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 Product Manager, Geography Platform at HomeAway

About Us:

Have you ever had the opportunity to impact the lives of millions of people in a meaningful way and help them enjoy time away with their friends and families building memories? 

That is what we do here at HomeAway.com, an Expedia Inc. company. We are the leading vacation rental website in the world with more than one million online bookable vacation rentals. Our mission is to make every vacation rental in the world available to every traveler in the world through our online marketplace and we're committed to helping families and friends find the perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together. 

The Opportunity

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 great products and customer experiences? HomeAway is an exciting, international, profitable company that is transforming the market to become the world's leading vacation rental marketplace. We are searching for a Senior Product Manager to join HomeAway's Traveler product team to develop and grow our search and geospatial data technologies that power our core value proposition for helping our travelers find the perfect vacation across HomeAway, VRBO and global HomeAway sites around the world. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker, analytical, detailed and results-oriented with excellent problem-solving skills and a strong work ethic.

We're looking for a leader with a passion for both product and engineering that has a strong blend of user experience, product and technology skills. The Geography Platform PM will collaborate closely with traveler front-end teams to design the optimal shopping experience, engineers to deliver a robust product solution that is highly available, performant & scalable, and other internal teams (e.g. Marketplace, Partner Experience, Traffic Acquisition, Analytics) to understand their requirements of the platform. The Geography Platform PM must have a detailed understanding of HomeAway’s search and geo technology stack and the underlying algorithms & data structures. Proficiency with SQL is a must to be successful in this role. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop, communicate and execute the vision, strategy and roadmap for the Geography Platform portfolio, in partnership with key stakeholders including Engineering, Traveler UI, and Marketplace teams to drive higher traveler conversion and more bookings for our partners
  • Lead the Geography Platform team during preparation and participation in 120-day planning sessions, monthly product reviews, and deep dive workshops
  • Collaborate daily with the Development and Data Science team to ensure project requirements are clearly defined and properly phased to facilitate timely delivery of functionality 
  • Evangelize and practice the test and learn methodology to quickly and efficiently identify and evaluate opportunities that will inform the roadmap
  • Conduct competitive analysis and industry research to identify gaps and opportunities that will further inform the product roadmap for our search and geography platform..
  • Manage the quality of our geospatial data that powers traveler search results and ensure customer complaints are properly addressed 
  • Collaborate across the product management organization to ensure clarity of roles and responsibilities and maximize synergy for cross-cutting initiatives
  • Define, track and report on key metrics to measure effectiveness and drive improvement e.g. feature usage, conversion rates 
  • Manage resolution of urgent technical issues while communicating changes to business stakeholders 
  • Make recommendations regarding policy changes that will enable and support the product vision and roadmap 

Candidate Profile

Required:

  • 5+ years software product management experience within an agile software development environment
  • Deep familiarity utilizing SQL and Hadoop for data analysis to aid business decisions 
  • Possess analytical reasoning and ability to boil down end user needs into new product/enhancement ideas and a relevant technical framework.
  • Ability to manage large, complex, international projects in an extremely fast-paced environment 
  • Proficient in using the scientific method to identify and evaluate solutions to business problems
  • Ability to prioritize with conviction and communicate decisions effectively
  • High level of initiative and desire to create a world-class user experience for our customers 
  • BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or equivalent technical background
  • Must be willing to travel up to 10% Internationally

Preferred:

  • Hobbyist Programmer
  • Experience working with Data Science and using machine learning to analyze and classify data
  • Experience with leveraging geospatial data and technologies to improve multi-channel customer experiences
  • Experience with online A/B testing to drive improvement in customer experience and business results 
  • Travel industry experience

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
  • Casual dress
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Why work with us
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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