Director/Senior Manager, Machine Learning

San Francisco, CA

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Posted 1 month ago



Since Instacart started in 2012, we’ve expanded to 25 markets and partnered with 350+ retailers across the North America. Our mission is to transform everyday life by seeking & solving seemingly impossible problems.

We're looking for senior leaders in machine learning to join our fast moving team. We work on a range of interesting and challenging problems, from making sure deliveries are efficient and on-time to helping customers decide what to buy. Machine learning is at the heart of this effort and an essential ingredient in Instacart's aggressive growth plan and vision for the future.


  • You will drive organization-wide initiatives using machine learning and data driven approaches to improve customer satisfaction and Instacart’s business.
  • You will innovate in areas including but not limited to search, ads, fraud detection and prevention, logistics, knowledge base, computer vision, conversation, etc.
  • You will recruit and lead a team of machine learning engineers and scientists.
  • You will ship high quality solutions with a sense of urgency and speed.
  • You will work closely with engineers, product managers, other teams, and both internal and external stakeholders, owning a large part of the process from problem understanding to shipping the solution.
  • You will create external visibility by collaborating with the academia and publishing in top conferences and journals.


  • 10+ years of industry experience using machine learning to solve real-world problems with large datasets
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • A blend of data engineering, machine learning and product innovation skills that let you jump into a fast paced environment and contribute from day one
  • Strong programming skills in Python and fluency in data manipulation (SQL, Spark, Pandas) and machine learning (scikit-learn, XGBoost, Keras/Tensorflow) tools
  • An ability to balance a sense of urgency with shipping high quality and pragmatic solutions
  • Extensive experience building scalable machine learning systems and data-driven products working with cross functional teams
  • Expertise in machine learning for search optimization, discovery driven recommendations, or advertising optimization
  • Expertise in natural language and/or image processing for e-commerce catalog quality, enrichment and optimization
  • Expertise in combining machine learning and operations research to solve optimal routing or inventory management problems
  • Expertise with deep learning methods and their practical application at scale


  • Talented and collaborative coworkers who will both push and support you
  • Market competitive salary, equity
  • Medical, dental, vision benefits and 401(k) retirement plan
  • Take what you need vacation (and we really mean it)
  • 16 weeks maternity leave / 8 weeks paternity leave so you can truly bond with your child
  • Complimentary Instacart express membership
Job tags: Computer Vision Deep Learning Engineering Keras Machine Learning Pandas Python Research Scikit-Learn Spark SQL TensorFlow XGBoost