Platform Engineer, Core Services

San Francisco, CA
Engineering and Product
Full-time

HotelTonight makes it remarkably easy to book great hotels at amazing last-minute rates on your mobile device, for tonight, tomorrow and next week. Our mission is to make people feel more alive by delivering the unexpected and we’re looking for a Core Services Engineer to help do just that.
 
At HotelTonight, our engineers take enormous pride in creating the world's first mobile-only travel company. We’re seeking teammates who want to set the standard, not just keep up with other companies. We strongly value craftsmanship, have some perfectionist tendencies and strive to stay ahead of the constantly changing mobile landscape to ship useful and delightful products!
 
This is a great opportunity for an engineer who is passionate about the product, thinks of the users,  envisions engaging tools, and wants to utilize the latest technologies to deliver industry-changing products. You’ll have an immediate impact, ensuring that our APIs, infrastructure, and internal tools keep HotelTonight light-years ahead of the competition.

Follow our Technology Blog, BuildTonight, to learn about the Engineering Team's challenges, goals and everything in between.

WITHIN 1 MONTH, YOU WILL:

    • Familiarize yourself with our development workflow and tooling
    • Release bug fixes and feature improvements to our production environment
    • Actively participate in our code review process

WITHIN 3 MONTHS, YOU WILL:

    • Collaborate with other engineers, product managers, designers, and domain experts to iterate on and improve core business logic and user-facing features
    • Develop, modify, and maintain our e-commerce platform while optimizing for speed, user experience, and continued 99.99% availability
    • Support critical production systems as part of our on-call rotation
    • Leverage instrumentation to identify and diagnose performance bottlenecks
    • Own the delivery and deployment of the services you build into our containerized production cluster

WITHIN 12 MONTHS, YOU WILL:

    • Lead end-to-end development of mission-critical features
    • Work on managing and scaling the infrastructure that enables our services to process millions of requests per day
    • Evaluate and experiment with new technologies and techniques that can be added to our tech stack to solve the trickiest of problems
    • Work alongside other engineers to define the future of HotelTonight's core services

WHY THIS OPPORTUNITY IS COOL:

    • You’ll be able to directly contribute to and shape the systems that power HotelTonight’s marketplace
    • You’ll work with other teams across the company on a wide range of projects, ranging from end-user-facing features to behind-the-scenes improvements to our bookings, payments, and notifications platforms
    • You’ll help implement and refine best practices for deploying, monitoring, alerting, and performance testing critical services

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS ROLE:

    • 3+ years experience in software development working as a Backend Engineer
    • 2+ years experience with Ruby and an interest in other languages (e.g. Golang, Elixir)
    • Working knowledge of relational databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL
    • Familiarity with any of the following is a plus: AWS, Ansible, Docker, Elasticsearch, Kafka,  Packer, RabbitMQ (or other queueing systems), Terraform
    • Experience scaling and maintaining high-traffic, service-oriented production systems
    • Ability to tackle broad, challenging problems in an analytical, pragmatic way
    • Empathy for users, teammates, and other stakeholders
    • Love working as part of a team and continuously strive for self-improvement

WHAT YOU’LL GET FROM US:

    • Commitment to keeping HotelTonight on the Best Places to Work list (we're in the top 10!)
    • The opportunity to define mobile commerce and change the way people book travel
    • A people-focused organization dedicated to making sure you're challenged, learning, growing, and recognized for all the great work you do
    • The camaraderie of a driven, agile team that is building something disruptive
    • A beautiful workspace at Market & 5th St 
    • Excellent health, dental, vision and 401k plans, and stock options too
    • Fun stuff — quarterly travel stipend, unlimited vacation, catered meals, a subsidized fitness membership, access to our very own hotel-inspired full bar, and the opportunity to spin the HT Roulette wheel to win a spontaneous weekend getaway!