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Sr. Staff Machine Learning Engineer, Privacy ML

  • San Francisco, California, United States / Palo Alto, California, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Engineering
  • Regular
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About Pinterest:

Millions of people across the world come to Pinterest to find new ideas every day. It’s where they get inspiration, dream about new possibilities and plan for what matters most. Our mission is to help those people find their inspiration and create a life they love. In your role, you’ll be challenged to take on work that upholds this mission and pushes Pinterest forward. You’ll grow as a person and leader in your field, all the while helping Pinners make their lives better in the positive corner of the internet.

Creating a life you love also means finding a career that celebrates the unique perspectives and experiences that you bring. As you read through the expectations of the position, consider how your skills and experiences may complement the responsibilities of the role. We encourage you to think through your relevant and transferable skills from prior experiences.

Our new progressive work model is called PinFlex, a term that’s uniquely Pinterest to describe our flexible approach to living and working. Visit our PinFlex landing page to learn more.

At Pinterest, we treat user privacy as our first priority in our product design and ads businesses. Within the monetization ML team, we try to connect the dots between the aspirations of Pinners and the products offered by our partners, while respecting users’ privacy choices.

In this role, you will be guiding the technical directions, leading the development, and advancing the state of the art privacy-preserved ML solutions that power the ads engagement and delivery which bring together Pinners and partners in this unique marketplace. You will influence and collaborate with cross functional teams to drive privacy initiatives, ensure compliance with relevant regulations and enable effective advertising strategies.

What you'll do:

  • Lead projects that involve developing and deploying state of the art (and beyond) privacy-preserved ML models in production ads delivery systems
  • Collaborate and partner with cross functional teams across the company, to help define and drive forward-looking privacy-preserved ML strategy for the team and across the company
  • Be hands-on and develop models and systems that lead to step-function improvements to our topline metrics
  • Mentor and grow junior ML engineers in ads quality and partner teams and help to uplevel ML talent across the company

What we're looking for:

  • Experience in privacy preserving machine learning techniques
  • Deep practical knowledge of large scale recommender systems, or ads deliver funnels
  • Experience in deep learning, transformers, deep cross network, etc. Hands-on experience training and applying models at scale using deep learning frameworks like PyTorch or Tensorflow
  • Experience with large scale data processing (e.g. Hive, Scalding, Spark, Hadoop, Map-reduce)
  • 8+ years working experience in the engineering teams that build large-scale ML-driven user-facing products
  • 3+ years experience leading cross-team engineering efforts
  • Understanding of an object-oriented programming language (Java, C++, Python, etc)
  • Experience in working on backend and ML systems for large-scale user-facing products, and have a good understanding of how they all work is a plus

This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.



At Pinterest we believe the workplace should be equitable, inclusive, and inspiring for every employee. In an effort to provide greater transparency, we are sharing the base salary range for this position. The position is also eligible for equity. Final salary is based on a number of factors including location, travel, relevant prior experience, or particular skills and expertise.

Information regarding the culture at Pinterest and benefits available for this position can be found here.

US based applicants only
$222,000—$327,000 USD

Our Commitment to Diversity:

Pinterest is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best qualified people in every job. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic under federal, state, or local law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you require an accommodation during the job application process, please notify for support.

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