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Spotify | Hiring | Director of Data Science, Ads | BigDataKB.com | 08-04-22

Job Location: New York, NY

    Data, Research & Insights
    Data & Insights Leadership
At Spotify Advertising, our part of that mission is to build the next generation advertising platform for audio which can scale the freemium experience for hundreds of millions of fans and tens of thousands of advertisers. This scale brings unique challenges as well as tremendous opportunities to define the insights product for our business.


New York or Remote Americas

Job type

Spotify is looking for a Director of Data Science to join the Ads mission (“Amplify”), responsible for development of all advertising technology and products at Spotify.
We are looking for an experienced Data Science leader to join the band and drive the ads products and modeling forward, while helping build a data driven culture.
The Amplify team is at the center of Spotify’s long term growth and revenue strategy. We work on the entire Ads technology and product stack, including delivery, targeting, measurement, auctions, personalization, insights, buying interfaces, formats, advertiser growth, as well as associated privacy and transparency for our users. We prioritize long term value and impact, and regularly deliver significant improvements to our revenue.
The team you will lead will be composed of data scientists, and will partner with our engineering, product, and design teams to generate ideas and plans, and develop tools and methodologies, run experiments and AB tests, analyze data for growth, and inform decisions we make with just the right amount of metrics and data.

What you’ll do

  • Lead a team of data scientists, setting focus, strategy and priorities for involvement in a large product area.
  • Have people management responsibilities for a team of 25+ data scientists. Support, develop and grow a healthy analytics organization. Be responsible for hiring and headcount planning.
  • Collaborate with product, engineering and other functional experts to shape a shared, data-driven strategic vision for Ads across the company.
  • Deeply understand the Ads ecosystem and define and analyze metrics that evaluate our trajectory and inform the success of our products.
  • Communicate insights and recommendations to key product decision makers at the Director, VP and Executive levels.
  • Drive creation of analytics tools and data products. Automate and scale existing analysis methods. Institute state of the art approaches on modeling and analysis frameworks.
  • Establish quality standards for the work your team delivers and optimize for efficient and speedy, careful execution.
  • Manage relationships with partners globally, with occasional traveling within and outside of the USA
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Who you are

  • You have experience in an analytical role in a technology company.
  • BS or higher degree in statistics, mathematics, machine learning, computer science, or similar discipline.
  • You have demonstrated proven experience as people-manager for a data science organization.
  • You have demonstrated ability as a leader of data driven culture in your organization.
  • You have the technical competence and leadership skills to coach team members in appropriate methodologies, communication style, and technical solutions needed.
  • You are capable of taking on ambiguous problem spaces and challenges. You can help product managers with defining the questions they want answered, specifying methodology and timelines for their requests.
  • You are pragmatic and can make tough decisions quickly. You are capable of saying no if needed.
  • Past experience in ad tech is a plus, but not required.

Where you’ll work

  • We are a distributed workforce enabling our band members to find a work mode best for them!
  • Where in the world? For this role, it can be within the Americas region in which we have a work location
  • Prefer an office to work from home instead? Not a problem! We have plenty of options for your working preferences. Find more information about our Work From Anywhere options here
  • Working hours? We operate within the Eastern Standard time zone.

Our global benefits

Extensive learning opportunities, through our dedicated team, GreenHouse.
Flexible share incentives letting you choose how you share in our success.
Global parental leave, six months off – fully paid – for all new parents.
All The Feels, our employee assistance program and self-care hub.
Flexible public holidays, swap days off according to your values and beliefs.
Spotify On Tour, join your colleagues on trips to industry festivals and events.
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Learn about life at Spotify

Spotify is an equal opportunity employer. You are welcome at Spotify for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what’s playing in your headphones. Our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be forward-thinking! So bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way the world listens.
Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the chance to enjoy and be passionate about these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music and podcasting. Today, we are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service.
Global COVID and Vaccination Disclosure
Spotify is committed to safety and well-being of our employees, vendors and clients. We are following regional guidelines mandating vaccination and testing requirements, including those requiring vaccinations and testing for in-person roles and event attendance. For the US, we have mandated that all employees and contractors be fully vaccinated in order to work in our offices and externally with any third-parties. For all other locations, we strongly encourage our employees to get vaccinated and also follow local COVID and safety protocols.

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