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.

Global Risk 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. 

HomeAway seeks to hire a Global Risk Analyst for its Fraud & Payments division. HomeAway’s top strategic priority is to transition as much of its global marketplace, to the security of an e-commerce enabled platform. HomeAway Payments oversees all credit card and other electronic payments processed through HomeAway’s secure, hosted checkout. The Risk Management Group at HomeAway is responsible for establishing global technology, policy and people tactics and strategies to help build the most trusted global vacation rental marketplace. The Global Risk Analyst will play a crucial role in establishing these techniques and strategies.

The Global Risk Analyst will be responsible for understanding the company’s risk profile, identifying and assessing key components of risk, analyzing key trends in customer behavior contributing to risk, and continuously improving business and operational rules to mitigate and respond to risk. If you are a quantitative-minded analyst with strong experience in rules-based predictive analytics and risk strategy development, have an ability to work with large and complex datasets, can process and understand Big Data, fraud risk tools and technologies, and want to test your analytical skills, apply with HomeAway, the largest and fastest growing global vacation rental marketplace.

This position will report directly into the Global Head of Risk Management & Operations.

Job responsibilities

  • Partner with Development and Data Warehouse Engineering teams to define data requirements
  • Extract large amounts of data built on an MS-SQL environment using T-SQL or PL-SQL
  • Cleanse, Normalize, Derive, Calculate data and define multiple data structures for aggregated analysis & reporting
  • Identify Key Data Attributes that have a higher correlation to predicting fraudulent/risky behavior
  • Develop models for Predictive Analytics and Inference
  • Develop a Score based Risk Model
  • Develop hypothesis and demonstrate key customer trends contributing to fraud and risk
  • Analyze and continuously improve effectiveness of business and operational rules to identify and mitigate Risk
  • Create reporting for Executive Management and other key stakeholders

Job requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a highly quantitative field(Statistics, Economics, Operations Research, Computer Science, Mathematics, or other quantitatively-oriented degree); Master’s degree would be a plus
  • 5 years related experience in predictive analytics and risk strategy development with a Bachelor’s degree; or 3 years and a Master’s degree; or a PhD without experience; or equivalent work experience
  • 4+ years in advanced modeling, statistic analysis is with a financial institution, bank or an e-commerce organization
  • Demonstrated advanced analytical capabilities in risk modeling, analysis, and rules based decisioning
  • Knowledge of Data Clustering/Modeling algorithms and application thereof in the Risk evaluation of online events and transactions
  • Demonstrated track record of creating predictive alert mechanisms that help implement preventative risk management rules, processes and methods
  • A good understanding of common and creative techniques used by fraudsters to exploit financial systems/payment systems and e-commerce processes
  • Strong problem solving skills in all areas of risk management: modeling, rules setting, response to observed risk exposure, operations improvement
  • Strong Data Mining skills, with ability to conduct extensive data research and handle large datasets
  • Proven experience working in fast-paced environment with ever-changing demands
  • Experience in implementing a decision engine or a fraud detection tool
  • Experience in managing projects and tasks with cross-functional teams and vendors in multiple geographical areas

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
  • 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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