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Director of Personalization Science – Recommendation Algorithms

Director of Personalization Science – Recommendation Algorithms

Beaverton | Oregon | United States

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From our flagship website and five-star mobile apps to social media, digital marketing and the retail store experience, our teams at NIKE Digital are reimagining how design and technology meet to serve consumers more directly and personally. We invest in cutting-edge technologies and work with the most creative people in the world. Our teams are innovative, diverse, multidisciplinary and collaborative, taking technology into the future and bringing the world with it.

NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world's best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At Nike, it's about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

The Team
The Recommendation Algorithms team is part of Nike's Data and Personalization Science group, and is responsible for building and deepening a holistic view of Nike's consumers through data science and machine learning, and applying those insights to personalize and optimize incredible digital services and experiences for our consumers.

The Role

The Recommendation Algorithms team at Nike work on many of the machine learning models behind our user experiences. The director role will be responsible for building out this team, and delivering an ambitious roadmap that impacts the business. The director will also be responsible for helping establish Nike as a leader in the field of recommendation science.

Specific responsibilities include:

• Hiring and mentoring talented data scientists.

• Facilitating experimentation review meetings.

• Driving the science roadmap for product recommendation and experience personalization on Nike.com and Nike apps.

• Driving the investigation of recommender system research topics, including wardrobe recommendation, product image selection, and whole-page optimization.

• Partnering with other personalization science teams including those working on search, editorial content, marketing communications, and workout recommendation algorithms in order to have highly aligned roadmaps.

• Partnering with data engineering, machine learning platform, and product teams to deploy the search and recommendation algorithms, and evaluate the A/B test results.

• Collaborating with the broader data science community within Nike, including teams supply chain optimization and demand forecasting.

• Representing Nike at conferences and community events.


  • • Experience hiring and mentoring exceptional data scientists.

    • Expert knowledge in machine learning, particularly in ranking and deep learning models.

    • Familiarity with online approaches in machine learning, particularly Contextual Bandit algorithms.

    • Expert knowledge in search and recommender systems, including familiarity with research published in at conferences such as SIGKDD and RECSYS.

    • Experience with TensorFlow and Amazon AWS prefered.

    • Evidence of strong partnerships with engineering, product, and analytics teams.

    • Product and entrepreneurial mindset.



NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.

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