Staff Data Scientist, Infrastructure at Pinterest

Location: Remote, US Chicago, Illinois
Salary: $148,049 Annually
| Full-time

Title: Staff Data Scientist, Infrastructure

Location: Chicago, IL, US; Remote, US


About Pinterest:

Millions of people across the world come to Pinterest to find new ideas every day. It’s where they get inspiration, dream about new possibilities and plan for what matters most. Our mission is to help those people find their inspiration and create a life they love. In your role, you’ll be challenged to take on work that upholds this mission and pushes Pinterest forward. You’ll grow as a person and leader in your field, all the while helping Pinners make their lives better in the positive corner of the internet.

Creating a life you love also means finding a career that celebrates the unique perspectives and experiences that you bring. As you read through the expectations of the position, consider how your skills and experiences may complement the responsibilities of the role. We encourage you to think through your relevant and transferable skills from prior experiences.

Our new progressive work model is called PinFlex, a term that’s uniquely Pinterest to describe our flexible approach to living and working. Visit our PinFlex landing page to learn more.

We are seeking a Staff Data Scientist for Pinterest’s Infrastructure Data Science and Engineering (IDSE) team. In order to deliver our product experiences to Pinners around the world, Pinterest invests heavily in our infrastructure systems (i.e. storing Pins, training ranking models, serving ad impressions, etc.) – and as a result, it’s a topline company priority for us to manage our infrastructure spend and usage efficiently. The IDSE team provides actionable insights on Pinterest’s infrastructure data – which enables us to reduce our costs, become more efficient, lower our carbon footprint, and grow sustainably as a company.

What you’ll do:

  • Quantify: what does winning look like? How do we think about balancing infrastructure spend and business/product growth?
  • Measure: are we on track? What dashboards, forecast models, analyses do we need to understand: are we on track to hit our infrastructure goals? Why or why not?
  • Analyze: how do we win? What analyses can we perform to uncover opportunities to improve our strategy?
  • Lead and up-level the team. As the most senior data scientist on the team, you will help define the strategic roadmap and priorities for the team, guide the team in execution, and up-level the data rigor and culture of the organization.
  • Collaborate closely with partners in Engineering, Finance, and Technical Program Management (TPM) teams across the company.

What we’re looking for:

  • 8+ years of combined post-graduate academic and industry experience applying scientific methods to solve real-world problems on web-scale data.
  • Proven ability to apply scientific methods to solve real-world problems on web-scale data.
  • Expertise in at least one scripting language (ideally Python/R).
  • Proficiency in SQL/Hive.
  • Strong business and product sense: delight in shaping vague questions into well-defined analyses and success metrics that drive business decisions.
  • Excellent communication skills: able to lead initiatives across multiple product areas and communicate findings with leadership and product teams .
  • Experience leading key technical projects and substantially influencing the scope and output of others.

Relocation Statement:

  • This position is not eligible for relocation assistance. Visit our PinFlex page to learn more about our working model.



At Pinterest we believe the workplace should be equitable, inclusive, and inspiring for every employee. In an effort to provide greater transparency, we are sharing the base salary range for this position. The position is also eligible for equity. Final salary is based on a number of factors including location, travel, relevant prior experience, or particular skills and expertise.

Information regarding the culture at Pinterest and benefits available for this position can be found here.

US based applicants only

$148,049—$304,496 USD

Our Commitment to Diversity:

Pinterest is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best qualified people in every job. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, status as a protected veteran, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other consideration made unlawful by applicable federal, state or local laws. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you require an accommodation during the job application process, please notify for support.

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