KAYAK is hiring a

Database Administrator

Berlin, Germany

The Position

KAYAK’s database operations team is looking for a Vertica or SQL Server database administrator. Our team is responsible for the 24x7 operation of KAYAK's databases, providing a stable foundation for our own engineering teams as well as external users.

The successful candidate for this position will be a self-starter with experience managing databases in a 24x7 web-scale environment. You will be an essential member of a small team that keeps the business running smoothly, helping millions of people search, book and coordinate travel plans each year. You and the team will work collaboratively to maintain, improve, and automate KAYAK databases.


  • Collaborate with and support Infrastructure Operations teams to identify problems, evaluate potential solutions, and implementing improvements as the needs of the business scale

  • Create scripts, documentation and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for tasks and share knowledge with the larger Infrastructure group

  • Work proactively and independently to identify areas which need improvement, collaborating with other DBA’s to assess priorities and scope

  • Act as an escalation point of contact for other teams to resolve complex issues


Required Skills/Experience

  • 3+ years experience administering Vertica 9.x or SQL Server 2017/2019

  • Strong understanding of linux and windows operating systems 

  • Experience troubleshooting and remediating poorly performing queries

  • Ability to work with developers to troubleshoot and remediate challenging database problems.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Has a growth-mindset and is dedicated to improving themselves, the team, and the business


Additional Desired Skills

  • Experience with MySQL or PostgreSQL

  • Experience using Puppet or other automation software.

  • Coding/scripting (bash, golang, ruby, python, powershell, perl, etc) skills.

  • Experience working with Amazon AWS



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

  • 6 weeks paid vacation

  • Day off on your birthday

  • Generous retirement plans

  • Annual education budget *

  • Free lunch catering three days per week *

  • Public transportation subsidies *

  • Free German classes *

  • Free Yoga classes *

  • Free massages from Wellnow *

  • No stupid meetings

  • Drinks, coffee, snacks, games etc

  • Regular team events and volunteering opportunities

  • Sport teams (Football, Volleyball, Basketball)

  • Flexible hours

  • In-house gym facilities

  • 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.

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