Director, Engineering

| Austin

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. HomeAway is part of the Expedia Group family of brands.

The Opportunity:

We are seeking an individual to lead software engineering for our suite of Customer Experience and Partner Success tools as we drive to develop innovative micro applications, enabling our internal customers and delighting them along the way with unexpected capabilities. In this capacity, you will be responsible for leading, managing, mentoring, and evolving extremely talented software engineering teams to deliver game changing solutions. 

You must be highly experienced with modern cloud, web technologies and Javascript frameworks (Node, React, Redux), and simultaneously have the technical chops to ensure that we build compelling, stakeholder oriented solutions that are delivered on time with a high degree of quality. You should bring an innovative mind, a proven track record of on-time delivery, rigorous analytical skills and a keen eye for simple and elegant technical solutions.

If you are a true technologist at heart with the ability and business acumen to partner with business and product teams in a way that inspires them to challenge the status quo and provide an inspiring and compelling working environment that allows your engineering teams to push the digital boundaries; read on!

Your teams contribute by:

  • Building NodeJs frameworks enabling micro application based web UI architectures with modern JavaScript libraries (React.JS) to enable other HomeAway products and teams.
  • Leveraging real-time event streams and models to understand customers’ needs before they do.
  • Dockerize our apps and services for cloud deployment.
  • Developing micro applications that will drive our business through real-time feedback loops.
  • Developing a smart service layer that will allow for in-session personalization and programmatic responses based on user behavior and data.

Technologies we use:

Node.js, React.js, Backbone.js, Hadoop, Elasticsearch, Cassandra, AWS, Mesos, Docker, Linux, Jetty, Kafka, Java8, NoSQL

Responsibilities:

  • Manage applications & software engineering to deliver technology solutions in support of business strategy and growth.
  • Manage a broad portfolio of technology projects to provide web, micro application, services, and integration solutions.
  • Recruit, motivate, mentor and lead the application engineering talent.
  • Lead with technical expertise in the development of systems and solutions.
  • Evolve an agile delivery model.
  • Collaborate with product owners and business stakeholders to identify and define the next opportunities and drive a game changing strategy, driven by technology, to deliver those capabilities.
  • Effectively manages third party vendors and suppliers.
  • Understanding of technical architectures, capacity plans, tools requirements, automation plans, and product implementation plans and other deliverables.
  • Research new tools and technologies for use within the team.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in computer science or related area preferred.
  • 10 years’ experience in software development and engineering.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience leading and guiding teams, including developing and implementing processes.
  • Experience architecting, building and delivering technology solutions.
  • Experience working with Agile methodologies a must
  • Strong experience and familiarity with processes, tools & technologies such as JavaScript, node.js, java, SQL & NoSQL databases, agile project management, AWS and CI/CD.
  • Demonstrated success in being a change agent, with a vision to transform internal systems and operations as needed to fully support our internal business users.
  • Strong executive presence and leadership resulting in the ability to forge cross-functional partnerships and drive strong, organization results.
  • Ability to plan and manage concurrent tasks, assignments, projects, and deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and creatively, learn quickly, and solve complex problems in high-pressure situations.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both verbal and written formats.
  • Strong organizational, administrative and documentation skills.
  • Experienced leader that can manage dynamic teams/portfolios, solve problems and empower employees to achieve success in a fast-paced organization.
  • Sales and Customer Support experience is a plus.

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
  • Electronic, adjustable stand-up desk.
  • Discounted Metro & Rail pass.

“We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.”

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

HomeAway has five offices in the Austin area with a 16-story global headquarters under construction at the Domain set to open in 2019.
11800 Domain Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

Insider's spotlight

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 HomeAway Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Parking

Additional Perks + Benefits

We were recognized by the Austin American-Statesman for having the most generous parental leave in Austin!

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