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Sr. Machine Learning Modeler / Data Scientist
ZestFinance Hollywood, California
Full-time Position
Relocation offered


Want to work at a place where every day is a Kaggle competition? As a Machine Learning Modeler at ZestFinance, you will use your modeling artistry to develop radically new methods for manipulation and prediction that will enable us to provide fair, transparent credit alternatives to underbanked Americans. Using a combination of machine learning technology and vast amounts of data sources, we seek to transform the credit market while expanding our team into interesting and revolutionary frontiers within the credit world.


Design and implement highly generalizable models for predicting various outcomes.
Taking responsibility for modeling implementation in real world settings to solve real world problems.
Work with Product Management, Marketing, and Business Analysis to develop models to support specific business needs.
Mentor junior team members in modeling artistry.
Feel good about coming to work and enjoy not only the time you spend at the office, but the people you’re spending it with as well.

Qualifications / Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in a quantitative discipline; advanced degrees preferred.
Expert experience designing, developing, and implementing machine learning models / algorithms.
A proven, demonstrable track record of success.
Extensive programming experience in one or more of the following: R, Python, Julia, Vowpal Wabbit and an interest in learning new languages and technologies.
Knowledge of data structures and parallelization.
Successful Kaggle competition experience is strongly desired.
Experience with large scale data storage and analysis (e.g., Spark, MapReduce) is a plus.

ZestFinance is one of the fastest growing financial technology startups in the United States. Founded by Douglas Merrill, former CIO at Google, Zest is a tech platform that applies Google-like math to credit decisions.

At Zest, fair, transparent credit is our mission and data is our business. We thrive on solving hard problems that have a big impact on people's daily lives.

We’re using machine learning to disrupt consumer lending and meet the financial needs of people around the world. Our technology is able to consume vast amounts of data to more accurately identify good borrowers — enabling higher repayment rates for lenders and lower-cost credit for consumers.

We’re growing fast. We’re looking for exceptional, caring, “Zesty” people to join our team. We thrive on people voicing their ideas. Our culture is special to us – and we’re proud of it. We demonstrate our huge commitment to diversity through our actions and we offer awesome benefits. If you want to solve hard problems and make people’s lives better, talk to us!
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