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The Director of Taxonomy is responsible for driving the strategy and construction of a common hierarchy and metadata that enables matching employers and jobseekers worldwide. To achieve this, the director will oversee a team of 50+ taxonomists who develop controlled vocabularies and apply metadata in order to significantly improve the job search experience for millions of Indeed users.
As an ideal candidate, you’ve been described as dynamic, creative, forward-thinking, and organized. You have a detailed understanding of taxonomy design best practices and experience implementing large-scale taxonomy and/or ontology projects with a user-centered focus. You are comfortable working in a fast paced environment where you will partner closely with data scientists, product managers, and engineers to solve common problems. You’re an excellent communicator equally comfortable developing and supporting your direct reports. You’re comfortable giving and receiving feedback, don’t shy away from tough conversations when the need arises, and revel in celebrating team and individual successes. You can explain complicated concepts in a straightforward, easy to understand manner and enjoy working closely with cross-functional colleagues and stakeholders.
At Indeed, you will play a direct role in shaping the job search experience and in helping to define the long-term strategy for a rapidly developing, international team.
Drive adoption of taxonomy and information architecture standards across Indeed’s jobseeker and employer experiences
Lead a world class team of taxonomist: hire the best talent, standardize onboarding, refine training and craft a path for professional development
Collaborate with the jobseeker leadership team to develop an approach that includes immediate, easy-win improvements but also leads to a transformative change in how we categorize, serve and deliver experiences to our users
Manage the execution of taxonomy- and ontology-focused projects, collaborating closely with data scientists, developers, and product managers
Establish standards, enforce quality and evangelize the value of taxonomy and its potential to unify and scale the experience across our products.
Identify and integrate best practices in working with human labelers and machine learning to continually improve our product experiences.
Research and incorporate industry best practices into Indeed’s approach to information architecture (IA) and taxonomy
Scope the business requirements to select or build highly usable, software-based internal tools that meet the taxonomy team’s needs
7+ years of experience in a taxonomy-, ontology-, or metadata-focused role, preferably leading large-scale projects
Experience managing and growing a large team of taxonomists
Project management experience, preferably in an agile environment
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
Passion for supporting and helping team members to grow in their roles
Strong problem solving and conceptual thinking abilities
Desire to work in a collaborative, fast-paced environment
Comfort with emerging technology and the ability to learn new systems as needed
Ability to context switch between systems-level thinking and attention to minute details
Ability to balance quick decision-making with attention to quality and accuracy
Desire to stay up-to-date on taxonomy and user experience best practices and trends
Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent work experience
Experience interviewing and hiring candidates
Knowledge of SQL or SPARQL
Able to read and write in a language other than English
Experience working closely with data scientists on cross-functional projects
Extensive experience recruiting, screening, interviewing and onboarding new team members candidates
Indeed is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create a welcoming and diverse environment.
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.