Data Scientist II: Revenue Management

| Austin

About Us:

HomeAway, based in Austin, Texas, is the world leader in vacation rentals with more than 2 million unique places to stay in 190 countries, and is a part of the Expedia, Inc. family of brands. HomeAway offers an extensive selection of vacation rental homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, especially more room to relax, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online.

The Opportunity:

We are looking for excellent Data Scientists to join our growing 20+ strong team. This position focuses on revenue management and dynamic pricing, so it is a good fit for those with backgrounds such as machine learning, operations research, economics and applied mathematics. This role will work closely with our marketplace design team to help boost efficiency and profitability on our massive e-commerce marketplace. The models you develop will affect billions of dollars of transactions every year.

Challenges to work on:

  • Lead model building to understand and forecast demand and supply based on rich features sets that vary across space and time.
  • Use model to understand the competition a vacation rental (VR) property have.
  • Estimate the booking likelihood of VR properties.
  • Design the optimal strategy for VR owners to achieve goals.
  • Model demand curves in a high-dimensional space using modern techniques such as deep learning.
  • Optimal pricing.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the direction of a the data science team responsible for revenue management, dynamic pricing, occupancy forecasting, booking understanding. This role is responsible for ensuring this portfolio of projects has a company-wide impact.
  • Apply best-in-class machine learning techniques to solve the business problem at hand.
  • Produce novel insights with machine learning to inform company strategy.
  • Assist others with data discovery and data preparation phase.
  • Help build the core feedback loops and incentive structures in our marketplace.
  • Work end-to-end on “studio projects” that you conceive, develop and land as a winner in the company.
  • Attend conferences and read papers to stay on top of advancements in the field.

Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience in Data Science and analytics fields.
  • Excellence with programming languages such as Python, R or Scala.
  • Excellence in processing and analyzing large scale data volumes, semi-structured and unstructured data and near real-time throughput.
  • Excellent ability in applying the right ML model to solve business problems.
  • Ability and passion to learn new techniques to stay on the cutting edge.
  • Experience working in Hadoop ecosystem.
  • Strong database knowledge and expertise in SQL.
  • Excellence using visualization tools such as Tableau and Datameer.
  • Established storytelling and presentation skills i.e be able to present business side of the story that data presents to c-team and business leaders.
  • Masters or Ph.D in Statistics, Math, Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Economics, Computer Science or other quantitative field.

Benefits & Perks:

  • Competitive health and insurance benefits.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Annual target bonus or commission.
  • Paid vacation and sick time.
  • Vacation rental on a yearly basis (taxable benefit).
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program.
  • Free snacks and beverages.
  • Frequent company update talks with our leadership team.
  • Free listing on HomeAway.com.
  • Electronic, adjustable stand-up desk.
  • Discounted Metro & Rail pass.
  • Casual dress.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Location

HomeAway has five offices in the Austin area with a 16-story global headquarters under construction at the Domain set to open in 2019.
11800 Domain Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

Insider's spotlight

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

HomeAway has the best work-life balance out of any company I've worked for. Not only are you given plenty of vacation time, they actually encourage you to use it. Around here, we call it a "whole vacation" because you're supposed to enjoy your time away from work and return recharged.

Kayla

Employer Brand & Digital Media Specialist

What projects are you most most excited about?

As a Software Engineer, I’m excited to rebuild an old JavaScript and jQuery STAB component into a new React based component. The goal is to update this component to our new tech stack so when consuming applications move to using Catalyst based applications we can ease the integration process.

Juliana

Software Engineer

What are some things you learned at the company?

I've learned to always be flexible and always question all assumption to a logical conclusion.

Dottie

Partner Success Account Manager

Passion for the business. When you genuinely believe in our mission and the unique value we offer owners/travelers, our clients feel your enthusiasm and want to work with you.

Nevo

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Perks of working here

401(K) Matching
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Dental Benefits
Game Room
Generous PTO
Health Benefits
Onsite Gym
Generous Parental Leave
Parking
Stocked Kitchen
Vision Benefits
Volunteering Opportunities
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