Director of Data Science – NLP, LLM and GenAI

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Location: New York, New York

Salary/Pay Range: $225,000 - $235,000

Job Description

A Full-time, Director of Data Science - NLP, LLM and GenAI job is available with our client, a leader in risk management solutions leveraging automation and AI/ML, located in NYC. This is a remote role.


This role is a unique opportunity for an experienced ML scientist and hands-on NLP/Gen AI/ LLM senior scientist to grow into the next step in their career journey and apply her or his domain expertise in NLP, deep learning, GenAI, and LLMs to drive business value for multiple stakeholders while mentoring and growing a ML Data Science team. The ideal candidate must have deep design and hands-on development expertise in ML, LLMs, model development and integrating ML solutions with business functions to create the next generation of AI-powered capabilities.




  • ML, Gen AI, NLP, LLM Strategy: Develop and implement ML modeling and LLM development and fine-tuning strategies, best practices, and standards to enhance AI ML model deployment and monitoring efficiency.
  • Develop roadmap and strategy for NLP, LLM, Gen AI model development and lifecycle implementation.
  • ML, Gen AI, NLP, LLM Model Design and Development: Responsible for the design and development of custom ML, Gen AI, NLP, LLM Models for batch and stream processing-based AI ML pipelines including data ingestion, preprocessing modules, search and retrieval, Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG), NLP/LLM model development and ensure the end-to-end solution meets all technical and business requirements, and SLA specifications.
  • Work closely with members of technology and business leads and their teams in the design, development, and implementation of the ML model solutions.
  • ML, NLP, LLM Model Evaluation: Work closely with the MLOps team to create and maintain robust evaluation solutions and tools to evaluate model performance, accuracy, consistency, reliability, during development, UAT.
  • Identify and implement model optimizations to improve system efficiency.
  • NLP, LLM, Gen AI Model Deployment: Work closely with the MLOps team for the deployment of machine learning models into production environments, ensuring reliability and scalability.
  • Internal Collaboration: Collaborate closely with product teams, business stakeholders, MLOps, machine learning engineers, and software engineers to ensure smooth integration of machine learning models into production systems.
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration: Collaborate closely with business and PM stakeholders in roadmap planning and implementation efforts and ensure technical milestones align with business requirements.
  • Mentorship: Recruit, develop and mentor technical AI/ML, NLP, LLM, Gen AI talent on the team Provide guidance and mentorship to junior ML scientists, fostering their professional growth and development.
  • Documentation: Maintain comprehensive documentation of ML modeling processes and procedures for reference and knowledge sharing.
  • Standards and Best Practices: Ensure the use of standards, governance and best practices in ML model development, and adherence to model and data governance standards.
  • Problem Solving: Troubleshoot complex issues related to machine learning model development and data pipelines and develop innovative solutions.



The Skills We’re Looking For:

  • 7+ years of professional hands-on experience leveraging large sets of structured and unstructured data to develop data-driven tactical and strategic analytics and insights using ML, NLP, computer vision solutions.
  • Demonstrated 4+ years hands-on experience with Python, Hugging Face, TensorFlow, Keras, PyTorch, Spark or similar statistical tools. Expert in python programming.
  • 4 or more years project leadership experience including Agile project management, Scaled Agile Frameworks (SAFE).
  • 5+ years hands-on experience developing natural language processing (NLP) models, ideally with transformer architectures.
  • 5+ year’s experience with implementing information search and retrieval at scale, using a range of solutions ranging from keyword search to semantic search using embeddings.
  • Strong knowledge of and measurable hands-on experience with developing or tuning Large Language Models (LLM) and Generative AI (GAI).
  • Experience in creating reports, projections, models, and presentations to support business goals and outcomes.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and decision making on complex issues regarding initiatives, technical and business goals and related tasks.
  • Experience with mentoring junior ML scientists.
  • Ability to works under minimal supervision, using independent judgment.
  • Excellent written & verbal communication and stakeholder management skills.
  • Strategic thinker and influencer with demonstrated technical and business acumen and problem-solving skills.
  • Experienced with NLP, LLMs (extractive and generative), fine-tuning and LLM model development.
  • Strong familiarity with higher level trends in LLMs and open-source platforms.
  • Ph.D (preferred), Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Statistics, Computational linguistics, Engineering, or a related field.
  • Nice to have: Experience with contributing to GitHub and open-source initiatives or in research projects.


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