Lead Data Scientist at Turo
San Francisco, CA, US

Data is ever-more abundant and valuable, but it’s a raw material. Harnessed by data scientists and machine learning engineers, it propels Turo on its mission to put the world’s 1+ billion cars to better use, delighting our customers with matching the right car for their next adventure from an exceptionally diverse selection, and at the same time helping our marketplace remain safe.

We are looking for amazing machine learning and data science leads who have a passion for consumer products and want to join an exceptional team. We ship code daily, A/B test extensively, and our technical teams play a key role in creating the product from inception to implementation. There’s much to do, and the models your team develops will have an enormous impact on our next chapter.

What you'll do
  • Coach and mentor our tight-knit team of data scientists
  • Lead development efforts of data features that drive our business: risk prediction, search rank, dynamic pricing, recommendation engines
  • Work closely with data scientists, engineers, and product managers to develop algorithms and drive key product or modeling decisions
  • Research the best metrics and experiment design to measure models performance
  • Present your research and insights to all levels of the company, clearly and concisely
Your profile
  • Expert programming experience with a scripting language such as Python (preferred)
  • Deep understanding of modern machine learning techniques and their mathematical underpinning, such as classification, recommendation systems and natural language processing
  • Experience in deploying and scaling machine learning algorithms into production environments
  • Experience inspiring, managing, hiring data scientists
  • Strong SQL skills
  • Proficiency with a statistical analysis tool such as R or Python
  • Experience visualizing data and reporting
  • Experience with ETL (Extract-Transform-Load) systems is a plus
  • Deep product sense & self-starter
  • Proficiency at translating unstructured business problems into an abstract mathematical framework. You are able to make intelligent approximations of mathematical models in order to make them practical and scalable
  • Ability to articulate and execute on your practical vision; you are an effective partner who listens well and incorporates others' feedback and ideas
  • Degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Math, Engineering, or related disciplines
  • 3+ years of professional experience in engineering, data science, or related
  • 1+ years experience as a lead
  • Professional work ethic coupled with sound judgment
  • Experience working in rapid growth environment that requires flexibility and continuous innovation
  • Able to roll up your sleeves to do what is needed in urgent situations while maintaining a big-picture view. You are excited about the idea of working with a small team to get the job done, even if you sometimes need to do things that are outside of your direct job description
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects with tight deadlines