Staff Applied Scientist

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Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform that helps small businesses and their accounting and bookkeeping advisors grow and thrive. 

At Xero, our purpose is to make life better for people in small business, their advisors, and communities around the world. This purpose sits at the centre of everything we do. We support our people to do the best work of their lives so that they can help small businesses succeed through better tools, information and connections. Because when they succeed they make a difference, and when millions of small businesses are making a difference, the world is a more beautiful place.

About the team

The AI Products group exists to collaboratively build products that use AI and ML to reduce toil and deliver the right insight at the right time. Working within the Data & Science team, you will join a diverse, globally distributed team of scientists, engineers, product managers, and analysts who help Xero turn data into beautiful, insightful products.

Applied Scientists work cross-functionally with engineers, product managers, and designers to apply AI and ML to deliver seamless product experiences that save time and provide insight – allowing our customers to focus on what matters most. As a staff scientist, you'll be tasked with leading research programs that push the boundaries of what's possible with today's technology.

About the role

  • Leading the scientific aspect of cross-functional delivery of AI products, striking a balance between managing delivery risk and pushing the boundaries of what's possible with ML and AI
  • Collaborating closely with ML engineers to manage the growth rate of technical debt and costs across our stack
  • Making sure we're solving the right problems with the right methods
  • Sharing knowledge with colleagues and lifting the bar for the AI Products team
  • Working with teams across Xero to improve the quality and usability of data 
  • Building Xero's profile in market through public facing content and events

About you

  • You have 5+ years of experience delivering ML and AI products at scale
  • You are drawn to solving hard problems
  • You are comfortable reading research papers and adapting them to problem at hand
  • You have first hand experience on why it's important to write high quality code from day one, not just when it's time to go to production
  • Constant learning and growth are an important part of who you are

What you'll bring with you

  • Ability to translate between the business and machine learning domains
  • Sound software engineering skills in Python, Scala, or similar
  • Expert level hands on practitioner skills in one or more of: time series forecasting, natural language processing, classical machine learning, deep learning
  • Ability to grasp and teach the mathematical concepts that underpin the domains outlined above

Why Xero? 

Diversity of people brings diversity of thought, and we like that. Our human-first culture of respect, fairness, and inclusion is what helps Xeros thrive and work and beyond. Offering very generous paid leave to use however you’d like (plus statutory holidays!), dedicated paid leave to care for your physical and mental wellbeing as well as an Employee Assistance Program to access mental health care for you and your family, employee resource groups, wellbeing programming and allowances, medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, fertility and family forming financial support, 401k contribution matching, 26 weeks of paid parental leave for primary caregivers, an Employee Share Plan, beautiful offices with snacks and break areas, flexible working, career development and many other benefits that reflect our human value, you’ll do the best work of your life at Xero.

Research has shown that women and underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single competency or experience. If you are excited about this role, but your past experience doesn't align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be just the right person for this role and Xero. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application and throughout the interview process.

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What are Xero Perks + Benefits

Xero Benefits Overview

Xero offers a variety of benefits aimed at helping our employees maintain their physical, financial and mental wellbeing, allowing them to bring their best selves to work each day

Volunteer in local community
Xero employees are given a day off each year to volunteer in their communities.
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Remote work program
Typically, we work from home as needed. During COVID, all employees are working remotely and have access to stipends to access the equipment they need to be successful.
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Highly diverse management team
42% of Xero's leadership team is female, while our Board of Directors maintains an equal gender balance. Xero was included in Bloomberg's 2020 Gender Equality Index report.
Mandated unconscious bias training
All Xero employees will complete online unconscious bias training during on-boarding
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
The talent and leadership teams at Xero are committed to building diverse talent pipelines that reflect the communities we serve.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Xero allows employees to set aside pre-tax dollars for medical and dependent care expenses. $2,650 annual limit for healthcare FSA
Disability insurance
Xero's long and short term disability plans provide income protection at 60% of annual base salary
Dental insurance
Cigna dental PPO plan
Vision insurance
VSP vision plan
Health insurance
Xero offers a variety of health plans including Cigna HSA, Cigna PPO, and Kaiser HMO for Colorado and California employees
Life insurance
Provided to Xero employees at no cost. Coverage for each employee of 2x annual base salary up to $500,000
Wellness programs
Xero will fund up to $300 annually in employee health reimbursement account to be used toward a health improvement activity including gym membership, mental, physical or financial health
Mental health benefits
Concern EAP benefits for all employees
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Xero will match 100% on the first 3% contributions plus 50% match on next 2% of contributions
Company equity
All Xero employees are granted Restricted Stock Units at a certain percentage of their base salary which vests over a 3 year period
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
26 weeks paid parental leave.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Xero offers 21 days of paid time off, 10 wellness days, as well as 11 paid holidays per calendar year. We also participate in a company wide shut down between Christmas and New Years Day
Paid volunteer time
Xero encourages employees to give back to our communities by providing 8 hours of paid volunteer time per year
Paid holidays
11 paid holidays per calendar year
Paid sick days
Each employee is granted 10 wellness days per year in addition to our generous PTO
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Set aside pre and/or post tax dollars for commute related transit, parking and bike expenses
Company-sponsored outings
Annual holiday party, as well as a summer celebration!
Free snacks and drinks
You find a variety of fruit, chips, nuts, snack bars, sodas and iced tea in the Xero kitchen
Some meals provided
Breakfast each Tuesday and lunch every Thursday from a variety of local vendors
Company-sponsored happy hours
Happy hour starts every Friday at 4!
Fitness stipend
Our monthly health reimbursement plan can be used towards your fitness membership or a variety of other health related wellness programs
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Teams have budget set aside each year to support growth and up-skilling
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Xero leadership consistently reviews benefits to ensure they are competitive and allow our people to bring their full selves to work each day.

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