BuzzFeed is hiring a

Director of Data Science

New York, United States

BuzzFeed is an industry-leading media company. With a focus on native internet content, BuzzFeed publishes content on 30 platforms in 11 markets, revolutionizing the media industry and inspiring publishers across the globe to rethink how they present content.

With a global reach of over 7B video and article views, BuzzFeed’s Data Science team uses data to help solve problems that are complex and nuanced, at scale. We’ve spent years building the Data Science team to support all company operations, and we’re looking for a Director to expand and lead one of the most impactful teams in the organization.

As Director of Data Science, you’ll manage and grow a talented team of Data Scientists and Analysts, and build world-class infrastructure and tools. You’ll work on highly creative problems, extending beyond internal BuzzFeed properties. You’ll be highly impactful across the business - from working with editorial to understand why content performs well to collaborating with executive leadership on how to leverage new data and insights.  The ideal candidate will be a highly technical self-starter, will bring energy and passion to everything they do, and won't be afraid to roll up his/her sleeves to tackle projects both big and small.

This is a full-time role based in our NYC headquarters.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead, nurture, and grow a team of Data Scientists
  • Drive the creation and implementation of best practices for statistical data modeling, analysis, and machine learning; data exploration and reporting tools; and processes that allow data science to team to work efficiently within and also outside of the tech org
  • Work closely with teams in the tech organization including product owners, data infrastructure, and engineering, as well as people outside the tech organization including business, edit, creative, and video.
  • Help determine what metrics are critical to the organization, build tools and communicate key metrics to executives, editors, developers, and others within the organization
  • Use data to better understand what our readers and viewers are doing and why
  • Consider the use of data in a distributed internet. At BuzzFeed, we create content and analyze how that content performs on both our platforms and across the internet.

Requirements:

  • 7+ years experience in data science and analytics, ideally working with a consumer product.
  • Significant experience managing, mentoring, and coaching teams of data scientists and analysts.
  • A deep understanding of social media platforms, video platforms, and user behavior.
  • A gift for distilling complex and seemingly arcane analytics into clear, accessible, actionable insight.
  • Excellent communication skills, and ability to work across multiple teams and levels within an organization.
  • Hands-on experience with Python and SQL, and ideally Redshift and BigQuery
  • A love for telling stories with data, and an appreciation for both the power and limits of data.