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VP Data Science Product Development

Location: Charlottesville, VA.
Company Description:

Merkle is a leading data-driven, technology-enabled, global performance marketing agency that specializes in the delivery of unique, personalized customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 30 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. The agency's heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for its unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that drive people-based marketing strategies. Its combined strengths in performance media, customer experience, customer relationship management, loyalty, and enterprise marketing technology drive improved marketing results and competitive advantage. With 5,500 employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 24 additional offices in the US and 25 offices in Europe and APAC. In 2016, the agency joined the Dentsu Aegis Network.

Job Description:

We are seeking an experienced, highly motivated, and technically proficient data science leader to develop data science software products used worldwide.  The ideal candidate has experience in Agile software development, large-scale data science (hundreds of millions of obsevations and tens of thoudsands of features), cluster-based cloud computing (this isn’t desktop R) and cross-functional team collaboration.  We’ll expand your current skills through collaboration with some of the smartest and nicest people in the advertising and marketing technolgoy industry, while learning the inner workings of a fast-paced, data-driven digital marketing agency.

Key Responsibilities

·        Lead a team of developers in designing, implementing, testing and maintaining data science software products used by Merkle, and our parent company Dentsu Aegis Network, worldwide.

·        Collaborate with business owners to identify and prioritize data science products that generate big business value.

·        Develop high profile, high performance solutions using cutting edge technologies in the cloud. 

·        Enforce best practices in data engineering, machine learning, modeling methodologies and model quality.

·        Collaborate with software engineering and development operations teams to insure that products are scalable and reliable.

·        Hire and grow world-class talent.


Key Skills and Experience

·        A degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Applied Statistics or an equivalent quantitative field

·        Related graduate degree or 10 years’ experience

·        Deep expertise in SQL and Python or R.  Today we use AWS, R, Python, Hive, Scikit-learn, Spark, SparkML, XGBoost, Lasso, LDA and approximate nearest neighbor.  Tomorrow?  Come help decide.

·        Executive presence and demeanor

·        Comfortable working in an Agile environment

·        Experience scaling projects to hundreds of millions of obsevations and tens of thoudsands of features

·        Superb communications skills – working across functions, companies and in the C-suite

·        End-to-end experience applying machine learning in a production environment including ETL, data quality analysis, model validation and scoring

·        Comfortable working in Unix/Linux environments

Other Desired Skills

·        Active curiosity of new(ish) techniques such as matrix factorization, multi-layer neural nets or t-SNE

·        Degree in Computer Science, Applied Statistics or an equivalent quantitative field

·        Related graduate degree or 10 years’ experience

·        AWS experience

·        Digital advertising experience

·        Cross-discipline team leadership

Additional Information:

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines. At Merkle, we believe that a diverse environment improves us as a community and as a business. We want to foster an environment of growth, where all ideas and contributions are encouraged. We need this culture of courage to continue to thrive in our fast-paced industry. We embrace differences of opinion. We value diversity of experience and thought, which help us to challenge and define industry-leading solutions, and support our goal of being a great place to work.

More Information:

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