Hotel Engine
Hotel Engine arms our customers with a powerful hotel booking platform that is simple to use and seamless to integrate.
Denver, CO

Director, Data Science & Analytics at Hotel Engine (Greater Denver Area, CO or Remote)

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Hotel Engine is the world’s largest Lodging Performance Network, established to create a richer, more rewarding business travel experience by connecting a global network of businesses and lodging partners. Our innovative travel-tech company is on an incredible growth trajectory and will continue to build on our strong foundations by bringing our customer obsession, data-driven problem-solving, and bias for action into every decision we make.   

In December of 2021, we closed our series B funding round with a $1.3 billion valuation, and that’s just the beginning. We expect 2022 to be our best year yet. 

Working hard behind the scenes building and supporting our platform are exceptional people–from our large engineering and product teams to our fast-growing sales, supplier, and member support orgs, to our data, marketing, and operations teams.   

We value our individuality, and we also understand that together, we thrive. Most importantly, we know we’re not for everyone! We’re focused on finding the right people who are energized by our culture, with diverse experiences and backgrounds that will help us unlock our full potential. Complacency doesn’t live here. We’ve built a team of world-class people who really want to work with other world-class people. Click here to view our DNA, and if you like what you see, please, read on! 

Data is a core competency of Hotel Engine, and the team has for mission to ensure we leverage our data assets as well as advanced analytics and machine learning to deliver product and business value across the organization and achieve our overarching company goals, be they revenue, member experience or scalability goals. The team’s core pillars include building and maintaining our data infrastructure, working with cross-functional stakeholders to deliver high-value business intelligence and analytics, and building data science & ML-driven models and services to power and improve our product, increase customer engagement and satisfaction, and deliver efficiency gains throughout the organization.

We are looking for a Director to take a leadership role on our Data Engineering and Data Science team and support our fast growth. This is a key technical leadership role with executive-level visibility, a finger on the pulse of the overall business, and broad impact for someone who exhibits intellectual curiosity and rigor, and a capacity of execution to tackle some of the most critical technical challenges that span the breadth of our business.

Reporting to our VP of Data Engineering and Data Science, you will grow and lead a team of data scientists, data engineers and data analysts, and will act as both a people and technical thought leader. If you are passionate about travel, about working on both strategic projects and hands-on implementation, and relate to our vision and DNA, please apply. 

Although most of the team is based in Denver, the role can be remote for the right candidate. 

Here's what you'll do:

  • Develop and lead a data team strongly integrated with product and engineering and with company-wide stakeholders including sales, marketing, supplier relations, traveler experience, and finance
  • Partner with cross-functional leaders to drive analytics and insights-driven decision making throughout the business
  • Work with the VP of Data to develop, obtain support and execute on a short, medium, and long-term data roadmap and strategy. Lead quarterly and monthly planning process, as well as weekly sprints
  • Recruit great data scientists, data engineers and data analysts, in collaboration with Hotel Engine’s recruiting team. Mentor the professional development of direct reports, managers, and individual contributors, through coaching and performance management. Build diverse and distributed teams and collaborative environments
  • Establish rules of engagement and processes to manage data and analytics requests, prioritize them effectively, and deliver within committed timeframes while at the same time not losing track of the data team’s core monthly and quarterly goals
  • Ensure that the team builds and maintains world-class data pipelines, data warehouse, and business intelligence and analytics solutions
  • Design, built, synthesize and present robust analyses aimed at driving the strategic direction of Hotel Engine
  • Lead the development of predictive algorithms based on principles from statistics, machine learning and operations research to power and improve product features, increase customer engagement and satisfaction, deliver efficiency gains throughout the business, and support better decision making
  • Work with product and engineering to deploy ML-based solutions into production
  • Work closely with cross-functional stakeholders to define, track and report core business and product metrics and KPIs to inform both strategic decisions and day-to-day business operations
  • Identify new opportunities to leverage data to improve HE’s products and processes
  • Work with product and engineering to define and capture key metrics for our new products and identify causal impact through experimentation and causal inference methods

Here's what we're looking for:

  • 8+ years of relevant experience in data analytics, data science and/or machine learning. At least 5 years as an individual contributor and at least 3 years leading a data team
  • A PhD or MS in a quantitative field (e.g., Statistics, Economics, Mathematics, Sciences or Engineering)
  • Expert knowledge of a scientific computing language (such as Python or R) and SQL
  • Expertise in statistics and machine learning, and a history of empowering whole organizations to use data by making data robust, well-structured, and as self-serve as possible
  • Leadership experience in an analytical role at a growth-stage company
  • Strong track record of recruiting and leading high-performing data teams
  • Excellent communication skills both in written (memos, emails, decks) and verbal form
  • Proven ability to lead projects to completion and collaborate seamlessly with others
  • You are a self-starter, able to operate effectively and with autonomy in a fast-paced environment with a high level of ambiguity, and you have experience building productive and positive relationships across an organization at all levels (entry level to senior executives) 
  • Track record of rigorous execution and high impact
  • Highly detailed-oriented and exceptional organizational and follow-through skills is a must

Cash compensation:

  • The total cash compensation for this role is $160,000-$200,0000/year with an annual bonus target of up to 15%. Overall Total Earning potential including the bonus is $184,000-$230,000 plus stock options. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors, including prior experience, expertise & may vary from the amount above.

Remote Opportunities:

  • This role is eligible for remote work. Hotel Engine is authorized to do business in AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT & WA. If you are not located in or able to work from a state where Hotel Engine is registered, you will not be eligible for employment. Please speak with your recruiter to learn more.

Hotel Engine Total Rewards Philosophy | We recognize that there is more to work than day-to-day responsibilities. Hotel Engine has been recognized on Built-in Colorado’s Best Places to Work list 3 years in a row (2020-2022) for our positive culture and robust growth opportunities.  

As a company, we’re also dedicated to giving back to our greater community, and have comprehensive corporate social responsibility programs supporting community, social justice and environmental causes. In addition to a collaborative, high-performing team environment, we’re pleased to offer benefits including:   

  • Competitive base salaries  
  • Annual performance bonuses 
  • Stock options for all associates + performance-based stock options  
  • Insurance benefits including medical coverage (with a plan available at no cost to employees) + 100% paid dental and vision insurance  
  • 401(k) plan with a match program
  • Unlimited PTO + 2 paid days each year to volunteer with your favorite non-profit 
  • Paid parental leave and family medical leave 
  • Hotel discounts through our exclusive platform 
  • The ability to make a real impact in an incredibly fast-growing organization; you’ll never be just another cog in the wheel. 
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What are Hotel Engine Perks + Benefits

Hotel Engine Benefits Overview

Hotel Engine is strongly committed to both its employees and its customers. Our company’s benefits and perks are designed to create an inclusive environment where team members can deliver great work consistently, celebrate diversity, collaborate with colleagues – and have fun at the same time.

Volunteer in local community
Employees receive two paid volunteer days per year, in addition to existing PTO and sick time.
Partners with nonprofits
Through our employee resource group, Engine4Everyone, we are looking to invest in organizations that focus on education and advisory services to women and/or minorities.
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Remote work program
Highly diverse management team
Hotel Engine has a diverse management team and supports an inclusive workforce. Our ERG Engine4Everyone plans to incorporate unconscious bias training into hiring practices and team development.
Mandated unconscious bias training
Engine4Everyone will incorporate unconscious bias training. Additionally, team development trainings broaden cultural awareness and include sessions focused on the diversity of individual experiences
Diversity employee resource groups
Engine4Everyone creates an inclusive environment where team members work together to develop policies and training, and identify workplace initiatives and community involvement opportunities.
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Hotel Engine offers team members a Health Savings Account (HSA). Individuals can contribute up to $3,500 and families up to $7,500 per year.
Disability insurance
We offer short-term disability insurance, which covers up to 60% of pre-tax weekly earnings. The maximum weekly benefit is $2,000. There is optional voluntary Accident and Critical Illness coverage.
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
We offer multiple health insurance plans, including an option that covers 100% of an individual’s premium.
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Team members are eligible to enroll in voluntary pet insurance benefits.
Wellness programs
Go365 is an employee wellness program that incentivizes employees to make healthier choices and rewards them for taking steps to better health.
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
All employees (and their dependents) – whether enrolled in our health coverage or not – have access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which includes mental health services.
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Hotel Engine's 401(K) matching launches in the first quarter of 2021.
Company equity
Employee stock purchase plan
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
We provide up to 9 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker and 2 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Family medical leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Adoption Assistance
Our parental leave programs apply to team members who have adopted children.
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited vacation policy
Generous PTO
Hotel Engine offers unlimited PTO to our associates, and encourage them to take time off to recharge.
Paid volunteer time
Our employees receive two paid volunteer days per year.
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Team members receive 40 hours per year of paid sick leave.
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored happy hours
Onsite office parking
Fitness stipend
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Hotel Engine offers team members the ability to attend job-related conferences and seminars.
Lunch and learns
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

As an additional perk, team members can take advantage of hotel rate discounts on the Hotel Engine platform.

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