Director of User Research

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Expedia

Do you believe that the best products are built by teams who focus on understanding user behavior?

Do you dream of working in a dynamic, iterative environment where research insights can have an immediate impact on a product’s user experience?

If so, then consider Expedia Group!

EG is a diverse and inclusive organization. As a team, we focus on a drive for results. We are looking for experienced and thoughtful user research leaders with proven skills and the desire to lead hardworking researchers and to impact decisions in a powerful, agile environment.

We believe that observations are key, that understanding the “why” is critical.

We're looking for a Director of User Research leader who can embrace our research philosophy and excel at delivering research insights.

What you will do

  • Define a vision for the work that your team will perform.
  • Guide your team as they work independently to accomplish research using a variety of methods including field studies, lab testing, remote testing, and more.
  • Collaborate with executives, product and UX teams to understand business objectives and priorities and to ensure research efforts result in substantial improvements to benefit users.
  • Plan, design, and lead research strategy that enlightens business, marketing, product and design decisions for a core division of Expedia Group.
  • Work closely with multi-discipline partners across multiple teams to clearly define and prioritize user research needs and guide efforts to execute on vital research.
  • Provide support and mentorship to a hardworking team of user researchers.
  • Actively find opportunities to improve the user experience across several product areas
  • Be accountable for ensuring quality of the user research space across Expedia Group

Who you are

  • A doer and an influencer with an ability to lead and clarify lateral thinking across multi-discipline teams
  • Experienced and impassioned while leading highly productive individuals
  • Proven project management capability and capacity to strike a balance between short term, tactical efforts and long term, strategic efforts
  • A natural curiosity that leads you to always wonder how and why people use our products the way they do
  • Practical experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods and the ability to articulate and visualize the results
  • Self-aware and seeking to be your best self while finding common ground and building rapport with your peers
  • More than 10 years professional experience, with at least 7 years’ experience working with product teams and UX designers on software interfaces
  • At least 3 years of people management experience
  • BS degree in Social Sciences, HCI, Cognitive Psychology or similar areas (Master’s degree a plus)
  • Advanced degree (MS or Ph.D.) in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Human Factors or Ergonomics, Cognitive/Experimental/Behavioral Psychology, or other related field preferred

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 to 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®.

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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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Technology we use

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Location

Our new Seattle campus in Interbay is on the beach with sweeping views of the Puget Sound and Cascades.

An Insider's view of Expedia Group

What's something quirky about your company?

Everyone is obsessed with travel…Really! No matter who you are working with or run into in the halls you somehow always land on travel, where you have been, where you want to go or what is the next trip you are planning. Talk about a company with passion!

Laura

Recruiter

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

In today's world, when you travel, you need things at your fingertips! Imagine you pull up your phone, click a few buttons, type some messages and get the answers to your travel needs quickly. That's what my team and I do - we give customers a rich experience to chat with a virtual assistant on any device and solve their travel problems right away!

Urja

Sr Technology Lead

What makes someone successful on your team?

Accept whatever starting point you have and creatively work with it to organically take a feature area, the team’s culture, and cross-org relationships to the next level. Don’t just take at face value your instructions, but turn every stone to solve user problems with joy and passion. The resulting impact is a sure sign of success.

Lawrence

Senior Technical Program Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

What got you here today, will not get you there tomorrow. I believe this applies both organizationally and professionally; in order to maintain success, you must continuously evolve, challenge yourself, and take learnings from your mistakes.

Nicholas

Sr. Director, Finance

What are Expedia Group Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Day of Caring Volunteer Hours match
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
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
We act with humility and optimism, respecting ideas big and small. We value diversity and voices of all volumes.
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
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
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Stocked Kitchen
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
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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