Posted 23 days ago by

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Austin, TX, United States
Employment: Full Time Experience: Senior
About Us:
HomeAway, based in Austin, Texas, is the world leader in vacation rentals with more than 2 million unique places to stay in 190 countries, and is a part of the Expedia, Inc. family of brands. HomeAway offers an extensive selection of vacation rental homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, especially more room to relax, 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.


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
  • Refactoring experimental code for production-quality deployment and execution
  • 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
  • Oversee implementation of Agile processes within the Data Science team
  • 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 process
  • 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
  • Optional: Masters or Ph.D. in Statistics, Math, Computer Science or other quantitative field
Benefits& Perks:
  • 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
  • Electronic, adjustable stand-up desk
  • Discounted Metro & Rail pass
  • Casual dress

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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