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Prose is the 1st personalized haircare, freshly made in NYC

Senior Algorithm Backend Engineer

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At Prose, we don’t believe in “one-size-fits-most.” We create custom hair care that’s inclusive to all hair types, needs and preferences. Each of our hair care products is customized to a person’s hair needs based on the results from an online consultation. The individual data is processed through a proprietary algorithm and made-to-order in the Prose lab using natural active ingredients. Marrying emerging technologies with the best in beauty, Prose is truly creating something special.

This is the opportunity to join a fast-growing startup and an energetic team that works together to deliver creative solutions that are transforming the way people think about and shop for hair care. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture, and are looking for talented problem solvers who lead with passion and who face any task with a positive mindset.

Role Focus:

  • You have a minimum of 8 years experience within a similar role / similar environment.
  • You will be responsible for designing, building, improving, profiling and maintaining our in-house algorithms, ranging from product formulation to several types of recommender engines.
  • Work closely with the R&D team (Chemistry engineers) to design and improve the current algorithms applied to haircare products formulation
  • Ship stable, high-quality code to which you are proud to be a contributor
  • Deliver excellent software through comprehensive peer-reviews, CI, and automated testing
  • Understand and consistently improve our codebase
  • Bring your personal expertise and ideas to help solve problems creatively and effectively
  • Promote the company’s mission and values

Ideal Candidate:

  • You love algorithms and new technology. You are also a great team worker and a great communicator in French and English.
  • Strong experience with Python, along with common libraries such as Numpy, Scikit-Learn, Pandas
  • Experience building robust Restful APIs (Flask, FastAPI)
  • A knack for writing clean, readable and maintainable code
  • Eager to implement automated functional / unit tests and documentation
  • Proficient with Git, a Unix shell, an editor (or IDE) and all others day-to-day developer tools
  • Familiarity with continuous integration, Docker, Kubernetes, a PaaS or IaaS platform

Understand & Embody our Prose Values:

Intentional Inclusivity

We know the best ideas come from open minds and willingness to listen. While our products cater to the individual, an invitation into our process is always open to our community.

We value our differences and diverse backgrounds by communicating openly, managing with transparency and striving to understand one another's perspective. It's a key ingredient to our innovation.

Connected Collaboration

Our strength as a group will outlast our efforts as individual contributors. With offices across countries (and across boroughs) staying inventive and agile deepens our clear vision and consistent communication.

We stay in a spirit of entrepreneurial collaboration: We do not have consensus at all times, but we trust one another to work toward our common goals. Our success is an expression and result of our progressive and gratifying teamwork.

Driven, Together

We value ownership and coaching that encourages employees to think constructively and creatively about the business. We view employees as leaders and individuals who are accountable, resourceful and responsible. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to lead.

We recognize that in order to continue thinking one step ahead, we will need to try new things. We strive to provide an open environment that accepts this truth making space for new ideas to emerge.

Humanity Always

We assume good intentions in every interaction keeping ourselves accountable for the climate we create. We seek to understand our co-workers through this lens of conscious bienveillance, authenticity and fellowship.

We operate with the intention of preserving resources, creating an environment we can all live in--for our business and the world. Sustainable care is essential to our ethos as an organization. We take a mindful approach to how we think about our people (employees) and our planet.

Perks & Benefits:

  • Competitive compensation package (base salary, target bonus and equity)
  • Health insurance (Alan) + tickets restaurants
  • Nice and trendy office located at Reaumur Sébastopol
  • Electric bike to commute easily to the office
  • On-going training and development programs (think annual conferences, training or proficiency allowances)
  • Company wide "annual kickoff" offsite (at a location to be disclosed)
  • Free lunch weekly and an abundance of office snacks (which may include the occasional croissant, macarons and cheese spread)
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Megan Krebs

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Prose at a glance

Prose is the 1st personalized haircare, freshly made in NYC

Prose focuses on E-Commerce, Beauty, Hairsalon, and Mobile Application. Their company has offices in New York City and Paris. They have a mid-size team that's between 51-200 employees. To date, Prose has raised $25M of funding; their latest round was closed on November 2018.

You can view their website at https://prosehair.com or find them on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.