Senior Applied Scientist, Operations Technology

| Bellevue

Why compromise? Finally, an opportunity that your data science heart, your career, your mentor and your family can be excited about at the same time! Yes, a job that has it all, i.e., explosive growth, ground-floor product, cutting-edge techniques, a highly visible charter and a cool vision that you can boast about.

Who are we?

Postmates is disrupting local commerce by providing a marketplace where consumers can purchase goods from any local restaurant or store and local couriers deliver the goods to their home in minutes. Postmates has unlocked on-demand local shopping — providing consumers the convenience of super fast delivery for the largest selection of goods (anything in the whole city!); the benefit and scale of e-commerce for local merchants; and more flexible work for couriers.

This is a tall order. Even though we are already a billion dollar business with millions of customers in 300+ US cities trusting us with more than 2M orders every month, we have only just started our data science journey to build our intelligence in a way that can keep up with our rapid growth.

What does this team do?

We didn’t make Postmates a billion dollar business, but our customers did. Operations Technology teams are the technical engines that support Postmates’ mission of anything, anytime and anywhere. We build the software and services that touch every Postmates customer and innovate solutions for logistics, delivery and customer service. We stretch the limits of big data processing to solve some of the hardest technical problems and unprecedented scale challenges. Now we're ready to leverage data science to take our mission to the next level. 

What will you do?

As the first Applied Scientist on the team, your responsibilities not only include research, analysis, modeling and coding, but also defining the strategic direction for our products and teams. Mastering the latest trend of data science and infrastructure, selecting the right methodologies and envisioning a long-term architecture is part of the role. So is recommending the next set of big bold bets we shall tackle based on insights from data. Finally, this being a new team, you’ll have lots of opportunities to help us build & grow the team via mentoring, hiring & training.

To accomplish this, you are expected to have an established background in building highly intelligent models in a production environment, great analysis and reporting skills, strong product & technology vision, and a motivation to achieve results in a fast-paced environment. You should be somebody who enjoys working on massive data, is customer-centric, and feels strongly about creating good models as well as delivering the impact of them to the end users.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors in Computer Science or a related field
  • 7+ years of industry experience
  • Proven experience in building machine learning models in a large-scale distributed system environment, from opportunity inception to impact delivery
  • Strong coding skills in Python/Go/Java/C++/C#
  • Extensive experience defining and delivering on complex analytical deep dives to unblock insights from data
  • Demonstrated experience in articulating ambiguous business questions and developing differentiating metrics
  • Excellent communication skills with both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Strong sense of ownership and drive

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Computer Science, Machine Learning or a related field
  • Extensive experience in building prediction, forecasting and/or automated voice systems.

Benefits 

  • Competitive salary and generous stock option plan (stay aligned with the long-term value you create)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance 
  • Whatever computer, monitor, standing desk, keyboard mouse you need
  • Impact-first work environment (no politics, no pandering)
  • Huge company vision (we need you to build the future, not just maintain the status quo)


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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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    • GolangLanguages
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    • PythonLanguages

Location

10400 NE 4th St , Bellevue, WA 98004

An Insider's view of Postmates Inc.

What's something quirky about your company?

One thing that makes me proud to be a part of Postmates, is our program FoodFight. It is a Postmates driven partnership with local shelters that makes sure leftover food from restaurants makes its way to a shelter and feeds those who are hungry. We care immensely about the communities that we serve, and FoodFight is one way that we show it!

Rahul

Server Engineer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Our Security team ensures our users, merchants, and Postmates info is safe. We develop and deploy mitigations to eliminate the potential for vulnerabilities that pose a security risk. Driving these projects from start to finish and seeing the impact of our work is extremely rewarding.

David

Security Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

I once read that “growth and comfort don’t coexist” and Postmates lives by it. From day one at Postmates, I felt challenged and have been given projects that impact the business. I’ve had to flex technical muscles that I have never used and it’s exciting because I’m developing into a more well-rounded engineer which only enhances my career growth.

Juan

Software Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Instead of assigning work/tasks to my team, we operate by having the team identify what they think are the problems that we need to be solving today, and how that will scale or change over the next few years then align those with company priorities. This forces my team to be more creative in how they approach their work on a day to day basis.

Aabhas

Infrastructure Lead

What are some social events your company does?

Postmates is a fun place to work. We hold various social events throughout the year, both locally in Bellevue and at the San Francisco HQ. Last year, we held a team event at Golden Gate Park, movie nights and happy hours in SF, as well as a hike and Christmas party in Bellevue. Looking forward to more fun events this year!

Ken

Date Scientist

What are Postmates Inc. Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Acme's health insurance policy covers up to 100% of out of pocket expenses.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Acme Co. provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 24 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive 56 hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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