Trunk Club was started to solve a simple problem: shopping for clothes in stores is overwhelming and inconvenient. With Trunk Club, you’ll discover great clothes without ever having to go shopping. We combine top brands, expert service, and unparalleled convenience to deliver a highly personalized experience that helps you look your best.

Data Scientist (Chicago) at Trunk Club

About us:

Trunk Club was started to solve a simple problem – shopping for clothes in stores or online just doesn’t work for most people. It’s overwhelming, inconvenient, and takes way too much time. With Trunk Club, people can discover awesome clothes that are perfect for them without ever having to go shopping. We combine top brands, expert service, and unparalleled convenience to deliver a highly personalized experience that helps people look their best and save them time.

For a data scientist, Trunk Club is a retail dream. We have rich feedback, profile, and sizing information for all of our customers and as a data scientist you have the ability to directly influence every facet of our experience.

Our team is based in Chicago, IL and has grown from four to over 900 since starting out in December 2009. We're actively looking for amazing people to join our team. Are you ready to join Trunk Club to carry on the mission? If so, keep reading...

Why is Data Science important at Trunk Club?

At Trunk Club, we develop models that enable the business to make data-driven decisions, from whom marketing targets for re-engagement credits to which merchandise should be shoppable for a given customer. Our stack makes it easy and painless to turn an algorithm into an API and run follow-up A/B tests using a range of multivariate models at your disposal.  Every team relies not only on the data we collect, but more importantly in the clever ways that present it to every in our experience.

Data Science helps drive Trunk Club. Ever member helps inform the company on the best ways to grow and change. You will have autonomy to collaborate with every team and be directly connected to decision makers without bureaucracy.

What type of work will the Data Scientist perform?

• Develop and maintain Machine Learning infrastructure that powers our ranking models, member apps, inventory classification, etc. Our preferred language is Python and you'll regularly be working with real-time information from Kafka streaming systems.

• Research, develop, and implement predictive algorithms using various regression techniques, deploying them as real-time APIs in our micro-service infrastructure.

• Utilize Natural Language Processing to understand text content across products, including reviews and interactions between users, stylists, and products.

• Use Computer Vision (OpenCV) for image content analysis of novel and existing clothing items: classification, quality, attractiveness, similarity, extraction of features for ranking models.

• Identifying suspicious transactions and malicious users for Fraud. Can you beat SaaS fraud platforms? We’re betting so.

• Determining the optimal inventory levels to help us effectively manage inventory needs while meeting revenue goals.

• Use a range of clustering techniques to identify latent clusters of customers based on purchases, demographics, styles, etc.

• Brainstorm and skunkworks new tools to help minimize the risk of experimenting with new algorithms. 

We care about the following experience:

• Industry experience building and product ionizing Machine Learning systems from initial analysis to product and actionable insight.

• Ability to explain underlying mathematics of machine learning systems.

• Strong programming ability (Python, consideration given for R). Our team is responsible for delivering actionable insights and enabling data driven decisions. Candidate must be able to build out an API driven by classical statistics or machine learning when applicable.

• Knowledge of Bayesian probability and application of Bayesian methodology to common data science problems.

• Previous experience with experimental design (Previous research experience is a plus). Knowledge of when to use the most appropriate analysis (e.g., ANOVA vs. multi-level modeling) and common problems with datasets (e.g., heterogeneity and unbalanced designs).

• Strong SQL experience. We interact with the BI and Data Warehouse team using MS SQL Server, Postgres, and Redshift. Candidate must be able to explain complex joins and sub-queries if asked and explore a database on the fly.

• Strong presentation and communication skills. Our insights drive the business and without the ability to explain those insights accurately but without jargon, we fail. Previous experience presenting or lecturing to large groups is a plus.

• Able to operate semi-autonomously to accomplish various business needs before a given deadline. You are given lateral movement and must use that time wisely.

• Highly agreeable and able to take constructive criticism well.

• Master’s in quantitative discipline or equivalent experience. Ph.D. preferred.

Company Reviews

What drove me initially to Trunk Club was the energy, people, and the fact that everyone is buying into something bigger than themselves. We all know we’re shaking up the retail and fashion industry.
David Shapiro
Sales Director
at Trunk Club
I have never worked harder in my life, but never have I been this inspired to do so. I am a better person, leader, and operator because of my time at TC. This is the ‘boot camp’ for future leaders.
Lindsey Kilbride
VP of Sales
at Trunk Club
We are looking for engineers that take high accountability and responsibility for their work in a fast paced, creative environment - candidates who are passionate about our mission, collaborate well and want to grow in a learning environment.
Candice Savino
VP of Engineering
at Trunk Club
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Why work with us
Trunk Club Company Values: 1) Center on the Customer - Trunk Club employees succeed because they're understanding and empathetic towards our customer's needs. 2) Expect and embrace change - Trunk Club employees succeed because they are flexible and adapt to change quickly. 3) Hold strong ideas, loosely - Trunk Club employees succeed because they're constantly looking for ways to innovate our business and maintain a state of curiosity. 4) Make no small plans - Trunk Club employees succeed because they are ambitious. 5) Treat Trunk Club like your home, and our members as your guests - You'll never hear a Trunk Club employee say, "that's not my job," because they hold themselves accountable to our customers. 6) Give credit where credit is due - In our community, people are promoted by their peers and pass on credit for accomplishments to their teams.
Culture
Mission: The customer is at the center of everything we do. When we design, create, and communicate we consider them first. Trunk Club employees succeed primarily because they strive to view the world through the customer’s eyes.
Perks & Benefits
Unlimited vacation
On-site coffee bar with barista and snacks
Healthcare and 401k
Full bar
Rooftop with city views

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