Machine Learning Engineer

| Greater LA Area

At ZestFinance, our mission is to make fair and transparent credit available to everyone, and we thrive on solving hard problems that have a big impact on people's daily lives. We built the Zest Automated Machine Learning (ZAML™) tools to improve consumer lending and meet the financial needs of people around the world.

You will frame, pose and translate real-world problems to build AI-powered solutions that directly contribute to the product. From creating experiments and prototyping implementations to designing new architectures, we resolve challenging and meaningful problems. Our team is committed to continuously leveraging and furthering the latest advances in AI research totransform the credit market while expanding the frontiers within the credit world.

In this role you will:

  • Collaborate with AI applied researchers and leaders to build future-proof frameworks and abstractions
  • Collaborate with product management and engineering departments to understand company needs and devise AI powered solutions
  • Build tools that will increase the productivity of teams developing AI-based systems
  • Develop working prototypes, proof of concepts, algorithms, and predictive models
  • Build demos and conduct training to help data scientists effectively use the product
  • Demonstrate and apply theories through research efforts to develop new and improved products, processes, or technologies
  • Participate in cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence and machine learning applications

We are looking for:

  • BS, MS or PhD in a quantitative field (CS, Engineering, Physics, etc.) with demonstrated use of ML techniques
  • Strong fundamentals in ML algorithms (i.e. neural networks, tree-based methods, unsupervised learning, feature engineering), programming, statistics, and mathematics
  • Familiar with ML/AI frameworks, e.g,. TensorFlow, PyTorch, and modular/modern software design practices.
  • Implementations features good memory, disk I/O, and CPU/GPU management.
  • History of research publications and/or implementations of state of the art techniques hosted on open source repositories.
  • Passionate about ML/AI and how it can improve on the world

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 yoga, salsa and other employee run 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

About ZestFinance: 

ZestFinance, Inc. applies its unique credit-decisioning technology platform — based on data science and machine learning — to help lenders effectively predict credit risk so they can increase revenues, reduce risk and ensure compliance. ZestFinance was founded in 2009 by Douglas Merrill and a team of former Google employees with the mission of making fair and transparent credit available to everyone.

We are committed to diversity in hiring, professional development, and everyday discussion.  Zest is determined to hire crazy smart people who are different from each other to create broad thinking, lots of different ideas, and by extension, the best team possible.

Read Full Job Description

Location

The office has lots of great fun after work activities, such as bars, escape room games, and an indie theater.
1377 N. Serrano Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Insider's spotlight

What's something quirky about your company?

All of our conference rooms are named after famous 80's bands and have the records on the door to help us keep them straight! Our benefits rooms features hair metal band Poison, our main boardroom is Iron Maiden, and my favorite conference room is Devo.

Lucy

Executive Assistant

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 random 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

Business Operations Associate

What makes someone successful on your team?

A successful Business Analyst at ZestFinance embraces new and challenging problems, takes ownership of driving a team to develop data-driven, rigorous solutions, and clearly communicates those solutions to a variety of stakeholders. And they do all of that while never taking themselves too seriously and remembering to have a good time!

Leland

Lead Business Analyst

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 ZestFinance Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Daily Meals Provided
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement

Additional Perks + Benefits

People – the best part of Zest
Competitive salary and equity grants
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 employee run 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

More Jobs at ZestFinance15 open jobs
All Jobs
Finance
Data + Analytics
Dev + Engineer
Legal
Product
Sales
Developer
new
ZestFinance
Data + Analytics
new
ZestFinance
Product
new
ZestFinance
Product
new
ZestFinance
Sales
new
ZestFinance
Data + Analytics
new
ZestFinance
Product
new
ZestFinance
Product
new
ZestFinance
Developer
new
ZestFinance
Developer
new
ZestFinance
Data + Analytics
new
ZestFinance
Data + Analytics
new
ZestFinance
Developer
new
ZestFinance