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Senior Software Engineer, Data - Flights (Virtual Interlining)



Software Engineering
Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024
About the job
Virtual Interlining offers customers additional travel options by combining together multiple individual travel segments through self-transfers. These unique itineraries unlock new destinations, save customers time, money, and offer customers increased selection when they are booking travel. The Fare Construction and Caching team is responsible for generating this inventory. It sits in a rare spot combining data science, algorithmic development, and high traffic scalability concerns.
Due to the nature of the problem we use a lot of data, and are looking to hire a Senior Software Engineer who has a track record of owning and solving ambiguous problems in a data driven way. Candidates will be equally comfortable processing large volumes of data to understand historical search and booking trends in SQL, as well as diving into our existing algorithms and updating how we traverse the graph of possible airline flights. Candidates should have a proven track record of taking problems, understanding the business and technical requirements & limitations and creating robust solutions. They should not be afraid of critically thinking about existing systems/processes and suggesting viable alternatives.

What would your day-to-day look like:

  • This role is going to have a lot of variety in projects and ownership, so we are looking for someone who is comfortable flexing between data and software engineering.
  • You are comfortable and self-sufficient doing data analytics to produce actionable insights
  • Experienced with data engineering including ETL & streaming pipelines
  • Contribute to our existing (Scala) codebase.

An ideal candidate has:

  • 2+ years working in or with data engineering teams, and are used to dealing with both batch and streaming data AND 2+ years of experience in software engineering and/or application development
  • Created product data pipelines from scratch, owning the data dictionaries, data quality checks, and dataflows.
  • Experience ingesting data from both internal and external sources.
  • Expert SQL skills.
  • Pragmatic Scala experience, we’re not writing Haskell in the JVM but neither are we just using Scala as a “better Java”
  • Experience taking business goals and constructing actionable deliveries from the data available.
  • Good CS fundamentals of algorithmic development specifically graph traversal problems.
  • Air travel industry knowledge and/or enthusiasm

Perks of working with us:

  • Well-funded and proven startup with large ambitions, competitive salary
  • Hopper covers 100% of the premiums for group insurance plan through Sun life Financial. Coverage includes:
  • 80% on paramedical coverage
  • 90% - 100% on prescription drugs
  • 80% on minor/preventative dental
  • 50% on major dental work, plus more
  • 100% coverage for eye exams & reimbursement on vision care (glasses, contacts, etc.)
  • Hopper offers life, short term and long term disability coverage through Sun Life Financial.
  • HSA through Sun LIfe Financial that covers eligible medical and dental expenses.
  • All employees and dependents have access to Dialogue’s telemedicine services, anytime, anywhere.
  • All employees have access to an RRSP plan through Sun Life Financial with automatic pre-tax withdrawals per pay.
  • Please ask us about our very generous parental leave, much above industry standards!
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Carrot Cash travel stipend
  • Flexdesk All Access Pass AND Work-from-home stipend
  • Entrepreneurial culture where pushing limits and taking risks is everyday business
  • Open communication with management and company leadership
  • Small, dynamic teams = massive impact
More about Hopper
At Hopper, we are on a mission to become the leading travel platform globally – powering Hopper’s mobile app, website and our B2B business, HTS (Hopper Technology Solutions). By leveraging massive amounts of data and advanced machine learning algorithms, Hopper combines its world-class travel agency offering with proprietary fintech products to bring transparency, flexibility and savings to travelers globally. We have developed several unique fintech solutions that address everything from pricing volatility to trip disruptions – helping people travel better and save more on their trips.
The Hopper platform serves hundreds of millions of travelers globally and continues to capture market share around the world. Ranked the third largest online travel agency in North America, the Hopper app has been downloaded over 120 million times and has become largely popular among younger travelers – with 70% of its users being Gen Z and millennials.
While everyone knows us as the Gen Z and Millennial travel app, Hopper has evolved to become much more than that. In recent years, we’ve grown into a global travel agency and travel fintech provider that powers some of the world’s largest brands.
Through HTS, our B2B division, the company supercharges its partners’ direct channels by integrating our fintech products on their sites or powering end-to-end travel portals. Today, our partners include leading travel brands like Capital One, Nubank, Air Canada and many more.
Here are just a few stats that demonstrate the company’s recent growth:
Hopper sells billion worth of travel and travel fintech every year. In 2023, over 1.3 billion trips were planned through the Hopper app and our HTS partnerships.
Our fintech products – including Price Freeze, Flexibility for Any Reason and Flight Disruption Assistance – have exceptionally strong CSAT because the terms are always clear, and customers receive instant, no-questions-asked resolutions.
Almost 30% of our app customers purchase at least one fintech product when making a booking; and consumers are 1.6x more likely to repurchase if they add fintech to their booking vs if they booked just travel.
Given the success of its fintech products, Hopper launched a B2B initiative, HTS (Hopper Technology Solutions), which represents more than 50% of the business.
Through HTS, any travel provider (airlines, hotels, banks, travel agencies, etc.) can integrate and seamlessly distribute Hopper’s fintech or travel inventory on their direct channels. As its first HTS partnership, the company partnered with Capital One to co-develop Capital One Travel, a new travel portal designed specifically for cardholders. Other HTS partners include Air Canada, Uber, CommBank, Nubank, Flair Airlines with many more in the pipeline.
Featured in Apple’s Best of the App Store list of Essential Travel Apps in 2023 and recognized by the likes of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, Hopper has been downloaded over 120 million times and continues to have millions of new installs each month. Hopper is now the #3 largest online travel agency in North America and 70% of our app customers are Gen-Z and millennials travelers.
Hopper has raised over $750 million USD of private capital and is backed by some of the largest institutional investors and banks in the world. Hopper is primed to continue its acceleration as the world’s fastest-growing mobile-first travel marketplace.
Come take off with us!