Senior Manager, UI Engineering

| Austin

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.

About the Team

When a Homeowner wonders if they could ever turn their property into a Vacation Rental, how much of their decision making process is driven by a stand-out User Experience? Is it 70% of why they engage?.. 80%?.. 90%? Correct. It's simply everything.

Our New Partner Experience and Acquisition teams (we call our Homeowners Partners) are the lifeblood of HomeAway’s supply of new HomeAway Vacation Rental listings. They create awesome self service user workflows that handle everything from new account creation all the way through to when the Partner's front door is unlocked by their very first Traveler. A Signature UI and User Experience are required to ensure this process is as smooth as butter. 

New Partner teams interact with many other teams, services and APIs. From a software engineering perspective, this spans front-end web development, service endpoints, datastores, search indexes, stream processing, and big data jobs. These teams continually iterate on the acquisition experience by leveraging A/B testing to build a world-class experience. They also build dashboards for First To Know and Quick To Fix in order to maintain 5 9s uptime and responsiveness.

Tech our teams use: Vanilla .JS, React, Redux, React Native, Node.js, Java8, Elasticsearch, Cassandra, Mongo DB, Spark, S3, AWS, Docker, Dropwizard, Kafka, Scala, New Relic, Data Dog, Looker.

The Opportunity

As the Senior Engineering Manager, you'll directly manage execution of the development process as well as provide needed career coaching. You’ll be at the forefront of the Partner Experience, building a product that is seen and used by everyone that wants to list a property with HomeAway. The team prides themselves on having high energy and being very collaborative, while learning with an Agile mindset.

Challenges you will work on

  • Managing from the front. 40% of this role will be hands-on UI development. We are looking for someone who enjoys “Walking the walk” with their engineers.
  • Use real-time data to understand customers' needs before they do
  • Present to our leadership teams on solutions and new ideas
  • Work with technology leadership, architects, and engineering partners to deliver next generation software platforms
  • Make bold decisions with your team to influence a new industry
  • Research groundbreaking technologies to help accelerate new solutions for engineering teams
  • Commit to vigilantly build the best team possible
  • Take full ownership of success and failures
  • Coach your team to be highly effective in an agile environment
  • Showcase your work on our tech blog and internal & external conferences

Required Skills and Experience

  • 2-3+ years of managing a team of 5 or more engineers
  • Hands-on abilities with vanilla .JS and modern frameworks (React/Redux preferred, Angular, etc.)
  • A good ability to interact with Java on the back-end
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to work well across multiple departments
  • A data driven scientific problem solver that is passionate about building highly scalable and resilient software.
  • Agile software process development experience with focus on visible and continuous improvement.
  • BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent experience

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
  • Electric, adjustable stand-up desk
  • Discounted Metro & Rail pass
  • Casual dress code

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

Location

HomeAway has six 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

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.

Amanda

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.

Juliana

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.

Sharon

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.

Marisela

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,

Andrew

Software UI Engineer

What are HomeAway Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave 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.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
4 weeks of vacation time per year that starts accruing on your first paycheck.
Paid Volunteer Time
Enjoy 2 days/ year to spend volunteering with your favorite charity or non-profit.
Paid Holidays
9 paid holidays + 2 floating holidays you can take any time during the year.
Paid Sick Days
5 paid sick days/year that start accruing on your first paycheck.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

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

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