VP of Engineering & Data Science


San Francisco, CA, US / Remote
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Data Science
  • Post Date: 02/17/2021
  • Website: circleup.com
  • Company Address: 30 Maiden Lane Floor 6, San Francisco, CA, 94108

About CircleUp

CircleUp is the investment platform providing capital and resources to innovative, early-stage consumer brands with a modern, scalable approach to private markets.

Job Description

CircleUp is a technology company on a mission to help entrepreneurs thrive by giving them the capital and resources they need. We have built Helio, our machine learning and predictive analytics platform to discover the fastest-growing companies in the consumer products sector. Helio allows us to uncover data and insights that enable faster, smarter decisions for our capital offerings by investing in a “systematic” fashion. We’re now scaling these capabilities across the private investing community and beyond, to amplify our mission. 

We are looking for a VP of Engineering to lead our Engineering and Data Science team in our mission by disrupting how private investing operates today. We will do this via data and insights previously unavailable to the private investing community. We’re looking for someone who thrives on solving hard problems, is passionate about finding innovative solutions, delights customers, and inspires colleagues. This role reports to the Chief Product Officer.

CircleUp was recently honored as one of Fast Company's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Data Science and has been named a CB Insights FinTech 250, a Top 5 Most Disruptive Company in Finance by CNBC, and to the Forbes FinTech 50. Founded in 2012, CircleUp is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by Union Square Ventures, GV, Canaan Partners, QED Advisors, and others.


  • Lead and mentor a team of engineers, data scientists, and machine learning engineers focused on developing, scaling, and commercializing CircleUp’s data platform. 
  • Foster a collaborative culture that is equally focused on achieving team goals and each individual team member's fulfillment and growth.
  • Provide technical expertise and leadership in the design, implementation, and delivery of our data driven platform and applications.
  • Champion technical best practices across Data Engineering, Data Science, and Machine LearningIn partnership with your Engineering team, define and iterate the technical architecture and stack to enable high performing and scalable processing capabilities that lead to measurable business outcomes.
  • In partnership with your Data Science/ ML team, determine how to leverage best in class techniques and tools to deliver actionable insights to customers.
  • Support an organizational effort toward better understanding customer needs and pain points, and develop plans that further this goal.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional partners in Product, General Managers, and executive team to define and build data-informed technology strategy and roadmaps.
  • Attract and retain new engineering and data science talent.


  • Proven success in leading data engineering and machine learning teams in rapid product development
  • Have strong technical domain know-how to coach and develop the team.
  • Have a strong builder mentality, and know how to effectively “bring people along”
  • Ability to attract, hire, and inspire world-class engineers and data scientists
  • Demonstrated success of building a culture of innovation, ownership, and accountability.
  • Strong strategic business acumen, change management, and continuous improvement champion
  • Prior experience in the technical development and deployment of batch or streaming pipelines and related APIs to make the data available to consumers.
  • Prior experience in large scale data engineering and machine learning systemsExperience with our tech stack: Python 3, Spark, Pandas, Front end systems (example: Javascript, Django/flask), Docker, AWS ecosystem, airflow, and scikit-learn.
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies and methodologies in machine learning and data science.

If you got to this point, we hope you’re feeling excited about the job description you just read! Even if you feel that you don't meet all of the requirements and qualifications, we still encourage you to apply. We’re eager to speak with those who share our passion to help entrepreneurs thrive - not just those who match every bullet point in our job descriptions. 

CircleUp is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), sex and gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), gender identity and gender expression (including transgender individuals who are transitioning, have transitioned, or are perceived to be transitioning to the gender with which they identify), age, sexual orientation, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status and any other consideration protected by federal, state or local law. We encourage those who really want to make an impact to apply for our open positions.

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