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Sr. Systems Engineer – Systems Architecture (Amsterdam)

Job Category:
Architecture and Engineering
Career Level:
Management (Manager/Director)
Job Type:
Full Time/Permanent
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Description: is seeking a Senior Systems Engineer - Systems Architecture! We are looking for an experienced professional to join our team of developers and IT technical specialists in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.


The role will involve a wide range of systems engineering in our technical infrastructure, focusing mainly on our computing systems and application infrastructure. We use technologies like Perl, Python, MySQL, Redis, Hadoop, Puppet, CentOS, uWSGI, Apache, ElasticSearch, F5 BigIP, and NetApp. We develop many of our own systems. provides most of the revenues and growth of the Priceline Group of Companies, the largest accommodation reservation company in the world (with 2012 gross profit of over $4 billion).  Our company is successful and profitable, and only getting more interesting to work in.

As we do things at a scale and complexity not done before, our engineering problems become even more interesting. We have many opportunities for you to solve new problems and build new systems now, with rapid and agile development, and we are certain this will continue in future. This is a fascinating place to work and we need the best people to keep building our success.

Required Skills & Experience We are seeking candidates with the following skills areas:
  • E-commerce and business support systems design and architecture, including data storage, application data flow, and integration into existing systems.
  • Ownership of IT objectives set from business priorities and strategic IT development areas.
  • Technical leadership for end-to-end development and implementation of new projects.
  • Research, testing, and implementation of prototype systems, with hand-over to operational technical teams for further development and systems integration. This will include operating system and application configuration, integration with configuration management systems, and some systems programming.
  • Technical troubleshooting and problem resolution, both of urgent tactical problems and of longer term strategic issues, including adding features or fixing bugs with configuration management or systems programming in our production environments.
  • Knowledge of networking architectures for scalability, ease of operation, and reliability. While this is not a network architecture position, knowledge of how to specify and use networks effectively and working with network engineers to build end-to-end networked systems is important.
  • Knowledge of server and storage system design, both at the level of individual servers and at the level of large server groups and storage clusters. We particularly value modular, scalable design techniques and the ability to use simple components to make large scale systems.
  • Systems management and automation techniques and technologies, particularly principles and open source components, and experience in improving systems management and scalability.
  • Knowledge and experience of improving design and operations practices and techniques, preferably in rapidly growing organisations.
  • Measuring and tracking system load and scalability, to know the load capacity of systems and pro-actively prevent scalability issues becoming serious problems.
  The successful candidate is likely to have a varied combination of experience:
  • Experience of Linux in a large online services environment
  • Experience in a successful, profitable e-commerce enterprise with high growth and agile development practices
  • Experience of wide-ranging projects and varied responsibilities.
  Interested? We offer a competitive salary plus bonus, with possibilities for further career opportunities within our fast growing company. This position is open to worldwide candidates and in the case of relocation we will assist you with a relocation package insuring a smooth transition to working and living in the Netherlands.   Please submit your CV and motivation/cover letter in English.