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Sr. Engineer, Search & Discovery

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2023

The Foundation

We are the largest nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. We believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve. We provide an exceptional benefits package to employees and their families which include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage with no premiums, generous paid time off, paid family leave, foundation-paid retirement contribution, regional holidays, and opportunities to engage in several employee communities. As a workplace, we’re committed to creating an environment for you to thrive both personally and professionally.

The Team

The Enterprise Data Solutions (EDS) team is part of the Chief Information Office (CIO) org and comprises of four teams: Advanced Analytics & Insights (Data Science & BI (Business Intelligence)), Knowledge Management, Data Engineering & Data Infrastructure. The EDS team’s support for Data & Analytics extends across multiple Program Strategy Teams (PST’s) and Global Country Offices.

The Knowledge Management (KM) team is creating the future of KM at the foundation. The team’s vision is to capture and organize the foundation’s knowledge assets and empower all employees with easy and equitable access to these assets to guide decision-making and improve the culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing. A key component to enable this vision is an intuitive platform that connects employees to both tacit and explicit knowledge. The team is also responsible for building taxonomies and ontologies. Additionally, the team generates data and insights from documents leveraging innovative technologies.

Note: This job posting will close on November 17, end of day.

Your Role

As a Senior Data Scientist, you will work collaboratively with a team designing and building innovative search and discovery solutions. You will analyze and connect the data across multiple structured and unstructured sources to generate meaningful search results. This role requires proficiency in search engines, natural language processing (NLP), machine learning and statistical techniques.

What You’ll Do

  • Deeply understand the customer’s business capabilities and processes to determine how data is used to make decisions.

  • Analyze data and documents from enterprise applications and other data sources to support knowledge management capabilities of search & discovery and information retrieval.

  • Design, develop, and maintain data pipelines using the Azure stack.

  • Perform data enrichment to enhance data used for modeling.

  • Build and manage search indexes on Azure.

  • Collaborate with engineers and UX designers on development of solutions, participate in demos & user acceptance reviews, work on the creation of design documents and artifacts.

  • Work closely with QA (Quality Assurance) to ensure solutions are built and configured to requirements and design specification, coordinate the development of the test plan, test cases and facilitation of user acceptance testing.

  • Influence and empower team members while building trust and positive relationships across the team and foundation to help drive the work forward.

  • Partner with project manager to ensure the appropriate tasks and milestones for delivery are included in the plan. Work within a fast-paced Agile environment across multiple teams to ensure reliable execution against plan.

Your Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience

  • 8+ years of data analysis, data science, machine learning or equivalent experience

  • Experience in delivery of solutions leveraging key strengths in business requirements elicitation and documentation, translation to functional and non-functional technical requirements, options analysis, solutions design, test planning and execution and implementation.

  • Strong analytical curiosity and innovative problem-solving skills using a systems-thinking and data-driven approach.

  • Experience within agile delivery, software development lifecycle and project management processes. Experience in all phases of a project including working with all partners, business users, and technical teams.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to translate technology impact into business consumable resources for consumers at all levels of the organization.

  • Good active listening skills and solid attention to detail

  • Ability to function as a bridge across disciplines, such as user design, product owners, business owners, and technology teams.

  • Experience with data modeling and data analysis.

  • Experience in scripting language (Python, R) for data processing and development.

  • Proficiency in SQL for data querying

  • Experience performing data transformations of semi-structured and structured data in different formats such as JSON, XML, CSV, Excel, Salesforce or relational databases.

  • Experience implementing search solutions (Azure Search, LucidWorks, Elasticsearch, etc.)

  • Familiarity with NLP, metadata, taxonomy and ontology.

  • A dedication to diversity, equality, and inclusion, proven through past experiences or initiatives.

* The typical salary range for this role is $101,100 to $188,100. The exact offer will be determined by a variety of factors such as the candidate’s individual skills, qualifications, and experience relative to the requirements of the role.

* Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is
located without visa sponsorship.

Hiring Requirements

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Candidate Accommodations

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Inclusion Statement

We are dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We strive for a global and cultural workplace that supports ever greater diversity, equity, and inclusion — of voices, ideas, and approaches — and we support this diversity through all our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve our mission will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and prior protected activity.