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 Scientist II: Yield Optimization at HomeAway
We are looking for excellent Data Scientists to join our growing 20+ strong team. This position focuses on yield optimization and dynamic pricing, so it is a good fit for those with backgrounds such as 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 statistical learning algorithms you develop will affect billions of dollars of transactions every year.

Challenges to work on:
• Understand supply and demand based on rich features sets that very across space and time.
• Modifying ranking algorithms to support a healthy marketplace with dynamic commissions.
• Model demand curves in a high-dimensional space using modern techniques such as deep learning.
• Develop mechanisms to dynamically trigger supply
• Optimal pricing
• Spacial modeling of supply value

Responsibilities:
• Work on larger programs/initiatives encompassing several projects that have 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
• Experience with programming languages such as R, Python, or Scala • Experience in processing and analyzing large scale data volumes, semi-structured and unstructured data and near real-time throughput
• Experience 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
• Experience using visualization tools such as Tableau and Datameer
• Good 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, Computer Science or other quantitative field

Benefits:
• Competitive health and insurance benefits
• Competitive salary
• Annual target bonus or commission
• Generous 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
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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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