KAYAK is hiring a

Security Architect/Team Lead Europe

Berlin, Germany



KAYAK Software Corporation is in the process of building out a security team in Europe.  As the first member of this team, you will have the opportunity to help build the security presence in Europe of a world leader in online travel.  We believe that fostering innovative thinking is critical to ensuring both the success of our security initiatives and the integrity of our corporate and customer data. We are seeking creative and motivated people that have a passion for engineering to help lead these initiatives!



  • Hire, train and manage a team of 1-2 Security Engineers.

  • Remain current with new security threats and assess systems to ensure they can defend the business.

  • Constantly research capabilities of current and new disruptive solutions on the market and make recommendations to security leadership.

  • Help develop security team standards, policies, procedures and processes.

  • Run our vulnerability management program.

  • Manage our zero trust network access initiative

  • Contribute to our security incident response playbook and policies.



  • Bachelors in relevant Security, IT, Computer Science/Engineering preferred.

  • 5+ years professional experience.

  • Strong analytical thinking abilities.

  • Extensive knowledge of security controls and technologies, such as Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems, intrusion detection/prevention systems (IDS/IPS), public key infrastructure (PKI), identity and access management (IDAM) systems, antivirus and firewalls, endpoint detection and response (EDR), threat intelligence platforms, security automation and orchestration, deception technologies and application controls. 

  • Familiarity with NIST CSF framework or similar.

  • Familiarity with PCI DSS requirements and controls.

  • Familiarity with GDPR requirements.

  • Strong working knowledge of Linux, OS X and Windows operating systems.

  • Significant experience with Active Directory and group policy management.

  • Proficient with scripting in Python, JavaScript, PowerShell and/or Ruby.

  • Strong spoken and written English language skills.



  • Experience with Splunk, Tenable, and DarkTrace IDS technologies.

  • Experience with Cisco ASA and Firepower Threat Defense technologies.

  • Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

  • Familiarity with penetration testing tools such as Burp Suite, Metasploit.

  • Familiarity with firewall, network switch and router management.

  • Familiarity with Java.

  • Familiarity with Puppet.



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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