Senior Director, Personalization Engineering

Nike, Inc. Beaverton , OR 97075

Posted 2 weeks ago

At the center of Nike's Digital Transformation is our Consumer Direct Offense. Nike is driving investments in high quality data, platforms, and models to create unbreakable relationships with consumers through state-of-the-art personalization. Nike is looking for a seasoned engineering leader who can develop amazing cross-functional teams of machine learning engineers, data engineers, and software engineers to deliver innovative machine learning and advanced analytics products and services at scale in support of Nike's personalization deliverables. These include partnering with our Personalization Sciences team to solve complex business problems around enhanced search, product recommendations, editorial tagging automation, personalized communications, and the delivery of brand-new consumer experiences.


  • Build a compelling vision and an amazing machine learning engineering organization to support personalization at Nike.

  • Develop a vision and long-term goals for how your teams will serve Nike's athletes, plan the strategy for achieving those goals, and oversee its implementation towards the north star you set.

  • Build and grow highly skilled, cross-functional product teams that deliver end-to-end personalization capabilities for Nike (e.g. tailored recommendations/experiences). Manage the professional development and career plans for those on your teams, help us develop the technology leaders of tomorrow.

  • Set high standards for engineering excellence and drive innovation through Nike's personalization function.

  • Utilize engineering and machine learning best practices to consistently deliver scalable, production-grade solutions while actively managing costs and overhead. Continually raise the bar to improve standards, quality, reliability, and velocity of the teams.

  • Leverage your prior experience, knowledge of industry trends, and personal creativity to develop new and innovative solutions which delight our customers. Given the rapid pace of change in technology and machine learning today, always be pushing the boundary of what's possible and be on the offense always.

  • Embrace and embody Nike's core values (maxims) in your work and interactions with peers, stakeholders, and direct reports.

  • Role model transparency and accountability as a leader of Nike. Communicate effectively, build trust and strong relationships across the company, do the right thing.

  • Engage employees meaningfully, assist the teams by removing roadblocks, align efforts across Nike's matrix to drive progress forward and always win as a team.


  • A validated technical leader with deep knowledge and experience in creating production grade, end-to-end machine learning services at scale. As comfortable discussing modern NLP architectures (e.g. BERT/ULMFit), personalization algorithms, computer vision as you would discuss the CAP theorem. Able to dive deep into code and architecture to provide an informed opinion on benefits/trade-offs of different design choices.

  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple timelines, priorities, and teams with ease. At the same time, able to quickly flex and pivot due to changing circumstances which present new opportunities for Nike.

  • An effective communicator who can seamlessly transition between discussing high level vision with executives to low level tactics with the dev team. You are able to influence people and align efforts across the company to act as one in pursuit of a common goal.

  • A constant learner who is passionate about staying at the forefront of the engineering and machine learning landscape through reading journals, books, or blogs. In equal measure, someone who is passionate about growing people and understanding how to effectively lead an organization.

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