Rentalcars.com is the world’s largest car hire booking service, arranging over 8.5  million rentals a year in 49,000 locations in 167 countries across 40 languages. We are part of Priceline Group, the third larrgest e-commerce company in the world (only Amazon and Alibaba are bigger).

About the role

You will be a founding member of our mobility team – an innovation team building the next generation of transportation solutions for our customers. Our team’s objective is to build apps and services that get our customers around using multiple forms of ground transport including taxis, cars, trains and so on.

We have set the team up as an internal start-up based in London. The team shares the upsides of being part of a bigger company - but with the speed, drive and autonomy of a fully independent, early-stage business.

We are looking for a highly-motivated Software Engineering Manager to be a central figure in this team. You will lead the engineering team that will design and build an entirely new product. The initial focus of the team is taxis but we plan for this to extend over time. You will need to be comfortable working with a mix of both full-time and contractor engineers: this is a team which is designed to operate at high speed.

Join to be a part of an exciting growth journey: this is one of those rare opportunities to get involved in something big at the beginning. You will be based in London, but with relatively regular travel to the head office in Manchester. You will also be working closely with our sister company Booking.com in Amsterdam. You will report directly into the Mobility Director.

How we work

  • Mobility as an autonomous team in start-up mode, in its own offices in London
  • Opportunity for a greenfield build: a full set of architecture
  • Cross functional agile teams own their products in a Continuous Delivery DevOps environment
  • Great engineering practices with a focus on TDD and BDD principles
  • Strong focus on non-functional requirements at the beginning rather than an afterthought
  • Decoupled service orientated architecture with resilience and adaptability built in

What we offer in return

  • Great office space in central London near Old Street & surrounded by the tech community
  • Full ownership of a brand-new product and an exciting technical challenge
  • All the security and potential of a company that is FTSE-100 equivalent, but with the autonomy, pace innovation of a start-up environment
  • Opportunity to shape the future of the team and the direction of a new business
  • 25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays
  • Great discounts on car rentals, ground transport and other group benefits

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead multiple Engineering teams across several Product Groups
  • Manage a mix of full-time engineers and contractors
  • Build your full engineering team over the next 18-24 months
  • Lead by example by taking ownership, being proactive and collaborating
  • Get into the technical detail where required to lead, coach, support and mentor the team
  • Be a great technical partner for the Product team and wider business
  • Embed and lead on Agile practices and values within the organisation
  • Take the lead on the design, build and delivery of high quality solutions
  • Work with Architects and Stakeholders to define and shape the solutions
  • Line manage a team of Engineers
  • Lead and coach Engineers
  • Evangelise best practice, creativity and innovation across the team to deliver great work
  • Adhere to the default principles for Architecture, quality and non-functional requirements
  • Collaborate with the team and others to deliver high quality solutions
  • Learn new technologies and keep abreast of existing technologies and be able to apply these to a variety of projects as applicable
  • Work with Product Owners to define and build a pipeline of features
  • Write, review and take responsibility for clear, concise and comprehensive technical documentation
  • Support live products in a DevOps environment
  • Have fun!

Technical Skills we are looking for

We are looking for a superb and enthusiastic Software Engineering Manager who will head the mobility engineering team. We expect you to have the energy and passion to lead multiple teams of engineers that use a range of technologies and have a solid understanding of engineering principles. Your skills should be, at a minimum, the following:

  • Demonstrable experience of leading one or more teams of Engineers
  • Solid technical depth in Software Engineering principles including design patterns and OO
  • Demonstrable experience of working in an Agile software development
  • Proficient in leading teams that deliver good quality clean code using Java. Able to go hands on to coach, guide and mentor development teams when required
  • Strong experience of Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery and Agile practices
  • Advanced skill and ability to coach/guide/influence others in developing software
  • Solid understanding of database technologies such as MySql, SQL Server
  • Solid understanding of web services, APIs ideally REST based and SOA
  • A solid understanding how the web works starting at the request through to the response
  • Quality first mind-set for delivering code using techniques such as TDD, BDD or Agile
  • Experience of cloud technologies such as AWS and container technologies such as Docker
  • Experience in rapid prototyping and lean UX
  • Excited to be operating in a start-up environment and on a greenfield build

Other beneficial skills

  • Experience of working with Agency and third parties to deliver solutions
  • Good understanding of servant leadership approach to leading teams
  • Proficiency with some/all of: HTML5, bootstrapping, HTTP, JQuery, JSON, XML, responsive site creating
  • Good understanding of asynchronous systems and messaging for example RabbitMQ
  • Proficient with JavaScript frameworks client and server-side such as Node.js, React.js and Angular.js
  • Architecture experience
  • Mobile App development either as hybrid or native
  • Commercial experience in an e-commerce background and A/B testing
  • Good understanding or knowledge of web server technology such as Apache, Tomcat, NginX

About Our Parent Company

Rentalcars.com is a part of the Priceline Group, the world’s leading and most valuable travel group. Other group companies include: Booking.com the world's leading online hotel reservations agency, Priceline.com, Agoda, Kayak and OpenTable. The Priceline Group is a publicly traded company (Nasdaq: PCLN) and was ranked in Fortune's 7 fastest growing technology companies in 2014 as well as being one of Fortune’s most admired technology companies.

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