Head/Manager of Applied Science - AI Research (DL, CV, ML, NLP)

09 Mar 2021
07 Sep 2022
As a Head/Manager of Applied Science in the Size and Fit organization, you will lead a team of exceptional scientists to create bold research experiments with today's most exciting approaches such as Deep Learning, Computer Vision, NLP, Reinforcement Learning, and Bayesian Inference, tackling impactful customer problems for millions of Zalando customers. The Size and Fit Team makes sure Zalando customers find what fits them the first time.

We are looking for a leader with strong technical experience and demonstrated passion for people leadership in a fast-paced research and production environment. In addition to technical depth, you must possess exceptional research management and communication skills, and above all, be a strong people leader who understands how to effectively coach an applied science team.
At Zalando, our vision is to be the Starting Point for Fashion - one that is inclusive by design. We only assess candidates based on qualifications, merit, and business needs. We welcome applications from people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, personal expressions, racial identities, ethnicities, religious beliefs, and disability statuses. We only want to know why you're great for this role, so please avoid including your picture, age, and marital status in your CV as well.

We want to provide you with a great candidate experience. Please feel free to inform us of any accommodations you may need, so we can best support and assist you throughout the hiring process.

do.BETTER - our diversity & inclusion strategy: https://corporate.zalando.com/en/diversity-inclusion
Our employee resource groups: https://corporate.zalando.com/en/diversity-inclusion/our-employee-resource-groups

  • Be a leader in Data Science- Raise the scientific bar across your team and Zalando through publications in prestigious international conferences, and engaging in rigorous peer reviews. Actively collaborate with other teams and share knowledge and expertise within our talented applied science community
  • Empower the team to stay up-to-date with the latest research in computer vision, machine learning, deep learning and AI. Provide egoless and constructive scientific feedback to peers. Coach junior colleagues to become great researchers
  • Scale up, manage and mentor other junior and senior scientists, reviewing and guiding their work. Work closely with other senior leaders and engineering & product team members to bring our state of the art solutions to customers
  • Ph.D or M.Sc. with equivalent experience in Data Science / Machine Learning / Deep Learning.
  • 3+ years of experience in leading applied science and research teams in industry or academia
  • Solid publication track record in major machine learning, deep learning and data science conferences and journals
  • In depth knowledge and experience in advancing research for real world customer problems in one or multiple branches of AI (computer vision, machine learning, deep learning or natural language processing)
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and grow other scientists
  • Expert in Python (and packages like numpy, scipy, pandas),TensorFlow (keras, slim), Caffe2, Pytorch. Hands on experience with Docker, Git, AWS EC2, S3, Postgresql, or other RDBMS. Nice to have: Stan, PyMC, DataBricks.
Career Development
  • We offer peer-to-peer performance reviews twice a year
  • Learn and develop through our extensive Zalando training platform
  • Join regular all-hands, team meetings, Q&A-sessions, and quarterly anonymous employee surveys to ask your questions and provide your feedback
  • Support from an international team of experts; mentoring and professional development opportunities

  • 2 days paid leave per year for volunteering
  • Minimum of 27 holiday days per calendar year
  • Online sports courses, wellbeing, and nutrition advice offered by Humanoo personal wellbeing coach app
  • Mental wellbeing support by our Employee Assistance Program and professional consultants to help you find health resources

  • Flexible working hours
  • Relocation assistance available - subject to prior agreement
  • Home office equipment available for hybrid working, to support you working from home
  • Hybrid working model with 60% remote per week
  • Opportunity to work from abroad for 30 (working) days per calendar year

  • Access to the employee shares program
  • 40% shopping discount on products shipped and sold by Zalando, and 30% discount on Zalando Lounge
  • Discounts from a wide range of external partners

  • Employee parents' forums and employee resource group
  • Supported transition into and out of parental leave, with a buddy and re-onboarding plan
  • 3 fully-paid child sick days per year
  • Free counseling, assistance, and referral service for all matters concerning yourself and your family via the F├╝rstenberg Institute
It's the perfect time to join Zalando on our journey, from being a pioneer in the world of e-commerce, to the Starting Point for fashion in Europe. We connect customers, brands, and partners across 23 markets.

Help us drive digital and sustainable solutions for fashion, logistics, advertising and research, bringing head-to-toe fashion to almost 49 million active customers through a team of diverse skill-sets, cultural backgrounds, and interests.

Our values: https://jobs.zalando.com/en/our-founding-mindset

do.More - our sustainability strategy: https://corporate.zalando.com/en/sustainability

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At Zalando we deeply understand that Size and Fit Matters, and are excited to use our unique and huge article and customer datasets to tackle this challenge using novel ML techniques. How about you; would you like to bring in your skills to shape a great experience for your family and friends when buying clothes and shoes online?

You will join our multi-disciplinary Berlin based Size and Fit Org., composed of Machine Learning / Deep Learning researchers, engineers, and full stack developers from 20 different nationalities. We provide recommendations and predictions on customer size and fit choices, and conduct focused experiments using emerging technologies to solve the challenges.

Working side by side with other Product Specialists and Fitting Experts you will take on this complex and important topic. Your mission is to assist customers as they navigate the vast Zalando fashion catalog using fit characteristics that make sense to them.

We have great problems to solve, a huge customer base to impact and are a team that loves to have fun. Size and Fit is a human topic. We use machines to help solve our customers' challenges. But we never forget - size and fit success is defined by how customers feel when they wear fashion.

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