that allows everyone to thrive.