Head of Machine Learning

Kensho, Remote


Duration: Full-Time

Kensho is a 100-person AI and machine learning company, centered around providing cutting-edge solutions to meet the challenges of some of the largest and most successful businesses and institutions. Our toolkit illuminates insights by helping the world better understand, process, and leverage messy data. Specifically, our solutions largely involve natural language processing (NLP) and include speech recognition (ASR), entity linking (Named Entity Disambiguation), structured document extraction, automated database linking, text classification, and more. 

Kensho is looking for an experienced Head of Machine Learning to help craft a vision for the future, leveraging the unparalleled data assets of our parent company, S&P Global, and to navigate the team through the next chapter in Kensho’s evolution. We are looking for someone who is excited about building machine learning-forward applications as well as novel data products. 

About You:

  • You can move seamlessly between product, tech, and strategy
  • You operate at all levels- you can dive into individual lines of code, theoretical ML discussions, and product directions
  • You have a demonstrated track record of attracting top ML and data science talent, developing those people (both ICs and managers) to make them even better
  • You have 5+ years of experience managing and scaling multiple teams of machine learning scientists and engineers with at least 2 years managing managers
  • You have deep domain knowledge in a subfield of ML (NLP, vision, speech, etc.)You understand the nuances of building and maintaining ML-based systems, and you have a proven track record delivering mission-critical ML applications into production
  • You have experience building and shipping data products
  • You have built relationships and worked closely with cross-functional engineering teams on whom you depend to build end-to-end solutions 
  • You appreciate that high quality data is central to impactful machine learning work
  • You understand the cutting edge of machine learning, but you nevertheless favor data and results over fancy techniques

What You Need:

  • Work with product and leadership to craft Kensho’s vision, incept new projects, and bring them to fruition
  • Proactively drive vision for ML at Kensho to increase the speed and scale of the ML team
  • Team development: Attract, recruit, and grow top ML and data science talent
  • Develop and scale the processes for running a team of 25+
  • Support aggressive R&D agenda
  • Work with other engineering teams to deliver production ML applications
  • Build organizational processes and structure for scale including recruiting, new hire onboarding, team operating rhythm, and people programs
At Kensho, we pride ourselves on providing top-of-market benefits, including:
-       Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance 
-       100% company paid premiums
-       Unlimited Paid Time Off
-       26 weeks of 100% paid Parental Leave (paternity and maternity)
-       401(k) plan with 6% employer matching
-       Generous company matching on donations to non-profit charities
-       Up to $20,000 tuition assistance toward degree programs, plus up to $4,000/year for ongoing professional education such as industry conferences
-       Plentiful snacks, drinks, and regularly catered lunches
-       Dog-friendly office (CAM office)
-       In-office gyms and showers (CAM, DC)
-       Bike sharing program memberships
-       Compassion leave and elder care leave
-       Mentoring and additional learning opportunities
-       Opportunity to expand professional network and participate in conferences and events 
About Kensho
Kensho uses machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing and data visualization techniques to solve some of the hardest analytical problems and create breakthrough financial intelligence solutions for our parent company, S&P Global. 
Kensho was founded in 2013 by Harvard & MIT alums and was acquired by S&P Global in 2018. Kensho continues to operate as a startup in order to maintain our distinct, independent brand and to promote our breakthrough, innovative culture. Our team of Kenshins enjoy a dynamic and collaborative work environment that runs autonomously from S&P, while leveraging the unparalleled breadth and depth of data and resources available as part of S&P Global.  As Kenshins, we pride ourselves on maintaining an innovative culture that depends on diversity and inclusion.
We are an equal opportunity employer that welcomes future Kenshins with all experiences and perspectives. Kensho is headquartered in Cambridge, MA, with offices in New York City, and Washington D.C.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

About Kensho

Kensho is a Data Analytics and Machine Intelligence Company Kensho deploys scalable machine learning and analytics systems across the most critical government and commercial institutions in the world to solve some of the hardest analytical problems of our time.

Want to learn more about Kensho? Visit Kensho's website.