Wiser: Director of Data Science

Our goal is to solve a messy problem elegantly and cost effectively.  Our job is to collect, categorize, and analyze lots of semi-structured data from lots of different places (20 million+ products from 500+ websites and 100,000+ retail stores across the US and Canada).  We help our customers be more competitive and make more money by discovering interesting patterns in this data they can use to their advantage.

We are looking for a hands-on Director of Data Science to lead our data science strategy and drive its execution.  If you love solving big business problems, moving fast and thinking big, you will love this role.  The right leader will not only be a strategic thinker and a strong collaborator but also a great coder and mathematician.  Our data is our greatest strength, come help us unlock the value within it and truly turn it into the “Better Decisions” for our customers.

What You Will Do

  • Think big – scaling will be one of our largest challenges over the next few years, you will help us not only scale effectively, but meaningfully change the economics of our business
  • Improve our data quality and time to value – you will help us be head and shoulders above our competitors in these two areas our customers care deeply about
  • Tell stories – you will be able to distill complex mathematical models and results into compelling insights and recommendations for our executives, customers and other stakeholders
  • Mentor and lead – you will lead a great team, continually stretching them to higher levels of excellence
  • Write code – we are still small; you will be a hands-on leader delivering solutions
  • Bring new ideas to the table – we see our data science team as a key driver of innovation

Technologies We Use

  • Data Science: Python, R; App Stack: Node.js, Java, React, Redux
  • AWS, Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform
  • PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, Elasticsearch, Snowflake

Must-Haves

  • 10+ years of related professional experience, with at least 2 years managing one or more software/data science teams
  • Masters or PhD in Computer Science, Statistics, or Mathematics
  • Deep knowledge of statistical and data mining techniques
  • Significant experience using statistical programming languages (R, python etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of machine learning algorithms and approaches
  • Deep SQL and RDBMS programming experience
  • Strong understanding of data warehousing and business intelligence systems
  • Strong ability to build sophisticated visualizations and present findings to stakeholders
  • Prior success defining and delivering on a data science strategy for an organization
  • Solid understanding of AWS, Linux and infrastructure concepts
  • Proven ability to learn quickly, make pragmatic decisions, and adapt to changing business needs
  • Track record of lifting and challenging teammates to higher levels of achievement
  • Focus on results: shipping software that matters to the company and the customer
  • Prior experience hiring and recruiting high quality engineers
  • Experience measuring, driving and improving the software engineering process

Bonus Points

  • Experience with non-relational data stores (document, graph, and/or time series databases)
  • Coding knowledge in additional languages such as JavaScript and Java
  • Retail/ecommerce domain knowledge

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Directly managing 1+ individual contributors
  • Hiring top-quality data scientists/machine learning engineers onto the team as-needed
  • Mentoring and growing team members into more senior roles
  • Setting goals, gathering feedback, and delivering performance reviews as part of Wiser’s career management process

This role can be based out of our Boston office or remote (as long as you don't mind some travel to our Boston and San Mateo offices).  Drop us an email at careers@wiser.com if you're interested.

Full-time