Holiday Extras - Senior Software Developer (Travel)
Full Time

Holiday Extras are looking for experienced Senior Software Engineers who specialize in React or Node.js to join our team to help revolutionize how our 7 million customers a year go on holiday.


About us:

At Holiday Extras we believe time is precious, and holidays are some of the most precious times we have. That's why we promise to give customers less hassle, so they can have more holiday. We are building the future of travel from our headquarters in the Kent countryside, a future that expertly blends cutting-edge tech with best-in-class customer service to deliver something that has never been seen before. We call it HEHA! HEHA! is our intelligent software that gives our customers the fastest, smartest, most personal service in travel. HEHA!'s intelligence contextually predicts what help a customer needs at every stage of their purchase journey, and helps them, without friction. It means we barely need to ask them if they need help, HEHA! just knows and provides in-the-moment assistance. HEHA! has also been built to be clever enough to know when to jump out of the way and let our team of travel experts take over. And during the booking flow, HEHA! cleverly returns recommendations for every customer based on their previous purchases, lookalike audiences and other signals gathered from our ever-growing data store. As you can probably tell, we’re a fast-moving, innovative travel technology business and we are obsessed with making it easy for customers to make the most of their trip. As well as being the UK market leader in travel extras, we are also proud to work with some of the UK’s leading theme-park and theatre brands as their official short break provider. Covid-19 has, of course, had an impact on many industries, none more so than travel. Like others, we’ve had to innovate and adapt quickly to continue to deliver on our promise to our customers. But the fact remains: customers want to go on holiday (in a recent survey of our customers, 80% of them told us that they plan to travel as soon as they possibly can) so there's never been a better time to join the product and tech team here at Holiday Extras, with endless opportunity for innovation and forward-thinking that will help remake holidaymaking in 2021 and beyond.

What you’ll be doing:

We have openings in multiple teams within technology and product, so we use our recruitment process to find out where we’d be able to make best use of your talent. All our teams are passionate about implementing technical solutions to solve customer problems and you will be using your expertise to support and drive our move to a microservices and API-based architecture. Performance is always at the forefront of our decisions and you'll have opportunities to work with and help drive forward our backend microservice architecture to shape our systems and services for other engineers to use. Or if front end is your preference then you’d have the opportunity to directly implement and monitor real time improvements to the performance of our website, and be involved in extending our existing React and Redux architecture. Mobile app development is going to be huge for us in 2021. So whether you’ve already got experience in mobile development, including React Native, Swift, & Kotlin, or want the chance to learn new skills and technologies, look no further!


What we’re looking for:

● Extensive programming experience in either React or NodeJS
● Demonstrated experience building highly scalable distributed web applications
● Experience working as a senior software engineer in a technology business
● Strong leadership capability, demonstrating a culture of autonomy and responsibility - not afraid to make decisions and act quickly
● Examples of a pragmatic approach to software delivery, understanding the pros (and cons) of shipping early and often
● Strong communication skills to work effectively across the business
● Experience in influencing at all levels in order to gain support for Engineering decisions
● A desire to understand the business and where it’s heading

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Why join Ascent?

We’re fast becoming a leading European digital transformation business.

Joining Ascent means you’ll be involved in delivering exciting technology projects for leading global brands. You’ll be part of a growing team of super-talented people who are actively choosing to join us on our journey rather than working in big corporates.

Your voice matters at Ascent. We are always keen to hear your opinions and those ideas that come to you at 3am (some of them are definitely as good as they seemed at the time). You’ll develop your talent through our internal Academy, providing a wide range of personal development, up-skilling and cross-skilling opportunities.

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