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Senior Manager, Knowledge Engineering -REMOTE

This is a 100% fully remote role. Work virtually from anywhere in the U.S 

Why Join Us

Varis is a well-funded, highly disruptive, and fast-growing technology startup. Our incredible team includes top industry leaders with decades of experience. We are innovation driven, customer centric, and ready to transform eProcurement. Our culture is focused on bold vision, launching the most minimal valuable solution to learn, then either failing or scaling fast. We seek teammates who drive value creation, are great problem solvers, have strong interpersonal savvy, and can successfully learn on the fly! Varis is a bold new company that formed in early 2021. Joining us now is a ground-floor opportunity to shape our limitless future.

We are looking for a leader to join our team as the Sr. Manager, Knowledge Engineering. We seek a unique candidate with strong software engineering, ontological, and analytical skills experience to help us develop a knowledge system and components. This talented leader has a proven ability to drive projects and influence people in a distributed environment. They will have recent experience as a technical team lead, or as a manager in a “invented here” software or technology company with experience applying ontologies to solve complex problems. We do not do research for the sake of research; we create reliable, scalable, high-performance products which requires application of expertise and a sound understanding of the fundamentals of ontological and software engineering practices.

Varis is seeking a unique candidate with strong software engineering, ontological, and analytical skills experience to help us develop a knowledge system and components. This talented leader has a proven ability to drive projects and influence people in a distributed environment. They will have recent experience as a technical team lead, or as a manager in a “invented here” software or technology company with experience applying ontologies to solve complex problems. We do not do research for the sake of research; we create reliable, scalable, high-performance products which requires application of expertise and a sound understanding of the fundamentals of ontological and software engineering practices.

On our team you will see and feel the direct impact of your work; be surrounded by passionate people, many of which are industry leaders in their respective fields; learn how to be an entrepreneur; be at the center of a highly dynamic, market-disruptive business model with tremendous individual and collective potential. You will coordinate the work of the Knowledge Engineering team, working closely with partner teams, product managers, our UX team, and research scientists to plan and implement new platform capabilities relating to model representation, transformation, and property inference..  

What You’ll Do (Your Responsibilities)

  • Contribute to the new product direction by designing new and extending existing annotation schemas and rules to cover new categories
  • Develop ontologies for classification and management hierarchies, properties, and the relationships between concepts describing product and services that will be used by millions of people per day.
  • Drive the day-to-day agile software development process and activities of your team
  • Implement tools and automate processes to decrease the human effort required to support our core knowledge systems, and to free up your team of ontologists, software engineers, and data scientists to focus on complex problems and drive increased accuracy
  • Manage and execute against project plans and delivery commitments. Report on status, milestones, and goals to stakeholders.
  • Build machine learning and NLP solutions and supporting related efforts of multiple product teams.
  • Prioritize improvements to drive your metrics-based improvements, and lead innovation to deliver the biggest wins for our customers.
  • Hire the strongest candidates to grow the team effectively. Continuously develop direct reports, assign work, and give feedback to help them reach their potential.
  • Leverage your knowledge and technical ability to drive the management and analysis of extremely large and distributed data sets housed in disparate systems.

Who You Are (Cultural + Technical)

  • Excellence in technical communication with peers and non-technical cohorts
  • Sharp analytical abilities and proven design skills
  • Strong sense of ownership, urgency, and drive
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities in an engineering environment in driving operational excellence and best practices
  • Demonstrated ability to define and achieve goals in a highly innovative and fast paced environment
  • Experience in developing low-level solutions and understanding of design for scalability, performance, and reliability
  • Experience with concept annotation and other forms of data markup
  • Experience working with speech and text language data in at least one additional major language is a plus
  • Experience in writing grammars and building FSTs stats, Experience with statistical language modeling is a plus

What You’ll Need (Education, Experience, Preferred Certifications/Designations)

  • BS/MS in Computer Science/Computational Linguistics or related technical discipline
  • 10 years total industry experience
  • 2+ years of experience in people management (development/research/linguist teams)
  • 3+ years Programming in Python/Perl, C, C++, Java, or GoLang in Linux environments
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills; ability to use hard data and metrics to back up assumptions and opinions
  • Knowledge of best practices for software construction and ontology planning, operations, and management
  • Familiarity with B2B standards like UNSPSC, [email protected], SOC, and NAICS.
  • Experience with ontology data formats such as Semantic Web (W3C), Web Ontology Language (OWL) or Resource Description Framework (RDF)

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by associates assigned to this classification and are not intended to be a complete list of all required responsibilities and skills. Other duties and special projects may be assigned per business needs. Job descriptions are subject to change at any time with or without notice. Varis is wholly owned by The ODP Corporation, which is the legal employer of Varis associates. ODP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

Physical:

  • Health Insurance
  • Wellness Fairs
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness & Nutrition Programs
  • Ergonomic Support
  • Return-to-Work Programs

Emotional:

  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Support Programs

Work-Life:

  • Location Events & Activities
  • Onboarding Plan & 'Buddy'
  • Recognition & Rewards Programs
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Paid Holidays (as applicable by business unit)
  • Paid Time Off

Financial:

  • Retirement Programs
  • 401(k) Match
  • FSA/HSA Pre-Tax Benefits
  • HSA Match
  • HRA Funding
  • Discounts/Perks
  • Life/Disability Plans

Community:

  • Charitable Giving
  • Volunteering & Mentorship

At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

Emotional:

  • Employee Assistance Programs

Community:

  • Associate Resource Groups focused on Diversity and Inclusion

As the working world continues to evolve, so are we. Shifting from an office supplies retailer to a business services platform is not a simple task, nor is it one we take lightly. It requires the diverse talents and contributions from each and every associate – all driven by our 5C culture of Customer, Commitment, Change, Caring and Creativity. We’re working together to make a difference, challenge the status quo, and be the trusted experts that help our customers manage their businesses. We’ve got 40,000+ associates to date – and we’re always looking to add great talent to our team. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help transform our company to fuel the businesses and communities around us is knocking. Start your #LifeAtDepot and discover how you can be a part of the transformation.

  • Description

    Overview

    Senior Manager, Knowledge Engineering -REMOTE

    This is a 100% fully remote role. Work virtually from anywhere in the U.S 

    Why Join Us

    Varis is a well-funded, highly disruptive, and fast-growing technology startup. Our incredible team includes top industry leaders with decades of experience. We are innovation driven, customer centric, and ready to transform eProcurement. Our culture is focused on bold vision, launching the most minimal valuable solution to learn, then either failing or scaling fast. We seek teammates who drive value creation, are great problem solvers, have strong interpersonal savvy, and can successfully learn on the fly! Varis is a bold new company that formed in early 2021. Joining us now is a ground-floor opportunity to shape our limitless future.

    We are looking for a leader to join our team as the Sr. Manager, Knowledge Engineering. We seek a unique candidate with strong software engineering, ontological, and analytical skills experience to help us develop a knowledge system and components. This talented leader has a proven ability to drive projects and influence people in a distributed environment. They will have recent experience as a technical team lead, or as a manager in a “invented here” software or technology company with experience applying ontologies to solve complex problems. We do not do research for the sake of research; we create reliable, scalable, high-performance products which requires application of expertise and a sound understanding of the fundamentals of ontological and software engineering practices.

    Varis is seeking a unique candidate with strong software engineering, ontological, and analytical skills experience to help us develop a knowledge system and components. This talented leader has a proven ability to drive projects and influence people in a distributed environment. They will have recent experience as a technical team lead, or as a manager in a “invented here” software or technology company with experience applying ontologies to solve complex problems. We do not do research for the sake of research; we create reliable, scalable, high-performance products which requires application of expertise and a sound understanding of the fundamentals of ontological and software engineering practices.

    On our team you will see and feel the direct impact of your work; be surrounded by passionate people, many of which are industry leaders in their respective fields; learn how to be an entrepreneur; be at the center of a highly dynamic, market-disruptive business model with tremendous individual and collective potential. You will coordinate the work of the Knowledge Engineering team, working closely with partner teams, product managers, our UX team, and research scientists to plan and implement new platform capabilities relating to model representation, transformation, and property inference..  

    What You’ll Do (Your Responsibilities)

    • Contribute to the new product direction by designing new and extending existing annotation schemas and rules to cover new categories
    • Develop ontologies for classification and management hierarchies, properties, and the relationships between concepts describing product and services that will be used by millions of people per day.
    • Drive the day-to-day agile software development process and activities of your team
    • Implement tools and automate processes to decrease the human effort required to support our core knowledge systems, and to free up your team of ontologists, software engineers, and data scientists to focus on complex problems and drive increased accuracy
    • Manage and execute against project plans and delivery commitments. Report on status, milestones, and goals to stakeholders.
    • Build machine learning and NLP solutions and supporting related efforts of multiple product teams.
    • Prioritize improvements to drive your metrics-based improvements, and lead innovation to deliver the biggest wins for our customers.
    • Hire the strongest candidates to grow the team effectively. Continuously develop direct reports, assign work, and give feedback to help them reach their potential.
    • Leverage your knowledge and technical ability to drive the management and analysis of extremely large and distributed data sets housed in disparate systems.

    Who You Are (Cultural + Technical)

    • Excellence in technical communication with peers and non-technical cohorts
    • Sharp analytical abilities and proven design skills
    • Strong sense of ownership, urgency, and drive
    • Demonstrated leadership abilities in an engineering environment in driving operational excellence and best practices
    • Demonstrated ability to define and achieve goals in a highly innovative and fast paced environment
    • Experience in developing low-level solutions and understanding of design for scalability, performance, and reliability
    • Experience with concept annotation and other forms of data markup
    • Experience working with speech and text language data in at least one additional major language is a plus
    • Experience in writing grammars and building FSTs stats, Experience with statistical language modeling is a plus

    What You’ll Need (Education, Experience, Preferred Certifications/Designations)

    • BS/MS in Computer Science/Computational Linguistics or related technical discipline
    • 10 years total industry experience
    • 2+ years of experience in people management (development/research/linguist teams)
    • 3+ years Programming in Python/Perl, C, C++, Java, or GoLang in Linux environments
    • Strong analytical and quantitative skills; ability to use hard data and metrics to back up assumptions and opinions
    • Knowledge of best practices for software construction and ontology planning, operations, and management
    • Familiarity with B2B standards like UNSPSC, [email protected], SOC, and NAICS.
    • Experience with ontology data formats such as Semantic Web (W3C), Web Ontology Language (OWL) or Resource Description Framework (RDF)

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by associates assigned to this classification and are not intended to be a complete list of all required responsibilities and skills. Other duties and special projects may be assigned per business needs. Job descriptions are subject to change at any time with or without notice. Varis is wholly owned by The ODP Corporation, which is the legal employer of Varis associates. ODP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

     

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  • Benefits

    At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

    Physical:

    • Health Insurance
    • Wellness Fairs
    • Flu shots
    • Fitness & Nutrition Programs
    • Ergonomic Support
    • Return-to-Work Programs

    Emotional:

    • Mental Health Benefits
    • Support Programs

    Work-Life:

    • Location Events & Activities
    • Onboarding Plan & 'Buddy'
    • Recognition & Rewards Programs
    • Flexible Work Schedules
    • Paid Holidays (as applicable by business unit)
    • Paid Time Off

    Financial:

    • Retirement Programs
    • 401(k) Match
    • FSA/HSA Pre-Tax Benefits
    • HSA Match
    • HRA Funding
    • Discounts/Perks
    • Life/Disability Plans

    Community:

    • Charitable Giving
    • Volunteering & Mentorship
  • Benefits Part-Time

    At Office Depot, we offer our benefits around the 5 facets of Total Well-Being: Physical, Emotional, Work-Life, Financial, and Community. Here’s a look into what we offer:

    Emotional:

    • Employee Assistance Programs

    Community:

    • Associate Resource Groups focused on Diversity and Inclusion
  • About Us

    As the working world continues to evolve, so are we. Shifting from an office supplies retailer to a business services platform is not a simple task, nor is it one we take lightly. It requires the diverse talents and contributions from each and every associate – all driven by our 5C culture of Customer, Commitment, Change, Caring and Creativity. We’re working together to make a difference, challenge the status quo, and be the trusted experts that help our customers manage their businesses. We’ve got 40,000+ associates to date – and we’re always looking to add great talent to our team. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help transform our company to fuel the businesses and communities around us is knocking. Start your #LifeAtDepot and discover how you can be a part of the transformation.

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The path to his current position has been challenging and rewarding and his leadership took the opportunity to develop him and encourage his ambitions along the way. As a Store Manager, Phillip was identified as a high potential leader and was selected for our “Blue Angels” program for leadership development which led to his current DSM role.

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