Sit there, my child, and listen as I whittle and sing of yesteryear, when a fella wishing to cross the country by aeroplane would walk over to the wall, where hung a big black telephone, and rotary-dial someone called a “travel agent,” who would, on the fella’s behalf, and for a consideration, place several calls to the airlines to get him ticketed (The tickets would arrive by US mail). Yes, yes, some of us are still here who remember those days, and I tell you this the better that you may appreciate the everyday miracle of this your next gig, which is all about further revolutionizing the booking of flights by smartphone. One of the core companies that pioneered online booking is giving its product-development teams a bit of a reboot, and is looking for an experienced native-app builder who’s out to create solutions that will leave the next generation of consumers just as wide-eyed and grateful as those of us who used to have to deal with travel agents.
Working on a scrappy, just-get-it-done team, you’ll churn out a steady flow of tweaks, optimizations, and brand-new apps on an always-changing timeline. Paying equal attention to iOS and Android, you’ll give constant thought to consumers: What kind of experience should they have using the company’s service? What can you create that will make customers eager to come back to you next time they’re planning a trip? How might you entice them with exclusive deals, or with such a streamlined selection and booking process that they’re amazed at its painlessness? How could you get them to call the process fun? As you can see, you’re not being asked to hunker down and mindlessly crank out code; this is an invitation to come on board and think big, think strategy, think marketing – and use your technical chops to make it reality.
Hired Gun Profile
Good news: The company is pretty open-minded about your background, not caring overmuch whether you come out of development, design, or UX. The important thing is that you’ve worked quite a bit in native and that your experience has been marked by a clear pattern of emphasizing the customer: You’ve built smart, creative products that were responsive to consumer needs, that made for smoother sailing and that brought in new users.
One of the things that attracts you to this work is the opportunity to collaborate with smart people. You love to share your ideas with others, and you receive the good ideas of colleagues with an enthusiasm unadulterated by professional jealousies. You’re impressively nimble when it comes to juggling deadlines and priorities. You’re organized enough to keep the details of multiple simultaneous projects in order. You ask smart questions. You maybe even know some good jokes.
Get ready to tell us about a time in your career when you needed to be proactive, and were, to good effect. That’s a quality that this employer is particularly looking for.
Opportunity always abounds when change is afoot at groundbreaking companies, and this is certainly no exception. It’s a gig with huge potential upside, putting you at the heart of the action in two areas of the economy – mobile and travel – that will continue to see impressive growth for years to come.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, creed, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law.