Principal Machine Learning Engineer, Ad Ranking

Snap Inc.
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Job Description

We’re looking for a Principal Machine Learning Engineer to join the Ad Ranking team at Snap!

What you’ll do:

  • Drive the technical roadmap of the Ad Ranking team, advance the core ML capabilities of the ad optimization stack, and support various business verticals including app / web monetization and dynamic product ads
  • Design, implement, and scale critical machine learning models to support Snap's monetization strategies
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to set and align on machine learning strategies to meet company objectives
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest technology in machine learning and apply this knowledge to tackle complex problems in innovative ways
  • Collaborate with leadership to up-level the ML tech stack and improve the performance of the organization
  • Work across teams to understand product requirements, evaluate trade-offs, and deliver the solutions needed to build innovative products or services
  • Advocate for and apply best practices when it comes to availability, scalability, operational excellence, and cost management
  • Provide technical direction that influences the entire ML community

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong understanding of machine learning and deep learning approaches and algorithms, and their applications to advertising, recommendation, and/or search domain
  • Experience setting the direction for a team whose primary output is online ranking / recommendation models
  • Ability to design, train, and optimize advanced machine learning models
  • Excellent programming and software design skills
  • Ability to proactively learn new concepts and technology and apply them at work
  • Skilled at solving ambiguous problems and leading and executing complex technical initiatives
  • Strong collaboration and mentorship skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's in a technical field such as computer science, mathematics, statistics or equivalent years of experience
  • 11+ years of industry machine learning experience
  • Experience developing and shipping performant and scalable machine learning models for recommendation or ranking use cases
  • Experience with TensorFlow, PyTorch, or related deep learning frameworks

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in online advertising, including ad targeting, ranking, auction, and/or marketplace optimization.
  • Advanced degree in a related field such as machine learning, computer vision, or mathematics
  • Experience partnering with cross-functional executives and management across a globally distributed organization and exercising sound judgment

Track record of delivery in rapidly changing, highly collaborative, multi-site, multi-stakeholder environments

Experience working with a diverse group of engineers

Experience contributing to AI publications

Default Together Policy at Snap: At Snap Inc. we believe that being together in person helps us build our culture faster, reinforce our values, and serve our community, customers and partners better through dynamic collaboration. To reflect this, we practice a “default together” approach and expect our team members to work in an office at least 80% of the time (an average of 4 days per week). For roles with remote consideration: Remote team members still are expected to travel for mandatory in-person gatherings and to fulfill business needs, at least 4 to 6 times per year.

At Snap, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to create innovative products that improve the way people live and communicate. Snap is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE, including disability/vets. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don’t be shy and contact us at

Our Benefits: Snap Inc. is its own community, so we’ve got your back! We do our best to make sure you and your loved ones have everything you need to be happy and healthy, on your own terms. Our benefits are built around your needs and include paid parental leave, comprehensive medical coverage, emotional and mental health support programs, and compensation packages that let you share in Snap’s long-term success!

Company Info.

Snap Inc.

Snap Inc. is an American camera and social media company, founded on September 16, 2011, by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown based in Santa Monica, California. The company developed and maintains technological products and services, namely Snapchat, Spectacles, and Bitmoji.

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