Senior Manager of Data Science OR Director of Data Science


Seattle, WA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Data Science
  • Post Date: 02/12/2021
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  • Company Address: 50 W 23rd Street 8th Floor, New York, NY, 10010

About Foursquare

Foursquare helps you find places you’ll love, anywhere in the world.

Job Description

Foursquare is the leading independent location technology platform, powering business solutions and consumer products through a deep understanding of location. Over 1,000 clients—including more than 50% of the Fortune 100—choose Foursquare.

Foursquare’s toolkit includes Placed powered by Foursquare, Audiences powered by Factual and Proximity powered by Factual, Analytics Solutions, Places, Pilgrim SDK and Pinpoint. Together, these products empower brands to measure foot traffic lift via multi-touch attribution; deliver proximity-based advertising; analyze and identify trends; drive deeper engagement via Foursquare’s industry-leading developer tools, which have been selected by 200,000 developers including AccuWeather, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Snapchat, Twitter and Uber; and optimize advertising campaigns across hundreds of audiences. Over 14 billion consumer-verified place visit confirmations help us keep our map and models fresh and up-to-date.

Foursquare has more than 350+ employees based in New York headquarters with offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Singapore. In 2019 Foursquare acquired Placed from Snap Inc, and then in 2020 merged with Factual. Foursquare is proud to be funded by The Raine Group, Simon Ventures, Naver, Union Square Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, DFJ Growth, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners and more.

About the Team

Data Science team at Foursquare owns research and methodology across all Foursquare products. Members of this team have advanced training in statistics, data science, and/or machine learning. While we produce code that is executed in production environments, the focus is on developing methodology, building models, and prototyping novel uses of our data resources.

This Visits is responsible for the methodology and models associated with creating visits including the underlying models. They own the methodology and models for enriching user level data, recall correction methodology, models inferring other real world behaviors, and leveraging emerging mobile features to collect data which allows us to improve the quality of behavior inferences. They are also responsible for research on OS features which impact our ability to build inferences.

About the role:

We are currently looking for a Senior Manager of Data Science or a Director of Data Science depending on your experience. 

The Director of Data Science will be responsible for managing the whole Data Science team, including working with other directors in the Data Engineering teams as well as other stakeholders such as the Product and Go To Market teams in order to make sure we deliver high quality solutions on time powering our industry leading products. The Director of Data Science will report to the VP of Engineering in charge of Data Science.

The Senior Manager will be responsible for running the Visits team in particular.. The role can grow into the director role based on the impact and growth you demonstrate in the role.

Responsibilities of the role:

  • Making sure the team has the right tools and processes in place to deliver work that is on time and to specification.
  • Owning and managing the team’s OKRs and deliverables for the quarter
  • Working with partners and stakeholders in other teams to set and understand requirements.
  • Growing and retaining the data scientists in the team


  • Experience leading a research team with complex systems-building requirements
  • Experience mentoring new leaders via coaching and compassion
  • A technical understanding of quantitative modeling and building big-data systems, leveraging modern technologies like Spark and EMR
  • Able to be a bridge between scientists and product owners, generating agreement and consensus
  • Strong knowledge of Agile processes, including an understanding of how to balance short-term needs with long-term research payoffs
  • Highly-effective communication skills (both written and verbal) including the ability to get buy-in from product managers and executives
  • An understanding of the quality and reliability needs of an enterprise business
  • Experience in areas related to geospatial tech preferred; or related areas of real-world measurement, e.g., healthcare tech

Foursquare is proud to foster an inclusive environment that is free from discrimination. We strongly believe that in order to build the best products, we need a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. This leads to a more delightful experience for our users and team members. We value listening to every voice, and we encourage everyone to come be a part of building a company and a suite of products that we love.

Foursquare is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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 protected by law.

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