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Statistician (A/B Testing)

| Austin

HomeAway, a world leader in the vacation rental industry, is the place to book beach houses, cabins, and condos with more than two million places to stay in 190 countries. The site makes it easy to find and book the perfect vacation rental for any getaway, often for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. HomeAway is part of the Expedia Group family of brands.

Are you passionate about product innovation through testing? Does the word “Bayesian” excite you more than “Frequentist”? Do you love vacations and want to help a product oriented company continuously improve their platform to facilitate travel? If so, read on!

HomeAway is seeking an intellectually curious, collaborative and experienced data expert to join the Global Analytics & Data Insights (ADI) team in Austin as the head statistician, data miner and leader of A/B testing standard methodologies. The ADI team fuels data-informed decisions, proactively seeks data-driven solutions to enhance web products and improve customer experience.

What is the opportunity?:

  • Function as the head statistician for the organization
  • Make sure a testing program has been developed to meet business objectives across the organization
  • Help the company identify and measure high value opportunities
  • Identify systematic biases within big data
  • Communicate statistical and machine learning modeling procedures and results to variety of partners (experts, non-experts, product managers, marketers and senior leaders)

What you’ll do?:

  • Build self-service tools and provide the training to empower individuals to make their own decisions on test design and analysis
  • Build complex statistical models that predict behavior and improve over time with additional data and insights.
  • Build methods and metrics to measure impact of testing on company performance
  • Use business and technical knowledge to influence a variety of partners on test design and outcome (validation of hypothesis, size and configuration of test variances, test length, winner acceptance criteria, validation of test results and calculation of annualized revenue impact)
  • Collaborate with the experimentation platform team and contribute to building and improvement of standardized testing platform
  • Check on the quality and use of information coming from experiments for business decisions
  • Provide general statistical consulting across the organization
  • Act as an authority in building models in languages such as R, Python, Julia etc.

Required qualifications:

  • Masters or PhD in Economics, Math, or Statistics
  • Masters must include 2+ years of experience in statistical consulting
  • Authority in Bayesian statistics and experimental design
  • Meaningful consulting experience especially with data that violate typical assumptions
  • Ability to clearly communicate technical information to non-technical audiences
  • Strong statistical modeling background
  • Strong statistical computing experience with R or Python

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with SQL or Apache Spark
  • Experience with time-series or spatial statistics
  • Experience building Shiny or Flask web apps
  • Experience writing quality code

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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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SmartsheetManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM


HomeAway has six offices in the Austin area with a 16-story global headquarters under construction at the Domain set to open in 2019.

An Insider's view of HomeAway

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Some of us have been working together for 5+ years and have been there for each other during engagements, births, divorces…you name it. They have truly been my second family and my coworkers are the best part of coming to the office every day.


Director, B&B Sales and Supply

What projects are you 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.


Advertising Account Executive

What makes someone successful on your team?

Being a successful finance person means being a strong business partner and not only understanding what is happening throughout the business but also being insatiably curious about it. It’s not enough to just know math, or know the numbers; you need to know where those numbers come from, how they get there and what's driving that result.


Sr. Director Global Finance Operations

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

The Talent Acquisition team is always pitching innovative ideas at our 120-day planning sessions that directly impact the company and recruitment experience. It’s amazing to see how quickly we’re able to implement new ideas every 120 days and measure the results. We’ve seen everything from employee referral reform to self-defense classes in Austin.


Director, Global Talent Acquisition

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm on a team that's investigating the integration of react-native into our existing mobile app and my focus is primarily on bridging our existing native analytics packages into the react-native side of things. This allows us to adapt and improve based on what customers do while using our product,


Software UI Engineer

What are HomeAway Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
HomeAway offers up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave (yes, dads, too!) for eligible new parents with at least 1 year of service.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
9 paid holidays + 2 floating holidays you can take any time during the year.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

We were recognized by the Austin American-Statesman for having the most generous parental leave in Austin!