Senior Machine Learning Engineer - International Search


Company Description

Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. We build, power, and evolve the tools and technologies that connect entrepreneurs with buyers around the world. Etsy, Inc.'s 'house of brands' portfolio has expanded to now include four individually distinct ecommerce brands – Etsy, fashion resale marketplace Depop, musical instrument marketplace Reverb, and Brazil-based handmade goods marketplace Elo7. As an Etsy employee, you’ll tackle unique problems alongside talented coworkers committed to Keeping Commerce Human. We're large enough that you'll focus on meaningful, complex challenges, but small enough that you can make a rewarding impact.

Job Description

Etsy is seeking a Senior Machine Learning Engineer to join our International Search engineering organization in the International Customer Experience initiative.

We believe that code is craft and the work we do is part of a larger creative culture connecting 81M buyers and over 4M sellers to millions of items in the diverse marketplace. We believe that small, empowered, self-motivated teams can do big, impactful things.

Do you have a passion for natural language processing, machine learning and working in a multi-functional engineering team? If so, this is the role for you!

Our team is responsible for showing buyers in our international markets relevant inventory based on their location and language. We’re a multi-functional group of engineers, designers, data scientists, researchers and product managers.

Here’s a taste of the problems we’re solving:

  • How can we use the latest in machine learning and information retrieval to improve our international search ranking pipelines?
  • How can we use past buyer behavior or nuances in different languages to match search results that more accurately reflect a user’s intent?
  • How can we show more local onsite ads to international buyers within our ad model bidding constraints?
  • How can we improve search results when buyer and seller languages don’t match?

With your expertise, we will build products spanning machine learning, NLP, machine translation, and backend web development. We launch our projects as A/B experiments and are always looking for faster ways to measure value. Our systems include a host of programming languages (Python, Java, Scala), backend technologies (BigQuery, Google Cloud Platform, Grafana), and ML frameworks (TensorFlow, PySpark, Scalding, Airflow). We've learned most of these on the job and expect you to learn a lot, too!

We've written about some of our work, such as our spelling correction and machine translation systems.

This is a full-time role located in our Brooklyn or San Francisco offices.

About the Role

  • Contribute to search matching and ranking projects, all the way from data extraction to feature engineering and training models for our non-US traffic
  • Work collaboratively with your teammates, product managers, analysts and other stakeholders to deploy tested models to production
  • Mentor other junior members of the team and help them get up to speed with new ML frameworks and technologies
  • Work closely with your product manager to develop roadmaps for your projects, which range between a few weeks to 6-12 months

This is a full-time position reporting to the Engineering Manager. This person will be located (eventually) in Brooklyn, NY OR we are considering remote candidates based in the U.S. for this position. Etsy offers three different work modes to meet the variety of needs and preferences of our team: Flex mode for candidates who are comfortable traveling to an office location 2+ times per week, Remote mode, and Office-based mode. Learn more about our flexible work modes and vaccination policy here.


About You

  • You have experience developing impactful solutions to machine learning & NLP problems involving some or all of the following parts of the pipeline: data extraction, developing and training machine learning models, working the new model into production applications.
  • You develop data driven solutions and build scalable solutions working closely with infrastructure teams.
  • You develop data driven solutions and build scalable solutions working closely with infrastructure teams.
  • You have a penchant for learning new technologies and don’t hesitate to apply them to your work when required.
  • You turn ideas into deeply reliable and well tested code that other people – or you, six months into the future – will find easy to comprehend and modify.
  • You are a mindful, empathetic, and communicative member of your team.

Additional Information

What's Next

If you're interested in joining the team at Etsy, please send a cover letter and resume telling us why you'd be right for the position. As you've hopefully seen already, Etsy is a place that values individuality and variety. We don't want you to be like everyone else -- we want you to be like you! So write to us and tell us what you're all about.

Our Promise

At Etsy, we believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace makes us a more relevant, more competitive, and more resilient company. We encourage people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and experiences to apply. Etsy is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or caregiver status, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application and interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. While Etsy supports visa sponsorship, sponsorship opportunities may be limited to certain roles and skillsets.

For U.S. roles only:

Many Etsy roles are open to remote candidates, and you'll be able to identify which ones within the location header of each job description. We're open to remote hires from all U.S. states except Hawaii and Alaska. For candidates who will work remotely from Colorado, visit this link for information related to Colorado's Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

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  • October 11


  • Remote - USA

Job Type

  • Full-Time

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