1+ months

Head of Data Science - Yelp

San Francisco, California

At Yelp, it’s our mission to connect people with great local businesses. Yelp’s unique dataset contains billions of interactions between users and local businesses around the globe—from a user reviewing a neighborhood coffee shop, to a user requesting a repair quote with a photo of a leaky faucet. Data Scientists at Yelp work to make sense of these interactions to deliver impactful analyses and products to our users, business partners and the general public.

The Data Science team sits in Yelp’s central product management organization and works directly with product leaders to understand quantitatively how our products are performing and where the largest opportunities are. We are primarily focused on causality in product changes and key metrics (i.e. controlled experimentation, causal inference, etc). But we’re also adept at tasks ranging from modeling content growth to sharing insights about the health of local economies. With varied backgrounds and expertise, we strive for learning and growth in a collaborative environment.

We’re looking for a Head of Data Science to lead these efforts at Yelp. This is an opportunity for a leader in the field who can synthesize statistical and analytical expertise with communication and vision to lead our Data Science team. If you’re passionate about leading teams of scientists, guiding people to ask and answer deep questions in large datasets, and communicating that passion broadly, we want to hear from you!

What You Will Do

    • Lead the Yelp Product organization responsible for Product Measurement Strategy, Data Science, Experimentation and Metrics.
    • Grow an organization of 20-30 Data Scientists and Managers.
    • Lead Product Managers for metrics and experimentation platforms.
    • Steer product and engineering leaders and executives towards the biggest opportunities, and enable them to measure success and learn from failure.
    • Set and communicate the vision for Data Science at Yelp.
    • Work closely with product leadership to identify opportunities and develop measurement strategies.
    • Communicate your passion for data informed decisions broadly.
    • Manage pipelines and processes for work prioritization.
    • Ensure team members have career paths, mentorship and growth opportunities.
    • Work with data engineering leadership to steer infrastructure decisions.
    • Ensure consistent metrics and analytical best practices are being adhered to across the organization.


We Are Looking For

    • An experienced analytical person who can synthesize deep product and business knowledge with statistical and technical expertise.
    • Someone who has extensive statistical, analytical and technical expertise, but who is also an inspiring leader and communicator.
    • Preferably 5+ years management experience with 2+ years experience managing managers.
    • Experience leading a data science organization.
    • Demonstrated capacity to directly impact product and business problems.
    • Able to communicate complex data analysis to a wide variety of stakeholders.
    • Experience in probability and statistics, including modeling and experimental design.
    • Someone who can protect the intellectual integrity of data science methodologies while delivering results that meet the realities of product development, earn the respect of a team of PhD scientists and steer them towards impact, balance product sense with analytics, pulling them towards each other.
    • MS/PhD in a quantitative discipline (Statistics, Physics, Economics, etc) preferred, or demonstrated experience directly managing experienced Data Scientists.

At Yelp, we believe that diversity is an expression of all the unique characteristics that make us human: race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, and education — and those are just a few. We recognize that diverse backgrounds and perspectives strengthen our teams and our product. The foundation of our diversity efforts are closely tied to our core values, which include “Playing Well With Others” and “Authenticity.”

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, veteran status, medical condition or disability.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [email protected] or 415-969-8488.

Note: Yelp does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to any recruiting alias or employee. Yelp is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.


Posted: 2019-09-27 Expires: 2019-11-26

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