Associate Director, Data Science

  • Apeel Sciences
  • Santa Barbara, California, United States
  • Oct 10, 2020

Job Description

About This Role

When we buy a piece of fruit at the grocery store today, we know very little about it. When will it be at peak ripeness? How long will it take to spoil? Can I expect it to be tasty, nutritious, fresh? Was the fruit treated with optimal care and with the lowest environmental impact? With Data Science and Apeel’s unique position in the global fresh produce supply chain, the answers to these questions are within reach. We are positioned better now than ever before to have enough traceability to make smart decisions, which can lead to sustainable outcomes that also make good business sense.

As an Apeel Data Scientist, you’ll have the unique opportunity to help improve the produce supply chain. Our team is tasked with cleaning, organizing, and analyzing supply chain data to glean meaningful insights and opportunities, as well as building predictive models to automate and streamline business decision-making. Our Data Scientists routinely work cross-functionally with Biological Sciences, Formulation Sciences, Strategy, Sales, Marketing, Finance, and Software Engineering teams to define and execute projects.

As Associate Director, you will balance technical, managerial, and strategic acumen while leading the team in implementing best practices in data governance, model lifecycle management, and a high-impact product roadmap.

What You’ll Do

  • Represent the Data Science team throughout the organization and own/manage Data Science deliverables
  • Build a Data Science roadmap with the team and execute the vision behind it
  • Initiate, manage, and execute Data Science project initiatives
  • Architect, design and work with team to implement state-of-the-art Data Science and machine learning infrastructure
  • Develop deep partnerships and collaborate with department heads on cross-functional projects and own/manage Data Science deliverables
  • Collaborate with and influence leadership so that your team’s work directly impacts company strategy
  • Manage, develop, and grow a world-class team of Data Scientists (hiring, mentoring, project planning, sprint planning)

What You Bring

  • MS required, PhD preferred in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or other scientific discipline or equivalent industry experience
  • 2+ years of experience managing teams of 4 people or more is required
  • 7+ years of industry experience as a Data Scientist, Machine Learning Engineer or Deep Learning Engineer
  • Experience in Deep Learning and Machine Learning with Python is required
  • Empathy to lead, develop, and grow our Data Science Team, and inspire everyone they interact with
  • A strong domain know-how, and a track record of architecting, designing, and implementing Data Science and machine learning best practices
  • Track record of delivering data-driven products and insights, and influencing product and engineering decisions

Apeel believes that the scale of our impact is determined by the teams that work with us. As such, we seek to build high-performing teams of people from various experiences and backgrounds who can collectively push our company into new realms. We seek a diverse pool of applicants and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, Veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status. If you have a special need or disability that requires accommodation, please let us know.

Please note that Apeel Sciences does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the event of a recruiter or agency submitting a resume or candidate without a signed agreement being in place, we explicitly reserve the right to pursue and hire such candidates without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted directly to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of Apeel Sciences.


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