Manager, Data Science

Beyond Meat · El Segundo, CA

Data + Analytics
Food & Agriculture
Posted 2 months ago

Project Management
Data Science
Machine Learning
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At Beyond Meat, we started with simple questions. Why do you need an animal to create meat? Why can’t you build meat directly from plants? Thus, we make plant-based meats that allow families to eat more, not less, of the traditional dishes they love while feeling great about the health, sustainability, and animal welfare benefits of plant protein. Our goal is to bring exciting change to the plate—and Beyond.
The Innovation team is seeking a Data Science Manager to lead a team of talented Data Scientists towards developing and applying machine learning to accelerate product development and advance our company’s mission. 
The ideal candidate will have an outstanding record of taking on end-to-end ownership and delivering innovative data science and machine learning solutions in a fast-paced and dynamic research environment. The Data Science Manager will help build-out a world class data science team and oversee development of our data science and machine learning platform. You will lead the data science team to identify opportunities, design solutions, and implement systems to accelerate product development through machine learning platforms. In this role, you will drive innovation by partnering closely with domain experts through critical cross-functional interactions (food science, analytical chemistry, protein bioinformatics, etc.) to deliver solutions with disruptive value.


    • Lead a team of data scientists to develop and deploy machine learning to accelerate product development and solve key challenges impacting product development across multiple food science areas
    • Collaborate closely with Beyond Meat leadership to explore and develop opportunities to deliver data science insights and solutions with significant outcomes
    • Implement new data science systems, infrastructure and applications, as well as provide oversight on data systems performance, validation, upkeep and optimization 
    • Create a road map of the most challenging and exciting research questions posed by lab scientists, managers, and senior leadership; articulate and plan possible solutions and development plans
    • Co-create with other scientists and machine learning experts to find new ways to improve products and operations
    • Partner with cross functional teams to develop and validate machine learning results, as well as develop user interfaces that streamline workflow and testing
    • Oversee integration of potentially new data science tools and applications into existing systems
    • Establish processes, standards, and best practices for the data science team
    • Utilize cloud-based technologies to effectively work with data and models
    • Build custom systems from complex data inputs or from multiple models to inform data-driven decision making
    • Develop data science team through actively engaging in the hiring, training and mentoring of new personnel; actively participate in the team’s work to ensure success
    • Provide guidance to data science team in the selection and use of best data science tools and technologies across diverse use cases and contexts
    • Maintain security on data, data infrastructure and systems
    • Preserve all forms of intellectual and material property, support IP development, and ensure confidentiality and security of information
    • Provide thought leadership and ensure that the data science team is up to date with the latest developments in the field
    • Promote an inclusive and diverse culture of excellence that generates sustainable solutions; provide active engagement with all aspects of the data science and machine learning program and cross-functional collaborations
    • Support Innovation Team in achieving product and research goals


    • PhD degree in Computer Science, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Bioengineering, Math, Statistics, or similar field 
    • 5+ years experience designing and delivering data science solutions
    • 3+ years experience leading teams and managing projects
    • An outstanding record of innovative and/or fundamental contributions to data science and machine learning fields
    • Experience with implementing new data science and machine learning systems at a technology company; experience in food science and life sciences is a plus
    • Highly skilled in programming languages and SQL, as well as with Python or R
    • Extensive experience with diverse cloud computing platforms and big data technologies
    • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop data science teams in the application of machine learning and in leveraging diverse datasets
    • Ability to work collaboratively with engineering, science, project management, IT, and business teams
    • Demonstrated research excellence in the machine learning field with record of publications, conference presentations, and recognition by peers
    • A problem solver, capable of distilling complex challenges into problem definitions and actionable research hypotheses
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate technical concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders; fluent in both written and spoken English
    • Successful experience managing and administering a team of data scientists and engineers
    • Comfortable with ambiguity and working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment


    • Office environments with some travel (5%)
Beyond Meat is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, liability for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration. Beyond Meat reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time.
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