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Senior Manager, Brand Strategy

| 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.

HomeAway is looking for a Brand Strategist to work on the Global Brand Strategy team.

Our Global Brand Strategy team is a group of people with proven experience in thinking AND making. We are looking for someone who is adept at analyzing large sets of data and crafting clear, compelling stories based on actionable customer insights - all in service of driving innovation across the organization. You are passionate about human behavior, technology’s impact on our lives, and what that means for the travel vertical. This person will be expected to challenge assumptions, inspire creatives and business leaders, and develop impactful brand, business, and marketing strategies in service of real human needs.

HomeAway looks for individuals who have a passion for uncovering insights, an ability to move fast, are generous with (and open to receiving) feedback, and are always looking to contribute. The successful candidate will be: tenacious, imaginative, precise, analytically-inclined, and curious.

With a proven ability to: lead research that uncovers insights; build compelling stories; ask and answer difficult and ambiguous questions; work cross-functionally with ease; inspire and support product, marketing, and creative teams with data; evaluate work; learn and adapt quickly. This role is based in HomeAway’s Austin HQ and requires physical presence in Austin with limited travel to HomeAway’s London office.

What you’ll do:

  • Become an expert of HomeAway's products and audiences (traveler and partner).
  • Analyze existing data and research (qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic) and commission new research, collaborating with internal research teams as well as working with external specialists.
  • Analyze cultural, technological and market trends to inform strategic and creative development.
  • Capture and bring to life powerful human insights.
  • Develop sharply focused creative briefs and deliver inspiring creative briefings.
  • Collaborate and support creative teams before and after the briefing.
  • Clear and compelling presentation of strategies and ideas to senior stakeholders grounded in data.
  • Identify and understand trends within the creative ecosystem (video, social, etc.).
  • Strong focus on being able to analyze data and use it to effectively grow the business.

Who you are:

    Requirements/Success factors:
    • 6+ years experience as a brand planner or strategist at a creative agency, research company or relevant client-side brand team.
    • International background with demonstrated cultural sensitivity and knowledge of multiple markets, languages and regions.
    • Experience collaborating with dynamic and matrixed organizations.
    • Analytical/data driven – you want to infuse data into everything you do.
    • Passion for travel, vacation rentals and HomeAway.
    • Able to effectively balance creative and business concerns.
    • Inveterate relationship builder with a love of collaboration.
    • High-performance orientation with an appreciation for working smarter not harder.
    • Maintain a positive energy and optimism that inspires those around you.
    • Fluency in general business, marketing and creative concepts and workflows with a talent for communicating these to a wide variety of stakeholders.

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®.

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
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SmartsheetManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

HomeAway 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 HomeAway

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
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!