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Foursquare // location enterprise platform
Engineering, Full Time    New York    Posted: Monday, May 16, 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:

The 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:

As a new grad Data Scientist at Foursquare, youll be responsible for supporting statistical inference, big data analytics, & supervised/unsupervised model building. The methodologies we employ are varied which creates a rich environment for the application of data science technology.This is a massive opportunity for professional development & you will learn many new technologies & techniques during your Foursquare experience.

This is not just a machine learning job. We look for data scientists who are excited by the challenge of solving problems using a wide array of modeling & quantitative techniques. This can involve product feature prototyping, new metric development, & exploratory data analysis.

Data scientists at Foursquare are also highly collaborative, working largely with Product & Engineering stakeholders to deploy machine learning models & analytics processes at scale in production. You should have a growth mindset, deep scientific curiosity, & a collegial spirit it is through these qualities that we succeed as a team.

Responsibilities of the role

  • Work with DS team to design new core algorithms for our data that will power the future of Foursquare geospatial intelligence
  • Build supervised/unsupervised machine learning models & support feature engineering
  • Perform impact analysis & opportunity-sizing for our work streams & data products. 
  • Build statistical inference & big data analytics for geospatial data. 
  • Communicate proposals & model developments within the team & more broadly throughout the company to both technical & non-technical audiences 
  • Collaborate with software engineers to implement & deploy machine learning models & data analytics into production
  • Conduct ad-hoc data investigations for insights extraction & data forensics
  • Work with product team & core clients to scope requirements & communicate project status
  • Proactively Identify & implement product & process changes to make the platform more efficient & accurate

Minimum requirements:

  • Advanced degree (MS, Ph.D) in quantitative field of study (computer science, physics, chemistry, astronomy, applied mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics, etc.)
  • Knowledge of ML model creation & execution
  • Proficiency in Python & SQL
  • Proven track record of practical research endeavors, e.g. publications, patents
  • Strong communication skills, record of public presentations

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with Jupyter, Spark, Databricks, AWS EMR, or similar frameworks
  • Experience with some data visualization (Tableau, AWS QuickSight, Grafana, Kepler, Unfolded)
  • Comfort with Unix/Linux & the command line
  • Experience with geospatial data

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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