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Machine Learning Team Lead - Adyen

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Machine Learning Team Lead
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This is Adyen

Adyen is the payments platform of choice for the world's leading companies, delivering frictionless payments across online, mobile, and in-store channels. Our team members are motivated individuals that help each other do remarkable things every day. We face unique technical challenges at scale and we solve those as a team. And together, we deliver innovative and ethical solutions that transform the way the world pays.

We took an unobvious approach to starting a payments company, building a platform from scratch. Now, Adyen serves the world's brightest companies like Facebook, Uber, L'Oreal, Camper, eBay, GoFundMe, Bonobos, and Spotify.

Machine Learning Technical Lead

Adyen is looking for a Machine Learning Team Lead to join our team in Amsterdam, capable of leading a team sitting at the cornerstone of algorithms, mathematics and engineering, a team that is tasked with solving problems by designing and implementing production-ready data science algorithms and machine learning models. 

We have several teams working with Machine Learning. The main responsibility of each team is to research, design, implement, train, deploy and monitor products based on machine learning, either for batch prediction or real-time, in the areas of: 

  • Anti-Money Laundering (AML) systems. 
  • Real-time anomaly detection based on time-series modeling.
  • On-line learning algorithms to pick the best optimization decision in a changing environment.
  • Clustering algorithms to group customers/shoppers.
  • Supervised and semi-supervised learning methods for inference on risk patterns.
  • Graph analysis and representation learning for behavior prediction and monitoring.
  • NLP for operations automation

As Machine Learning Team Lead you will be responsible for the following:

  • Capable of crafting a technical strategy and roadmap for the delivery of machine learning based products, as well as its operationalization in live flows.
  • Inspire, lead and energize a mixed group of high-performing engineers, including backend, frontend, machine learning, data science and analysts.
  • Lead by example on technical matters and take appropriate decisions at technical level. As such we expect a thorough experience in the areas of Machine Learning, Data Science and Data/ML/Software Engineering.
  • Work very closely with a Product Manager in order to ship in time  and operationalize successful products.
  • Mentor, coach and grow team members, also into leadership positions if the opportunity arises.

Who you are

  • You have experience leading technical teams in a high-performance tech environment.
  • You see your role as an enabler for others and thus you understand that your job is to make the team deliver.
  • You have experience developing, training, validating, benchmarking and monitoring machine learning algorithms in production flows.
  • You have experience leveraging a big data framework to create the pipelines needed to feed the models with appropriate data.
  • You have a good understanding of Software Engineering practices as well as Data Engineering and MLOps principles.
  • You are able to communicate complex outcomes with clarity over a wide range of audiences.
  • Product oriented mindset. Experience working with product managers in delivering successful products.
  • Technologies: Extensive knowledge of data science and statistics techniques, toolsets and algorithms, such as e.g. Spark, Scikit-Learn, TensorFlow, PyTorch, XGBoost, Pandas, MLFlow or similar MLOps frameworks, Airflow.
  • Mentality: An experimental mindset with a launch fast and iterate mentality. A strong statistics/mathematics background is a plus

Related data positions

There are other data leadership positions available at Adyen, such as Head of Data Analytics Managing several Analytics Team Leads in the EMEA region or the Product Data Analytics Team Lead role. 

Also take a look at our blog post around DATA ROLES and DATA CULTURE.

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commitments

Our unobvious approach is a product of our diverse perspectives. This diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives is essential in helping us maintain our momentum. Our business and technical challenges are unique, we need as many different voices as possible to join us in solving them - voices like yours. So no matter where you’re from, who you love, or what you believe in, we welcome you to be your true self at Adyen. Studies show that women and members of underrepresented communities apply for jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Do you recognize yourself in this statement? If so, Adyen encourages you to reconsider and apply. We look forward to your application.

What’s next?

Ensuring a smooth and enjoyable candidate experience is critical for us. We aim to get back to you regarding your application within 3 business days. Our interview process tends to take between 3 or 4 weeks to complete. Don’t be afraid to let us know if you need more flexibility.

Please, note that this role is a full-time position in Amsterdam. It will require a relocation in case you live outside of the Netherlands.

Adyen Headquarters Location


Adyen Company Size

Between 2,000 - 5,000 employees

Adyen Founded Year


Adyen Funding Rounds

  • Series B

    $250,000,000 USD

  • Series A

    $16,000,000 USD