Head of Data Science Thumbtack

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Thumbtack is a local services marketplace that connects customers with the right professionals for anything they need done. Every day we rally around the impact Thumbtack has on people’s lives - from house cleaners, to yoga instructors to general contractors, we’re helping small businesses grow and thrive. Join our growing team in the quest to build THE destination for anything you need done.

About the Data Science Team

At Thumbtack, the Data Science team combines big data with innovative modeling and analysis techniques to shape the system logic that serves millions of customers and professionals. Challenging problems include:

  • Design innovative A/B testing techniques. Understanding the true impact of a test in Thumbtack’s marketplace requires well-designed separation among millions of interconnected customers and professionals, and sound methodology to interpret test results in the face of such extensive interconnection.
  • Model complex relationships in the presence of many confounding factors. Predictive modeling problems are everywhere across our product. Our team works to scope, design and implement machine learning models to support Thumbtack’s products.

About the Role

Thumbtack’s engineering team continues to grow quickly and we’re looking to hire an outstanding leader who can synthesize deep statistical expertise and product vision to lead and grow our Data Science team in designing & building data products. As the leader of this team, you will articulate a vision for Data Science at Thumbtack, and work with Engineering, Product, and Analytics teams in executing toward that vision.


  • Articulate and execute toward a vision that effectively combines advances in data science with engineering, product and analytics to make drastic improvements to Thumbtack products
  • Grow the Data Science team by hiring talented candidates and developing leadership and deep expertise in the team
  • Provide hands-on technical guidance to challenging data science problems faced by the team on a day-to-day basis

Must-Have Qualifications

  • Experience in a senior management role
  • Minimum of 4 years of industry experience in engineering
  • Passion for leading teams, setting vision, and developing highly functioning organizations
  • Expert knowledge of probability and statistics, including machine learning / predictive modeling, experimental design, and optimization
  • Hands on experience in building large-scale data products and systems
  • Strong communication skills. Able to communicate complex data solutions across the company, and to coach the team in connecting data science problem solving with product development
  • Ph.D. or equivalent experience in Computer Science, Engineering, Statistics, or other relevant technical field

Nice-to-Have Qualifications

  • Preferred: Experience working on a consumer product or startup
  • Preferred: Experience with tools in the Hadoop ecosystem such as Hive, Pig, or Spark
More About Us

Thumbtack is a local services marketplace that connects customers who need to get things done with local, skilled professionals who can help. From plumbers and painters to DJs and personal trainers, Thumbtack helps millions of customers find the right professional for their project in 1,000 unique categories. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in San Francisco, Thumbtack is backed by over $250 million in investment from Sequoia Capital, CapitalG, Tiger Global Management, Javelin Investment Partners and Baillie Gifford.

Thumbtack embraces diversity. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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