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Software Developer - Privacy

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One of Booking’s core values is “do the right thing”, which means doing the right thing for our Customers, Partners, and employees, as well as following local laws and regulations wherever we operate. The risks associated with Privacy breaches, from financial to reputation, such as loss of trust, and law enforcement, are amongst the highest our company faces and have become a focus area in many of our core markets over the last five years.

The newly formed Privacy Engineering Track in the Horizontal Business Services department is a growing team of highly skilled software engineers whose vision is to assure that privacy measures are enforced across Booking products and services. By identifying areas of improvement in practices relative to managing privacy data, we aim to mitigate risks across the company as we implement new infrastructure, services, frameworks, and controls. Amongst other challenges we look forward to overcoming this year, the team is currently designing and building a new consent management service from scratch to become the single source of truth of user consent, propagate changes, and limit access to user-tracked data based on privacy settings.


As a Software Developer, you are responsible for the development, performance, and scaling of our public website as well as internal systems. You will work independently and will also be responsible for making technical decisions within a team.

Important aspects of the job include:

  • Rapidly developing next-generation scalable, flexible, and high-performance systems.
  • Solving issues with the site and internal systems, prioritizing based on customer impact
  • Acting as an intermediary for problems, with both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Testing; we run thousands of experiments running at one time. We built one of the most advanced A/B testing platforms in the industry.
  • Most products are developed in Perl, but not all. Perl is very effective when it comes to rapid prototyping, which our product development teams do a lot of. It’s not necessary to know Perl before you start, but it helps. We are not just using the language, we influence the future of the language.
  • Contributing to the growth of through interviewing, on-boarding, or other recruitment efforts


We are looking for developers who enjoy solving problems, initiate solutions and discussions and who believe that any challenge can be scaled with the right mindset and tools.

We have found that people who match the following requirements are the ones who fit us best:

  • Minimum of 3 years software development experience; using 2 or more server side programming languages. Preferably Perl, Java, Python, Scala, C++ etc.
  • Previous experience with distributed systems
  • Hands on experience of developing in and contributing to open source data technologies, such as Hadoop, Kafka, Cassandra, Elasticsearch, Kubernetes, Envoy, Jetty, Zookeeper, Protobuf
  • Demonstrable experience with MySQL and PostgreSQL or similar relational databases
  • Experience of working on products that impact a large customer base is an advantage
  • Preferably a university degree in Mathematics or Software Engineering
  • Excellent communication; written and spoken


  • Headquarters located in one of the most dynamic cities in Europe: Amsterdam
  • Performance-based company that offers 26 vacation days, career advancement, and lucrative compensation, including bonuses and stock potential
  • Discount on accommodations with the “Booking Deal” including other perks and benefits
  • Company-sponsored family and social activities to help our employees become integrated with each other and Dutch culture
  • Diverse and creative colleagues from every corner of the world
  • Generous relocation package, ensuring a smooth transition to working and living in Amsterdam
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