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IOS Tech Lead, Mobile Apps

Engineering is what drives Fareportal.   We are one of the fastest growing travel technology companies in the world; our portfolio of travel brands, including flagship product CheapOair, receive over 100 million visitors annually.    

We are seeking an accomplished Tech Lead to mentor our mobile team and help build apps that will allow customers to book their travels on our award-winning suite of mobile applications.

Our product is consumer facing and involves fascinating strategies for user engagement; travel technology is truly an undiscovered gem for a passionate technologists. 

In this role, you will bring  a passion for high quality engineering and the ability to rally the team to deliver solid engineering solutions. You’d be working with an exceptional design, technology and product team driving innovative products.  Our apps have been featured on top technology publications such as Wired and Mashable, have been a Webby honoree, and won numerous design awards.

We offer an enticing proposition, your footprint will be visible as we continue to build and expand globally to number one  You must have a creative spark with a compulsion to innovate in the areas of technology product and process development. This is a formidable platform that not only allows but requires you to create, innovate and execute.

Responsibilities:

Mentor a Engineering team responsible for award winning travel/booking apps on the iPhone, iPad; which include engaging games, compelling graphics and animation and that are built on robust common frameworks.
Hands on participation in the development life-cycle and leading the team:  Write code, research technical issues, perform code reviews, and mentoring
 Help build robust common frameworks for asynchronous data fetches, security, and persistence.
The daily mantra: high quality engineering, well thought out architecture, passion for neat code, and strong code coverage.
The big picture: Build a product that customers rate highly.

Qualifications:

Fareportal Fundamentals require some combination of:   

Solid academics
OTA/Flights experience; with a strong understanding of the industry
E-Commerce exposure
Technology awareness/background

Background

BS/MS degree in IT/Computer Science
5-7 years of software development experience
3+ years of experience  developing applications with iOS mobile platforms and especially using Core Data and Web Services
E-commerce experience

Desired Skills

Start-up experience
Travel industry experience
Graphics animation skills are a plus
Experience with architecture and development of reusable frameworks for data management and syncing with web services, and also componentizing parts of an app for reuse.

Skills

An app you can be proud of
Demonstrated expertise with OOP, Design Patterns, Multi-threaded applications.
Objective C, Cocoa framework, and Open Source libraries 
Good understanding of network protocols such as TCP/IP and HTTP and experience with client-server applications interfacing via JSON/XML.
Experience working in an Agile/SCRUM development environment.
Experience in source code version control, release builds and configuration management.
Experience mentoring off-shore development teams of 10+ resources.

Personal Impact:  Our casual company culture boasts innovation, collaboration and harbors a unique entrepreneurial spirit.

The right people will. . . .  .

Understand the unique challenges and tremendous opportunities associated with a rapidly growing fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, with the ability to deal with ambiguity but equally the freedom to explore and innovate.
Manage a continuously evolving sets of priorities when everything (really-everything!) is important.  You can’t get overwhelmed or sidetracked easily.
Be vocal with idea generation; speaking-up fuels discussion, ideation and group-think.  98% ideas may fly by the way side – but your impenetrable spirit allows the other 2% to soar! Your voice defines the value you bring to the organization.
Maturity to work goals at hand, but also able to consider overall strategies of the firm and create opportunities previously unseen.
Understand power of ownership culture; built on principles and values that compel everyone at Fareportal to think and act like an owner of the business

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Fareportal’s Mission is to “Make travel effortless, affordable, and enjoyable by providing customers with their perfect trip, through the relentless pursuit of innovation in technology and unsurpassed customer service.”   If you love technology, travel and innovation, commence your journey here.

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