Lead AI Engineer

United States

Ford Motor Company

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Ford Pro is a new global business within Ford committed to commercial customer productivity. Ford Pro delivers a work-ready suite of vehicles, accessories, and services for virtually every vocation, backed by technology and engineered for uptime. A true one-stop shop, offering a full portfolio of electrified and internal combustion vehicles designed to integrate seamlessly with the Ford Pro ecosystem, helping customers' businesses thrive today and into the new era of electrification.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that will be instrumental in crafting the future of how we do business, with the commercial customer at the center of everything we do.

The Senior AI Engineer will have a strong technical background and demonstrated experiences in Gen AI, Data Science and AI/ML. The ideal candidate will be responsible for delivery of analytical models and AI solutions. You will use your business acumen, knowledge of data and AI to support key products within Pro Tech that focus on improving customer experience, increasing revenue, and improving efficiency across the business. This role will be responsible for coaching and providing growth opportunities to other junior engineers. The position  will be able to develop healthy relationships and trust with business stakeholders and peers across Ford Pro Tech, FCSD Tech and Ford.

Strategic Thinking & Leadership

  • Collaborate with business customers to understand business challenges and develop strategies for solving them using AI/ML and advanced analytics. 
  • Help define and communicate product vision and delivery with key stakeholders.
  • Identify and measure success of product efforts through goal setting, forecasting, and monitoring of key product metrics to understand trends.

Technical Leadership

  • Support technical reviews of analytical methods & AI solutions.
  • Support the prioritization of advanced analytic research needed to advance the product’s capabilities.
  • Hands on leadership of developing analytical solutions.

Delivery Focus

  • Drive AI products and services end-to-end in partnership with Product, Engineering, and cross-functional teams to inform, influence, support, and execute product strategy and investment decisions.
  • Influence product direction through clear and compelling presentations to leadership.

Team Development

  • Contribute towards advancing the AI Engineering and Data Science discipline in Ford Pro through the Community of Practice, including but not limited to driving data best practices, improving analytical processes, scaling knowledge and tools, and mentoring other data scientists.
  • Promote and facilitate learning and development needs of team.
  • Support team members as part of product delivery model.


Anchor Role

  • Proficiency in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services relevant to machine learning and AI, such as AI Platform, BigQuery, Dataflow, and Tensorflow.
  • Strong understanding of machine learning algorithms, techniques, and frameworks, including deep learning, neural networks, and ensemble methods.
  • Experience with building and training machine learning models using tools like TensorFlow, Keras, or PyTorch.
  • Knowledge of data preprocessing, feature engineering, and model evaluation techniques in machine learning projects.
  • Familiarity with cloud-based data storage and processing technologies for handling large datasets efficiently.
  • Ability to design and implement end-to-end machine learning pipelines for data ingestion, processing, modeling, and deployment.
  • Proficiency in programming languages such as Python for data manipulation, analysis, and model development.
  • Experience with version control systems like Git for managing code repositories and collaboration.
  • Understanding of containerization technologies like Docker for packaging machine learning models and deploying them in production.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, analytical thinking, and the ability to communicate complex technical concepts effectively.
  • Experience with Gen AI, 

The minimum requirements we seek:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field (e.g. Data Science, Predictive Analytics, Statistics, Marketing Analytics, Applied Mathematics, IT)
  • 5+ years of experience of analytical methods and their proper application 
  • 5+ years of experience using AI/ML , data science software (e.g., Python-based tools) 
  • Experience working in a cross-functional, agile product team environment/analytic delivery team.
  • 2+ years of experience in Automotive, Transportation, Digital Business, or Analytics Consulting
  • 2+ years of experience acting as the senior technical lead helping facilitate analytical/technical discussions on solution tradeoffs for new feature implementations. 
  • 2+ years leading and managing direct reports.
  • Experience using Cloud Platforms and AI Platforms. 
  • Experience using Gen AI technologies.

Our preferred requirements: 

  • 2+ years leading and managing direct reports.
  • Master’s Degree in related field (e.g., Data Science, Predictive Analytics, Machine Learning, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science) 
  • Expert level of Advanced and Predictive Analytical Methods e.g., Simulation, Design of Experiments, Genetic Algorithms, Ensemble Methods, Naïve Bayes, Neural Networks, regression, image processing, natural language processing, 
  • Working knowledge of GCP.
  • Expertise in open source data science technologies such as Python, R, Spark, SQL.


You may not check every box, or your experience may look a little different from what we've outlined, but if you think you can bring value to Ford Motor Company, we encourage you to apply!


As an established global company, we offer the benefit of choice. You can choose what your Ford future will look like: will your story span the globe, or keep you close to home? Will your career be a deep dive into what you love, or a series of new teams and new skills? Will you be a leader, a changemaker, a technical expert, a culture builder…or all of the above? No matter what you choose, we offer a work life that works for you, including:

• Immediate medical, dental, and prescription drug coverage

• Flexible family care, parental leave, new parent ramp-up programs, subsidized back-up child care and more

• Vehicle discount program for employees and family members, and management leases

• Tuition assistance

• Established and active employee resource groups

• Paid time off for individual and team community service

• A generous schedule of paid holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day

• Paid time off and the option to purchase additional vacation time.

For a detailed look at our benefits, click here: Benefit Summary 

This position is a salary grade LL6

This position is a range of salary grades LL6.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status. In the United States, If you need a reasonable accommodation for the online application process due to a disability, please call 1-888-336-0660.


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Region: North America
Country: United States
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