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Staff Data Scientist, Growth

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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.

What you’ll do

  • Partner with cross-functional teams to initiate, lead or contribute to large-scale/complex strategic projects, with particular focus on Machine learning initiatives.
  • Work with a team of cross-functional teams to identify new opportunities for business growth and develop algorithms and methodologies to address them.
  • Analyze large-scale data and develop and execute rigorous analysis using causal methodology to drive business decisions.
  • Design measurement strategy, advise on experimentation best practices, identifying flaws in experiment practices and results; building tools for experiment analysis.
  • Act as a thought partner to senior leaders to prioritize/scope projects, provide recommendations and evangelize data-driven business decisions in support of strategic goals.
  • Provide technical guidance and mentorship to junior team members on solution design as well as lead code/design reviews.

What we’re looking for

  • 8+ years of combined post-graduate academic and industry experience applying scientific methods to solve real-world problems on web-scale data
  • Strong background in statistical, machine learning, experimentation
  • Proven ability to apply scientific methods to solve real-world problems on web-scale data
  • Expertise in at least one scripting language (ideally Python/R)
  • Proficiency in SQL/Hive
  • Strong business and product sense: delight in shaping vague questions into well-defined analyses and success metrics that drive business decisions
  • Excellent communication skills: able to lead initiatives across multiple product areas and communicate findings with leadership and product teams
  • Experience leading key technical projects and substantially influencing the scope and output of others

What skills are ideal but not required?

Exposure to one or more of the following areas is beneficial. Ideal candidates would have exposure to 2+ of these areas and deep familiarity in 1 or more areas.

  • Strongly desired: experience working in Growth function, in particular, experience working on notifications, paid marketing, user acquisition.
  • Experience working on ranking algorithms.
  • Statistical rigor. Experience with causal inference projects.
  • ML modeling, ideally with biased / incomplete training data. Has built models end to end (feature design, feature selection, training data, implementation, iteration, productionization) and can intelligently discuss trade-offs / decisions at each step.

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
$174,175—$304,496 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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