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Senior Software Engineer - Backend, Flights



Software Engineering
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024
About the job
The Flights travel agency team at Hopper is looking for a backend engineer with a professional history of owning features from the inception of an idea to the monitoring and tracking of a delivered feature.
We’re looking for a team member who enjoys working in a microservices environment and thrives working in technically complex industries like travel. The team is responsible for owning all features end to end in the journey of a user booking flights: generation of flight lists, creation of bookings, and various post booking actions.
The team’s scope includes owning the distribution of all flights to B2B partners impacting customers all over the world. You will be helping to build and maintain current platforms and will build critical features in flights to enhance the experience and build the trust of our customers.

What would your day-to-day look like:

  • Planning, investigating, scoping out an upcoming project that the flights team owns
  • Writing code, reviewing code, or improving code
  • Explore engineering improvements for the team and flights product
  • Working with our product operations team or product manager to talk through requirements to effectively implement a new feature
  • Meeting with another developer on the flights team to discuss a new feature for project planning or pair programming

An ideal candidate has:

  • 5+ years of professional full-time in software engineering with a focus on backend development
  • Works well with and enjoys working in a product-focused company with a working history of owning features throughout the development life cycle
  • Communicates well not only with developers but product management and operations teams
  • Experience with and likes developing in a microservices environment
  • Proficiency in Scala or other JVM languages, like Java
  • Skilled in various service communication methods including gRPC, pub/sub, REST, SOAP
  • Clear demonstration of leading and delivering complex, multi-month projects end to end
  • Thrives working in technically complex industries like travel
  • Professional background working in flights, specifically GDS (Global Distribution Systems)/NDC, or airline backend services

Perks of working with us:

  • Well-funded and proven startup with large ambitions, competitive salary and upsides of pre-IPO equity packages
  • Hopper covers 100% of the premiums for group insurance plan through Sun life Financial. Coverage includes:
  • 80% on paramedical coverage
  • 90% - 100% on prescription drugs
  • 80% on minor/preventative dental
  • 50% on major dental work, plus more
  • 100% coverage for eye exams & reimbursement on vision care (glasses, contacts, etc.)
  • Hopper offers life, short term and long term disability coverage through Sun Life Financial.
  • HSA through Sun LIfe Financial that covers eligible medical and dental expenses.
  • All employees and dependents have access to Dialogue’s telemedicine services, anytime, anywhere.
  • All employees have access to an RRSP plan through Sun Life Financial with automatic pre-tax withdrawals per pay.
  • Please ask us about our very generous parental leave, much above industry standards!
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Carrot Cash travel stipend
  • Flexdesk All Access Pass AND Work-from-home stipend
  • Entrepreneurial culture where pushing limits and taking risks is everyday business
  • Open communication with management and company leadership
  • Small, dynamic teams = massive impact
More about Hopper
At Hopper, we are on a mission to become the world’s best — and most fun — place to book travel. By leveraging massive amounts of data, advanced machine learning algorithms, Hopper combines its world-class travel agency offering with proprietary fintech products to help customers spend less and travel better. Ranked the third largest online travel agency in North America, the app has been downloaded nearly 80 million times and continues to gain market share globally.
Here are just a few stats that demonstrate the company’s recent growth:
- Hopper sold around $4 billion in travel and travel fintech in 2022, up nearly 3X over 2021. In 2022, Hopper increased its revenue 2.5X year-over year.
- The company’s bespoke fintech products, such as Flight Disruption Guarantee and Price Freeze, now represent 30-40% of Hopper’s total app revenue.
- Given the success of its fintech products, Hopper launched a B2B initiative called Hopper Cloud in late 2021. Through this partnership program, any travel provider (airlines, hotels, banks, travel agencies, etc.) can integrate and seamlessly distribute Hopper’s fintech or travel inventory. As its first Hopper Cloud partnership,
- Hopper partnered with Capital One to co-develop Capital One Travel, a new travel portal designed specifically for cardholders.
- Recognized as one of the world’s most innovative companies by Fast Company four years in a row, Hopper has been downloaded over 80 million times and continues to have millions of new installs each month.
- Hopper has raised over $700 million USD of private capital and is backed by some of the largest institutional investors and banks in the world. Hopper is primed to continue its acceleration as the world’s fastest-growing mobile-first travel marketplace.
Come take off with us!