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Principal Data Scientist - Match Recommendations

San Francisco, California, US


Software Engineering

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SF Bay Area 223,000 - 324,000 USD per year

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Full Time

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The Match Recommendations team builds machine learning models that recommend best-match jobs to job seekers on Indeed. The team’s mission is to build the world’s best AI matchmaker that can connect all jobseekers with their next job. To achieve this, the team leverages unparalleled rich data and state-of-the-art machine learning systems to deliver the highest quality matches to jobseekers and employers.


As a Principal Data Scientist on the Match Recommendations team, you will:

  • Build highly scalable and performant recommendation systems and technologies that can identify best matches between millions of jobs and millions of job seekers in real-time
  • Experiment with POC ML model improvements, scale them to production, and run iterative AB experiments to improve our matching technology
  • Represent Indeed at major ML conferences like NeurIPS, ICML, and ICLR
  • Mentor and grow other software engineers and data scientists across teams
  • Break down larger ML initiatives into pieces that deliver incremental business value and lead the team to execute on them

Who You Are

You're someone who wants to see the impact of your work making a difference every day. You understand how to use data to make decisions and how to train others to do so. You find passion in the craft and are constantly seeking improvement and better ways to solve tough problems. You produce the highest quality Machine Learning solutions and lead others to do the same. You have high standards and will take pride in Indeed like we do as well as push us to be better. You have delivered challenging technical solutions at scale. You are equally happy talking about deep learning and statistical inference, as you are brainstorming about practical experimental design and technology career development. You love being in the mix technically while providing leadership to your teams.

Required Skills

  • 10+ years of industry experience as a Software Engineer, Data Scientist, or Machine Learning Engineer (or 7+ with a PhD or MS)
  • Prior success deploying (impactful) Machine Learning solutions to large-scale production systems
  • Solid knowledge of data structures and algorithms
  • Strong sense of ownership as a technical and product leader
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal with both technical and business audiences

We get excited about candidates who:

  • Have the desire to solve difficult problems at the intersection of machine learning, data engineering, and software engineering
  • Have extensive experience and knowledge with cloud technologies (AWS preferred)
  • Have search technology experience such as Lucene, Solr and/or Elasticsearch
  • Have prior success deploying Recommender Systems / Search Ranking / etc. to large-scale production systems

Who We Are

We are a Product team driven by data, and focused on building the most popular job site on the planet. With product teams in Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, Tokyo, Hyderabad, Singapore and Vancouver, we are changing the way people get jobs all around the world.

Our Mission

As the world’s number 1 job site*, our mission is to help people get jobs. We strive to cultivate an inclusive and accessible workplace where all people feel comfortable being themselves. We're looking to grow our teams with more people who share our enthusiasm for innovation and creating the best experience for job seekers.

(*comScore Total Visits, March 2021)

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Looking to make your mark in Silicon Valley? We're hiring Software Engineers, Product Managers, Design Technologists and Data Scientists who crave challenges, want to move fast and work with the tools and resources of an established company, while having the impact of a startup environment. Our formula for success: impact > hours. Join an industry leader and bring your energy and expertise to our tech teams in San Francisco.

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