HomeAway, Inc., an Expedia brand based in Austin, Texas, is the world's leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, with sites representing over 1.2 million paid listings of vacation rental homes in 190 countries. Through HomeAway, owners and property managers offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, 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 HomeAway portfolio includes the leading vacation rental websites HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es and Toprural.es in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; HomeAway.com.au and Stayz.com.au in Australia; and Bookabach.co.nz in New Zealand. Asia Pacific short-term rental site, travelmob.com, is also owned by HomeAway.HomeAway also operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels.

Sort Senior Product Analyst at HomeAway

Over the past 10 years, HomeAway has made an incredible journey from the vision of its founders to build one global marketplace for holiday rentals to becoming the global market leader with well over 1 million ‘whole’ houses. Working with us is all about inspiration, challenge, collaboration and having a say in what you do.

We are part of Expedia Inc. and Our mission is to revolutionize travel through the power of technology. HomeAway has the energy of a start-up, plus the stability of being part of the largest travel company in the world! Once you’re part of the family the career opportunities are endless.

The sort order algorithm determines in which order properties are displayed on search result pages on all HomeAway sites globally. By showing the right property to the right traveler, we ensure both supplier and traveler satisfaction, while increasing significantly online conversion.

This position is a unique opportunity to join a fast growing entity critical to the company’s success, in a leading online company of the attractive vacation rental market.

The Sort Senior Product Analyst will help in analyzing the performance of the sort algorithm, identifying areas of improvement and designing creative solutions to further increase traveler conversion. Given the potential impact of this role on HomeAway conversion, sales and revenue objectives, it will receive significant executive-level attention and support. This position is based in Austin (Texas), joining our Analytics and Data Insight team there. The role will also be highly cross-functional, working with our database, product, data science, development and business teams to resolve any operational issues and develop new tools as required.

What will you do?

Your key responsibilities will be:

· Identify through analysis and data mining opportunities to improve sort algorithm in order to increase traveler conversion

· Help in defining & organizing the upcoming A/B tests to be performed, and be responsible for performing detailed readouts to drive our test & learn culture on sort, resulting in continuous improvement of the sort algorithm logic

· Specify and help prioritize requirements for coding enhancement of sort algorithm by data science and engineering teams, as well as supporting Q&A efforts on our data

· Build and perform the daily sort monitoring tools, in order to quickly identify areas of concern, propose analyses and/or corrective actions

· Define key business operating metrics and design and create related reports that show our success/failure in reaching related success metrics

. Work in collaboration with data science team for pre-model feature engineering, in order to improve the accuracy of our machine learning models

. Conceptualize and build ad-hoc models and indexes helping to improve conversion through sort

. Support investigations on specific use cases around sort and partner performance, in collaborations with Sales & CS teams, in order to improve our algorithm

. Support on request through complex analysis broader initiatives of marketplace design and traveler teams

. Be a reference for any data & analysis related to sort & search, from a business perspective

What will you bring?

Intellectual Skills

· Passion for number crunching and logical problem solving on intellectual complex challenges related to very large data sets

· Ability to structure / work on exploratory problems, with innovating approach and creative solutions

· Ability to work independently and proactively, identifying issues and raising them to management, as well as offering potential solutions

· Strong business sense and strategy thinking

· Ability to build and present evidence based stories

· Must be comfortable with uncertainty. Flexibility to changing priorities and timelines is key

· Able to work with different business units, across multiple countries, to communicate findings and practices company-wide

Technical Skills

· Expertise in SQL and Tableau is a must have

. Significant experience in Excel & Hive is required

· R mastering is a plus

· Other data mining tools (BigQuery, Datameer, Python, Spark) and Office suite (PowerPoint, Outlook) knowledge is preferred but not required

Experience/ Education

· 6+ years of experience in either web/ travel industry and/ or data consulting is required

· Previous experience in Sort order algorithms and ranking problem success metrics (list-wise, pair-wise, point-wise approach) is required, as well as knowledge of web industry environment (A/B testing, Conversion funnel, traffic sources…)

· Master degree and solid background in mathematics, statistics and strategy required

· Must be fluent in English. French a strong plus.

What do we have to offer? 

You will join a first class team in one of the most successful online pure-player company. You will be part of the HomeAway® team in our office in Austin. In addition to an attractive salary with bonus, we offer regular social gatherings, relaxed dress code, chill-out and lunch areas, and a range of other benefits. 

For more information about HomeAway, please visit www.HomeAway.com 

We look forward to welcoming you to our team!

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Founded by Brian Sharples and Carl Shepherd in February 2005, the idea behind HomeAway was to revolutionize the historically-fragmented vacation rental industry and establish the company as the clear market leader. The entrepreneurial spirit of the pioneers who created the very first vacation rental sites, many of which are now part of the HomeAway portfolio, fueled the early growth of the business and set the tone for the company culture that exists today. At HomeAway we work as a team, we work hard and we're competitive, but we always make time to celebrate our successes. From peer-nominated awards for those who have exceeded expectations with a free vacation, to company parties that celebrate holidays and achievements, we strive to maintain a culture where everyone's content and proud to call HomeAway their "home away from home!"
The HomeAway World Headquarters is located in downtown Austin, Texas. Employees love the proximity to restaurants, bars and retail — especially to the unofficial company cafeteria, the Whole Foods Market flagship store. The office space is also situated off of Lady Bird Lake, which has a fantastic hike and bike trail. HomeAway's four-story, 86,000-square-foot, mixed-use building was awarded Gold-level LEED certification in April 2010 for its use of eco-friendly materials. The design is vacation-themed and features a giant replica of the birdhouse from the HomeAway logo.
Perks & Benefits
Target Annual Bonus
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
4 Weeks' Vacation
Free drinks and snacks
Game room
Workout room/area, onsite showers and lockers, and bike lockers
Great medical, dental and vision plans

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