Riskified Published: January 19, 2021
Job Type
Level of education
Spoken Language needed
Hebrew, English
Level of Hebrew
Location of job
Tel Aviv/ Ramat Gan
How many relevant years experience do you require for the role:
More than 3 years


Riskified is the AI platform powering the eCommerce revolution. We use cutting-edge technology, machine-learning algorithms, and behavioral analytics to identify legitimate customers and keep them moving toward checkout. Merchants use Riskified to increase revenue, prevent fraud, and eliminate customer friction. Riskified has reviewed hundreds of millions of transactions and approved billions of dollars of revenue for merchants across virtually all industries, including Wish, Prada, Aldo, Finish Line, and many more. We're privately funded and VC backed, and our recent Series E round raised $165 million with a valuation in excess of $1 billion.

About the Role

As a director of Data Science, you will lead, mentor and manage a group of talented team leaders and data scientists, responsible for the centralized data science teams which support Riskified’s flagship products. We are in hyper-growth mode, so we’re looking for someone who can learn and adjust quickly as the company and our product suite expand.

The foundations group encompasses the centralized data science teams that support our product oriented data science teams. Each team is responsible for different domains that support all our various products - cybersecurity, time series analysis, external data enrichment, NLP, graph theory, anomaly detection, forecasting and more. This is a technically oriented group that works in close collaboration with the Development department to implement solutions end to end.

You’ll report to the VP Data Science and be a part of the data science management team, establishing research vision, goals and culture. You will work closely with stakeholders in the Product and Development departments, striving to maximize Riskified’s business KPI’s and optimize analytic performance. You’ll focus on delivering as much value, as early as possible by understanding what’s important for the business.

What You'll Be Doing

- Mentor and work closely with your team leaders to foster a culture that values performance, innovation and high-impact results, while creating a balanced environment for team members to thrive in
- Evaluate machine learning options, take part in designing research plans, set technical direction and quality standards, and guide implementation
- Lead process changes to improve group performance and effectiveness
- Take overall responsibility for recruiting and scaling the group to support its growth needs
- Take part in forming the research culture, vision and cross-department processes
- Define group KPIs to track the business value of the main projects


- 2+ years proven experience as group leader, managing managers, with strong leadership skills for coaching and mentoring - MUST
- At least 2 years experience as a data science team lead or similar
- M.Sc in exact sciences
- Excellent understanding of machine learning theory, statistics and applied mathematics
- Excellent communication and problem-solving skills; ability to clearly explain complex concepts
- Experienced with data science and software development best-practices; experience with Agile methodology in a research environment
- Experience working in a fast growing startup with a dynamic and evolving environment - advantage
- Solid business acumen - understands what’s important for the bottom-line of the business and drives research to create measurable value
- Fluent in verbal and written English
- Great collaboration and cross-functional organizational skills
- Creative thinker with a proven ability to tackle open problems and apply non-trivial solutions
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