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Director, Software Development, Search & Discovery

United States - Washington - Seattle


About Search & Discovery:

Expedia is the global leader in travel. From the practical matters of booking flights, cars, hotels, packages, local activities, or vacation rentals to realizing dreams and bucket lists, we cover the entire breadth of this deep and varied relationship with travelers. We team up with our partners to provide outstanding offers to our customers. Some of our partners are huge brands, and some are individuals with a studio apartment to rent. Our customers are diverse, and we seek to deliver value and a phenomenal experience. Our technical challenges are endlessly sophisticated and yet meaningful and exciting.

At the center of our travel marketplace is the Search & Discovery organization, part of Marketplaces and Yield. This team is currently building Search, Recommendations, and intent collection systems to power our iconic brands like Expedia,, and Vrbo, serving millions of requests every day. The systems we create are essential for our online marketplaces with high availability and performance requirements and drive substantial commercial value.

About the role:

We are looking for an engineering leader with strong technical skills and experience building consumer products to lead and grow an engineering team. Demonstrable experience in online web or e-commerce search and recommendation systems is a big plus. This role will have the opportunity to shape the future of travel search.

What you've done:

  • Built and operated cloud-based highly available and scalable online serving or streaming, or ML-based systems utilizing large diverse data sets in production for 7-10 years
  • Developed commercial products in programming languages like Java, Scala, Kotlin, Go, Python, etc.
  • Built and led teams and grew manager and individual contributor bench to deliver business results for 5 years
  • Dealt with ambiguity and led others through untrodden paths to pursue outcomes
  • Worked well across divisional boundaries to build partnerships
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, related field, or equivalent practical experience

What you will do:

  • Lead, grow, and develop the team from inception through effective hiring, mentoring, coaching, succession planning, and retention strategies
  • Lead the team to deliver on our strategy and architecture, while influencing the future direction
  • Be a subject matter expert
  • Champion engineering and operational excellence, establishing metrics, standards, and processes for regular assessment and improvement
  • Support team members in their own areas of responsibility including but not limited to technology selection, contract definition, execution planning, and team management
  • Create a positive work environment based on accountability and inclusiveness, in partnership with peers on the leadership team
  • Create an excellent customer experience, raising the bar on functionality, usability, and simplicity
  • Define objectives, key results, and key performance indicators, and be accountable for tracking against them

NOTE: As part of the interview process, in order to help us understand you better, you will be asked to present to an interview panel on a problem we give you.

Expedia is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce.   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. This employer participates in E-Verify. The employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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Job Category
Technology Group

Job Function

United States - Washington - Seattle
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Job Type
Full-Time Regular

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