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Distinguished Software Engineer, Machine Learning

| Seattle

About the team:

Evil exists and fortunately we're here to stop it! Fraud and abuse plague online businesses of all types, from marketplaces to payment processors, social networks to e-commerce stores. As the internet's trust layer, Sift's mission is simple yet powerful: make these online experiences faster, smoother, and safer – using the smartest technology around.

As the leading machine learning expert at Sift, you will lead and guide multiple teams in putting machine learning best practices into motion, apply various machine learning techniques to prevent fraud and build the trust platform of the internet, and shape the future of Sift by playing a pivotal & impactful role.

What you’ll do:

  • Use statistical and machine learning techniques to develop scalable solutions to detect fraud and help build Sift’s Trust Platform
  • Establish scalable, efficient, automated processes for large scale data analyses, model development, model validation and model implementation
  • Work alongside software engineers and data engineers to implement prototypes and production code
  • Direct and oversee long term research projects, along with short-term production-driven model iterations
  • Act as the point of contact and machine learning leader for the business. Represent Sift’s machine learning efforts inside and outside the company
  • Provide an expert perspective and help shape Sift’s ML related strategy and initiatives

What would make you a strong fit:

  • PhD and/or recognized expert in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, or related field
  • Track record of leading machine learning teams to produce machine learning models and infrastructure at scale in production
  • Comprehensive knowledge of modern and cutting-edge ML techniques, tools, and best practices
  • Strong coding & analytics skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Pragmatism & philosophy of continuous improvement
  • Publications in ML/AI, computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, data science, or related technical fields strongly preferred

A little about us:

Sift is the leading innovator in Digital Trust & Safety. Hundreds of disruptive, forward-thinking companies like Airbnb, Patreon, Zoosk, and ChowNow trust Sift to deliver outstanding customer experience while preventing fraud and abuse.

The Sift engine powers Digital Trust & Safety by helping companies stop fraud before it happens. But it’s not just another anti-fraud platform: Sift enables businesses to tailor experiences to each customer according to the risk they pose. That means fraudsters experience friction, but honest users do not. By drawing on insights from our global network of customers, Sift allows businesses to scale, win, and thrive in the digital era.

Benefits and Perks:

  • Competitive total compensation package
  • 401k plan
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Wellness reimbursement
  • Education reimbursement
  • Flexible time off
  • Catered meals

Sift is an equal opportunity employer. Our core value of “Be Tough On Ideas And Excellent To Each Other” is built on a foundation of diversity and inclusion; we work together to ensure the best ideas win. We hire people with different perspectives, educational backgrounds, and life experiences, because we know this makes us stronger, healthier, and more innovative. Our commitment to belonging enables us to bring our full selves to work so we can contribute our talents in meaningful ways and “Win As One Team."

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • D3JSLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • HBaseDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases

Location

In the heart of downtown, within walking distance of Pike Place Market, Belltown, and the waterfront overlooking Elliott Bay.

An Insider's view of Sift

What are some social events your company does?

We want to connect with coworkers and build lasting relationships. From the Great Siftish Bake-Off to Tabletop Tuesdays, we celebrate getting to know each other. When connections thrive, our work thrives.

Sift

Life at Sift

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Here, we’re applying machine learning and analyzing data that is far outside the realm of academic algorithms. I think many engineers dream about seeing their work make an impact; at Sift, the opportunity to solve ML problems with data and explore deep learning applications brings that dream within reach.

Jun Qian

Director of Engineering

How does the company support your career growth?

Urgency and agency have empowered Vera to grow from Senior Machine Learning Engineer to the role of Engineering Manager in a little over 2 years at Sift. “It came down to persistence, regular, communication, demonstrating my readiness to jump into the role, building a track record within the company, and leveraging the resources that Sift provided"

Vera Dadok

Engineering Manager

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

Laura balances a full-time job as a Solutions Engineer while also competing at the 2019 Touch Rugby World Cup in Malaysia. Her manager and team trusted her to get her work done and build a strategy that would keep her customers happy but also allow her to follow her dreams of compete with the US team at the World Cup.

Laura Milanez

Solutions Engineer

What are Sift Perks + Benefits

Sift Benefits Overview

Sifties are protected with best-in-class benefits so we can focus on growing professionally, committing time to self-care, and being our best selves every day.

• Take-it-as-you-need-it PTO policy
• Medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, and life insurance at very affordable premiums (free for individuals)
• Family leave policy
• Commuter benefits
• Mental health support app (ginger.io)
• 401k plan
• Gym reimbursement
• Daily catered lunch & dinner

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Company sponsored family events
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Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Sabbatical
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Sift offers employees professional development opportunities like an annual individual budget for training.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Sift hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
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