Implementation Specialist at Expedia Group

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Are you looking for a project management role in a client-focused team environment, where you get to use your excellent skills to help others? Are you passionate about successfully migrating customers from their current system to their new enterprise vacation rental software? Are you a proactive project manager, with excellent communication, prioritization, and organizational skills, ready to contribute to a software implementation team delivering high customer satisfaction? If so, we want to talk with you!

We are seeking an Implementation Specialist to join our Customer Experience Software Implementation team. We provide a high-touch, relationship-centered, satisfaction-focused software implementation experience for professional property managers globally. These property managers will use their new Vrbo software to manage vacation rental properties on behalf of property owners, run all aspects of reservations and guest services, and handle all accounting related to the properties’ operations.

Implementation Specialists own multiple client projects from pre-implementation discovery through implementation completion and hand-off to Product Support. This also includes collaboration with others on the Implementation Team, Customer Experience teams, and other Vrbo teams, as needed.

What You'll Do:

Responsibilities:

  • Lead multiple customer projects using strong project management skills to guide customers through a smooth software implementation process from start – handoff from Sales – to finish – handoff to Product Support.
  • Serve as the dedicated point of contact for implementation projects deliverables including data migration, set-up configuration, user training, Go Live activation deliverables, plus post-Go Live best practices sessions. Go Live activations include coordination with partner vendors for customer websites, credit card processing, and distribution services.
  • Engage new customers in pre-implementation work such as requirements gathering, data migration, coordination with partner vendors, and Business Analysis sessions.
  • Work very closely with dedicated Software Implementation Trainers, communicating and collaborating on customer projects on a daily basis.
  • Track projects - including progress, achievements, and customer communication - using tools such as Smartsheet, Google Docs, Salesforce and Basecamp
  • Identify and monitor software development issues in JIRA, as needed, until resolution.
  • Communicate with the customer’s internal point of contact and team throughout the implementation project life, documenting communication following team procedures.
  • Ensure timely communication with company teams such as Product Support and Vrbo distribution/Global Partners Services.
  • Work cross-functionally with additional company teams including Product, API support, Website/Booking Engine Services, and Content & Training.
  • Report progress and ensure timely Software Go Live.
  • Work closely with the U.S. and Australia teams to deliver a positive implementation experience and timely throughput.
  • Conduct needs analysis, with team lead or manager, to determine appropriate implementation requirements for non-standard projects.
  • Identify and refer raised concerns to team lead or manager and assist with troubleshooting.
  • Plan and own execution of other implementation-related projects, as assigned.
  • Participate in team meetings and contribute to continual improvement within the Implementation Team.
  • Provide feedback and suggestions on products, issues, processes and procedures to improve efficiency and offer customers a better experience.
Who You Are:

Competencies:

  • Expertise in escalation resolution required.
  • Expertise in budgeting, planning/modeling, and stakeholder reporting required.
  • Consistent track record of delivering great customer satisfaction in complex, rapidly-changing environments.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and consulting skills with all levels of employees.
  • Proficiency in Salesforce, Basecamp, and JIRA preferred.

Experience and Qualification:

  • At least 3 years of experience in implementation, client services project management, or onboarding/engagement management. 
  • Experience working within a software business preferred. Internet, property management, or travel industry experience useful.
  • BA/BS or equivalent experience required.
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 Vrbo.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 the 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®, 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 VRBO 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

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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