Senior Software QA Engineer


Kayak is looking for a bright, fun loving Senior Software QA Engineer to help ensure the overall quality of the Kayak product suite. The ideal candidate is a strong team player with great inter-personal skills, quality conscious, organized, and has excellent written and verbal communication skills. If you like working in an exciting, fast paced, highly energized innovative environment – KAYAK is for you!

Responsibilities /Activities

  • Design, develop and execute test plans for various features of the KAYAK Ads System.
  • Report and track issues found and help drive resolution.
  • Monitor log files to identify potential product issues.
  • Work with Support and Development to help analyze and reproduce internal and consumer-reported issues.
  • Work with engineering team to come up with new testing tools/techniques for better product test coverage.
  • Read and respond to consumer reported issues, identify possible product usability issues, and, working with the team, drive product change.


  • 7+ years of hands on Software Quality Assurance experience testing web-based applications.
  • Excellent knowledge of Internet/Web technologies such as web browsers, http, html, and xml.
  • Strong ability to navigate through log files using UNIX command line.
  • Working knowledge of relational database technology including hands on experience with creating and executing SQL queries.
  • Experience using source control and build/release tools.
  • Hands on experience with at least one automation tool.
  • Strong capacity for logical thinking, with the ability to dig deep into issues and find the root cause in a complex web offering.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast paced environment, where frequent releases are the norm and additional production updates are always a possibility.
  • Ability to make intelligent trade-offs, know when to escalate issues, and proactively identify risks.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of Hive and Hadoop is a plus.

What KAYAK can offer you

  • No stupid meetings
  • 4 weeks vacation
  • Generous 401(k) matching
  • Awesome health, dental and vision insurance plans
  • Gym with showers and laundry
  • Game room, drinks, coffee, snacks, etc. in the office


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