Lead Data Scientist


Lead Data Scientist

Company Overview

Thrive Commerce is a venture-backed SaaS eCommerce start-up in Center City Philadelphia. We’ve spotted a huge inefficiency in the $3 trillion global eCommerce industry and are currently disrupting it with leading retailers like Advance Auto Parts, eBags, Shoe Carnival and others.

Thrive is bringing new meaning to promotions. No longer are brands stuck in the past with manual processes, a siloed approach, lack of control, and one-size-fits-all strategy. Our Intelligent Promotions Solution empowers brands to efficiently centralize, control and personalize promotions – delivering the right promotion to the right customer in the right place at the right time – for more conversions and growth, and a healthier bottom line.

We’re looking for a Lead Data Scientist specializing in Data and Machine Learning to be part of a great team and play a critical role in taking this mission-critical platform to the next level. This role will be responsible for leading our machine learning/AI development and have a direct impact on product/design decisions. The candidate will also be responsible for implementation, so strong engineering skills are also needed.

Job Description

Be part of an exciting startup and help design, implement and deploy new platform functionality to client-facing management, integration, and rendering systems. As a member of Thrive’s growing engineering team, you will be responsible for measurably growing revenue for our clients.

  • Design and develop new data pipelines for training, evaluating, and testing Thrive’s customer-facing machine learning models
  • Develop algorithms for ranking promotional content based on consumer browsing history
  • Maintain and improve on existing consumer tracking architecture
  • Write and test production-quality code in new and existing services
  • Implement automation around deployment, testing, and scaling
  • Keep up to date on best practices for modern machine learning pipelines
  • Make recommendations to management on technology stack and tooling to support pipeline development
  • Work in an intensely-paced but flexible startup atmosphere where you’re assessed on results and given the freedom to achieve them
  • Work hard and smart with us from day one to build a SaaS platform that will forever change eCommerce, and have fun doing it

In addition to the above, the ideal candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, be able to work independently, and to a deadline.

Desired Skills & Experience

Our systems are web/mobile applications and RESTful APIs. Our data platform targets the JVM. To ensure you hit the ground running, it’s essential that you have the following skills and experience:

  • 0-3+ years experience with a production SaaS solution
  • 2-5+ years professional software engineering
  • 1-2+ years experience building large-scale machine learning pipelines with AWS (Lambda, SageMaker, Athena, DynamoDB)
  • Experience building collaborative filtering models with co-occurrence, matrix factorization, etc.
  • Python, Java, and/or Scala
  • SQL, preferably MySQL
  • Test automation tools like RSpec, JUnit, etc.
  • BS in Computer Science, MS preferred – or equivalent experience

Bonus Points

  • Ruby on Rails
  • HTML/CSS/JavaScript
  • Personal programming projects, active in the open-source community
  • Experience building native mobile applications
  • Google Analytics, SEO, eCommerce platform (ex. Magento) experience
  • Understanding of digital coupons, SEM, affiliate marketing, and other online marketing concepts


Flexible; Philadelphia, PA


Salary + highly leveraged stock options

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    Why Work at Thrive?

    We’re growing!
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