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Release Automation Engineer

Company: Kayak
Location: Concord
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:


At KAYAK, the Release Engineering team is responsible for the production continuous delivery pipeline, as well as automating site operations processes. Release Engineering bridges the gap between engineering and operations.

Recent projects include:

  • a Slack bot to notify developers when a build is broken

  • a web app that Operations and QA use to monitor staging and production environments, as well as schedule service outages

  • a custom artifact storage system

  • a highly concurrent command-line deploy tool

  • a tool for adjusting service capacity in production

  • automated vm image builds with Packer

  • a "canary" production deploy process

  • many one-off deployment pipelines for various development teams

The ideal candidate is someone who:

  • Executes well. Embraces the 20/80 rule and focuses on what's important.

  • Is proficient in at least one programming language.
  • Has used version control, written unit tests, used a dependency management system, and considered different strategies for packaging or deploying code.

  • Likes to write code that is clear, concise, and well-designed.

  • Is proficient in Linux systems administration.
  • Has strong command-line skills.

  • Is comfortable digging in to performance and reliability problems.

  • Doesn't mind performing upgrades or backups.

  • Is passionate about infrastructure automation, configuration management, monitoring, and site reliability.

  • Is not deterred by technical debt, or the prospect of making changes in production.

  • Enjoys collaborating with teammates while designing new projects.

  • Is comfortable in a role that involves providing customer service for other teams in the engineering organization.


  • Has been responsible for systems that other people depend on, either internal (eg. continuous integration cluster) or user-facing (eg. production website).

  • Has experience with any of the following: Puppet, Ruby, Git, Atlassian Bamboo, Jira, Bitbucket, Vault, Packer, AWS, Selenium


At KAYAK we help millions of travelers around the globe make confident travel decisions. KAYAK searches other sites to show travelers the information they need to find the right flights, hotels, rental cars and vacation packages and is the world's leading travel search engine.

As an employee of KAYAK, you will be part of a global network that includes OpenTable and KAYAK's portfolio of metasearch brands including Swoodoo, checkfelix, momondo, Cheapflights, Mundi and HotelsCombined. Many employees are dedicated to one brand, but we all have the benefit of using each other's strengths and insights. Together, we're able to help people experience the world through dining and travel.

KAYAK is part of Booking Holdings Inc. and operates sites in more than 60 countries and territories.

Benefits and Perks

  • 4 weeks paid vacation

  • Day off on your birthday

  • Generous retirement plans

  • Awesome health, dental and vision insurance plans

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Headspace Subscription

  • No stupid meetings

  • Drinks, coffee, snacks, games etc.*

  • Weekly catered lunches*

  • Flexible hours

  • Free massages from a professional massage therapist*

  • Regular team events/excursions*

  • Universal Paid Parental leave

  • Currently paused due to covid

Diversity and Inclusion at OpenTable/ KAYAK

We aspire to have a workplace that reflects all of the diverse communities we serve. We know that when we have diverse teams we produce more innovative ideas, products, services, and better business outcomes for our stakeholders. OpenTable/KAYAK is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome and encourage candidates from all backgrounds and experiences to apply for roles on our team. Whoever you are, just be you.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Keywords: Kayak, Concord , Release Automation Engineer, Other , Concord, California

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