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Sr. Machine Learning Developer - Product

San Francisco, US

Senior Machine Learning Developer - Product

About the job

Founded in 2014, Kindred is a robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) company that develops robots to solve real-world problems. Its mission is to enhance the lives of human workers with the power of AI robotics. Kindred’s cutting-edge technology is the foundation of a number of proprietary platforms, including CORE with AutoGrasp™, developed to operate robots autonomously in dynamic environments. Its team of scientists, engineers and business operators have set a new standard for reinforcement learning for robots. The company is co-located in San Francisco and Toronto and is part of the UK-based Ocado Group plc.

As a Senior Machine Learning Developer on the Software Product Engineering team, you will have the exciting opportunity to design, adapt, and maintain machine vision deep learning solutions that are backed by a robust software platform and integrate with complex hardware components within robotic pick-and-place systems. You will navigate and reconcile considerations for immediate and future product needs, encompassing but not limited to scalability, maintainability, performance, accuracy, reliability, security, safety, compliance, cost, and robustness, even in situations where the requirements may be unclear or evolving.  You’ll collaborate cross-functionally with roboticists, software and machine learning developers, hardware engineers, quality assurance, researchers, and product managers & support experts in Toronto and other offices.  You’ll develop solutions in our lab, define validation testing routines, cut releases, and deploy, experiment, monitor, RCA, and optimise them on our fleet of robots. In this role, you will be part of an on-call rotation in order to service our customers. 

What you bring: 

  • 5 or more years of professional experience in machine learning frameworks/libraries, data pre-processing, feature engineering, model training/tuning/evaluation, A/B experimentation, large-scale data analysis/visualisation platforms, and deploying solutions on both edge and cloud-native architectures
  • Advanced level comprehension of the mathematical, probabilistic, and statistical underpinnings of machine learning algorithms
  • Active awareness of the latest developments in applied machine learning and excitement in discovering innovative solutions to improve product capabilities
  • Capacity to tackle varied challenges and adaptable to changing priorities, balancing a long-term mission with short-term requirements
  • Ability to motivate, grow, and mentor other team members, interns, and peers
  • Value collaborative over individual ways of working and are comfortable being challenged by others

Technical Skills: 

  • Ability to develop Python code that is clear, efficient, and maintainable within time and resource constraints on Linux
  • Complete familiarity with modern software development processes such as design documentation, code reviews, CI/CD, testing, project management workflow, and source control conventions
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, communication, and organisation skills
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience

Bonus Qualifications:

  • Additional breadth or depth of experience in programming languages and paradigms. We use Go and C++ and trust you can learn what you need
  • Proficiency in Tensorflow or PyTorch and NumPy or pandas
  • Can learn fast, and are flexible working with different problem domains and projects
  • Background in robotic manipulation, simulations, full-stack & API development, machine vision, and deep learning


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About Ocado Group

When our journey started, we were all about changing the way people shop for groceries. 20 years later, we’re developing our own ground breaking technology, opening multiple sites at an accelerating rate and engaging in exciting new business partnerships around the world!

Transforming an industry also means transforming the way we do business.   As we continually develop new technologies and customer propositions, we’re looking for the Everyday Pioneers to lead us into the next stage of our evolution: enhancing our capabilities, inspiring our teams and developing new ways of working.

Changing the way the world shops, for good.

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