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Business Operations and Strategy Analyst – North America

| Austin

Expedia

The Business Operations & Strategy Analyst, Americas Retail is a critical role in implementing the business objectives of Vrbo in the Americas region. You will be responsible for developing, analyzing and drawing insights from the core operating metrics for Vrbo’s business in your region. This will include providing detailed planning and organization across all the relevant contributing areas and supporting the implementation of our business initiatives end to end, from kick-off to completion and until a tangible business impact is delivered.

You will actively work with the financial planning and business analytics teams as well as inter-departmental team members (Partner Success, Marketing, Product, Product Marketing, etc.) to monitor, analyze and augment the business strategy, collaborate on action plans, coordinate execution, and track overall progress. Your work will have influence over almost every major function of the business and develop a very deep understanding of the main functions and the performance drivers of our marketplace. You will have regular and frequent interaction with senior leadership across the organization, and will need to maintain strong alignment and partnerships with key departments to ensure that the overall North America business is well planned, understood, communicated and effectively executed.

The role will report directly to the Manager of US business in Austin, TX.

What You'll Do:

Responsibilities:

  • Drive reporting, analysis, strategy and program management of performance for key origin and destinations
  • Provide regular reporting to the company on the business results and key drivers of metrics for the business including performance across top markets.
  • Monitor progress towards achieving the operating metrics that result in hitting our business objectives. Collaborate with functional teams (sales, marketing, product marketing, product) to ensure the implementation of initiatives essential to achieving our business goals in the Americas.
  • Provide business analysis for key initiatives designed to achieve short-term financial goals and long-term business strategies. Develop detailed financial, planning and performance evaluation models for ongoing business and strategic options.
  • Develop insights driven by data, that achieve increased growth in listing acquisition in focus markets
  • Perform systematic industry research and analysis to highlight category trends and key competitive issues and opportunities.
    Who You Are:

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's degree required; MBA preferred
    • 4-6 years of experience required
    • Exposure to strategy and/or E-commerce, preferably in Analytics, Business Intelligence, or Finance
    • Prior experience driving insights through data analysis and effectively communicating and collaborating with cross-functional teams to implement recommendations
    • Strong attention to detail and excellent organization skills
    • Demonstrated record of a creative and structured approach to problem-solving
    • Proven excellence in program and project management.
    • Ability to build effective relationships across a matrix of functional teams

    Key Behaviors for Success in the Role:

    • Ability to work both at the “30,000-feet” level for the overall business, as well as the “ground” level to gather insights or drive execution
    • Passion and tenacity for solving problems through creativity and resourcefulness
    • A growth mindset: ability, curiosity, and desire to learn quickly
    • Strong internal partner management skills
    • Logic and common sense in performing quantitative analyses and sharp sensitivity to business impact
    • A direct and clear approach to communication, ability to effectively communicate complex analysis
    • Comfortable dealing with uncertainty by creating structure and prioritizing effectively
    • Ability to inspire and motivate resources outside your own internal team
    Benefits & Perks:
    • Competitive health and insurance benefits
    • Competitive salary
    • Annual target bonus or commission
    • Parental leave for up to 20 weeks (dependent on eligibility)
    • Paid vacation and sick time
    • Employee Stock Purchase Program
    • Free snacks and beverages
    • Frequent company update talks with our leadership team
    • Free listing on vrbo.com
    • Electronic, adjustable stand-up desk
    • Discounted Metro & Rail pass
    • Casual dress
    Why join us

    Expedia Group recognizes our success is dependent on the success of our people. We are the world's travel platform, made up of the most knowledgeable, passionate, and creative people in our business. Our brands recognize the power of travel to break down barriers and make people's lives better – that responsibility inspires us to be the place where exceptional people want to do their best work and to provide them with tools to do so.

    Whether you're applying to work in engineering or customer support, marketing or lodging supply, at Expedia Group we act as one team, working towards a common goal; to bring the world within reach. We relentlessly strive for better, but not at the cost of the customer. We act with humility and optimism, respecting ideas big and small. We value diversity and voices of all volumes. We are a global organization but keep our feet on the ground so we can act fast and stay simple. Our teams also have the chance to give back on a local level and make a difference through our corporate social responsibility program, Expedia Cares.

    If you have a hunger to make a difference with one of the most loved consumer brands in the world and to work in the dynamic travel industry, this is the job for you.

    Our family of travel brands includes: Brand Expedia®, Hotels.com®, Expedia® Partner Solutions, Egencia®, trivago®, HomeAway®, Orbitz®, Travelocity®, Wotif®, lastminute.com.au®, ebookers®, CheapTickets®, Hotwire®, Classic Vacations®, Expedia® Media Solutions, CarRentals.com™, Expedia Local Expert®, Expedia® CruiseShipCenters®, SilverRail Technologies, Inc., ALICE and Traveldoo®.

    About Vrbo

    In 1995, Vrbo introduced a new way for people to travel together, pairing homeowners with families and friends looking for places to stay. We were grounded in one purpose: To give people the space they need to drop the distractions of everyday life and simply be together. Since then, we've grown into a global community of homeowners and travelers, with unique properties in 190 countries around the world. Vrbo makes it easy and fun to book cabins, condos, beach houses and every kind of space in between.

    Vrbo is part of HomeAway and the Expedia Group family of brands and offers homeowners and property managers exposure to over 750 million visits to Expedia Group sites each month. To learn more, visit www.vrbo.com.

    Expedia is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. This employer participates in E-Verify. The employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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    Technology we use

    • Engineering
    • Product
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    Location

    Vrbo has six offices in the Austin area with a 16-story global headquarters now open in the Domain.

    An Insider's view of Vrbo

    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 Vrbo Perks + Benefits

    Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
    Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
    Disability Insurance
    Dental Benefits
    Vision Benefits
    Health Insurance Benefits
    Life Insurance
    Pet Insurance
    Wellness Programs
    Onsite Gym
    Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
    401(K) Matching
    Company Equity
    Employee Stock Purchase Plan
    Performance Bonus
    Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
    Child Care 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.
    Family Medical Leave
    Adoption Assistance
    Vacation & Time Off Benefits
    Generous PTO
    Paid Volunteer Time
    Sabbatical
    Paid Holidays
    9 paid holidays + 2 floating holidays you can take any time during the year.
    Paid Sick Days
    Perks & Discounts
    Casual Dress
    Commuter Benefits
    Company Outings
    Game Room
    Stocked Kitchen
    Parking
    Fitness Subsidies
    Professional Development Benefits
    Job Training & Conferences
    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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