Senior Data Scientist, Fulfillment

Instacart, San Francisco, CA

Groceries and home essentials delivered from local stores in 1 hour

Instacart is building the best way for people anywhere in the world to shop for groceries. Since Instacart started in 2012, we’ve launched same-day delivery in 200 US markets. We are laser focused on delivering groceries from your favorite stores right to your door. We now cover over 60% of US households and aim to have 80% coverage by the end 2018—that's 90 million households! From a technology point of view, the platform is complex, rapidly scaling and processing millions of transactions in real-time all of the time. Our technology coupled with operational expertise enables Instacart to deliver fresh groceries in as little as an hour. This is a difficult problem to master and we are making it happen. Every day, we solve incredibly hard problems to create an experience for our customers that is absolutely magical.

You will be joining a growing data science team and have the opportunity to tackle some of the most challenging and impactful problems that is transforming how people buy groceries every day. You will be embedded within our data-driven product team to dig into the data to uncover insights, design experiments and measure the impact and drive product improvement. We’re looking for a self-driven, strategic thinker who can hit the ground running to ultimately influence decision-making across the entire organization.


  • Proactively conduct quantitative research and analysis of Instacart’s data that results in actionable insights and recommendations
  • Own identifying key questions, problems, KPIs and develop analytical frameworks to monitor and improve our product and the experience of our customers and shoppers
  • Own the development of statistical models on large datasets to extract trends, measure results and outcomes, and to predict future performance of our product
  • Own the design of rigorous experiments and interpret the results to draw detailed and actionable conclusions
  • Present findings to stakeholders and leadership teams at Instacart to influence and strengthen business decisions
  • Drive the collection of new data and the refinement of existing data sources
  • Provide access to data through dashboards and other analytical tools to empower your team through self-service. Strategize and look for opportunities to automate insights through alerting and anomaly detection


  • 4+ years of working experience in a data science role
  • Advanced in SQL - able to write complex and performant queries to extract data from our Snowflake cluster
  • Strong experience in programming, especially with data science and visualization libraries in Python or R
  • Advanced knowledge of experimentation and statistical methods
  • Proficient experience with analytical visualization tools, i.e. Tableau
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills that allows positive collaboration with both technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Bachelor’s degree in math, economics, statistics, engineer, computer science, or other quantitative fields, or equivalent level of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in ETL and data pipeline development
  • Ability to mentor junior data scientists on the team
  • Advanced degree in statistics, math, economics, engineering or other quantitative field


  • Talented and collaborative coworkers who will both push and support you
  • Personal growth plans that let you stretch yourself or grow in new directions
  • Market competitive salary, equity
  • Medical, dental, vision benefits and 401(k) retirement plan
  • Great office in downtown SF
  • Take what you need vacation ( and we really mean it )
  • 16 weeks maternity leave / 8 weeks paternity leave so you can truly bond with your child




About Instacart

You can choose from a variety of local stores including Whole Foods, Safeway, Costco, Mariano's and many more, as well as being able to mix items from multiple stores into one order. Every day, we solve incredibly hard problems to create an experience for our customers that is nothing short of magical. 

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