Manager of Data Science

| Cambridge

Meet CarGurus—the #1 visited online car shopping website in the US. At CarGurus, we’re building the world’s most trusted and transparent automotive marketplace where it’s easy to find great deals from top-rated dealers.

Founded in 2006 by Langley Steinert (co-founder of TripAdvisor), CarGurus is a technology company with a passion for data and its power to simplify every aspect of the car shopping experience. Using proprietary technology, search algorithms and innovative data analytics, we provide unbiased validation on pricing, dealer reputation and vehicle history.

The goal of our Data Science team is to provide data scientific solutions that serve all of CarGurus by creating new products and elevating existing components of the car marketplace. These solutions range from optimizing our online advertising efforts to improving customers' car-shopping experiences. We are looking for a Manager of Data Science who can continue to grow our team’s ability to turn data into successful products.

 What You’ll Do:

  • Lead the growing Data Science team at CarGurus
  • Invest in the professional and intellectual growth of your team and yourself
  • Assess the business impact and success likelihood of potential ML approaches
  • Collaborate with data engineers who will implement the team’s solutions in production
  • Communicate data scientific solutions to both technical and business stakeholders
  • Provide technical guidance on projects for each subordinate
  • Provide professional and intellectual mentorship for Data Science team members
  • Foster an inclusive, transparent, and collaborative culture for data science at CarGurus
  • Cultivate an environment of respect and trust

 Example Projects:

  • Estimate the long-term conversion rate of hundreds of millions of keywords, thousands of demographics indicators, and other forms of targeting
  • Analyze millions of searches entered online to find new keywords for bidding opportunities
  • For any given monthly spend target and measure of efficiency (e.g., CPL, ROI), estimate the efficiency metric which will result in the target spend
  • Measure the impact of television, radio and online advertising using modern causal inference techniques
  • Design multi-factor randomized experiments to compare multiple strategies or algorithms
  • Build real-time recommendation engines based on users’ shopping behavior

Who You Are: 

  • You have:
    • At least five years of experience turning data into successful products that have been pushed to production
    • At least two years of experience leading a data science team
    • At least two years of experience using Python for data science (e.g. pandas, numpy, scikit-learn, pytorch, tensorflow, keras)
    • An advanced degree (or equivalent experience) in one of the following: statistics, computer science (ideally with a focus on machine learning) or any quantitative field which makes use of advanced statistical or machine learning techniques
    • A breadth of knowledge in statistics and machine learning (e.g. supervised learning, unsupervised learning, optimization, recommendation systems, NLP, computer vision, hypothesis testing, regression theory, matrix theory)
    • A solid understanding of the theoretical foundations of statistics and machine learning
    • An ability to map business objectives to clear data scientific goals and metrics
    • An interest in generating data science project ideas that are impactful for the business
    • A focus on fostering data science as a generalist R&D organization at CarGurus
    • The ability to communicate effectively and succinctly with people of varying techincal ability
  • Bonus Points if you have:
    • Experience leading data science for a company or a department
    • Experience with SQL or Spark
    • A very strong theory background (i.e. good at formalizing questions, ideas, and metrics into mathematical statements)
    • Publications in major academic conferences/journals (JMLR, NIPS, ICML, KDD, JASA, AOS, etc)

 CarGurus Culture:

At the core of our company culture is a spirit of innovation, curiosity and collaboration. True to our start-up roots, we’re nimble, flexible and hardworking. We have a great respect for testing and learning and a healthy aversion to scheduling meetings to discuss meetings. Lunch is catered daily. Gym membership is free. Foosball and ping pong are played often. Now a publicly-traded company, we’re as committed as ever to cultivating the culture that got us here.

In addition to the US, CarGurus operates sites in Canada, the UK and Germany with other markets on the horizon. Our offices are located in Cambridge, MA, Detroit, MI and Dublin, Ireland. If you’d like to learn more, please visit our careers page. 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
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Location

2 Canal Park 4th Floor , Cambridge, MA 02141
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What are CarGurus Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
CarGurus participates in local volunteer activities such as the The Boston Children's Hospital Corporate Cup Challenge, The Freedom Run 5k, etc.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
CarGurus has committees that are re-elected annually and manage events and programs such as the Charitable Giving Committee and Community Council.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
CarGurus offers company equity in the form of Restricted Stock Units.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

We provide a competitive benefits package including health, dental, and 401K match. We also offer 16 weeks paid primary caregiver leave and 2 weeks secondary caregiver leave. In addition, we also offer perks including gym memberships, commuter passes, daily catered lunches, company outings and more.

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