KAYAK is currently seeking a Country Manager who will help lead and promote our commercial activities in France by building and maintaining business relationships with travel partners. 

The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of consumer behaviour, superior analytical skills and the ability to work closely with KAYAK’s global marketing, product, engineering and business teams. We are looking for an ambitious self-starter and who will thrive in a fast-paced and data-driven environment.

This position can be based in London or Zurich. 

Please submit all applications in English.

Responsibilities

  • P&L responsibility for KAYAK’s brands in France 

  • Formulate and execute business strategies for the region, looking holistically across commercial, marketing and technology.

  • Promote KAYAK with new and existing partners in flight, hotels, packages, car rentals.

  • Have a passion for user-centric digital products, monitor the competitive landscape of travel search sites, identify KAYAK weaknesses, formulate/execute a plan to close the gap.

  • Maximize existing relationships in terms of revenue generation and form new partnerships to benefit KAYAK’s product and users.

  • Source and execute strategic partnerships to drive traffic, including affiliate opportunities.

  • Prospect KAYAK’s sale of advertising placements to new and existing partners.

  • Develop strong relationships and work closely with a cross-functional team, including marketing, finance, engineering and product teams, to identify, escalate, and resolve issues.

  • Measure and analyse business, partnership and product performance quantitatively, providing thought leadership on appropriate metrics and product tests.

  • Help coordinating localization efforts and optimization of the local KAYAK site, with our central tech, quality management and marketing departments, to provide the best user experience possible.

  • Be a real team player and work closely with other Country Managers in the region to identify and enhance synergies between markets.

Key Requirements/Qualifications

  • Embody the KAYAK ethos - Be Bold, Love Numbers, Win As One. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills is a must.

  • 3-6 years of relevant experience (travel industry or management consulting or investment banking or digital marketing experience is a plus).

  • Undergraduate degree from a leading university required; advanced degrees preferred.

  • A self-starter who is able to work independently and navigate across a global organisation.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex, multi-faceted relationships, with both internal and external stakeholders.

  • Good business nous - understand what is going on in the competitive landscape and how that applies to our business.

  • Proven track record of exceeding expectations as a project manager and team leader.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are a must (advanced excel and powerpoint is a plus).

  • Good financial literacy and familiarity with budgeting processes.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills combined with strong attention to detail.

  • Native French speaker & excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Be ready to represent KAYAK in conferences and press events.

  • Experience in global stakeholder management - ability to effectively liaise with a cross-functional team of technical experts, marketers, and senior KAYAK teammates across multiple locations.

  • Good sense of humor and likes working in an unstructured, fast-paced environment.

About KAYAK

At KAYAK we help millions of travelers around the globe make confident travel decisions. KAYAK searches other sites to show travelers the information they need to find the right flights, hotels, rental cars and vacation packages and is the world's leading travel search engine.

As an employee of KAYAK, you will be part of a global network that includes OpenTable and KAYAK's portfolio of metasearch brands including Swoodoo, checkfelix, momondo, Cheapflights, Mundi and HotelsCombined. Many employees are dedicated to one brand, but we all have the benefit of using each others strengths and insights. Together, we’re able to help people experience the world through dining and travel.

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