Principal Web Engineer

Job Title

Location: Fountain Street, Manchester is part of the third largest e-commerce company in the world (Amazon and Alibaba are bigger) and we are the world’s largest car hire booking service, arranging over 8.5 million rentals a year in 50,000 locations in 180 countries across 40 languages.  Our mission is “Helping people experience the world” and our business and market sector is growing rapidly.

Engineering is a multi-skilled group of over 200 people responsible for providing the technology to enable the business.  It is a fast paced, dynamic, exciting and driven environment providing services on a 24x7 basis.  We provide all the touch points for our online customer experience through a market leading app, a great web site and all the software services and business systems to manage our customers and products. Our goal is to create a great customer experience across all platforms which help us deliver growth for our business. 

We have a great journey ahead and our vision is to radically change the working practices to realise our ambition of being a “World Class” engineering function and the “Technology Employer of Choice” in the Northwest and beyond.  Make no mistake we have a challenging journey ahead but we are committed to delivering a great customer experience across web, mobile, call centre and partner channels and this is where you could fit in.

Where we are going

• Cross functional agile teams who own their products and operate in a DevOps environment
• Revolutionise our online customer experience through a great web site and mobile app
• Data driven decisions using Kibana, Hadoop, monitoring, Big Data, MI and MVT testing
• A full continuous delivery pipeline using Bamboo, Git and Artifactory
• Automation of tests, deployments and repeatable tasks
• Continuous improvement, keeping it simple and developing the team
• Great engineering practices with a focus on TDD and BDD principles and a strong focus on non-functional requirements at the beginning rather than an afterthought
• Decoupled service orientated architecture with resilience and availability built in
• A world class service delivery function

Skills we are looking for

We are looking for a superb and enthusiastic Principal Web Engineer who will evangelise technology across agile teams to push the boundaries on engineering brilliant solutions and contribute to shaping our new future.  We expect you to have the energy and passion to deliver using a whole range of technologies and have a solid understanding of engineering principles.  We also expect you to have strong technical leadership experience, experience of evangelising technology whilst being an expert in Software Engineering.

• Expert in developing web solutions and using web technologies
• Highly proficient with JavaScript frameworks such as Node.js, React.js and Angular.js
• Expert in writing good quality object-oriented code using Java that is simple and fast under load
• Highly proficient in the use of design patterns and frameworks such as MVC or Spring
• Highly proficient in the use of database technologies such as MySql, SQL Server
• Expert understanding of web services, APIs ideally REST based and SOA
• Strong experience of Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery and Agile
• Solid understanding of how the web works starting at the request through to the response
• Solid understanding of major browsers (including dev tools) and platforms (Linux, AWS)
• Quality first mind-set for writing code using techniques such as TDD, BDD or Agile
• Have a forward thinking mind set for engineering practices
• Subject matter expert in areas of Software Engineering
• Evangelising technology and engineering practices across teams
Other beneficial skills

• Solid understanding of styling and applying design to web pages using CSS
• Solid understanding of asynchronous systems and messaging for example RabbitMQ
• Experience with the design and execution effective functional tests

What we offer in return

• Ownership of your work and a great technical challenge
• A great new office to work in the heart of Manchester
• Great facilities including subsidised canteen and Starbucks, free breakfast & fruit, cycle hub and break out spaces
• An exciting and dynamic place to work
• 25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays
• Great discounts on car rentals and other group benefits
• Opportunity to shape the future of the team
• Software development kit that works

Key Responsibilities

• Take the lead on design and development of features
• Lead and coach other Engineers
• Be regarded as a subject matter expert for languages, platforms and engineering practices
• Evangelise engineering practices and technology across teams
• Write high quality robust code including tests
• Sense of ownership and the quality of the solutions you produce
• Adhere to the defaults principles for Architecture, quality and non-functional requirements
• Build, design and deliver high quality solutions in line with guidance and best practices of the department
• Collaborate with the team and others to deliver high quality solutions
• Design and develop reusable libraries, APIs and code that are easy to maintain, understand and re-use
• Learn new technologies and keep abreast of existing technologies and be able to apply these to a variety of projects as applicable
• Work with the team to size and estimate work
• Contribute to the evolution of best practices of the department
• Write, review and take responsibility for clear, concise and comprehensive technical documentation
• Supporting live products in a DevOps environment

About Our Parent Company is a part of the Priceline Group, the world’s leading and most valuable travel group. Other group companies include: the world's leading online hotel reservations agency,, Agoda, Kayak and OpenTable. The Priceline Group is a publicly traded company (Nasdaq: PCLN) and was ranked 4th in the Fortune's world's most admired companies in 2016.