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Facebook Data Science Manager, Instagram Graph in Des Moines, Iowa


Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.


The Instagram Graph team focuses on helping users connect with their close friends and interests on Instagram. Connecting users to one another is a foundational to building a healthy and thriving social network. So, the work that the Graph team does is core to helping Instagram deliver on its mission of helping users grow closer to the people and things they love.The team’s flagship product is called Suggested Users which is a list of account recommendations we serve to each user, powered by complex, state-of-the-art Machine Learning models. Given Instagram’s diverse user base, different users have different ways in which they use Instagram, which would influence the type of connections they want to make. For example, some users use Instagram primarily to connect with their closest friends, while some others might want to use Instagram to explore their niche interests and passions. Understanding how different types of users want to use Instagram and the kind of graphs they want to build, can help us serve them with highly personalized recommendations tailored to their needs. We also want to help our users keep their Instagram graphs fresh and current as their real-life friendships and interests change over time.As the Data Science Manager on Instagram Graph, you will lead a team of 2 data scientists and work on deeply understanding how different types of users use Instagram, what kind of connections will they find most valuable, and use these insights to refine our account recommendation algorithms. If you are passionate about working with large-scale recommendation systems and how we could use them to build and maintain healthy social graphs, this is a great role for you!

Required Skills:

  1. Identify high-impact analytical problems and find innovative ways to tackle these problems via data analysis, experimentation, and statistical modeling

  2. Size opportunities to ensure product teams are prioritizing the most impactful work

  3. Ensure product strategy has actionable measurement plans by owning goal metrics and evaluating product team performance

  4. Establish strong trusted relationships with the data science and product communities of Instagram and Facebook

  5. Lead cross-functional and cross-team relationship building and collaboration with product, user research and engineering team

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. 6+ years of experience with quantitative analysis

  2. 3+ years of experience with people management

  3. 5+ years of experience in an analytical role in a technology company, consulting, investment banking, or product management

  4. 5+ years experience with SQL or other programming languages

  5. Experience initiating and driving projects to completion with minimal guidance

  6. Experience communicating the results of analysis

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Ph.D. in a quantitative discipline (e.g., statistics, mathematics, economics)

  2. Understanding of statistical analysis, experience with packages, such as python, R, MATLAB, SPSS, SAS, Stata, etc.

  3. Experience with complex measurement methodologies and evaluating ML models from algorithmic bias perspective

  4. Experience working in a highly ambiguous field with evolving definitions and boundaries

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at