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Senior Manager, Knowledge Engineering - 100% REMOTE

Company: Varis
Location: New York
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

This is a 100% fully remote role. Work virtually from anywhere in the United States! Varis ( is a well-funded and fast-growing technology startup that focuses on digital commerce software-as-a-service and procurement and is owned by The ODP Corporation (NASDAQ: ODP). We are innovation driven, customer centric, and ready to transform eProcurement and business-to-business (B2B) Marketplaces. Our culture is focused on a bold vision, launching the simplest (yet still valuable) solutions to learn, then either failing or scaling fast as we iterate towards our product goals.
We seek teammates who drive value creation, love problem solving, have strong interpersonal savvy, and are eager to learn on the fly! Joining us now is a ground-floor opportunity to shape our limitless future. On our team you will: see and feel the direct impact of your work; innovate to bring new ideas and/technologies to our solutions; be surrounded by passionate people; and be at the center of a highly dynamic business model with tremendous individual and collective potential.
As a Sr Manager, Knowledge Engineering, you will own defining and delivering innovative B2B e-commerce products, partnering with business and technical teams to create and sustain complex products.
What You'll Do (Your Responsibilities)

  • Contribute to the new product direction by designing new and extending existing annotation schemas and rules to cover new categories
  • Develop ontologies for classification and management hierarchies, properties, and the relationships between concepts describing product and services that will be used by millions of people per day.
  • Drive the day-to-day agile software development process and activities of your team
  • Implement tools and automate processes to decrease the human effort required to support our core knowledge systems, and to free up your team of ontologists, software engineers, and data scientists to focus on complex problems and drive increased accuracy
  • Manage and execute against project plans and delivery commitments. Report on status, milestones, and goals to stakeholders.
  • Build machine learning and NLP solutions and supporting related efforts of multiple product teams.
  • Prioritize improvements to drive your metrics-based improvements, and lead innovation to deliver the biggest wins for our customers.
  • Hire the strongest candidates to grow the team effectively. Continuously develop direct reports, assign work, and give feedback to help them reach their potential.
  • Leverage your knowledge and technical ability to drive the management and analysis of extremely large and distributed data sets housed in disparate systems.
    Who You Are (Cultural + Technical)
    • Excellence in technical communication with peers and non-technical cohorts
    • Sharp analytical abilities and proven design skills
    • Strong sense of ownership, urgency, and drive
    • Demonstrated leadership abilities in an engineering environment in driving operational excellence and best practices
    • Demonstrated ability to define and achieve goals in a highly innovative and fast paced environment
    • Experience in developing low-level solutions and understanding of design for scalability, performance, and reliability
    • Experience with concept annotation and other forms of data markup
    • Experience working with speech and text language data in at least one additional major language is a plus
    • Experience in writing grammars and building FSTs stats, Experience with statistical language modeling is a plus
      What You'll Need (Education, Experience, Preferred Certifications/Designations)
      • BS/MS in Computer Science/Computational Linguistics or related technical discipline
      • 10 years total industry experience
      • 2+ years of experience in people management (development/research/linguist teams)
      • 3+ years Programming in Python/Perl, C, C++, Java, or GoLang in Linux environments
      • Strong analytical and quantitative skills; ability to use hard data and metrics to back up assumptions and opinions
      • Knowledge of best practices for software construction and ontology planning, operations, and management
      • Familiarity with B2B standards like UNSPSC, eCl@ss, SOC, and NAICS.
      • Experience with ontology data formats such as Semantic Web (W3C), Web Ontology Language (OWL) or Resource Description Framework (RDF)
        The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by associates assigned to this classification and are not intended to be a complete list of all required responsibilities and skills. Other duties and special projects may be assigned per business needs. Job descriptions are subject to change at any time with or without notice. Varis is wholly owned by The ODP Corporation, which is the legal employer of Varis associates. ODP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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