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Foursquare // location enterprise platform
New York    Posted: Monday, June 20, 2022
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Foursquare is the leading independent location technology & data cloud platform, dedicated to building meaningful bridges between digital spaces & physical places. Our proprietary technology unlocks the most accurate, trustworthy location data in the world, empowering businesses to answer key questions, uncover hidden insights, improve customer experiences, & achieve better business outcomes. A pioneer of the geo-location space, Foursquares location tech stack is being utilized by the worlds largest enterprises & most recognizable brands.

Foursquares flexible building blocks include technology to maximize marketing impact & drive incremental real-world engagement (Attribution, Audience, Proximity, SDK);  data to deeply understand points of interest & real-world behavior patterns (Places & Visits), & tools to conduct advanced analysis, data enrichment, unification & visualization (Unfolded Studio).

About the Team

Visits team sits at the intersection of Data Science, Product & Engineering. We are responsible for creating & maintaining algorithms that power our Visits, the contextual understanding of what people are actually doing as they move through the physical world. The  person in this role is a hero of big data: operating, monitoring, maintaining & improving data pipelines for 250 million monthly active users & owning a system that ingests 3.5 billion new  location readings every day. 

About the role:

We are currently looking for a Manager of our Visits Data Science team. In leading this high-impact team, your mission is to imbue raw spatial data with geospatial intelligence, to transform it into net new revenue streams & novel data products for Foursquare's many enterprise clients.

The Manager has a hugely cross-functional role  along with day to day activities of the team, they will be responsible for planning & timely execution of Visits Quality roadmap in collaboration with Engineering, & Product leadership. They will coordinate with external stakeholders in the Sales & Go-To-Market teams to drive impact that is measurable across multiple revenue streams. They will also be responsible for hiring & career growth of the Visits team members.

Responsibilities of the role:

  • Making sure the team has the right tools & processes in place to deliver work on time & to specification.
  • Owning & managing the teams OKRs & deliverables for each quarter -  measuring performance against commitments, but being agile & pivoting when necessary.
  • Working with partners & stakeholders x-functionally to set & understand requirements
  • To communicate planning & celebrate successes widely across the company, & create visibility & generate support for the team with the executive team.
  • Growing & retaining data scientists & ML engineers in the team, appreciating the differences in their drives, working styles & philosophies
  • Hosting a monthly algorithms workshop & regular seminars with external speakers, team social events, & actively fostering a collegial spirit amongst team-members

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Experience of at least 2 years leading a technical team with complex systems-building requirements This can include ML process management expertise, but equally important are technical mentoring & soft skills needed to activate team members to become self-actualized, high-impact & growth-driven.
  • A technical understanding of quantitative modeling & building big-data systems, leveraging modern technologies like Spark & EMR
  • A bridge between scientists, engineers & product owners, capable of appreciating different viewpoints & importance of finding solutions together
  • Understanding management processes & principles of project management, including how to balance short-term needs with long-term research payoffs
  • Highly-effective communication skills (both written & verbal) including the ability to get buy-in from product managers & executive
  • An understanding of the quality & reliability needs of an enterprise business
  • Curious, truth-seeking & ethical, especially with respect to data
  • Experience in areas related to geospatial-tech & ad-tech are nice to have.

Perks & benefits:

  • Learning & development programs from individual contributors to managers
  • Individual, professional coaching for all full-time employees
  • Flexible time off - rest & recharge when you need it!
  • Comprehensive & competitive health, vision, dental, life insurance
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Home office setup: you get all necessary hardware & internet reimbursement 
  • Family planning programs via Carrot & Maven
  • Employee Resource Groups to help you stay connected

Foursquare is proud to foster an inclusive environment that is free from discrimination. We strongly believe in order to build the best products, we need a diversity of perspectives & backgrounds. This leads to a more delightful experience for our users & team members. We value listening to every voice & we encourage everyone to come be a part of building a company & products we love.

Foursquare is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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