Wayfair is hiring a

Software Engineer, Data Science Algorithms

Boston, United States
Full-Time

For this role, we're seeking a talented developer interested in data science to become an integral part of Algorithms Unit. Data science is a rapidly-growing field -- This role offers the opportunity to expand your horizons and develop this highly in-demand skill set.

You already have excellent developer skills and want to use them to supercharge machine learning projects. You're passionate about writing good, clean code as a software engineer, but you're eager to work on a data science team (spanning both business and tech competencies) rather than on a software team.

About Algorithms Unit:

Algorithms Unit is a close-knit group of data scientists within the Pricing & Profitability team that is responsible for dynamically adjusting prices on millions of products worldwide.

As the largest and fastest growing e-commerce technology company in the home space, Wayfair interacts with a large volume of product data, user data and order data. This makes predictive analytics solutions critical to managing prices and providing core business solutions. Algorithms Unit develops solutions that affect billions of dollars in revenue and has end-to-end responsibilities for projects. These include data exploration, model selection, optimizing fit, running machine learning algorithms at scale and iterating with experiments for long-term improvement.

Candidates should be data-savvy, have strong coding skills, and be driven to complete projects that make a business impact at scale. In this role you will work with a talented and diverse group of PhDs, data scientists, economists, business analysts as well as software engineering teams, so excellent communication skills and keen business sense are crucial.

Responsibilities:

  • Architect and improve capabilities, usability, documentation, and performance of team Python library of reusable code for machine learning algorithms and for data analysis
  • Build and iterate on team workflow, integration of multiple technologies (e.g., Python, data science and machine learning packages, SQL, Jenkins, Git, bash, logging tools, other technologies in Wayfair's tech stack.
  • Propose and execute data science algorithms projects that deliver team and business value towards improved profit, revenue and customer price perception

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS/MA/MS in Computer Science or other technical degree
  • Proven software engineering skills in code you can show us (e.g., on GitHub)
  • Proven record of architecting and completing self-designed, self-driven projects (typically side projects or startup experience)
  • 2+ years' professional experience or equivalent as a developer with multiple languages (Python especially; experience in all languages valued, e.g., JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, Java, Scala, C, C++, C#, Objective-C, Swift, Go)
  • Deep knowledge of software engineering principles (e.g., abstraction, DRY, Law of Demeter, separation of concerns, SRP, unit testing, acceptance testing)
  • Experience with SQL or other databases
  • Experience with Git, JSON, YAML, UNIX scripting, regular expressions
  • Strong interest in working closely with data scientists (not software engineers) flexibly in both Windows and Linux environments
  • Excellent communication skills, including documentation and summarizing/describing your projects

Bonus:

  • Contributions to open-source libraries (with good interface design and documentation)
  • Experience with machine learning projects (e.g., Kaggle), A/B testing, statistics, big data (Hadoop, Spark)
  • Skills related to other Algorithms Unit roles:


About Wayfair 

Wayfair Inc. offers an extensive selection of home furnishings and décor across all styles and price points. The Wayfair family of brands includes:

  • com, an online destination for all things home
  • Joss & Main, where beautiful furniture and finds meet irresistible savings
  • AllModern, a go-to online source for modern design
  • DwellStudio, a design house for fashion-forward modern furnishings
  • Birch Lane, a collection of classic furnishings and timeless home décor


Wayfair generated $2.25 billion in net revenues for full year 2015. The company employed 3,809 people as of December 31, 2015 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with operations throughout North America and Europe.  The company has previously been named one of America’s Most Promising Companies by Forbes Magazine and selected by the Boston Business Journal and Glassdoor.com as a Top Company to Work For and Top Company for Well Balanced Life.

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