Director of Data Science

| Greater LA Area
At Aspiration, we created the category of sustainable, socially responsible retail consumer finance. We offer unique financial products to let people save, spend, and invest their money in ways that make them more financially secure and align with their personal values. Unlike other financial institutions, Aspiration is committed to building a relationship with our customers based on trust and aligning the customer’s success with our own. Aspiration has raised over $115M in funding to date and is growing quickly.
Aspiration is looking for a Director of Data Science to lead, manage, and grow our data science team while creating data products that are at the core of our business. The key individual will lead the team as it develops new data products, automates key decisions, and analyzes massive data sets to help define the future of Aspiration and our mission to DO WELL. DO GOOD.

What You'll Do

  • Define Aspiration's modeling strategy and manage pipeline for internal and external modeling efforts
  • Lead and manage a team of Data Scientists in developing high-quality, robust predictive algorithms
  • Continue to grow our team to support the rapid growth of our core business and help deepen the integration of data science across the company
  • Help develop robust, scalable infrastructure for real-time predictions
  • Collaborate with a cross-functional team of Engineers, Product Managers, and other business leads to identify and manage high leverage opportunities for modeling work
  • Own decision-making about data science tools and infrastructure, helping the team and company find the best technologies to analyze, visualize, extract, and store data
  • Provide statistical and machine learning expertise and mentorship to improve skills across your team and others

What You'll Bring

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in data science, statistics, computer science, mathematics, physical or social sciences, engineering, or other quantitative field
  • 5+ years creating predictive models using advanced machine learning techniques
  • 3+ years managing a team of data scientists
  • Expert knowledge of statistical analysis, algorithm development, and state-of-the-art tools and methodologies for data science
  • Expert knowledge of SQL and R or Python as applied to data science
  • Experience with Hadoop, Spark, or other big data platforms is a plus
  • Experience developing real-time production data pipelines
  • Experience designing, analyzing, and interpreting the results of product experiments
  • Experience managing end-to-end machine learning pipeline, including framing, data exploration, feature engineering, model building, performance evaluation, and online testing
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
  • Exceptional problem solving skills with unrelenting focus on practical business implications
  • Leadership, passion, and curiosity
  • Prior experience in FinTech or related fields (preferred)

What You'll Get

  • Making an impact for a company with a mission of transforming the financial industry and the lives of millions
  • People - the best part of Aspiration 
  • Competitive salary and equity incentives
  • Robust healthcare plans, 401K and unlimited vacation time
  • Dog-friendly office in beautiful Marina del Rey with an in-office gym
  • Diverse & inclusive culture
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Location

We're located in Marina Del Rey, steps from bars, shops, and restaurants. On Fridays there's a local farmer's market right on our block!

An Insider's view of Aspiration

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Aspiration has some of the smartest, most hard-working, and fun people I have ever worked with. The vibe is very fast-paced and exciting, and management is good at adjusting to different people’s work styles, allowing employees to work remotely and even bring their pups in on Fridays.

Jordan

Data Analyst

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We use cutting edge technology to solve both dated financial problems and problems that impact our environment. Aspiration is unique in that we are a financial firm focused on environmentalism while putting people before profits. For every solution we have to a banking problem, we're challenged with having an equal or greater impact on the world.

Chloe

Product Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

I joined Aspiration as an Account Manager. Now, I manage an affiliate program of 80+ accounts and support our direct media partners. In 1 year, I've grown beyond my own expectations. From leading a large product implementation to planning off-site activation events, my need of not being in a complacent position has been met from the moment I joined

Andre

Affiliate Manager

What are Aspiration Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Aspiration has participated in several volunteering activities, including Heal the Bay beach clean ups, LA Tech Gives Back beautification projects, and card making for Children's Hospital of LA.
Partners with Nonprofits
Aspiration partners with Accion, a nonprofit specializing in microloans. We give 10% of every dollar we earn to low-income Americans, funding up to $5,000 per person to jumpstart new businesses.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Aspiration has a communication committee that works to organize all-hands meetings, lunch and learns, and team-building events.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Aspiration employees can contribute up to $2600 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to the maximum plan limit for up to 13 weeks.
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers 90% of premiums.
Vision Benefits
Aspiration covers 90% of premiums for vision coverage.
Health Insurance Benefits
Aspiration's health insurance policy covers 90% of medical premiums.
Life Insurance
Aspiration pays for basic life insurance coverage valued at $20,000 Basic Life & AD&D.
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Stock options are available to fulltime employees
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Aspiration provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Employees who have been with the company for 12 months are eligible for 12 weeks of family medical leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Parking
We offer employees Free on-site garage parking.
Pet Friendly
Aspiration's pet policy is Occasional bring your pet to work days.
Relocation Assistance
Our relocation assistance plan offers a maximum reimbursement of $5000.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Aspiration hosts lunch and learn meetings on occasion.
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