People Matter

Director of Data Science, Brand



Data Science
New York, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2024

About Faire

Faire is an online wholesale marketplace built on the belief that the future is local — independent retailers around the globe are doing more revenue than Walmart and Amazon combined. At Faire, we're using the power of tech, data, and machine learning to connect this thriving community of entrepreneurs across the globe. Picture your favorite boutique in town — we help them discover the best products from around the world to sell in their stores. With the right tools and insights, we believe that we can level the playing field so that small businesses everywhere can compete with these big box and e-commerce giants.

By supporting the growth of independent businesses, Faire is driving positive economic impact in local communities, globally. We’re looking for smart, resourceful and passionate people to join us as we power the shop local movement. If you believe in community, come join ours.

About this role

Faire is using machine learning to change wholesale and help local retailers compete with Amazon and big box stores. Our experienced data scientists on the Brand team are developing DS and ML solutions related to brand acquisition, brand growth, listing quality, marketplace balance, and more. As a Director of the Brand data team, you’ll help define the holistic Data vision and strategy, develop effective processes for project prioritization, tracking, and execution, deliver significant business impact via DS/ML model and algorithm innovation, and support the career growth and development of the group of data scientists.

Our overall Data team already includes experienced Machine Learning Engineers and Data Scientists from Google, Meta, Uber, Airbnb, Square, Facebook, and Pinterest. Faire will soon be known as a top destination for MLE and data scientists, and you will help take us there!

You're excited about this role because...

  • You will lead a group of data scientists to execute strongly on key Brand Growth and Brand Success projects - delivering 10% incremental GMV annually through brand lead scoring improvement and product listing quality enhancement
  • You’ll define long-term technical vision & strategy for the team in accordance with the overall company strategy.
  • You enjoy working with cross functional stakeholders in product, design and business to plan project roadmap and define priorities.
  • You will develop strong tech leads across the team to ensure smooth operation of the organization; maintain healthy morale and productivity.
  • You are excited to contribute to the development of the overall data org and serve as a key member of the data leadership team.
  • You want to use machine learning to help local retailers and independent brands succeed
  • You like to solve challenging problems related to a two-sided marketplace


  • 6+ years experience in data science / ML engineering related industry roles
  • 3+ years experience managing teams larger than 10
  • Strong communication skills regardless of the background of the audience

Great to Haves:

  • Academic background in computer science / machine learning / statistics / math / operations research (or similar disciplines) preferred. PhD degree preferred.
  • Experience with optimizing marketplace businesses a plus

Salary Range

California / New York: the pay range for this role is $237,500-$326,000 per year.

This role will also be eligible for equity and benefits. Actual base pay will be determined based on permissible factors such as transferable skills, work experience, market demands, and primary work location. The base pay range provided is subject to change and may be modified in the future.

Faire’s flexible work model aims to meet the needs of our diverse employee community by making work more flexible, connected, and inclusive. Depending on the role and needs of the team, Faire employees have the flexibility to choose how they work–whether that’s mainly in the office, remotely, or a mix of both.

Roles that list only a country in the location are eligible for fully remote work in that country or in- office work at a Faire office in that country, provided employees are located in the registered country/province/state. Roles with only a city location are eligible for in-office or hybrid office work in that city. Our talent team will work with candidates to determine what locations and roles are eligible for each option.

Applications for this position will be accepted for a minimum of 30 days from the posting date.

Why you’ll love working at Faire

  • We are entrepreneurs: Faire is being built for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. We believe entrepreneurship is a calling and our mission is to empower entrepreneurs to chase their dreams. Every member of our team is taking part in the founding process.
  • We are using technology and data to level the playing field: We are leveraging the power of product innovation and machine learning to connect brands and boutiques from all over the world, building a growing community of more than 350,000 small business owners.
  • We build products our customers love: Everything we do is ultimately in the service of helping our customers grow their business because our goal is to grow the pie - not steal a piece from it. Running a small business is hard work, but using Faire makes it easy.
  • We are curious and resourceful: Inquisitive by default, we explore every possibility, test every assumption, and develop creative solutions to the challenges at hand. We lead with curiosity and data in our decision making, and reason from a first principles mentality.

Faire was founded in 2017 by a team of early product and engineering leads from Square. We’re backed by some of the top investors in retail and tech including: Y Combinator, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Forerunner Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Founders Fund, and DST Global. We have headquarters in San Francisco and Kitchener-Waterloo, and a global employee presence across offices in Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Toronto, London, New York, LA, and Sao Paulo. To learn more about Faire and our customers, you can read more on our blog.

Faire provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Faire is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please fill out our Accommodation Request Form (