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Senior Backend Engineer - Machine Learning Platform at StyleSeat (San Francisco, CA)

Senior Backend Engineer - Machine Learning Platform

San Francisco, CA

About StyleSeat:

At StyleSeat, our mission is to help people look and feel their best. We are on the path to achieving this mission by being the go-to portal for consumers to discover, book, and pay for beauty and grooming services (hair stylists, colorists, nail artists, estheticians, barbers, etc). We are also the premier solution for all independent professionals in the industry to run and grow their business. We have powered over 120 million appointments booked and $10B in revenue for small businesses and are on the path to much more.

Our leaders are just as involved in the code as they are with mentoring their team to make StyleSeat the very best place to work. We have a strong value-based culture that serves our community, gives every individual ownership and is diverse.  Being an engineer means: daily releases, clear ownership, constant learning, data driven decision-making, great partnership with product, serving millions of customers everyday. Every single engineer makes a huge impact on our customers and the company’s growth.

About the Role:

The Senior Backend Engineer - Machine Learning Platform role at StyleSeat is responsible for working cross-functionally with Product Managers, Fullstack & Frontend Engineers, Analytics, and Data Scientists to provide backend technical expertise to the rest of the engineering team, ultimately steering key decisions at all levels of the stack. You will engage in system design, technology evaluation, prototyping, implementation of a suite of new microservices-based APIs, and the training of team members as we move to a more modular, microservice architecture. 

You will build a flexible and scalable Machine Learning Platform to ingest, analyze, enrich, and transform petabytes of data, then activate that data to enable fine-grained, targeted marketing and actionable insights to the Beauty Professionals and Consumers who use our product and services.  The business goal is to further enable: Journey Building, Email Marketing, Data Management, Mobile Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Marketing Automation, Omni-Channel Interactions, and Campaign Management.

Experience & Qualifications:

You love to learn so you don't need to know everything from day one, but some relevant background will help you get going quickly.  We are looking for a self-directed, critical thinker, and an excellent communicator.

  • 5+ years experience creating Machine Learning Platforms, scalable APIs, and delivering Backend Services
  • Experience scaling backend architecture and migrating to a modular, microservice future
  • Experience designing and implementing interfaces and infrastructure for large volume services and APIs
  • Experience directing requirements, designing, and implementing a Machine Learning Platform, which consumes mobile, social, click-stream, and other data, and then feeding this data into a Big Data & Machine Learning strategy
  • Strong familiarity with at least one modern web application framework (e.g. Django, Rails, or similar), as well as experience working with SQL, Caching, and Messaging Queues
  • Experience working with Python, Flask, MySQL, and Redis, as well as introducing other technologies when needed
  • General understanding of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, and Kubernetes
  • Experience working at "web scale", and providing evolving, always-available services to unbounded user communities
  • Experience scaling software as part of a high-growth company