Manager Machine Learning, Ads Relevance and Ranking

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OVERVIEW

We are looking for a machine learning leader to lead the modeling efforts for ad quality. The team works on improving the relevance of ads on Instacart. Ads help customers access relevant promotions/ads and help advertisers achieve their goals of reaching new customers, and retaining loyal customers. Many of these promotions help customers get prices that are lower than in-store prices and are more valuable when well-targeted. Machine Learning (ML) models play a major role in driving the selection and ranking of ads across placements and product lines so that we prioritize the best ad for each customer context.

ABOUT THE JOB

  • You will build and lead a team of machine learning engineers/scientists and set the technical direction for the team
  • You will provide hands-on technical leadership on a portfolio of ML modeling efforts including methodology/system/code review 
  • You will work closely with engineers, product managers, other teams, internal and external stakeholders, owning a large part of the process from problem understanding to shipping the solution.
  • You will develop a team culture of ownership that reinforces the core values of Instacart!

ABOUT YOU

  • 7+ years of industry experience using large scale machine learning to solve real-world ranking/prediction problems
  • 2+ years of experience managing a team of applied scientists/engineers where machine learning is the key impact driver. 
  • Strong programming skills in Python and fluency in data manipulation (SQL, Spark, Pandas) and machine learning (scikit-learn, XGBoost, Keras/Tensorflow) tools
  • Knowledge of machine learning applications in online advertising
  • Extensive experience building scalable machine learning systems and data-driven products working with cross functional teams
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Location

Instacart SF (our HQ) is located in the Embarcadero district—a major transit hub with views of the Ferry Building, Treasure Island, and more.

An Insider's view of Instacart

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Family—its what I think of when someone asks me about the Instacart Finance team. It is ACCR-UAL world out there but all of us have each other’s back!

Sachin

Payroll Manager

What does your typical day look like?

Our team is hyper-focused on delivering value to our enterprise customers. We are shaking up the grocery industry and every day brings a new challenge. There's never a dull moment on the technical delivery team!

Nicola

Technical Project Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Instacart has given me the opportunity to grow my career significantly over the last 5 years. I started as an In-store shopper, became a Shift Lead, was promoted to Site Manager. Eventually, I transitioned into a new role on my current team at HQ and am expanding my coding skills with Carrot University, our internal coding bootcamp.

Annabel

Shopper Community Lead, Field Operations

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

"I love being a part of the Care team because we genuinely care about the customers that use our platform and our employees who work hard to ensure a great experience. I get to play an integral role in helping us turn our Care vision into reality."

Kiha

Human Resources Director, Care

What are some things you learned at the company?

As a large company that is growing quickly, there is still a huge appetite for trying new things; in fact, it's the expectation. There is no 'cookie-cutter' approach.

Tonci

Senior Technical Recruiter

What are Instacart Perks + Benefits

Instacart Benefits Overview

Health & Wellbeing
At Instacart we offer generous employer contributions to healthcare for comprehensive medical, dental, vision and mental health. From flu-shot clinics to “take what you need” time off, we provide a holistic approach to supporting our employees' physical and emotional well being.

Family
We believe in supporting every parent within the Instacart family. Paid parental leave, flexible schedules, a grocery credit, and sweet baby swag are offered to new parents. We aim to support parents returning to work with on-site Mother’s Rooms, our Parents @ ERG, and events like Bring Your Child to Work Day.

Food
We donut take food (or food puns) lightly at here Instacart. From giving all employees a free Instacart Express membership to celebrating milestones and cultural heritage months with food, to hosting a monthly AMA with our CEO called "the Scoop" (featuring scoops of ice cream), food is baked into our daily lives.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Our social impact program, Instacart Serves, aims to nourish our communities by helping to remove barriers to food access and enrich the lives of our communities through an annual volunteer week.
Partners with Nonprofits
Instacart is committed to supporting the communities we serve and we are proud to team up with our giving partner Feeding America to combat food insecurity.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
We require all Instacart employees to complete a mandatory unconscious bias training. Our employee resource groups have also partnered together to launch a diversity and training program.
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
At Instacart, we have five active Employee Resource Groups (ERGs): Nightshades (our Black ERG), Rainbow Carrots (our LGBTQ+ ERG), Saźon (our Latinx ERG), [email protected], and [email protected]
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave for employees who become parents (through birth, adoption, or foster care) to support them and their families as they take on their new role as a parent.
Flexible Work Schedule
As a company, we’ve adopted a set of guidelines for managers to help accommodate caregivers on their teams including offering flexible schedules and extra time blocks throughout the day.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
We provide Family Planning benefits for all types of families, including but not limited to fertility planning, surrogacy support, adoption services, care navigation, and reproductive technology.
Company sponsored family events
We partner with our [email protected] community to host virtual events and programming for families such as cooking classes, arts and craft kits delivered, and magic shows over Zoom.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
We provide a week of service for all employees to take the time to volunteer. Our ERGs also provide volunteer opportunities throughout the year. This year, we also offered “Time for Action” time o
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
We have a $600 stipend for outfitting your home office, as well as monthly phone & internet reimbursement.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer free Udemy subscriptions for every employee to allow them to develop new skills and foster existing ones by enrolling in a wide array of courses. We also have a dedicated L&D Team.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Our programming and benefits are constantly evolving to meet the needs of our growing team. We introduce new benefits each year, and add new programs to celebrate cultural heritage, give back to the community, and celebrate our teams.

Our Instacart Serves social impact program is one of the most active across the company. We aim to nourish our communities by helping to remove barriers to food access and enriching the lives of our communities through an annual volunteer week of service, grocery donations, disaster relief, and giving campaigns.

The Instacart Serves program focuses support across 3 main areas:

- Food Insecurity: The majority of our philanthropic support is dedicated to helping to remove barriers to food access and hunger relief with our primary giving partner, Feeding America. We recognize that food insecurity disproportionately affects diverse communities and we also work to raise awareness for this growing inequity.

- Supporting Traditionally Marginalized Communities: We are committed to standing up for injustice and equity, supporting organizations that challenge economic justice, and uplifting traditionally marginalized communities.

- Disaster Relief: In the event of natural disasters which severely impact the communities we serve, we provide disaster relief through financial or grocery donations to centers and organizations supporting evacuees and first responders.

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