Job description

Job Description

Here at Rakuten Kobo Inc. we offer a casual working start-up environment and a group of friendly and talented individuals. Our employees rank us highly in terms of commitment to work/life balance. We realize that for our people to be innovative, creative and passionate they need to feel valued and supported. We believe in rewarding all our employees with competitive salaries, performance based annual bonuses, stock options and training opportunities.

If you’re looking for a company that inspires passion, personal, and professional growth– join Kobo and come help us make reading lives better.

The Role

Rakuten Kobo Inc. is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Senior Data Scientist/Engineer with expertise in developing data pipeline, data science, and recommendation solutions using Google Cloud Platform data/AI technology stack to join our Data Science team. This role will encompass a range of responsibilities that will leverage your background in data science, engineering and cloud technology to assist Kobo with evaluating and improving our many consumer facing services & products.

You will play an instrumental role in developing approaches and developing best practices to accelerate our transition to the GCP ecosystem, supporting advanced analytics, data science, recommendation systems and MLOps functions. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of working on a variety of data engineering and data science projects, including machine learning models and recommendations engines. You will possess the technical proficiency to propose, implement , and work with engineering teams to deploy cutting-edge solutions in a cloud environment, collaborating with both technical and non-technical teams to develop solutions that drive innovation and develop a data-informed culture across the organization.

The Skillset

Must Haves:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, or a related field; advanced degree preferred.
  • Proven experience working with the Google Cloud Platform, including proficiency in BigQuery, Cloud AI Platform, or related tools.
  • Solid understanding and experience working with large-scale datasets in a cloud environment.
  • Advanced proficiency in SQL and DBT for data manipulation, querying, and transformation.
  • Strong programming skills in languages such as Python, with experience in building and deploying predictive models and recommendation systems.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Track record of successfully leading data science projects from conception to completion.
  • Experience working in an Agile environment and familiarity with MLOps practices

Nice To Have

  • Hands on experience sharing self-serve data using tools like Tableau, Domo, etc.
  • Familiarity with the ebook, audiobook, or publishing industry.
  • Knowledge of data governance: legal requirements and best practices (GDPR, CCPA, ...)

The Perks

  • Flexible hours and working environment
  • 4 extended summer long weekends
  • Full benefits starting from your first day
  • Paid Volunteer days, unlimited sick days, and 3% RRSP matching
  • Monthly commuting allowance for hybrid employees
  • Flexible health spending account
  • Training budget + Udemy account
  • Free Kobo device + free weekly e-book or audiobook
  • Weekly Kobo Tech University sessions
  • Maternity/paternity leave top up
  • 90 Day Work from Anywhere program
  • Daily lunch credit when in-office and in-office snacks
  • Dog friendly office

About Rakuten Kobo Inc.

Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the most advanced global ecommerce companies, with the world’s most innovative eReading services offering more than 6 million eBooks and audiobooks to 30 million + customers in 190 countries. Kobo delivers the best digital reading experience through creative innovation, award-winning eReaders, and top-ranking mobile apps. Kobo is a part of the Rakuten group of companies.

Rakuten Kobo Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Accessibility accommodations for candidates with disabilities participating in the selection process are available on request. Any information received related to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.

Rakuten Kobo would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this role however only qualified candidates will be shortlisted.


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