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Sr. Systems Engineer – Database Architecture (Amsterdam)

Job Category:
Architecture and Engineering
Career Level:
Management (Manager/Director)
Job Type:
Full Time/Permanent
Company Name:


The role will involve a wide range of systems engineering in our technical infrastructure, focusing mainly on our database systems. We use technologies like Perl, Python, MySQL, Redis, Hadoop, Puppet, 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 & ExperienceWe 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.
  • Technical troubleshooting and problem resolution, both of urgent tactical problems and of longer term strategic issues.
  • Strong knowledge of RDBMS in a web services environment, including MySQL. Knowledge of related technologies such as NoSQL key-value stores, Hadoop, Hive, and HBase would be of significant benefit.
  • 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 and MySQL
  • 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 via