Director of Engineering, APAC

Published date Posted on Indeed on Oct 04, 2021 (21 d ago)
Minimum qualifications
  • University degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics or Statistics
  • Experience building and operating large scale information systems with high performance and throughput
  • Experience growing and leading multiple engineering teams
  • Experience gathering business requirements, formulating metrics and building reports
  • Understanding of data architecture, access patterns, relational / non-relational database concepts, data modeling and application implementations
  • Experience creating rich consumer mobile and / or web applications
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English
  • Strong passion for building a APAC customer-centric business from an engineering perspective

Preferred qualifications
  • Backend development experience with Scala, Golang, Java and / or Python
  • Experience with AWS or Google Cloud Platform
  • Experience in the travel/E-commerce industry
  • Experience with hiring and scaling teams in APAC

About the Job
We’re looking for an experienced engineering leader to spearhead our international expansion efforts in Asia-Pacific (APAC). You’ll work with a highly skilled team of technical, data and product-focused individuals, whose mission is to consistently find and deliver the best travel deals and shopping experience for our APAC customers, by localizing existing applications, integrating local content, introducing new payment options and tailoring the Hopper travel marketplace with custom features.

We are looking for a leader experienced in building and working with fast-growing teams, with a focus on fast time to market and operational excellence.

You have strong software, business, data modeling and analytical skills. Everything we do is focused on customer experience, data measurement and delivering value at speed. You’ll be the technical leader responsible for making that a reality and lead the group making that happen.

  • Responsibilities
    • Collaborate closely with a fast-growing team of business stakeholders and product leaders - you will be a key player on the regional leadership team
    • Launch scalable supplier integration and payment solutions to ensure Hopper delivers the most robust and price competitive flights, hotels and cars inventory to our millions of customers
    • Launch new travel verticals that are of strategic importance for the region like intercity bus travel or alternative accommodations.
    • Launch custom experiments, products and features that will drive adoption of Hopper in APAC
    • Hire and grow a high-performance team, ensuring cultural alignment and introducing processes where needed
    • Set the technology direction for local teams and work alongside travel platform leadership to shape the air, hotels, cars and payments technology roadmaps
    • Coach managers and individual contributors and grow them as leaders and technologists
    • Champion the Hopper Leadership Principles
    • Represent Hopper in the regional technology ecosystem, positioning our employer brand as well as our technical and engineering capabilities
  • Responsibilities
    • Well-funded and proven startup with large ambitions, competitive salary and stock options
    • Unlimited PTO
    • WeWork All Access Pass OR 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
    • 100% employer paid medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance plans

Despite the pandemic’s impact on the travel industry, Hopper has emerged stronger than ever. As the travel industry continues to rebound, Hopper has seen its valuation more than double since early 2020, reflecting the strength of our mobile-only marketplace and the value customers are deriving from our proprietary suite of fintech offerings.

Here are just a few stats that demonstrate our recent growth:

  • Hopper’s valuation is now over $3.5B, reflecting the strength of its mobile-only marketplace and value customers are deriving from the company’s proprietary suite of fintech offerings.

  • Based on its current run rate, Hopper is pacing towards 330% revenue growth compared to last year, and it has already surpassed its pre-pandemic revenue peak from Q1 2020 by over 100%.

  • Hopper has over 60 million downloads, consistently ranks as one of the most downloaded travel apps, and now has a larger air travel market share in North America than it did before the pandemic (source: MIDT).

  • The company is on track to surpass $1.5 billion in travel sales this year, with 40% coming from the hotel and car rental categories.

  • Hopper’s fintech offerings, such as Price Freeze and Rebooking Guarantee, now represent 50% of its revenue.

  • Given the success of its travel fintech, Hopper recently launched a B2B initiative called Hopper Cloud , where any travel provider can unlock a totally unique revenue stream by seamlessly integrating and offering Hopper’s travel fintech.
The industry opportunity for Hopper Cloud is enormous as projections estimate that if all travel distribution channels offered travel fintech, it could increase the total consumer spend for the sector by $200 billion annually.

All this recent growth is just the beginning. There are still so many new opportunities we’re excited to tackle in the next year!

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