Senior Engineer, Speech Recognition - Mcd Tech Labs

3+ months agoMountain View, CA

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Company Description

McD Tech Labs is the recently established Silicon Valley based technology development group within McDonald's Corporation. Our mission is to deliver advanced technology solutions that address real-world, data driven needs in the McDonald's Restaurant environment. We are focused on using state-of-the-art Machine Learning, AI, and related technologies along with McDonald's unparalleled scale to completely transform the customer experience!

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We are currently looking for a Senior Speech Recognition Engineer to help design and build our state-of-the-art streaming bilingual speech recognition system, using real-world data from our conversational AI Drive Thru product. The Senior Speech Recognition Engineer will be a key member of the Speech/ML team within the core technology group at McD Tech Labs and will have the ability to make a large impact on our AI Drive Thru technology.


  • Contribute to the design and implementation of bilingual streaming ASR
  • Deploy and support production ASR models in the real world
  • Explore, implement, and evaluate state-of-the-art ASR algorithms and approaches
  • Build and improve tooling for training and benchmarking ASR at scale
  • Collaborate with Infrastructure and Data Engineering teams to improve data pipelines for ASR modeling experiments and improvements


Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by date of hire to be considered. Proof of vaccination required.

Required Qualifications:
  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Speech Recognition, or Machine Learning, or equivalent professional experience
  • 3-5 years professional experience with Python, C++, or similar languages
  • Experience designing and deploying one or more ASR models or systems using standard toolkits such as Kaldi, HTK, or similar
  • Experience with one or more deep learning frameworks, such as PyTorch, TensorFlow, MXNet, or similar tools
  • Working proficiency in Spanish
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and various stakeholders

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience designing and deploying bilingual ASR models or systems
  • Experience with MLOps and/or ML at scale
  • Experience with Spanish NLP
  • Experience with Linux based development
  • Fluent in Spanish

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Job ID: McDonalds-REF1116H