Senior Product Manager, Traveler Search & Discovery Platform Team

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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? 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 the next standout product manager to join HomeAway’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.

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
 

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.

 
Responsibilities:

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.
 

To apply for this job please visit www.homeaway.com.