Marketing Director

Formal Role description:Marketing Director - ANZGlobal Online Travel leader Location:Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
About HomeAway and Stayz:HomeAway is an exciting international company that is transforming travel as the world's leading holiday rental online marketplace.  A business division of global online travel leader Expedia, HomeAway operates sites representing over 1.2 million holiday rental homes in 190 countries. The HomeAway portfolio includes the leading holiday rental websites around the world, such as Stayz, Bookabach and HomeAway local brands in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Through these brands, owners and property managers offer an extensive selection of holiday 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 holiday rental owners and property managers to achieve financial success, by providing all the online tools they need to manage their property’s entire advertising and booking process.
The Opportunity:HomeAway and Stayz are seeking an amazing Marketing Director for the Australian and NZ region, with the experience and vision to lead a small team of passionate marketers to deliver record numbers of holiday house bookings and traveller memories. You will also deliver increasing financial returns for holiday house owners and managers across the region. HomeAway’s main regional office is located in Sydney, but our team also operates out of Auckland and Newcastle, and you will also travel occasionally to HQ at Austin, Texas.  You will be an influential member of the regional management team, reporting to the Regional Director.
Your key responsibilities:    •    Develop and execute brand strategies and insights to communicate a compelling value proposition for current and prospective customers, which in turn delivers desired business growth outcomes. 

    •    Develop insightful consumer, trade and competitor research.  Distill key insights and learning, then execute on resulting initiatives.  Ensure all customer touchpoints and interactions have a customer focus at their core.
    •    Outperform in the delivery of 
    ◦    highly engaged traveller site visits across all platforms and channels
    ◦    listings growth (in both volume and quality) by both holiday house owners and property managers.
    •    Lead the development of the Marketing team for the HomeAway group of brands in Australia and NZ, identifying optimal structure, talent and processes.  
    •    Develop and grow the marketing team’s capabilities and contribution to the wider organisation. 

    •    Lead the management of creative and media agency partners to ensure we scale marketing capabilities in line with growth plans, and maintain our market leadership position.
    •    Develop and execute a highly effective PR strategy in consumer media, and support our PR strategy in the Government regulatory sphere.
    •    Assist in the management of performance marketing budgets and strategies for the region – identifying key local campaigns, requirements and opportunities. 

    •    Collaborate with sales, product development, customer experience, finance and operations functions to develop integrated and highly effective marketing programs. 

    •    Enable and support localisation of the global brands, ensuring all marketing activities feel local and personal; articulate market nuances for teams who aren’t familiar with the market. 

    •    Support the organisation of event-based Marketing programs throughout the year, including owner and property manager trade events, breakfast seminars, webinars.

    •    Ensure timely and appropriate communications and enablement on marketing programs, campaigns and resources to internal teams and key stakeholders. 

    •    Manage analytics and reporting for the region’s marketing activities, working closely with the Strategy and Business Intelligence team.
    •    Serve as an influential thought leader within the organization, among customers, corporate partners, and in the industry as a whole.  
    •    Contribute strongly to the regional management team, as well as the global marketing organization, enhancing both the internal culture of the region, and also increasing the external regard in which the business is held.
    •    Nurture your team, and love your job! 

Candidates must demonstrate the following experience and competencies:Experience    •    8-10+ years of relevant consumer marketing experience on the client side and/or within interactive, advertising or marketing agencies in the e-Commerce space, preferably for travel, sharing economy, service or lifestyle brands

    •    Experience in B2B marketing to build a highly engaged supplier marketplace, ideally in e-commerce space within travel, tourism or sharing economy markets 
    •    3-5+ years experience managing a diverse marketing team of at least 4 people, preferably within a matrixed organization, where you have grown comfortable influencing across lines of responsibility.  Proven results developing and growing your team members.
    •    Bachelor or Master’s degree, ideally in Business or Marketing
Competencies    •    Establishing Strategic Direction
    ◦    Based on customer research and data analysis, developing and nurturing a winning strategy.  
    ◦    Aligning with other functional teams to meet long term strategic business goals.
    •    Passion for Results
    ◦    Driving high standards for individual, team, and organizational accomplishments; tenaciously working to meet or exceed goals.
    ◦    Deriving satisfaction from goal achievement and continuous improvement.

    •    Driving Execution
    ◦    Translating strategic priorities into operational reality; aligning marketing communication, financial resources, internal processes, and ongoing measurement systems to ensure meeting the company’s goals.
    ◦    An integrated marketing mindset and excellent understanding of the interplay between offline and online, and between paid, earned and owned channels.
    ◦    Strong agency management expertise – creative, media and PR agencies.
    ◦    A strong SEO and SEM knowledge and hands-on background across multiple platforms for both desktop and mobile experiences. 

    ◦    A passion for storytelling through multiple media types, both visual and written. 

    ◦    Excellent copywriting skills and a keen visual sense. 

    ◦    An ability to flex between applying an eye for detail and understanding holistic impacts 

    ◦    Ability to work within tight deadlines, adjust to changes in priorities, and balance short term needs with long term strategic initiatives. 

    ◦    Strong budget and project management skills, strong numerical aptitude and attention to detail. 

    ◦    Deep knowledge of analytics, web technologies, digital campaigns and strong creative and brand strategy skills. 

    •    Building Organizational Talent
    ◦    Developing a strong team, encouraging continuous improvement in people, processes and deliverables, establishing strong relationships across functions, providing opportunities for professional growth, and striving to exceed expectations.
    •    Communicating globally
    ◦    Vividly communicating to internal and external audiences a compelling story about your brands.
    ◦    Experience working in fast paced global teams and communicating across international boundaries. 

    ◦    Natural communicator, collaboration and bridge-building skills. 

    •    Overall
    ◦    The ability to work at both strategic and tactical levels
    ◦    A hands-on team player, with an overriding sense of fun, and a love of travel. 

What you'll like about usYou'll lead a first-class Marketing team in one of the most successful online companies in Australia.  We have a fun, friendly and cooperative culture in modern offices in Woolloomooloo overlooking Sydney harbour. Like any serious internet business, we have the requisite well-stocked kitchen and bar, ping pong table, break out areas, and an ergonomic office layout.  Our team are experienced, dedicated and value the innovation we all bring to the company.

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