Director of Engineering - Fintech Foundations
Booking.com
Amsterdam, Netherlands
10 uur geleden

Established in 1996 in Amsterdam, Booking.com has grown from a small Dutch start-up to the third largest e-commerce company in the world.

Booking.com is the largest business within Booking Holdings (NASDAQ : BKNG) and accounts for the vast majority of Booking Holdings’ total revenue.

Booking Holdings is a leading Fortune 500 e-commerce conglomerate with a market cap of approximately $80 billion.

With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, Booking.com invests in digital technology that helps take the friction out of travel.

Booking.com connects travellers with the world’s largest selection of incredible places to stay, including everything from apartments, vacation homes, and family-run B&Bs to 5-star luxury resorts and even tree houses.

The Booking.com website and mobile apps are available in over 40 languages, offer more than +28 million total reported listings, and cover +140K destinations in +200 countries worldwide.

The FinTech Foundations organization is accountable for providing the foundational services, capabilities and frameworks that cut across all of FinTech.

FinTech Foundations will play a central role in growing FinTech business unit through tech modernization, engineering maturity, and operational excellence and will own at least the following :

  • API gateway you Payments Platform
  • Reliability organization for all FinTech platforms and services
  • Frameworks for software quality
  • Operational health including driving up on compliance, supportability and overall operational excellence
  • Data Pipeline platform
  • FinTech Foundations has a critical role in helping the business increase velocity, improve efficiency, and trend towards unification through the enabling tech and services it provides.

    Our brand new FinTech business unit with teams across multiple locations develops new products and drives innovation to help us continue removing financial friction from the travel process.

    That makes buying and selling travel-related products and services simpler for both travelers and partners.

    We have multiple openings across our fast growing FinTech (300+ people in tech) department!

    We hire the best and the brightest professionals, and we empower them to innovate, you need to have :

  • Technology leadership with deep technical experience as this is an foundational role at the heart of our FinTech platform
  • Leadership experience at driving data foundations across FinTech.
  • Technology thought leadership on the reliability engineering, operational excellence and quality engineering
  • Strong understanding of distributed systems and SOA
  • Solid awareness and ability to leverage emerging technology trends that enable a world class developer experience
  • Excellent ability to lead a team of top talent in an engineering organisation consisting of API Middleware, Critical Services, Future Data Platform, Systems Engineering.
  • B. Responsible

    People & Function Leadership

  • Lead, inspire and motivate your Engineering function through leading by example and defining what success looks like, giving ownership and providing clarity when necessary
  • Line manage Senior Managers as well as top technical talent, such as Principals.
  • Communicate strategy in a compelling manner to multiple teams and relevant stakeholders
  • Foster inclusion by holding self and others accountable
  • Drive people centric initiatives that enable workforce diversity
  • Partner in and outside of our Business unit to lead and shape the people agenda across Booking.com
  • Create a learning environment by coaching, maintaining two-way feedback, helping people extract and share personal learnings, and supporting teams to constantly adapt
  • Foster the engineering culture; innovate, work as a team and celebrate success
  • Build a world class team through nurturing, attracting, and retaining tech talent from around the world
  • Empower your teams to do their best work at Booking.com
  • Be curious, learn, iterate and shape our culture
  • Technology, Craft & Delivery Leadership

  • Lead, influence and own delivery within your function including department goals
  • Partner with other functions and business units to deliver on our strategic agenda
  • Maintain focus on the end goal, minimise risk and remove roadblocks for our strategic agenda
  • Ensure clear and effective communication at all levels : proactively keep all stakeholders informed of what’s happening, upcoming changes, projects, issues and risks
  • Foster mastery in engineering craftsmanship across Booking.com including shaping ways of working
  • Own Technology-wide topics and help lead and grow the department
  • Embed Agile ways of working and values within the organisation
  • Identify problems and significantly improve, change or adapt existing methods and techniques drawing from personal experiences and feedback
  • Drive a DevOps culture
  • Technology, Architecture & Product Strategy

  • Shape, define and build new services, processes and operational plans in alignment with the commercial and financial needs of the business
  • Lead, take ownership and shape the technology strategic objectives and roadmaps
  • Be a strategic thought partner and influence stakeholders across the FinTech and the broader business to set and align the strategic direction of your function
  • Make decisions in complex and ambiguous situations, and guide others in their decision making by recognizing and challenging assumptions, introducing relevant data and multiple perspectives
  • Ensure that the Booking architecture principles and engineering practices are adhered to, and that there is direction and alignment for each product.
  • Anticipate the need for changes based on context, and set renewed courses of action to engage teams and achieve goals, while striving to make the impact clear and understandable
  • Drive innovation in your function
  • Own the architecture across your function
  • B.Skilled

  • 8+ years of Tech Leadership experience
  • 2+ years of experience in FinTech domain
  • Demonstrable experience of building, shaping and leading a cross functional Engineering function or business unit at scale (50+ people)
  • Deep understanding of technology, with a proven track record of designing and building platforms at scale
  • Highly familiar with the topology of their environment and all of their systems
  • Proven ability to contribute to system design, architecture, and problem solving conversations. Ability to get deep into technical details when needed.
  • Able to provide technical direction to the teams (driving tech strategy, making build v buy decisions, prioritising etc.)
  • Great collaboration on technology topics; the successful candidate should be able to spar with their counterparts in other organisations, including Senior Architects and Fellows.
  • Demonstrable experience of working in Agile environments and more importantly an Agile culture and ethos
  • Demonstrable experience of setting, leading and influencing both the Engineering and Business strategy to the medium and long-term
  • Experience with managing and coaching teams of senior tech leaders including building and growing teams
  • Independent, pragmatic and proactive work attitude
  • Well versed in Engineering Craftsmanship
  • Building a DevOps culture
  • Be humble and human
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Advantage : Experience with 3rd party vendor relationships and integrations
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