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Software Engineering Leader

Type of vacancy: Regular
City: Schiphol Oost
Hours per week: 40
Education: Bachelor's degree (HBO Bachelor); Master's degree (HBO Master or WO-pre-master); Master's degree (HBO Master); Master's degree (WO Master)
Apply before: 10/01/2023

Note: For this position you already need to be allowed to work in the Netherlands, change of sponsorship is possible.



Flight KL691, made possible in part by you, the software engineering leader. Whether it involves threat assessments of flying over conflict areas or supporting crisis management in emergency situations, your solutions, and those of your engineers, will play a vital role in helping KLM to stay one of the safest airlines in the world. 


What are you going to do?


You will be working at one of our business platforms in Data & Technology. Here we build applications for our crew but also develop machine learning models and various dashboards to support the business in the assessment of risks. This means you will make a direct impact on the safety of our KLM operation. 

Important aspects of the job: 

  • Automate everything: Improve the delivery speed, agility and quality using CI/CD, test automation, linters and scripts 
  • Freedom Friday’s: You are encouraged and expected to spend 10% of your time with us learning new things, doing research and developing yourself. You can do this by taking courses, exploring innovative technologies, improving processes, or doing cool hack-projects with your colleagues! 
  • Grow & foster your teams: You are the manager of 2 - 3 teams of software engineers. As such you are responsible for the quality and performance of their contribution to the teams and for their well-being and job satisfaction while still having plenty of time to be hands-on. 
  • Coaching multiple teams in the intricacies and best practices of data & software engineering, API design (API everything!), containers, configuration & infrastructure as code and cloud architecture 
  • Designing the right architecture with your teams and evaluate technology choices to solve the problem at hand


Where do you land?


As software engineering lead in our Business Platform Safety, Security & Crisis Management (SSC), you will be an integral part of shaping the future of KLM and the aviation industry. You will work closely with fellow engineering leads, data scientists, product owners, analysts, and operations experts to create innovative solutions. You will have the flexibility to work from the Operations Control Center (where our customers are located), our SSC office, or from the comfort of your own home. Most importantly, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with a team of highly skilled, ambitious, and helpful colleagues! 


Your profile


You are a battle hardened software professional with a broad skill set and expertise in developing and maintaining complex software systems. You possess a deep understanding of various software development methodologies, programming languages, and technologies. In addition to your technical proficiency, you excel at leading projects, mentoring software engineers, and navigating resistance to continuously drive innovation in your field. You are passionate about delivering delivering top-notch software solutions that are both secure and scalable, ensuring they effectively meet the needs of your stakeholders.

You bring along: 

  • 8+ years of software engineering experience (Full Stack - Python with Angular preferred) 
  • 3+ years experience in Leading agile teams 
  • Experience with SQL and NoSQL databases such as MongoDB and Azure Cosmos 
  • Experience with cloud architecture and scalability (Google Cloud or Azure preferred) 
  • Familiar with DevSecOps (Bamboo CI/CD, GitHub Actions, etc.) 
  • Familiar with dashboards (Spotfire, Power Bi) 
  • Passion for aviation and a desire to drive innovation in the industry 
  • Experience with data warehousing technologies is a plus
  • Preferably fluent in both English and Dutch 
  • You need to already have EU residency when applying, the position itself is based out of Amsterdam.



  • Attracting and developing talent
  • Analytical Skills
  • Coaching


We offer

  • A challenging role at an unique employer in the Netherlands;
  • A gross salary between € 5.000,- and € 8.200,- (maximum ammount for senior candidate!) per month, depending on level of experience;
  • Plenty of room for personal development and wonderful career opportunities;
  • A good pension scheme and 8 percent holiday pay;
  • A variable income that can go up to a maximum of 16%;
  • 25 days of paid holiday and 5 extra days off;
  • Great discounts on airline tickets (if you have been in service for at least 6 months);
  • A travel expenses scheme and free use of the bus network around Schiphol;
  • Discount of your health insurance;
  • A personal budget for sustainable employability.

Ready for your next destination?

Don’t wait any longer, click the "Apply now" button and upload your CV before the final boarding call on 10/01/2023! A motivation letter is no longer required; we will simply ask you a couple of questions during your online application. Within two weeks after the closing date, you will receive a message from us. Your application procedure consists of two interviews, security research and a meeting with the works counsel.

A file check (for ex-KLM-employees) and/or a reference check can be part of the application procedure. By applying for this vacancy you consent to these checks.



If you would like to know more about the position, please contact the hiring manager. Call or e-mail the recruiter for questions about the application process. In both cases, don't forget to mention the vacancy number: #14356 .




Coen Baljon: COEN.BALJON@KLM.COM  or +31 629229122.


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