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Sabre Principal Software Engineering in Boston, Massachusetts

Req ID: 50043

Job Family: Information Technology/Software Development

Sabre is the global leader in innovative technology that leads the travel industry. We are always looking for bright and driven people who have a penchant for technology and want to hone their skills. If you are interested in challenging work, being part of a global team, and solving complex problems through technology, business intelligence and analytics, and Agile practices - then Sabre is right for you! It is our people who develop and deliver powerful solutions that meet the current and future needs for our airline, hotel, and travel agency customers.

Job Description

This role will be a key engineering leadership role in the Boston Office. The successful candidate will:

• Report to the Engineering Director, Boston Office and

• Be responsible for technical and engineering leadership as we build out Sabre’s next generation retailing, distribution and merchandizing platform.

• Lead a distributed team of engineers working on cutting edge cloud-based software development projects.

Job Characteristics:

The candidate will possess the following characteristics:

• Experience with enterprise transactional and database software systems at scale

• Building and leading distributed engineering teams that tackle innovative enterprise software development problems end-to-end throughout the product life cycle

• Proven ability to ship software, own problems, solve them creatively and be accountable to deliver results

• Software development experience in B2B focused products in the travel space (air, lodging or related) – domain knowledge pricing and shopping, reservations and distribution etc. will be a plus

• Ability to work independently with minimal or no direction

• Good presentation skills to explain complicated analytical solutions

• Team player that collaborates well with engineering, product management, sales and marketing teams

• Hands-on architectural and coding experience

• Creativity in using available tools and out-of-the-box thinking to provide the best solution to problems

• Persistence and willingness to learn and apply new techniques/new tools


• Lead team of software engineers, work with product managers to build out Sabre’s new Travel Reservations and Distribution Platform

• Own the development process end-to-end (from requirements to design through deployment to production)

• Act as a force-multiplier for the team – improving the quality of the software delivered and velocity of the work delivered by the team

• Plans, estimates and delivers high-quality, tested software into production predictably. Breaks down complex tasks into manageable chunks, leads agile scrum-based process within the team toward delivery

• Collaborate with Sabre Research and Product Development organizations in Sabre Business Units and maintain a healthy pipeline of prototypes to solutions realizing business value for Sabre

• Assist with maintaining an engineering performance driven culture (with teamwork and collaboration) at the Boston Sabre Office in accordance with SabreNext Values

• Makes the Boston Office a vibrant, fun and exciting place to work

Job Requirements

Key technical qualifications:

• 5 years of software development with at least 2 years in a high-performance technical lead role

• 1-3 years of experience with Cloud based software development (AWS, Azure, Google) and experience with shipping products on such technologies

• 3-5 years of good programming skills, such as Python, C/C++, Scala, Java

• Deep practical knowledge of end-to-end software developing ranging from requirements gathering, estimation and planning, software development, QA and testing as well as deployment processes and tools

• Hands-on knowledge of enterprise software (and cloud) technologies – messaging, databases, front-end and back-end

• Working knowledge in scaling Machine learning solutions

• Hands-on knowledge of large-scale/distributed and transactional systems and programming languages and with hybrid cloud container platforms (Docker, Kubernetes, Openshift)

• Facility with database query tools such as SQL, Hadoop, NoSQL, HBase etc.

• Knowledge of airline and hotel reservation and distribution systems and related application software will be a huge plus for this role

Other qualifications:

• Strong hands-on coding and architecture expertise

• Strong ability to drive projects from the beginning to the end

• Strong analytical, process and technical documentation skills

• Strong communications skills to lead other engineers

• Experience working with other architects, teams with deep systems programming and analytical skills

• Strong desire to learn new technologies and implementing them


• Undergraduate BA/BS degree (Graduate degree preferred) in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or a related technical field


Sabre Labs

Introduction to Sabre

The travel industry is one of the top 10 transaction processors in the world along with banks and social networks. A typical traveler generates at least twice as much data as a savvy internet user.

The travel industry is highly complex and data-driven, and Sabre is a B2B business whose mission is to “Connect people and places with technology which reimagines the business of travel”. The company provides mission critical software to airlines and hotels (hospitality industry) and runs a Global Distribution System which is a marketplace for selling travel to corporate and leisure customers. We are a public company trading under the symbol SABR.

Sabre Labs and Product Strategy group within Sabre is responsible for research and innovation, supporting the business units. The group is a distributed team located in Southlake, TX in the USA, and in Krakow, Poland. We anticipate growing the group to have a presence in Boston, MA and in Bangalore, India where Sabre has an established and growing engineering presence.

Sabre, as a technology and product company is undergoing a digital transformation – migrating off of it’s classical workhorse TPF (Transactional Processing Facility) mainframes onto Open, Cloud based infrastructure. We are moving a hybrid cloud environment (private, AWS and Azure) indicated below.

Our products provide mission critical services to several of the world’s top airlines (such as American Airlines, Aeroflot etc.) and we power a Global Distribution System that services a travel marketplace.

A few interesting statistics regarding our products are included above.

Sabre Labs, Boston

Boston has a vibrant tech community and houses several of the travel industry’s leading companies such as Google Travel, TripAdvisor, Kayak, etc. Second to San Francisco’s Bay Area it also has leading technical and engineering universities such as MIT, Harvard, Boston University, North Eastern University etc. that produce top Computer Science and Engineering graduates. Sabre is establishing a product and engineering development center in Boston in 2019 to take advantage of this incredible talent pipeline. Our Sabre Labs mission is to produce innovative and advanced products and technology relevant to the company’s Business Units:

• Airline Solutions – commercial and operational products that run several of the world’s largest airlines including American Airlines, Aeroflot etc.,

• Travel Network – a Global Distribution System that is used by large travel agencies such as Amex/GBT, Carlson Wagonlit as well as Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) such as Expedia, and

• Sabre Hospitality Solutions – that runs Central Reservation Systems and enterprise class reservation systems for Lodging / Hotel industry.

Our products create unique value for our customers (airlines, travel agencies and hoteliers) by using advanced big-data analytics and machine learning algorithms to provide industry leading revenue management, merchandizing, retailing and distribution capabilities in terms of creating offers (shopping and pricing), highly available transaction processing and order management (reservations and ticketing) and delivery at the point of sale through APIs and consumer facing applications.

You can read more about Sabre’s products at and our innovative solutions at

Reasonable Accommodation

Sabre is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. Applicants applying for a Sabre position with a disability who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process may contact Sabre's Compliance Office at .

Affirmative Action

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