Staff Data Scientist, Whole Page Optimization

Full time

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About Pinterest:

Millions of people across the world come to Pinterest to find new ideas every day. It’s where they get inspiration, dream about new possibilities and plan for what matters most. Our mission is to help those people find their inspiration and create a life they love. In your role, you’ll be challenged to take on work that upholds this mission and pushes Pinterest forward. You’ll grow as a person and leader in your field, all the while helping Pinners make their lives better in the positive corner of the internet.

Creating a life you love also means finding a career that celebrates the unique perspectives and experiences that you bring. As you read through the expectations of the position, consider how your skills and experiences may complement the responsibilities of the role. We encourage you to think through your relevant and transferable skills from prior experiences.

Our new progressive work model is called PinFlex, a term that’s uniquely Pinterest to describe our flexible approach to living and working. Visit our PinFlex landing page to learn more.

Today, our Pinners explore recommendations from our inventory of billions of pins blended with paid content. But how can we best blend this content to ensure we’re optimizing for the long-term goals of both our customers and the business? This decision is informed by numerous factors that consider the Pinner’s intent, the quality of their experience, the quality of the content and the value provided to the company. As we innovate in our efforts to improve the whole page experience, we’re looking for an experienced data scientist to navigate the complex trade-offs, identify the opportunities, and pave the path forward to improve both the Pinner experience and our business performance.

What you’ll do:

  • Create a roster of high-impact analytical opportunities to steer the direction of our investments.
  • Deep strategic analysis to understand opportunities for improvements in (e.g.) our utility functions, ranking algorithms, proxy metrics or success measures.
  • Design experiments so that we can better understand causal relationships between factors such as quality, relevance, engagement, and ad load.
  • Apply causal inference to model cause and effect and motivate further randomized experiments.
  • Prototype and create tools that others can use to make decisions on online and offline experiments.
  • Up-level data scientists across the organization through mentorship, partnership and constructive feedback.
  • Build processes and solutions to improve the quality, rigor and agility of analyses.

What we’re looking for:

  • 8+ years of combined post-graduate academic and industry experience applying scientific methods to solve real-world problems on web-scale data.
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience as an individual contributor using data to drive business decisions.
  • 3+ years experience in two or more domain areas across experimentation, machine learning, and human evaluation.
  • Demonstrated execution and impact on cross-functional initiatives, strong communication skills, and a track record of influencing leaders and peers using data.
  • Self-propelled continuous learner who keeps up with new tools and methodologies and builds prototypes with concepts learned.
  • Strong business and product sense with the ability to shape vague questions into well-defined analyses and success metrics that drive business decisions.

Relocation Statement:

This position is not eligible for relocation assistance. Visit our PinFlex page to learn more about our working model.

At Pinterest we believe the workplace should be equitable, inclusive, and inspiring for every employee. In an effort to provide greater transparency, we are sharing the base salary range for this position. The position is also eligible for equity. Final salary is based on a number of factors including location, travel, relevant prior experience, or particular skills and expertise.

Information regarding the culture at Pinterest and benefits available for this position can be found here.

US based applicants only

$148,049—$304,496 USD

Our Commitment to Diversity:

Pinterest is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best qualified people in every job. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic under federal, state, or local law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you require an accommodation during the job application process, please notify for support.


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