Instacart
Instacart is a North American leader in online grocery delivery.
San Francisco, CA
Remote

Operations Research Scientist (Senior/Staff)

| San Francisco, CA + 1 more | Remote
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We're transforming the grocery industry

Instacart is the North American leader in online grocery and one of the fastest-growing companies in e-commerce. Since 2012, we’ve been working towards creating a world where everyone has access to the food they love and more time to enjoy it together. 

Groceries delivered to your door in as little as an hour. It seems simple, right? Well, it’s more complex than that. From re-routing deliveries during snowstorms, to connecting customers with coupons and deals for their favorite brands, to updating over half a billion grocery data lines every night...our efforts bring Instacart closer to being the operating system for the grocery industry.


OVERVIEW

We're looking for outstanding operations research (OR) scientists to join our fast moving team. We work on a range of interesting and challenging problems, from making sure orders are fulfilled efficiently and on-time to helping customers decide what to buy. Machine learning and Operations Research are at the heart of this effort and an essential ingredient in Instacart's aggressive growth plan and vision for the future.

We love operations research scientists who are motivated not only by researching new solutions, but by owning the problem and implementation end to end. There is tremendous opportunity in front of us, and joining now gives you a chance to grow your career and interests as we succeed.

ABOUT THE JOB

  • You will work on real-time fulfillment systems and build/code scalable solutions to continuously evolving and incredibly challenging logistics problems.
  • You will be dedicated to a small cross-discipline product team, with tremendous ownership and responsibility for managing things directly.
  • You will be an active member of an internal community of operations research scientists and machine learning engineers sharing learnings, best practices and research across many domains.
  • You will ship high quality solutions with a sense of urgency and speed.
  • You will work closely with engineers, product managers, other teams, and both internal and external stakeholders, owning a large part of the process from problem understanding to shipping the solution.
  • You will have the freedom to suggest and drive organization-wide initiatives.
  • You will mentor others on best practices for design and implementation of cutting-edge OR solutions.
ABOUT YOU
  • Bachelor's degree (M.S./PhD preferred) in Operations Research, Applied Mathematics or a related field
  • 4+ years of industry experience using operations research to solve real-world problems
  • Expertise in mathematical optimization, and implementing scalable tailored solution approaches and heuristics to solve optimization problems
  • Experience building real-time optimization engines and predictive modeling. Direct experience working on balancing supply and demand in a complex marketplace is a big plus.
  • 3+ years experience in building models and developing scalable algorithms for machine learning, mathematical programming and simulation
  • 2+ years experience with developing heuristic methods, problem decomposition and optimization using PuLP, Gurobi, CPLEX or related tools
  • 2+ years experience in handling data and writing production applications using Python (pandas, numpy etc), R, SQL
  • A blend of operations research, data mining, predictive modeling, statistical analysis and people knowledge that lets you jump into a fast paced environment and contribute from day one

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Accommodations & Accessibility

At Instacart, we strive to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates. If you need assistance submitting an application through our career site due to a disability, please submit an Accommodations Request Form and someone from our team will reach out soon to see how we may be able to assist.

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What are Instacart Perks + Benefits

Instacart Benefits Overview

Health & Wellbeing
At Instacart we offer generous employer contributions to healthcare for comprehensive medical, dental, vision and mental health. From flu-shot clinics to “take what you need” time off, we provide a holistic approach to supporting our employees' physical and emotional well being.

Family
We believe in supporting every parent within the Instacart family. Paid parental leave, flexible schedules, a grocery credit, and sweet baby swag are offered to new parents. We aim to support parents returning to work with on-site Mother’s Rooms, our Parents @ ERG, and events like Bring Your Child to Work Day.

Food
We donut take food (or food puns) lightly at here Instacart. From giving all employees a free Instacart Express membership to celebrating milestones and cultural heritage months with food, to hosting a monthly AMA with our CEO called "the Scoop" (featuring scoops of ice cream), food is baked into our daily lives.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Our social impact program, Instacart Serves, aims to nourish our communities by helping to remove barriers to food access and enrich the lives of our communities through an annual volunteer week.
Partners with Nonprofits
Instacart is committed to supporting the communities we serve and we are proud to team up with our giving partner Feeding America to combat food insecurity.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
We require all Instacart employees to complete a mandatory unconscious bias training. Our employee resource groups have also partnered together to launch a diversity and training program.
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
At Instacart, we have five active Employee Resource Groups (ERGs): Nightshades (our Black ERG), Rainbow Carrots (our LGBTQ+ ERG), Saźon (our Latinx ERG), [email protected], and [email protected]
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave for employees who become parents (through birth, adoption, or foster care) to support them and their families as they take on their new role as a parent.
Flexible Work Schedule
As a company, we’ve adopted a set of guidelines for managers to help accommodate caregivers on their teams including offering flexible schedules and extra time blocks throughout the day.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
We provide Family Planning benefits for all types of families, including but not limited to fertility planning, surrogacy support, adoption services, care navigation, and reproductive technology.
Company sponsored family events
We partner with our [email protected] community to host virtual events and programming for families such as cooking classes, arts and craft kits delivered, and magic shows over Zoom.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
We have a $600 stipend for outfitting your home office, as well as monthly phone & internet reimbursement.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer free Udemy subscriptions for every employee to allow them to develop new skills and foster existing ones by enrolling in a wide array of courses. We also have a dedicated L&D Team.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Our programming and benefits are constantly evolving to meet the needs of our growing team. We introduce new benefits each year, and add new programs to celebrate cultural heritage, give back to the community, and celebrate our teams.

Our Instacart Serves social impact program is one of the most active across the company. We aim to nourish our communities by helping to remove barriers to food access and enriching the lives of our communities through an annual volunteer week of service, grocery donations, disaster relief, and giving campaigns.

The Instacart Serves program focuses support across 3 main areas:

- Food Insecurity: The majority of our philanthropic support is dedicated to helping to remove barriers to food access and hunger relief with our primary giving partner, Feeding America. We recognize that food insecurity disproportionately affects diverse communities and we also work to raise awareness for this growing inequity.

- Supporting Traditionally Marginalized Communities: We are committed to standing up for injustice and equity, supporting organizations that challenge economic justice, and uplifting traditionally marginalized communities.

- Disaster Relief: In the event of natural disasters which severely impact the communities we serve, we provide disaster relief through financial or grocery donations to centers and organizations supporting evacuees and first responders.

An Insider's view of Instacart

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Family—its what I think of when someone asks me about the Instacart Finance team. It is ACCR-UAL world out there but all of us have each other’s back!

Sachin

Payroll Manager

What does your typical day look like?

Our team is hyper-focused on delivering value to our enterprise customers. We are shaking up the grocery industry and every day brings a new challenge. There's never a dull moment on the technical delivery team!

Nicola

Technical Project Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Instacart has given me the opportunity to grow my career significantly over the last 5 years. I started as an In-store shopper, became a Shift Lead, was promoted to Site Manager. Eventually, I transitioned into a new role on my current team at HQ and am expanding my coding skills with Carrot University, our internal coding bootcamp.

Annabel

Shopper Community Lead, Field Operations

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

"I love being a part of the Care team because we genuinely care about the customers that use our platform and our employees who work hard to ensure a great experience. I get to play an integral role in helping us turn our Care vision into reality."

Kiha

Human Resources Director, Care

What are some things you learned at the company?

As a large company that is growing quickly, there is still a huge appetite for trying new things; in fact, it's the expectation. There is no 'cookie-cutter' approach.

Tonci

Senior Technical Recruiter

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