Director, Data Science - Search and Recommendations

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About Your Role: 

Dotdash Meredith is the largest premium publisher in the world. Every day tens of millions of people come to us for help and inspiration. Our library of hundreds of millions of articles helps our users, and helps us understand the evolving needs of a world recovering from the pandemic and dealing with day-to-day challenges. As a director of search and recommendations, you will work with this incredible dataset and find opportunities to meet our users' needs. You will lead data scientists and work with our product and engineering teams to build exciting new experiences that leverage the latest in machine learning and recommendation system technologies. This role requires a deep understanding of web experiences, user analytics, and content understanding, and needs hands-on experience in building scalable and impactful recommender systems.

About your contributions: 

  • Lead and grow a high-performing data science team.

  • Provide hands-on expertise on how to build scalable and reliable recommendation systems for the web.

  • Provide strategic direction for the data science team on innovative personalization experiences that enhance user engagement and satisfaction.

  • Advocate for resources and tools to advance data capabilities.

About You:

  • PhD or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or a related field, or equivalent work experience.

  • 7+ years of experience in data science and machine learning with a strong focus in the area of web-based personalization and recommendation systems.

  • 5+ years of experience leading a team of data scientists.

  • Extensive experience leveraging A/B testing to drive significant improvements in user experience and engagement.

  • Extensive experience in working and deploying Python-based recommender solutions.

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams. 

  • Able to develop a vision and communicate this to stakeholders for buy-in.

  • Excellent ability to communicate results and progress to non-technical and technical audiences.

  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to think creatively.

Remote or Hybrid 3x a month 

In-office Expectations: This position offers remote work flexibility; however, if you reside within a commutable distance to one of our main offices in New York, Des Moines, Birmingham, Los Angeles, Chicago, or Seattle, the expectation is to work from the office three times per month.

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An Insider's view of Dotdash Meredith

What projects are you most excited about?

Atomic design is in our DNA at Dotdash. We're striving to have the dev and design teams work closer together and use a single source of truth for how components are pieced together using predefined molecules and atoms. This is exciting and innovative work that is helping us scale at an incredible rate and deliver on our promise of fastest sites!


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How do you empower your team to be more creative?

We do quite a few things to encourage creativity like hackathons, design sprints, and "Unconferences". That said, I think the most meaningful thing we do is to encourage teams to be autonomous. Having control and ownership over their respective applications gives our team members the freedom to explore ideas to solve their own problems.



What are Dotdash Meredith Perks + Benefits

Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Hybrid work model
In-person all-hands meetings
Summer hours
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Certain roles in some of our orgs can be designated as fully remote. Please see the job description for more information.
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Highly diverse management team
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Diversity recruitment program
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Dotdash Meredith matches 100% of an employee's contributions up to 5% of their annual base salary.
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave
Childcare benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Fertility benefits
Vacation + Time Off
Unlimited vacation policy
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Flexible time off
Bereavement leave benefits
Company-wide vacation
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored happy hours
Recreational clubs
Mother's room
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education available during work hours

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