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Security Solutions Architect - Security

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It wasn’t so long ago that booking a trip so see the Eiffel Tower, stroll down New York’s iconic Madison Avenue or feel the sand between our toes on Copacabana Beach was simply a matter of a few taps on our smartphone. In fact, that’s what we do at We make it easier for everyone to experience the world. And while that world might feel a little farther away right now, we’re busy preparing for when the world is ready to travel once more. Across our offices worldwide, we continue to innovate. To solve for some of the most complex challenges in travel and technology, and to plan for the exciting developments that lie ahead. With strategic long-term investments into what we believe the future of travel can be, we are opening up new career opportunities that will have a strong impact on our mission. We are united in the belief that our very human desire to explore the planet’s beauty and discover more about other people and cultures will endure. The world is waiting for us. Together, we will be ready.

The Security Solutions Architect is responsible for governing, designing, building, testing, and implementing security systems within an organisation’s technology and data ecosystem. In this role, you will have a thorough understanding of complex technology systems and stay up to date with the latest security standards, systems, and authentication protocols, as well as best practice security products. This role is accountable for the architectural design and ongoing lifecycle management which ensures our technology, product, and service investments meet our security and risk management objectives in an optimised and effective manner. In order to fulfil this role, the Security Solutions Architect will need to stay abreast of not only the latest technology offering but also the threat landscape to ensure our investments are delivering on quality outcomes and meet a set criteria for the return-on-investment.

A deep understanding of the broader business is a prerequisite as our security investments should map to a business outcome in that they enable and/or otherwise protect revenue generating activities from harm or impediment. The Senior Security Solutions Architect works across domains and Booking brands, so it includes ability to design, collaborate, and motivate senior leaders to follow architectural principles.

An architect’s role is to own the architectural roadmap, to define the architectural vision, and to facilitate its realisation by engineering teams across one or more Product Groups.

The architect ensures the technical solution and approach is resilient, scalable and adaptable and that governance, compliance, and resilience are built into solutions.

This role is responsible for coaching engineering teams on engineering best practices, collaborating with the team and others to deliver high quality solutions, and keep abreast of new and existing technologies to be able to apply these to a variety of projects as applicable.


In addition to anticipating possible security threats and identifying areas of weakness in a network system, a Security Architect must respond promptly and effectively to possible breaches of security thus gaining a deep understanding of our control environment and what failed. Core responsibilities generally include:

  • Reviewing current system security measures and recommending and implementing enhancements that improve our security posture.
  • Developing project timelines and roadmaps for ongoing security system upgrades.
  • Own the design and delivery of security architecture and infrastructure required to support the Value Leadership business strategy.
  • Design and deliver complex cross-domain solutions encompassing a rich variety of technologies supported within and using a mixture of agile and planned methods.
  • Be an active part of the Architecture Community and the Architecture Board.
  • Communicate and drive Architecture and Engineering Standards within the Security and Fraud Department and across Central Technology.
  • Participate in or drive deep architectural discussions to ensure success when implementing these technology solutions.
  • Solve complex technical challenges, establish credibility & build deep relationships with other senior technical leaders.
  • Hands-on development of proof of concepts and evaluation of new technologies including and security vendor landscape.
  • Generate and promote innovation activities pertaining to modernization of existing platform.
  • Implement technical strategic decisions in cross functional teams and lead initiatives to improve our development process and business opportunities within’s Accommodations Tech organization.
  • Work closely with product owners and engineers to design, implement, continually improve highly scalable applications and services.
  • Maintain a current understanding of industry and technology trends.


A degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or related field is highly desirable. Additional advanced security qualifications such as SABSA (Sherwood Applied Business Security Architecture) or CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certifications are also advantageous.

As well as formal qualifications, a Security Architect job description should include the following qualities:

  • 5-8 years experience in information security and/or technology risk management with a focus on security, performance, and reliability.
  • Solid understanding of security protocols, cryptography, authentication, authorisation, and security.
  • Extensive working knowledge of current IT risks and experience implementing security solutions
  • Ability to interact with a broad cross-section of personnel to explain and enforce security measures and standards.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as business acumen and a commercial outlook.
  • Software engineering biase with a deep understanding of development practices, secure software development lifecycle, software testing and coding languages - serves millions of visitors per day on an e-commerce platform.
  • Extensive experience with large scale systems, in terms of architecture, change management and scalability.
  • 8+ years of software development experience as a senior technical leader within Security or Architect role in a large e-commerce company.
  • Experience and understanding about how to develop and operate highly critical systems
  • Proven hands-on experience in designing, building, improving and operating high-performance, highly-available and scalable distributed systems in fast growing environment

B. Offered

  • Living and working in Amsterdam, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe
  • Contributing to a high scale, complex, world renowned product and seeing real-time impact of your work on millions of travellers worldwide
  • Working in a fast-paced and performance driven culture
  • Opportunity to utilize technical expertise, leadership capabilities and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Promote and drive impactful and innovative engineering solutions
  • Technical, behavioural and interpersonal competence advancement via on-the-job opportunities, experimental projects, hackathons, conferences and active community participation
  • Competitive compensation and benefits package and some great added perks of working in the home city of is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We strive to move well beyond traditional equal opportunity and work to create an environment that allows everyone to thrive.

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