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Data Scientist - Analytics and Software Engineering


Job Description

Birchbox is looking for data scientists and senior data scientists with software engineering skills to work on data-driven tasks, including:

  • Monthly box personalization: tailoring the selection of samples sent to each Birchbox subscriber
  • Full-size product recommendation: based on purchasing history, samples received, profile and browsing data, etc.
  • Analytics for the marketing team and for our brand partners
  • Improvements to offline and online reporting of key metrics


  • Experience modeling data and designing feature sets
  • Deep working experience applying statistics and machine learning techniques to real-world data
  • Fluency in a programming or scripting language (e.g. Python, Ruby, R, Java ) for fast prototyping
  • Experience building and working with "big-data" platforms (e.g. Hadoop/Mad-reduce), especially applied to web-analytics and/or time-series
  • Excellent data-visualization skills
  • Ability to extract insights and communicate to a non-technical audience


  • Ability to write complex SQL queries in short order
  • Experience building advanced analytics dashboards
  • Previous experience in e-commerce and/or start-up environments
  • MS or PhD in a relevant discipline

We are interested in hearing from motivated people who can be strong individual contributors to our data team.

Tech @ Birchbox

The technology team at Birchbox is responsible for development (and maintenance) of the company's customer-facing sites (in the United States, France, the UK, and Spain), managing hosted and cloud infrastructure, and closely supporting other teams (logistics, marketing, et al.) in our 110+-person company. We work with a wide variety of open-source technologies: Debian-based servers; Chef deployments; Ruby on Rails, Java and PHP services; and Python, Perl and R scripts. The size of our team and the breadth of its responsibilities means we rely on our engineers to be self-motivated and quickly follow through on tasks without requiring close supervision. In return our engineers are given leeway to use their own initiative.

Our team spans software engineering, technical operations, product, and data science. Our challenges include:

  • evolving our software and systems architecture to support a rapidly growing customer base across multiple countries and languages;
  • designing and implementing the best user experience for our customers; We are striving to revolutionize online retail.
  • using data, complex algorithms, and statistics, to personalize the Birchbox experience for our customers, both offline and online.

Why it's great to work at Birchbox

  • The uncommon chance to be at the start of something huge. We dream big. We run fast. We love a challenge.
  • The chance to build a fresh infrastructure to express better solutions to old and new problems.
  • The opportunity to work on conceiving, designing and building a next-generation ecommerce experience.
  • We think Espresso, Cake, Cookies, Chocolate, and Cambodian Sandwiches are food groups. Which is part of the reason why we also believe in working out in the office. Push-ups anyone?
  • We love our work, our team, and our customers.

About Birchbox

Birchbox is changing the way consumers discover and purchase grooming, beauty, and lifestyle products. We combine a monthly subscription service with original editorial content and a fully integrated e-commerce shop. Every month, members sample high-end products targeted to fit their personal profile and behavior, learn about them through our content, and purchase full-size versions of the products they like. Our platform provides our brand partners with an innovative and efficient way to access new customers.

Birchbox launched in the Fall of 2010 and is one of the fastest growing companies in New York. We are backed by top VC firms, including Accel Partners and First Round Capital. In September 2012, Birchbox expanded internationally with the acquisition of the Paris based discovery service JolieBox, operating in France, the UK, and Spain. You can get a feel for the buzz about Birchbox, by searching for us on YouTube: http://birch.ly/nl6nVp. For traditional media coverage, checkout our press page: http://www.birchbox.com/press.

Birchbox has offices in New York, Paris, London and Barcelona.

Interested in this position?
Job Location
28 East 28th Street 12th Floor
New York City
Additional Job Details
Employment Type:
Full Time
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