NLP DIRECTOR, DECISION SCIENCES

| Chicago

The Director, Decision Sciences will build and lead a data science team focusing on state-of-the-art machine learning and natural language processing to create and enhance new technologies and products for Conversant’s digital marketing business.  This role reports to the Vice President of the Decision Sciences Personal Valuation team.

 

Conversant analyzes anonymized, privacy-safe data at internet scale: we handle 200B+ of online interactions a day and have $3.8 trillion in multichannel purchases in our database. The Decision Sciences group is a collaborative Research & Development team that continually enhances Conversant’s award-winning personalization platform through a combination of data science, machine learning, AI, natural language processing, recommender systems, computer science, and more. 

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with the business to understand requirements, and use your machine learning, natural language processing, and software development expertise to make strategic recommendations and develop an R&D roadmap.
  • Lead key projects end-to-end from early stage research through development.
  • Hire data scientists to build a highly impactful team.
  • Develop an understanding of Conversant’s personalization platform and proprietary datasets.
  • Design, implement, and validate solutions in Apache Spark, using Scala or Python in a distributed environment.
  • Work with our Product and Engineering teams to integrate your solutions into Conversant’s platform.
  • Participate fully in our collaborative approach to research and applications projects.
  • Develop and manage talent by identifying the skills and performance criteria necessary for success and provide career-building opportunities for your team.
  • Conceptualize analytic approaches and build out data sets, conduct experiments, and create models for testing and production.
  • Measure success, provide feedback, and monitor launch effectiveness of new initiatives.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Graduate degree, Ph.D. preferred, in Computer Science, Statistics, Linguistics, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, Physics, or a related scientific discipline.
  • Research experience and coursework in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing.
  • 2+ years managing projects as a technical project leader.
  • 3+ years of programming experience in an industry environment.
  • 3+ years in positions applying machine learning, natural language processing, data science, and analytics to business-critical decision processes.
  • Prior management experience.
  • Outstanding analytic and modeling skills, proficient at conceptualizing, implementing, and evaluating highly accurate and scalable solutions to business problems.
  • Excellent organizational, motivational, and interpersonal skills; capable of interfacing well at multiple levels within a large organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead complex research and development projects.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to summarize technically complex information for a non-technical audience.
  • Strong 'can do' attitude, with ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast paced environment with multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Experience with distributed computing, such as Hadoop, Spark, or an MPP environment.
  • Desire to work in a highly collaborative environment.

 

ADDITIONAL USEFUL BUT NOT REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Experience with Computer Vision, Information Retrieval, Optimization, or Causal Inference.
  • Experience with SQL, Scala, Python, or Java.
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Location

101 N Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606

An Insider's view of Conversant

What's something quirky about your company?

We have a company band, made up of anywhere from 30 to 40 employees at a given time. The band has a large following and performs at charity events around Chicago. They also perform a full set at Conversant’s holiday party each year at the House of Blues. My jaw hit the floor when I saw my peers up on stage rocking out.

Paul

Associate Automation & Infrastructure Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

My days are a mix of execution, idea generation and collaboration. Our focus on executing revenue-generating strategies for clients requires attention to quality while looking to automate and innovate our processes. My creative mindset comes into play daily when discussing how we should approach a client campaign and other objectives.

Omair

Client Integration Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Conversant is deeply invested in helping you grow your career. I started as a Database Administrator and was promoted to Senior Database Administrator. After a brief stint away from the company, I was re-hired as a Senior Client Integration Engineer in Operations and am now a Senior Solutions Integration Engineer.

Susan

Senior Solutions Integration Engineer

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Conversant has a very good work-life balance, including unlimited PTO. As a young adult, traveling around the world is one my top priorities and working with a company that aligns with that is a huge plus. I have had the flexibility to visit 7 countries. That flexibility is one of many things that has kept me at Conversant for five years.

Alba

Team Lead, Engineering

What are Conversant Perks + Benefits

Conversant Benefits Overview

At Conversant, we offer benefits and perks that enable our associates to thrive and foster a culture of innovation.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Conversant participates in local community activities such as the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Off the Street Club, Chicago Cares Serve-A-Thon, Habitat for Humanity and Ronald McDonald House.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Conversant has a Social Committee that organizes social, charitable and sports activities.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Conversant's team fitness initiatives include intramural softball, volleyball and soccer.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Conversant provides back-up care benefits.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Conversant hosts an annual summer boat party on Lake Michigan and a holiday party at the House of Blues, where our employee-run band performs the live entertainment all night.
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Our game room includes Foosball, Shuffle Board.
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted at team's discretion.
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Conversant offers employees professional development opportunities like on-site training courses and the ability to attend job-related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Conversant hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes 1-to-1 program and career mentoring.
Time allotted for learning
Conversant encourages employees to complete 48 hours of professional development training per year.
Online course subscriptions available
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