UX Researcher II at Expedia Group

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Expedia

UX Researcher II

Are you interested in working at the intersection of customer experience and Natural Language Processing? This could be the role for you!

Expedia Group (EG) is building the Travel Platform to bring the world within reach for millions of customers. As part of this, we are building EG's Conversation Platform, which automates the most complicated travel journeys and intelligently connects travelers, suppliers, and customer service agents. Our Chatbots use AI to learn new capabilities and continuously improve through network effects.

Along with our traveler facing tools and chatbots, a large part of the Conversation Platform is developing a means for internal and external partners to build and configure applications on top of the platform, as well as understanding how well their products are performing through analytics. As a User Experience Researcher, you will carry out research within a fast paced environment, working to deliver valuable insights, both qualitative and quantitative, as well as lab and remote usability testing.

What you'll do:

  • Collaborate with product and UX teams to outline research plans, execute research, consolidate findings, and present meaningful insights.
  • Conduct a wide range of research studies with minimal supervision.
  • Learn and gain mastery in additional research techniques.
  • Identify and recommend the best methods to answer research questions and prioritize them according to schedule and opportunity constraints.
  • Be accountable for running and ensuring quality of user research within your area of focus.
  • Consolidate research findings into a concise, meaningful story for design and product teams.
  • Present your methods and rationale to peers, team partners, product partners and UX leadership.
  • Estimate work effort and define needed what you need to deliver.
  • Manage multiple projects and strike the balance between being agile and performing deep investigations.

Who you are:

  • Competent with at least several of the following techniques (lab usability, remote usability, biometrics, survey, interviews, focus groups, heuristic evaluations, card sorting, etc.) and learning the relevant technologies and tools
  • Familiar with experimental design; able to conduct scientifically rigorous data collection and test protocols
  • Able to communicate research results in a clear and professional manner
  • Aware of the strengths and weaknesses (trade-offs) of competing research approaches
  • Pursues alternative approaches to solving problems
  • Conducts retrospective evaluation of the success/failures of past efforts and learns from it
  • Degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Human Factors, Cognitive Psychology, or equivalent work experience
  • 0-1 years related professional experience. Coursework examples of research can be considered. 2+ years related professional experience if no advanced degree
  • Portfolio: Strong portfolio that reflects sufficient breadth and depth of research expertise. Must demonstrate independent execution of research activities

 

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. 

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®, Vrbo®, Orbitz®, Travelocity®, Wotif®, ebookers®, CheapTickets®, Hotwire®, Expedia® Media Solutions, CarRentals.com™, Expedia Local Expert®, Expedia® Cruise® and SilverRail Technologies, Inc. For more information, visit www.expediagroup.com

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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
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Backbone.jsFrameworks
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SparkFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • DB2Databases
    • HiveDatabases
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • TeradataDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SmartsheetManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

Expedia Group has three offices in the Austin area with a 16-story building now open in the Domain.

An Insider's view of Expedia Group

How does your team reward individual success?

We love to reward our team members in multiple ways. We use a team slack “brag board” to post all of our positive partner feedback and wins on a regular basis. We also have ad-hoc competitions throughout each quarter where team members can earn time off, gift cards, lunch on the house, and many other fun prizes.

Kim

Sr. Manager, NA Partner Success

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

Software Engineer

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

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I was hired as a Software Engineer II and have grown my leadership and technical skills while learning how my work directly impacts our marketplace and creates network effects. My growth has included improving search performance, helping teams build distributed systems, and mentoring and coaching new engineers from our Career Exploration Program.

Trey

Staff Software Engineer

What are Expedia Group Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We participate in an annual Day of Caring where Expedia Group offices from around the world all take a day in September to spend time volunteering for a favorite charity. This day is a paid day off!
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Check out our employee resource groups here: https://www.expediagroup.com/about/diversity-inclusion/
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
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
Team workouts
Expedia Group's team fitness initiatives include In-office fitness classes at our Austin Domain 11 office.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vrbo 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
Company sponsored family events
From our annual holiday party (without kids) to our Halloween, Spring Picnic and Bring your kid to work day parties, employees have several opportunities to celebrate together throughout the year.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
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
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted At team's discretion.
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Vrbo hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion in addition to Fireside chats with notable leaders, Product Academy and Career Exploration Program.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

We believe everyone deserves - NEEDS - time away from the office and we encourage employees to take advantage of their paid time off. We offer travel discounts to make it even easier to get out and see the world.

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