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.

Data Insight Analyst at HomeAway

About Us:

Have you ever had the opportunity to impact the lives of millions of people in a meaningful way and help them enjoy time away with their friends and families building memories? 

That is what we do here at HomeAway.com, an Expedia Inc. company. We are the leading vacation rental website in the world with more than one million online bookable vacation rentals. Our mission is to make every vacation rental in the world available to every traveler in the world through our online marketplace and we're committed to helping families and friends find the perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together. 

As for engineering, we solve problems of scale and work on cutting edge and open-source technologies. Our culture is one that strives on solving difficult problems focusing on product engineering based on hypothesis testing to empower people to come up with ideas.

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 marketplace big data 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 Business Intelligence team in the Domain office location. The role will also be highly cross-functional, working with our database, BI, product, development and business teams to resolve any operational issues and develop new tools as required.

Key responsibilities:

  • Identify through analysis and data mining opportunities to improve sort algorithm in order to increase traveler conversion
  • Define and help organize the upcoming A/B tests to be performed,resulting in constant improvement of our logic
  • Specify and help prioritize requirements for coding enhancement of sort algorithm by engineering teams
  • Monitor performance of sort system on a daily basis, and 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

Candidate profile

Intellectual Skills:

  • Passion for number crunching and logical problem solving on intellectual challenges
  • 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 Excel and SQL is a must
  • Tableau and R mastering is a huge plus
  • Other data mining tools (BigQuery, Datameer, Hive, Hadoop, Python) and Office suite (PowerPoint, Outlook) knowledge is preferred but not required

Experience/ Education:

  • 2-5 years of experience in either web/ travel industry or strategy/ data consulting is required
  • Must have proven prior experience with managing complex systems to drive business performance
  • Previous experience in Sort order or Revenue Management algorithms would be a definite plus. Knowledge of web industry environment (A/B testing,Conversion funnel, traffic sources…) is preferred but not required
  • Education Requirement: Masters Degree preferred in Computer Science, Engineering, or Mathematics and Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, or equivalent technical discipline required

Benefits:

  • 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
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Why work with us
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!"
Culture
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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