Manager of Research, User Engagement

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Want to manage Pandora's world class machine learning and data science team? We have a fantastic opportunity for a science manager. In this capacity you will manage a team of scientists that are focused on supporting Pandora's efforts around music personalization and user engagement. We are looking for someone who has a track record of leading scientists to deliver projects on time and on budget while keeping things fun, agile, and dynamic.


  • Lead research and development activities across data science team
  • Grow the existing team to support the ever changing needs of the business
  • A strong point of view about measurement, metrics, and data driven development
  • Work closely with engineering, product and marketing departments to balance the company's needs with technical realities
  • Assume primary group administrative responsibilities including budget, resource, and staff planning


  • PhD in a scientific field or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum two years managing scientists
  • Expert level understanding in machine learning and data mining

Desired Experience & Skills:

  • Extensive experience leading a technology team that delivers on key goals while also being involved in the determination of those goals and strategic direction
  • Strong track record of developing successful scientists at all points of their career
  • Proven track record of delivering high quality science results on schedule
  • Experience managing a complex mix of projects and working closely with other parts of the business to communicate and deliver against various goals
  • A progressive management style emphasizing openness, collaboration, and shared goals
  • Outstanding collaboration skills with a proven ability to work cross functionally in order to establish and meet shared organizational goals
  • Strong analytical abilities, technical knowledge, and experience
  • Exemplary communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills

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