HomeAway, Inc., an Expedia brand based in Austin, Texas, is the world's leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, with sites representing over 1.2 million paid listings of vacation rental homes in 190 countries. Through HomeAway, owners and property managers offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio includes the leading vacation rental websites HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es and Toprural.es in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; HomeAway.com.au and Stayz.com.au in Australia; and Bookabach.co.nz in New Zealand. Asia Pacific short-term rental site, travelmob.com, is also owned by HomeAway.HomeAway also operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels.

Senior Machine Learning Engineer at HomeAway

Love data, science, technology & coding? How about vacations? Want to be part of a team where that all comes together? Want a chance to drive an extraordinary experience for travelers by connecting them with millions of vacation rental properties? Passionate about building and putting complex models into production to solve relevance and personalization problems, great at model implementation, testing and evaluation? If so, then HomeAway has a Machine Learning Engineer role for you and would like to talk to you!

Challenges you’d get to work on:

  • Classify images and annotate images at scale

  • Reverse Image Search technology to find fraudulent listings and related properties

  • Deploy ranking and recommendation algorithms at scale

  • Recommendation systems that automatically derive user interests using passive signals

  • Automatically generate quality scores of imagery submitted by our users and owners to feed back into other parts of our system

  • Automatic text generation from structured and unstructured input like amenities, nearby attractions

  • Entity extraction from unstructured text

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the dedicated engineer to the Economics and Data Sciences team here at HomeAway

  • Work on larger programs/initiatives encompassing several projects that have a company-wide impact

  • Assist the implementation and deployment of systems used for data collection, machine learning model training, and deployment of machine learning models

  • Be an authority in the Deployment and Scoring phase of model development.

  • Articulate storytelling to business & product leaders - i.e focus on telling the “business” story that the data shows (and abstract the data complexities and process involved) and have a strong influence on the audience

  • Work closely with various Product, Business and Engineering teams

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in Software Engineering, Machine Learning, Data Science and analytics fields

  • Experience with programming languages such as Java, R, Python, and Scala

  • Experience with AWS and distributed systems

  • Experience with Agile software development

  • Experience working in Hadoop ecosystem

  • Experience working with Big Data

  • Strong database knowledge and expertise in SQL

  • Experience implementing and deploying various Machine learning models

  • Good storytelling and presentation skills i.e be able to present business side of the story that data presents to c-team and business leaders

  • Masters or Ph.D in Statistics, Math, Computer Science or other quantitative field

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

  • Electric, adjustable stand-up desk

  • Discounted Metro & Rail pass

  • Casual dress code


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Founded by Brian Sharples and Carl Shepherd in February 2005, the idea behind HomeAway was to revolutionize the historically-fragmented vacation rental industry and establish the company as the clear market leader. The entrepreneurial spirit of the pioneers who created the very first vacation rental sites, many of which are now part of the HomeAway portfolio, fueled the early growth of the business and set the tone for the company culture that exists today. At HomeAway we work as a team, we work hard and we're competitive, but we always make time to celebrate our successes. From peer-nominated awards for those who have exceeded expectations with a free vacation, to company parties that celebrate holidays and achievements, we strive to maintain a culture where everyone's content and proud to call HomeAway their "home away from home!"
Culture
The HomeAway World Headquarters is located in downtown Austin, Texas. Employees love the proximity to restaurants, bars and retail — especially to the unofficial company cafeteria, the Whole Foods Market flagship store. The office space is also situated off of Lady Bird Lake, which has a fantastic hike and bike trail. HomeAway's four-story, 86,000-square-foot, mixed-use building was awarded Gold-level LEED certification in April 2010 for its use of eco-friendly materials. The design is vacation-themed and features a giant replica of the birdhouse from the HomeAway logo.
Perks & Benefits
Target Annual Bonus
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
4 Weeks' Vacation
Free drinks and snacks
Game room
Workout room/area, onsite showers and lockers, and bike lockers
Great medical, dental and vision plans

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