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Platform, Machine Learning Engineer at Affirm

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Affirm is reinventing credit to make it more honest and friendly, giving consumers the flexibility to buy now and pay later without any hidden fees or compounding interest.

Machine learning is a critical tool in this effort! As a member of the software engineering team, you will design, build, optimize, and support machine learning systems both offline and real time. You will also have the opportunity to partner with Data Science and product teams across Affirm, leveraging your machine learning and software development skills to solve challenging problems that will improve the financial lives of millions of people. 

What you'll do

  • Partner with Data Science and Product engineering teams to build production machine learning models; your models will decide who we lend to in real time, and how we interact with our existing customers 
  • Develop the core decisioning service supporting our machine learning models in production 
  • Optimize the decisioning service with respect to the accuracy of the underlying models, the latency of different 3rd party data sources, and the expected financial cost of those data sources 
  • Develop our understanding of new data sources and how they may improve our existing processes 
  • Design, develop, and deploy infrastructure for the training, testing, and serving of models at scale 
  • Work closely with Affirm’s credit, risk, and analytics teams to understand our risk modeling strategy and the business drivers underlying that strategy

What we look for

  • B.S. with 2-3 years of industry experience, M.S. with 1-2 years, or PhD
  • Deep understanding and experience with data engineering, data analysis, and statistical modeling, in the development of real-time services
  • Proficiency writing production-quality software following software engineering best practices, preferably industry engineering experience with machine learning projects (e.g. recommendation, ranking, optimization)
  • Strong foundation in machine learning with experience implementing and optimizing machine learning models
  • Hands on experience with Python, Spark, XGBoost, Airflow, and AWS (EC2, EMR, etc.) a plus
  • Ability to work efficiently both solo and as part of a team; willingness to learn new things
  • Passion and drive to change consumer banking for the better, while developing a deeper understanding of applied machine learning 
Location
 
“We’re excited to announce that Affirm is now a remote-first company! This role can be located anywhere in the U.S. Remote based employees may occasionally travel to an Affirm office for meetings or team building events. Our offices in San Francisco, New York City, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Salt Lake City will remain operational and accessible for anyone to use on a voluntary basis.”
 
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If you got this far, we hope you're feeling excited about this role. Even if you don't feel you meet every single requirement, we still encourage you to apply. We're eager to meet people who believe in Affirm's mission and can contribute to our team in a variety of ways—not just candidates who check all the boxes.

At Affirm, People Come First is one of our core values, and that’s why diversity and inclusion are vital to our priorities as an equal opportunity employer. You can read about our D&I program here and our progress thus far in our 2020 DEI Report.

We also believe It’s On Us to provide an inclusive interview experience for all, including people with disabilities. We are happy to provide reasonable accommodations to candidates in need of individualized support during the hiring process.

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What are Affirm Perks + Benefits

Affirm Benefits Overview

Attracting great people starts by finding talent in different places. That's why we built remote work into the DNA of how we do business—but if an office space is more your style, we have offices in Chicago, New York City, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Toronto.

Affirm’s benefits are made for you. Spending wallets provide access to food, lifestyle, technology, and family planning wallets for your expenses. If your role is remote, you can set up shop anywhere in your home country. Generous time off enables you to take the time you need when life happens. Health benefits that include vision, dental, and mental health programs. We have a simple, flexible and transparent remote-first compensation structure so you can make the best decisions for yourself and your family. Our parental leave policy includes 18 weeks’ paid leave for birth and non-birth parents, and a 4-week return-to-work transition program, at full base pay. We also offer 24 company-wide paid days off (on top of our generous time off policy) which help our teams collectively pause to recharge.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Affirm Cares is a 501(C)3 employee foundation dedicated to supporting causes in our communities. In Chicago, Affirm partners with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend

Additional Perks + Benefits

Pushing the envelope together: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in 2020

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to the cultural fabric of Affirm. We’re dedicated to making improvements and sharing our learnings with the broader community. While we’re proud of our progress, we recognize the work still needed to be done. People Come First is not just a value at Affirm, it drives the work we do everyday and we look forward to continuing the work around us.

View Affirm's 2020 U.S. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion report here: http://bit.ly/affirmdei2020

An Insider's view of Affirm

What's something quirky about your company?

1 - In the early days, the sales team would strike a loud gong whenever they signed a deal, our engineering release emails for new features paled in comparison. One day an engineer brought in his tuba and in that moment, the deploy tuba was born, thoroughly one-upping the sales-gong. Now, several years later, tuba emojis are a company staple.

Sam

Senior Staff Software Engineer

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

The integrations team interacts with many other teams across GTM, Ops, and Engineering. It's one of the best parts of being on this team because it makes the work we do varied and interesting. I'm most excited about working with those teams to define the right amount of process and ownership so that we are as productive as possible.

Yoav

Manager, Strategic Integrations

How does the company support your career growth?

One of the greatest things about working at Affirm is that everyone around you is invested in helping you to learn and grow. I have been so impressed by the support and encouragement I have received from everyone across the company in taking on new projects and exploring different areas of the business outside of my day to day.

Elizabeth

Account Executive
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