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Sr. Software Engineer-AI Products



Software Engineering, Data Science
Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform that helps small businesses and their accounting and bookkeeping advisors grow and thrive.
At Xero, our purpose is to make life better for people in small business, their advisors, and communities around the world. This purpose sits at the centre of everything we do. We support our people to do the best work of their lives so that they can help small businesses succeed through better tools, information and connections. Because when they succeed they make a difference, and when millions of small businesses are making a difference, the world is a more beautiful place.
About the team
The AI team at Xero brings together ML Engineers and Applied Scientists to build systems that power Xero's next generation of beautiful, insightful products.
The AI Products group exists to collaboratively build products that use AI and ML to reduce toil and deliver the right insight at the right time. Working within the Data & Science team, you will join a diverse, globally distributed team of scientists, engineers, product managers, and analysts who help Xero turn data into beautiful, insightful products.
Sr. Software engineers -AI Products design and build the infrastructure and services that power AI products that serve millions of customers every day. They also work closely with Applied Scientists through the research and development process to create harnesses and interfaces to safely take models from research to production environments. As a Senior ML Engineer, you will lead the technical delivery of projects and design system architectures, collaborating with senior colleagues.

About the role

  • Building our AI research and production infrastructure and services, ensuring their scalability while preserving flexibility for research teams
  • Making sure we're solving the right problems with the right methods
  • Sharing knowledge with colleagues and lifting the bar for the AI Products team
  • Working with teams across Xero to improve the quality and usability of data

About You

  • You have 3+ years of experience delivering ML and AI products at scale
  • You are drawn to solving hard problems and understanding how things work
  • You are comfortable learning new frameworks (distributed processing, ML, etc) and applying them to real problems
  • You are willing to dive into the unknown, and allow new information to change your decisions
  • Constant learning and growth are an important part of who you are
  • You are always willing to learn from others and ask for help

What You’ll Bring With You

  • Strong coding and system design skills in Python or another language used in web scale data and AI applications
  • Strong SQL skills and understanding of distributed processing (data, ML, etc)
  • Ability to break down complex and unstructured problems into clear delivery milestones
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills for communicating technical concepts to technical and business stakeholders
  • Experience developing sensible standards and mentoring early career engineers
  • Familiarity with Tensorflow is a nice to have
Why Xero?
Diversity of people brings diversity of thought, and we like that. Our human-first culture of respect, fairness, and inclusion is what helps Xeros thrive and work and beyond, and that includes our candidates. Research has shown that women and underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single competency or experience, but you could be just the right person for this role. If you are excited about working at Xero, but your past experience doesn't align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway.
Offering very generous paid leave to use however you’d like (plus statutory holidays!), dedicated paid leave to care for your physical and mental wellbeing as well as an Employee Assistance Program to access mental health care for you and your family, health insurance and dental reimbursement with vision allowances, a healthcare spending account, fertility and family forming financial support, wellbeing and sports programmes, employee resource groups, 26 weeks of parental leave for primary caregivers, an Employee Share Plan, beautiful offices with shared meals, flexible working, career development, and many other benefits that reflect our human value, you’ll do the best work of your life at Xero.