Manager, Data Science at Expedia Group (Austin, TX)

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

Love data, science, technology & coding? How about vacations? Like to drive an outstanding experience for millions of people taking vacations by connecting them with millions of vacation rental properties? Passionate about leading the people and processes involved with building and shipping complex models to solve relevance and personalization problems, model testing and evaluation and feature engineering? If so, then Vrbo has a role for you!

As a Manager of Data Science at Vrbo – you’ll play a meaningful role in defining our processes to architect, visualize, and interpret critical data that is at the very core of our business. You will lead a team of strong data scientists that are partnered with our leaders to understand objectives, and then work alongside your Scientists and the broader group of analysts and engineers to execute and deliver recommendation models in production. Simply put – we’re looking for a recommender systems authority with strong leadership and communication skills to deliver on our vision of the best property for each traveler every time.

What You'll Do:
  • Act as player-coach for team overseen. This includes being a technical leader, with an expectation to contribute in a technical capacity as a Data Scientist.
  • This position will lead the oversight of the team: ensuring that process, policy, developing, and mentoring are in sync with Expedia goals; driving organizational strategy, focus, and direction; and leading an environment of continuous improvement.
  • Ensure that the work being performed is lined up with the Expedia and Vrbo business entities.
  • Build, lead and motivate a high performing team
  • Provide thought leadership to both data scientists and BI analysts as well as leaders across the organization.
  • Develops and implements strategies to attract and maintain a highly skilled and engaged workforce
  • Iterate quickly in an agile development process
Who You Are:
  • Outstanding data science skills - mathematics, coding, machine learning data analysis, storytelling
  • Verifiable history of leadership experience
  • Ability to focus on multiple complex projects
  • Lead by example in a manner that encourages teamwork across the business
  • Knowledge of servant leadership, if not formal knowledge of the practice

Experience And Qualification

  • Masters or PhD in a quantitative field or equivalent practical experience
  • 1+ years’ experience with Recommender Systems
  • 5+ years Python development experience
  • Strong quantitative intuition and ability to express that verbally
  • Experience developing and deploying ML models in a production environment
  • Experience with data tools such as Spark, SQL, Databricks, Qubole, etc
  • Exposure to common ML libraries such as scikit-learn, PyTorch, Tensorflow, LightFM
  • An understanding of the tradeoffs inherent in all ML efforts and how to be frugal when choosing an approach
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
  • 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®,®, Expedia® Partner Solutions, Egencia®, trivago®, HomeAway®, Orbitz®, Travelocity®, Wotif®,®, ebookers®, CheapTickets®, Hotwire®, Classic Vacations®, Expedia® Media Solutions,™, 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

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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