Sr. Director, Data Science - Core Experience

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Employer Provided Salary: 257,000-345,000 Annually
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We're transforming the grocery industry

At Instacart, we invite the world to share love through food because we believe everyone should have access to the food they love and more time to enjoy it together. Where others see a simple need for grocery delivery, we see exciting complexity and endless opportunity to serve the varied needs of our community. We work to deliver an essential service that customers rely on to get their groceries and household goods, while also offering safe and flexible earnings opportunities to Instacart Personal Shoppers.

Instacart has become a lifeline for millions of people, and we’re building the team to help push our shopping cart forward. If you’re ready to do the best work of your life, come join our table.

Instacart is a Flex First team

There’s no one-size fits all approach to how we do our best work. Our employees have the flexibility to choose where they do their best work—whether it’s from home, an office, or your favorite coffee shop—while staying connected and building community through regular in-person events. Learn more about our flexible approach to where we work.

Overview


At Instacart, our mission is to create a world where everyone has access to the food they love and more time to enjoy it together. Millions of customers every year use Instacart to buy their groceries online, and the Data Science team is partnering with product and engineering teams to grow and drive Instacart’s products.

       

About the Role


As the Sr. Director of Data Science for the Core Experience team, you will lead and expand a team dedicated to revolutionizing both the consumer and retailer experience in online grocery shopping. This team is essential in harnessing technology to provide seamless, enjoyable shopping experiences from browsing to doorstep delivery. As a leader in this group, you will collaborate closely with Product and Engineering leadership, playing a pivotal role in steering the strategic direction of Instacart's consumer-facing technologies. 


This position offers the opportunity to drive significant impact at a company that is shaping the future of grocery shopping. Your leadership and analytical expertise will play a crucial role in not just meeting but exceeding our customer's expectations for convenient, efficient, and enjoyable shopping experiences.


About the Team


On the Core Experience team, we aim to serve the needs of our retailers while providing a consistent experience for our users. Here, we work on the most consumer-facing problems, running a huge number of user experiments to deeply understand the impacts of every decision, rollout and update to our core offerings. We’re tasked with driving Instacart’s future core shopping vision and experience across Instacart App and the white-label softwares we provide to retailers (i.e. Costco). 


About the Job 

  • Build and grow a high-performing team of data scientists.
  • Oversee the design of rigorous experiments and interpret results to draw detailed and actionable conclusions.
  • Lead the development of statistical models to extract trends, measure results, and predict future performance of our technologies & products.
  • Enable objective decision making across the company by democratizing data through dashboards and other analytical tools.
  • Use expertise in causal inference, machine learning, complex systems modeling, behavioral decision theory etc. to shape the future of Instacart Core products.
  • Present findings in a compelling way to influence Instacart’s leadership and product decision making.


About You

Minimum Qualifications

  • 12+ years experience working in a quantitative role at a product company or a research organization.
  • 7+ years of experience managing a team of data scientists, economists or product analysts.
  • Ability to translate business needs into analytical frameworks & superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to influence and collaborate in cross-functional capacity with leaders in engineering, product, finance, etc.
  • Eagerness to learn, flexibility to pivot when needed, savviness to navigate and thrive in a dynamic environment, and a growth mindset needed to build a successful team and company.
  • Experience in building and maturing Data Science teams and infrastructure in a startup environment.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in Statistics, Analytics, Economics, or a related field.
  • Experience working in the gig-economy, supply chain, ecommerce, or retail industries.

Instacart provides highly market-competitive compensation and benefits in each location where our employees work. This role is remote and the base pay range for a successful candidate is dependent on their permanent work location. Please review our Flex First remote work policy here.

Offers may vary based on many factors, such as candidate experience and skills required for the role. Additionally, this role is eligible for a new hire equity grant as well as annual refresh grants. Please read more about our benefits offerings here.
For US based candidates, the base pay ranges for a successful candidate are listed below.

CA, NY, CT, NJ

$311,000$345,000 USD

WA

$298,000$331,000 USD

OR, DE, ME, MA, MD, NH, RI, VT, DC, PA, VA, CO, TX, IL, HI

$285,000$317,000 USD

All other states

$257,000$286,000 USD

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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    • SwiftLanguages
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    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
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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

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.
OKR operational model
Open office floor plan
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.
Diversity
Mandated 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), Parents@, and Women@.
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
Company equity
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave
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.
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 Parents@ 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
Unlimited vacation policy
Paid holidays
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free daily meals
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored 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
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
Lunch and learns
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.

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