Senior Product Manager, Traveler Search & Discovery Platform Team

| Austin

Expedia

Are you interested in a rare opportunity to help build and grow an online marketplace? Are you a product manager with strong technical skills that is passionate about building exceptional user experiences? Vrbo is an exciting, international, profitable company that is transforming the market to become the world's leading vacation rental marketplace. We are searching for the next standout product manager to join Vrbo's Traveler Search & Discovery Platform product team and power our core value proposition of helping our travelers find the perfect vacation across HomeAway, VRBO and global HomeAway sites around the world.

What you'll do:

As the Senior Product Manager, you will work closely with the engineering, data science, data & content platforms, design, and other traveler product teams to define the vision for one or more of the Search & Discovery features. You’ll help to define a personalized experience to help travelers discover and take more trips to reconnect with family and friends. Examples:

  • Ranking & Sort
  • Filters
  • Geography
  • Recommendations
  • Typeahead & Query Parsing
  • Chatbots & Natural Language Processing (NLP)
  • Destination & Discovery Feed

Who you are:

You are a strategic thinker, passionate about user experience, analytical and data-driven, an excellent problem-solver, and have a strong work ethic. Must have a detailed understanding of the technology stack and underlying algorithms and data structure. Proficiency with SQL, Big Data technologies and general technical knowledge and understanding are a must to be successful in this role. Understanding of ML concepts is a strong plus.

  • Develop, communicate and execute the vision, strategy and roadmap for the assigned focus area with Search & Discovery that will help transform the Travel industry
  • Lead a feature team during preparation and participation in 180-day planning sessions, monthly product reviews, and deep dive workshops
  • Collaborate daily with the Development, Design, and Data Science teams to ensure project requirements are clearly defined and properly phased to facilitate timely delivery of functionality
  • Practice the test and learn methodology and to quickly and efficiently identify and evaluate opportunities that will inform the roadmap
  • Conduct competitive analysis and industry research to identify gaps and opportunities to improve the product strategy
  • Collaborate across the product management organization to ensure visibility into cross-cutting initiatives.
  • Define, track and report on user metrics to measure effectiveness and drive improvement e.g. feature usage, conversion rates
  • Manage resolution of urgent technical issues while communicating changes to business partners
  • Make recommendations regarding policy changes that will enable and support the product vision and strategy.

Required:

  • 7+ years of software product management experience within an agile software development environment
  • Possess analytical reasoning and ability to boil down end user needs into new products/ideas and a relevant technical framework.
  • Ability to lead large, complex, international projects in a rapidly changing environment
  • Proficient in using the scientific method to find opportunities and evaluate solutions to business problems.
  • Ability to prioritize with conviction and communicate decisions effectively.
  • High level initiative and desire to create a premier user experience for our customers
  • BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or equivalent technical background
  • Experience working with Data Science and using machine learning to analyze and classify data
  • Must be willing to travel up to 10% Internationally

Preferred:

  • Experience working Big Data engineering teams
  • Familiarity utilizing SQL and Hadoop for data analysis to aid business decisions
  • Hobbyist programmer
  • Experience with online A/B testing to drive improvement in customer experience and business results
  • Experience constructing business rules-based logic that incorporates desired outcomes with legal requirements
  • Travel industry experience

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 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 www.vrbo.com.

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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