Head of Data Science at Bestow

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ABOUT BESTOW

Bestow is the leading digital platform for life insurance. As both a direct-to-consumer destination and an infrastructure provider, Bestow is on a mission to make life insurance accessible to millions of underserved families. 

We strive for work-life balance and believe happy employees make for better experiences and happier customers. It’s a model that helped us land on Forbes’ Best Startup Employers 2021 and 2022 lists!


We are looking for a strong leader to be the Head of Data Science for our growing organization. In this role, you will be responsible for three key areas: 
 
First, and most important, is the engagement and development of the managers and individual contributors on your team. You will ensure that they are set up for success and allowed to grow as individuals and in their careers.

You will ensure your teams are staffed and organized to deliver quality data products predictably. You will help set business context and frame the purpose for your teams’ work. 

Finally, as a senior member of the engineering management team, you will identify and lead initiatives across the engineering organization. 

Open to Austin, TX, Dallas, TX or Remote (US) #LI-Remote

ABOUT THE ROLE

  • Work effectively with cross-functional partners and stakeholders to set and achieve optimal outcomes
  • Passionate about solving technical and leadership challenges, organizing teams to deliver, and running an efficient process for produce high quality, high confidence deliverables
  • Enjoy managing the team with multiple projects and balancing various needs and priorities
  • Develop the data science roadmap for your team with input from underwriters, engineering, and product management
  • You are passionate about building and mentoring high performing engineering teams
  • Be an internal advocate for data science and look for opportunities where the application of data science and ML can be demonstrably advantageous or solves existing challenges
  • Self-motivated and capable of working through ambiguity
  • Measure the impact of your team and set clear expectations and goals
  • Recruit and grow your teams with high-performing engineering talent that complements our engineering values; helps make Bestow a world-class engineering brand.

ABOUT YOU

  • 5+ years of engineering management experience, including as an indirect manger
  • 10+ years of data science experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, or equivalent self-study
  • Proven track record of leading high performing teams, attracting and developing technical talent
  • Well versed in modern SDLC methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban and aligned to the agile principles
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate across all levels of the organization to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experience managing geographically distributed teams
  • Actively communicate roadblocks or significant delays in estimated delivery
  • Familiar with a variety of data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence technologies
  • History of success in delivering technology change, project execution, and delivery
  • Exceptional troubleshooting skills and the ability to quickly assess complex technical issues
  • Experienced with start-ups and maturing solutions for customer growth
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident (Bestow does not sponsor applicants for work visas at this time)

TOTAL REWARDS

  • Competitive salary plus stock options
  • Performance bonus
  • Generous PTO
  • Flexible schedule and work/life balance
  • 100% company-paid health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Office snacks and weekly team lunches
  • Team building events and activities

We value diversity at Bestow. We hire, recruit, and promote without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, pregnancy or maternity, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law. We understand the importance of creating a safe and comfortable work environment and encourage individualism and authenticity in every member of our team. 

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An Insider's view of Bestow

What are some social events your company does?

Last year Bestow sent everyone a make your own cocktail kit for a company-wide happy hour to help us keep in touch while we work remotely! We also have a slack channel for people who are interested in getting randomly introduced to a new member of the channel each week. It’s a great way to meet new hires and catch up with old pals.

Anna

Data Analyst

What does your typical day look like?

A typical day for me involves designing systems that get used internally and externally at Bestow. Secure and reliable solutions that allow us to meet an ever-increasing amount of traffic to our services. We like to use tools that promote creativity and automation across our responsible domains.

Clint

Senior Site Reliability Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I am always challenged here. Bestow has provided me with the best, and most beautiful ways opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. My leadership has trusted me with huge tasks early on which push me professionally. It is this type of trust that has allowed me to grow my career.

Erika

Agency Service Specialist

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

The Marketing Compliance and Operations Compliance team operates with a “run to the risk” attitude. They think of efficiencies to ensure the business understands, identify, and mitigate risks appropriately. This anticipation of what is coming around the corner attitude, continues to develop and foster trust Bestow wide.

Luke

Deputy General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

In my given role, I collaborate with teams across the business. Information Security & Privacy impact each area. I typically collaborate with different teams by projects. It can be security projects or other business-related initiatives. While remote we collaborate via zoom. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Ami

Chief Information Security Officer

What are Bestow Perks + Benefits

Bestow Benefits Overview

Why work with us?

When you’re reinventing an industry that’s gone unchanged for centuries, you need brain power, imagination and endless curiosity. At Bestow, every voice counts and every employee can shape our mission: to make financial products accessible to more people.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Caring for our own by covering 100% of employee medical insurance.
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Bestow provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted once per quarter.
Parking
We offer employees a parking subsidy.
Relocation Assistance
Our relocation assistance plan offers a maximum reimbursement of $5,000 and is on a case by case basis.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within

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