Machine Learning Engineer

Job description

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime?

Aaqua’s purpose is to “empower people to live their passions”.

We are creating a global services platform built around PASSION COMMUNITIES across a wide range of entertainment and lifestyle categories and genres.

We empower and enable our people to contribute to Aaqua’s purpose by bringing their own passion to our workplace community, collaborating with a team of like-minded people who love what they do.

Your Community

You will be a member of the Aaqua Tech team, working closely with the SRE Lead and the different engineering teams to build out a service where the service for our members reliable, performant and observable.

Your Purpose

Just like everybody else in the company, your purpose is to deliver a great platform for our members. As a machine learning engineering manager, you do that by passionately making the teams and individuals successful by mentoring them, supporting them in their continuous learning journey, and taking away impediments. Your passion and enthusiasm about building Agile organisations will be a beacon for the entire team. Your main purpose is to help the teams to continuously deliver high-quality software and instil a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. The team of machine learning engineers will be responsible for building our predictive models and recommender engines.

Your Focus

Your contribution will include:

  • Applying state-of-the-art machine learning methods in a pragmatic and product driven manner. Your knowledge and experience allow you to build and expand a top notch ML team.
  • Leading the Community of Practices for Machine Learning by mentoring and supporting engineers in their day-to-day work by providing them with the necessary tools, tips & tricks, training, ... to improve every day.
  • Build a relationship based on mutual trust with the engineers.
  • Build an open culture where all feelings, good and bad, are easily expressed, actively listened to, appreciated and acted upon where necessary.
  • Be an agile coach for the different engineering teams by training, supporting and mentoring the scrum masters and product owners ...
  • Build a strong Agile and inclusive culture where continuous improvement and continuous learning are central.
  • Build a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame, retribution, or being judged, with an emphasis of healing and problem solving.
  • Live and breath the company culture by leading by example.
  • Be (part-time) hands-on as a scrum master, data scientist, engineer, architect, tribe leader or ... because you know that keeping your hands dirty is the only way to do it right.
  • Continuously look for ways to align your team with the broader the organisation.
  • Hire the best machine learning engineers in the market and build motivated and empowered teams of highly skilled engineers where innovation thrives.
  • Gather 360 feedback on your direct reports to be able to provide them with appropriate insights, support and advice.
  • Work together with our People team and the other engineering leaders to solve issues and to continuously improve our processes and culture.
  • Navigate the organisation (and support the teams to do so) to remove impediments
  • Facilitate discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution.
  • Be part of a high-tech team using technologies like Typescript, React (Native), GraphQL, microservices architecture, Kafka, AWS, graph databases, MLops, MLflow, data science, machine learning, ... with a strong focus on scalability, reliability, observability

Your Knowledge

  • You have a strong machine learning engineering background.
  • You have a deep understanding of machine learning concepts such as cross-validation, clustering, supervised vs unsupervised learning.
  • You have implemented and deployed a variety of machine learning pipelines in a production environment.
  • You have strong Python skills and notions of Java.
  • You have experience in leading engineering teams.
  • You played a key role in building and scaling machine learning engineering teams.
  • You have a proven history in servant leadership, facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continuous improvement, empowerment, and increasing transparency.
  • You understand that every company is different and can put things in perspective for the greater good.
  • You are an empathic leader and understand how to make others feel appreciated.
  • You know how to constantly keep an eye on the greater good and align the teams to that.
  • You understand and believe in phrases like "You joined not to be cool, but make others cool" (Satya Nadella) and "leaders eat last" (Simon Sinek).
  • You have excellent communication, listening and mentoring skills.

Your Qualities

Your qualities are seen, heard and observed every day through your words, actions and behaviours. They are a key part of our DNA.

We seek our team members to be :


Your Attitude

Your attitude is a big part of what you bring to Aaqua. It contributes hugely to our culture, which is why cultural fit is something we take very seriously when we bring on new team members.

We expect everyone to play their part in :

Putting Members First
Building an Inclusive Community
Delivering the Unexpected
Be Always Evolving, and
Keeping it Real

Why work for us

At Aaqua we are committed to real economic value distribution and this extends to our people. Aaqua is creating a work culture that caters to all your YOU's. Our total rewards package is highly attractive, with generous compensation, options programs, comprehensive medical coverage and workplace flexibility.

Developing our people is a given and the exposure you will get at Aaqua will see you always evolving, creating opportunities for rapid career advancement. By putting our "members first" (that includes YOU), you will deliver the unexpected every day. Aaqua's agile focus drives collaboration, ideation and allows you to be your true self, empowers our people and delivers a passionate and fun team.

Aaqua is a diverse and inclusive culture. We want our people to be reflective of our members and commit to a non-discriminatory culture that does not judge by; age, gender, sexual orientation and gender reassignment, race and colour, disability, religion and beliefs, pregnancy and family responsibilities, education level and all of your YOU's.

Aaqua is the place for all YOUR YOUS.

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