TM Philippines - Advanced Analytics

PH - Machine Learning Engineer

Work Type: Full Time

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Are you looking to grow your career and make a meaningful impact? Interested in tackling new challenges? We’re looking for people like you!

The Proactive Hiring process is specifically designed for applicants who are seeking job opportunities at a later date. Applying for roles under Proactive Hiring means that you are applying for roles without immediate vacancies. However, we anticipate that we will need to hire for these roles in the next few months.

Here’s what you can expect when applying for a Proactive Hiring role:

  1. Merit-based Evaluation: Your application will still undergo our standard skills- and values-based assessments.

  2. Longer Lead Time: Turnaround time for processing Proactive Hiring applications may take longer than for Immediate Hiring applications, making it suitable for folks open to exploring opportunities!

  3. Reserved Slot as a Priority Candidate: A successful application will result in a slot as one of our top candidates for the role. This is not yet a formal job offer but expresses our intent to extend an offer to you once a vacancy becomes available.

  4. First In Line for the Job: Once there is an active vacancy for the role, you will be one of the first people we contact and to whom we extend an official offer!

At Thinking Machines, we treat all our candidates with great care and fairness while ensuring we stay ahead of the curve to anticipate our clients’ needs.

Working at Thinking Machines

Thinking Machines is a technology consultancy building AI & data platforms to solve high-impact problems for our clients. Our vision is a future where data-driven decision-making is a norm and where AI is used to support humans in making excellent decisions. To do that, we create data cultures one organization at a time.

We’re a company made up of intellectually curious, civic-minded, forever-learning individuals. We believe that great data science products are built with care for people and that the best way to drive inclusive innovation is to start with a diverse team.

Our field of work is incredibly dynamic, so we want to work with people who are committed to growing with us. We want to hire people who can demonstrate an ability to learn, then provide personalized coaching, growth opportunities, and a great working environment to get them to world-class.

Role Description 

As a Machine Learning Engineer, your main responsibility will be building large, scalable solutions for big data problems. You will be highly involved with the various machine learning specialization teams, transforming their work into systems that are able to handle immense amounts of data. To do this, you will be expected to approach problems in many different ways: from leveraging cloud solutions in order to process embarrassingly parallel data problems, to picking apart and writing your own algorithms to speed up computations. Through this practice, you will be cutting down processing time from literal years to mere days, hours, or even minutes, all while being within budget.


You will also be involved in creating machine learning production systems, akin to DevOps, called MLOps. Your main challenge will be building, deploying, and maintaining highly reliable and available systems, powered by the machine learning models we create, that live in real-world production environments. This is especially important for ML projects with user application components, which need to consume and interact with our machine learning models, be it through an API that serves real-time predictions, or feedback mechanisms to continually update them. 


Overall, you will be an engineer specializing in handling machine learning components for parallelization and productionalization. You are expected to have a solid engineering sense to piece together solutions from all available tools, as well as strong algorithmic thinking to create one if it does not yet exist. 


Since the startup space can get crazy, we are looking for someone who is up for any challenge and has the initiative to seek out ways to be useful.  We move fast, and we expect you to keep up! Likewise, as a company dedicated to our clients, we're seeking a customer-centric problem solver committed to their success. 


We’re looking for someone who meets the following profile:

  • Enjoys coding - You must be very comfortable with writing and explaining code.

  • Great code hygiene - You are not the only one who will read and work on your code. You must be able to write clean, clear, and maintainable code for the whole team. 

  • Enjoys optimization problems - You will be working on algorithms that you may not have created, and have to find ways to maximize every step of it.

  • Builds things fast - Time is our most precious resource. You can always throw money at things to make them faster but that’s not very engineer-y.

  • Builds sustainably - It’s okay to labor over a new thing once or twice, but if we have to do this a third time, we need to think of how to scale it with less effort. Suggest best practices, create frameworks, and build reusable code!

  • Communication skills - You’ll be explaining things during most conversations either internally or externally. Therefore, you need to know how to phrase yourself to be understandable depending on who you’re talking to. Documenting your code is a given, and you also need to write technical documentation in the form of manuals, guidelines, etc.

  • High initiative - Sometimes, the team won’t know that they need you. You need to be aware of the projects people are working on and support them when applicable. You don’t need to know how to use/fix the printer.

Additionally, we are requiring Philippine candidates to have an internet connection speed of at least 12 Mbps and a viable work-from-home setup as we are now operating as a fully remote company.

Qualifications and competencies

This position requires the following minimum technical skills and experience:

  • 2+ years working experience as a software engineer, DevOps, or similar backgrounds

  • Proficiency in version control tools (preferably Git) and modern terminals

  • Demonstrated experience using DevOps concepts and tools such as:

    • Continuous deployment and integration

    • Automated testing

    • Docker and Kubernetes, or similar alternatives

  • Working knowledge of ML modules such as sklearn, torch, keras

  • Working knowledge of web services and scraping

Bonus points for experience working on Google Cloud Platform, AWS, or similar cloud providers, and can demonstrate reasonable knowledge of its architecture and moving components. Further bonus points if you have already performed ML Ops at a professional capacity.

Benefits and Perks

We offer the following compensation and benefits:

  • Competitive salary — the compensation amount is positively correlated with the difficulty of the job, relevant experience, fit, and skill factors.

  • Remote first — due to the global pandemic, we have shifted to a remote-first company for the foreseeable future while we monitor the situation.

  • Individual professional development budget— an annual budget for conferences, training courses, books, and software is available to sharpen your skills and build new ones to help you grow in your role.

  • Full health benefits — generous health insurance package upon hiring.

  • Regular 1:1 meetings with the leadership team to discuss career and personal goals, job progress, and any questions and concerns.

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