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Commerce and Strategy Analyst

| Austin

Expedia

This is a great opportunity to join HomeAway’s global Analytics & Data Insights team in Austin, TX. The mission of the team is to enable stakeholders with strategic and operational insights that allow them to make better decisions. Our culture is one that strives to solve difficult problems through rigorous hypothesis-based testing, empowering people to come up with ideas and solutions quickly and driven by data. Our analysts are passionate about learning the drivers of the business and using data, technology and analytics to provide valuable data insights to drive company’s critical business decisions.

This particular role will be responsible for supporting our Global Commerce and Strategy teams. The Commerce team is responsible for delivering the financial goals HomeAway promises to Expedia and investors. They do this by running programs with multiple teams, by setting up metrics and frameworks to manage our diverse vacation rental markets, and by finding opportunities in the business to contribute to our bottom line.

The analyst will partner with them to achieve those goals by providing a broad spectrum of support including deep-dive investigative analyses, business modeling, strategic analysis, and working with developers and data engineers to set up data pipelines and tracking.

What you'll do

Key Responsibilities:

  • Partner with internal stakeholders – both technical and non-technical – to answer complex business questions.
  • Through data mining and analysis, apply and implement hypotheses and recommendations of things we should change, leading to experiments that will confirm or deny those hypotheses and ultimately improve operations.
  • Be a HomeAway data guru - be the point of contact for all data questions and insights in your respective area.
  • Prioritize asks based on the highest potential value ad, and actively drive initiatives from there.
  • Work with the broader Analytics Platform team in an Agile model to implement self-service data products that will allow the Ads teams to access accurate information directly and easily.
  • Monitor specific metrics daily, quickly identifying areas of concern and proposing analyses and/or corrective actions.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings to ensure insight-based decision-making.

Who you are

General Skills:

  • Passion for number crunching, logical problem solving and intellectual challenges.
  • Ability to structure / work on data exploration problems, with innovative approaches and creative solutions, bringing to bear strong reporting and data visualization skills.
  • Comfortable with uncertainty by prioritizing effectively and flexibly handling changes.
  • Able to work across different business units/countries to communicate findings company-wide.
  • Strong organization skills, and some ability to lead numerous projects concurrently.

Technical Skills:

  • Expert-level SQL knowledge.
  • Intermediate level Tableau knowledge.
  • Intermediate Business modeling skills using Excel.
  • Basic A/B testing knowledge.
  • Intermediate-level knowledge of big data tools / languages (Hadoop, Hive, Spark).
  • Beginner level R, Python or other coding language.

Experience/Education:

  • Bachelor's in an analytical field (e.g., Marketing Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics).
  • 4+ years' experience in data analytics OR Master of Science in an analytical field (e.g. Marketing Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics) and 2+ years' experience.
  • 1+ years' experience in either web/ travel industry or data consulting is preferred.
  • Background in relevant area – Finance/Strategy – is a strong plus.

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 HomeAway.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 to 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.

 

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 HomeAway:

HomeAway, a world leader in the vacation rental industry, is the place to book beach houses, cabins, and condos with more than two million places to stay in 190 countries. The site makes it easy to find and book the perfect vacation rental for any getaway, often for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations.

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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Location

Vrbo has six offices in the Austin area with a 16-story global headquarters under construction at the Domain set to open in 2019.

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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