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Staff Applied Scientist

XeroFull-time$115k - $270k*Sydney, AustraliaDec 7, 2023
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Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform that helps small businesses and their accounting and bookkeeping advisors grow and thrive. 

At Xero, our purpose is to make life better for people in small business, their advisors, and communities around the world. This purpose sits at the centre of everything we do. We support our people to do the best work of their lives so that they can help small businesses succeed through better tools, information and connections. Because when they succeed they make a difference, and when millions of small businesses are making a difference, the world is a more beautiful place.

About the team

The AI Products group exists to collaboratively build products that use AI and ML to reduce toil and deliver the right insight at the right time. Working within the Data & Science team, you will join a diverse, globally distributed team of scientists, engineers, product managers, and analysts who help Xero turn data into beautiful, insightful products.

Applied Scientists work cross-functionally with engineers, product managers, and designers to apply AI and ML to deliver seamless product experiences that save time and provide insight – allowing our customers to focus on what matters most. As a staff scientist, you'll be tasked with leading research programs that push the boundaries of what's possible with today's technology.

About the role

  • Leading the scientific aspect of cross-functional delivery of AI products, striking a balance between managing delivery risk and pushing the boundaries of what's possible with ML and AI
  • Collaborating closely with ML engineers to manage the growth rate of technical debt and costs across our stack
  • Making sure we're solving the right problems with the right methods
  • Sharing knowledge with colleagues and lifting the bar for the AI Products team
  • Working with teams across Xero to improve the quality and usability of data 
  • Building Xero's profile in market through public facing content and events

About you

  • You have 5+ years of experience delivering ML and AI products at scale
  • You are drawn to solving hard problems
  • You are comfortable reading research papers and adapting them to problem at hand
  • You have first hand experience on why it's important to write high quality code from day one, not just when it's time to go to production
  • Constant learning and growth are an important part of who you are

What you'll bring with you

  • Ability to translate between the business and machine learning domains
  • Sound software engineering skills in Python, Scala, or similar
  • Expert level hands on practitioner skills in one or more of: time series forecasting, natural language processing, classical machine learning, deep learning
  • Ability to grasp and teach the mathematical concepts that underpin the domains outlined above

What we can offer you

  • Employee Share Plan, alongside an additional 5 annual Leave days, PLUS bonus holiday Leave.  
  • Wellbeing leave, Parental and Partner Leave, Life Insurance and Private Health Insurance.
  • Flexible working arrangements and weekly social events. 
Why Xero? 

At Xero we support many types of flexible working arrangements that allow you to balance your work, your life and your passions. We offer a great remuneration package including shares plus a range of leave options to suit your well-being. Our work environment encourages continuous improvement and career development and you’ll get to work with the latest technology.   

Our collaborative and inclusive culture is one we’re immensely proud of. We know that a diverse workforce is a strength that enables businesses, including ours, to better understand and serve customers, attract top talent and innovate successfully. We are a member of Pride in Diversity, in recognition of our inclusive workplace. Our goal is to make sure you feel welcome and supported to do the best work of your life. 

At Xero we embrace diversity and inclusion and value a #challenge mindset. Research has shown that women and underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single competency or experience . If you are excited about this role, but your past experience doesn't align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be just the right person for this role and Xero. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application and throughout the interview process.


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