Lead Data Scientist at Zest AI

| Greater LA Area
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Lead Data Scientists lead Zest’s ML team to deliver technically excellent, highly predictive yet explainable models to drive Zest’s businesses. A Lead Data Scientist will also communicate and champion Zest’s underwriting technologies to external constituencies including conferences, press, and potential clients.
You will lead the team to develop radically new methods for manipulation and prediction that will enable us to provide fair, transparent credit. Using a combination of machine learning technology and vast amounts of data sources, we seek to transform the credit market while expanding our team into interesting and revolutionary frontiers within the credit world.

In this role you will:

  • Lead a team of 5+ data scientists in developing high-quality, robust, predictive and explainable algorithms that produce robust and scalable real-time predictions
  • Define Zest’s modeling strategy and manage pipeline for internal and external modeling efforts
  • Translate unstructured business problems into well-defined machine learning projects
  • Collaborate with a cross-functional team of Engineers, Product Managers, and Business Analysts to identify and manage high leverage opportunities for modeling work
  • Represent Zest in calls, meetings, conferences to advance Zest’s position as the world’s leading ML team
  • Visibly drive innovation by incorporating new modeling capabilities and/or pioneering data sources
  • Develop and evangelize best practices for scoping, building, validating, and monitoring modeling projects
  • Recruit, motivate and develop members of the data science team

We are looking for:

  • Masters/PhD Degree in Math, Computer Science, Statistics, or a related quantitative field.
  • Expert command of statistical analysis, algorithm development, and state-of-the-art tools and methodologies for data science
  • 5+ years creating predictive models using advance machine learning techniques
  • 2+ years managing a team of data scientists
  • Expert command of SQL and R or Python as applied to data science
  • Experience developing real-time production data pipelines
  • Experience interacting with external clients is a plus

Perks and benefits:

  • People – the best part of Zest
  • Robust healthcare plans, matching 401K and unlimited vacation time
  • Dog friendly office with lounge areas, video games and gigantic jigsaw puzzles
  • On-site gym with fitness classes
  • Generous family leave policy (6 month maternity leave/3 month paternity leave)
  • Tuition reimbursement, conference allowance and Zest talks
  • Complimentary massages, manicures, pedicures and more
  • Daily catered lunches from LA’s best restaurants and fully stocked kitchen
  • Company happy hours, social events and outings

About Zest AI:
Zest AI makes the power of machine learning safe to use in credit underwriting. Lenders using Zest Automated Machine Learning make better decisions and better loans -- increasing revenue, reducing risk, and automating compliance. Zest AI was founded in 2009 with the mission of making fair and transparent credit available to everyone and is now one of the fastest-growing fintech software companies.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • KerasFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

The Tower at Burbank

An Insider's view of Zest AI

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Some of the best ideas for my team have come from family style lunches with a diverse group of coworkers. Our open office space allows unfettered access to everyone in the company, and when you couple that with reasonable confidence that you’re surely not the smartest person within earshot, cross-functional collaboration at Zest is just status quo.

Jose

Senior Software Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Zest provides employees a lot of autonomy to explore areas that pertain to career growth. Decisions are made collectively, based on employees' preferences and company's needs. Since joining within a year, I've been able to play a key role in critical company milestones and progress my career into leadership development.

Jackie

Senior Data Scientist

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

The first step is to create a safe space where they feel that they can give voice to ideas and get feedback. So I try to encourage openness and I try to show my team that their input is valued. When people know that they can share their ideas, and that behavior is rewarded and reinforced, they’re more likely to be thoughtful and creative.

Jay

CTO

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

I love working in a talented team with individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Across the board, we have expertise in a comprehensive set of data science problems, and our ever-growing aptitude in predictive modeling enables and encourages senior management to pursue novel, challenging goals. It’s thrilling to see such direct impact of my work.

Ozan

Data Scientist

What are Zest AI Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
ZestFinance’s wellness program provides free yoga classes, an onsite gym, unlimited vacation plan and generous family leave to keep employees happy and healthy.
Onsite Gym
ZestFinance has a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio equipment, weights, and fitness classes.
Team workouts
Zest employees participate in weekly HIIT, cardio, and strength training group workouts.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Zest’s 401(k) retirement plan matches an employee's contributions up to 4% of their annual base salary.
Company Equity
Zest’s equity plan allows employees to share ownership and achievement in our company.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Zest provides 6 months paid maternity leave with the option to return to work part-time for 6 months after that (for new primary caregivers) and 3 months paid paternity leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
ZestFinance offers a completely flexible schedule outside of core hours. Our experienced team can build market-leading systems – without working 15-hour days in the office.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
ZestFinance’s unlimited vacation policy gives employees the flexibility to travel and take time off.
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
ZestFinance offers all employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Zest offers unlimited paid sick days.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
ZestFinance offers beer on tap as well as two fully stocked bars.
Casual Dress
ZestFinance’s casual dress code includes jeans, t-shirts and flip-flops every day of the week.
Commuter Benefits
To help reduce their carbon footprint, Zest reimburses employees for their monthly Metro cards.
Company Outings
Each team has quarterly offsite outings like go-kart racing, paint & sip, and museum trips. In addition, we throw company-wide holiday parties.
Free Daily Meals
Zest provides healthy, delicious catered lunches every day from some of LA’s best restaurants.
Game Room
At Zest, we’re all about starting a little friendly competition with video games, ping pong, gigantic jigsaw puzzles and game nights.
Stocked Kitchen
Zest offers a fully stocked kitchen complete with all the snacks and coffee needed to fuel your day.
Some Meals Provided
We provide free breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Employees get free lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Happy Hours
Zest hosts a company-wide happy hour every other week in our in-house bar.
Parking
Zest employees don’t have to worry about parking - we provide free parking in a secure garage.
Pet Friendly
Zest is proud to be a dog friendly office.
Recreational Clubs
Zest employees participate in salsa club as well as basketball and soccer leagues.
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Zest provides onsite gym memberships for those who choose to participate.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Zest offers a wide range of programs including management and leadership development, along with an annual budget for attending conferences and tuition reimbursement.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Zestians are widely diverse, and at the same time, we’re united by a common DNA. We’re people who want to change the world. We’re on the customer’s side. We voice our thoughts and the best ide
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

People – the best part of Zest
Robust healthcare plans, matching 401K and unlimited vacation time
Dog friendly office with lounge areas, video games and gigantic jigsaw puzzles
On-site gym with fitness classes
Generous family leave policy
Tuition reimbursement, conference allowance and Zest talks
Complimentary massages, manicures, pedicures and more
Daily catered lunches from LA’s best restaurants and fully stocked kitchen
Company happy hours, social events and outings

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