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Director of Machine Learning and Research

Capital One

This is a Full-time position in MAIDENS, VA posted May 3, 2021.

11 West 19th Street (22008), United States of America, New York, New York

Director of Machine Learning and Research

Capital One is committed to becoming a leader in machine learning, and using machine learning to deliver better financial services to our customers. We are seeking a Director of Machine Learning and Research to help lead, build and drive this transformation across our entire company. This individual will be part of our technology organization, and lead teams developing ML algorithms andmodels, and working closely with our software engineering teams to build and deploy them at scale. 

Capital One’s technology organization leads the financial services industry. We have adopted public cloud (AWS) for our technology infrastructure, and this provides the compute and storage capabilities necessary to power machine learning at a scale and speed that was not previously possible. We are undertaking a massive transformation in our data ecosystem to enable real-time streaming data and modern analytics platforms that can handle the volume and variety of data available at Capital One. We have recruited the best technology talent in financial services. We are increasingly becoming a platform-oriented company with data and machine learning platforms as key drivers for our business. 

At Capital One we believe that machine learning represents the biggest opportunity in financial services today, and is a chance to revolutionize the industry. Capital One’s commitment to machine learning has sponsorship from the CEO, the Board of Directors, and the executive committee of the company.

At Capital One, diversity, inclusion and belonging are valued at our core. We empower our associates to do great work by creating an inclusive culture – we call this our Culture of Belonging, and it rests at the heart of our Diversity, and Inclusion & Belonging (DIB) efforts. It is of paramount importance this individual values diverse perspectives, fosters collaboration and encourages innovative ideas – and can create a place where associates of all backgrounds can thrive by bringing their most authentic selves to work.

Our Directors Are:

  • Experts in the areas of machine learning and AI who are thought leaders that help accelerate adoption of state-of-the-art practices while keeping an eye towards industry innovations, trends and practices

  • Strong people leaders who are experienced in leading teams of researchers, data scientists, and machine learning experts

  • Visionaries, helping solve Capital One’s toughest challenges, to deliver on business needs that directly impact the lives of millions of our customers and associates

  • Experts in recruiting and managing technical teams, including performance management

  • Role models and mentors, helping to coach and strengthen the technical expertise and know-how of our engineering and product community


  • Build a world-class competency in machine learning at Capital One by building and managing a team of the brightest minds in machine learning. 

  • Set vision to truly disrupt the financial services industry through leading edge machine learning capabilities. Build the vision and the roadmap as to where the organization will go, what the priorities should be, creating both near-term and long-term wins from the application of machine learning.

  • As a naturally curious leader, stay abreast of and determine how to fully leverage existing and emerging machine learning techniques and frameworks to continuously keep us at the forefront. 

  • Help create a clear path for machine learning algorithms and models from research prototypes to production deployment. 

  • Nurture a healthy collaborative culture, and provide transparency to business and technology teams on selection and prioritization of machine learning capabilities and their progress. 

  • Partner with the enterprise risk partners to stand up proper governance and oversight of machine learning capabilities.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • At least 7 years of experience in Data Science, Machine Learning, or Statistical Modeling

  • At least 5 years of people management experience

  • At least 3 years of Machine Learning experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters or Doctorate in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, or Data Science 

  • 8+ years of experience in Machine Learning

  • 5+ years of experience with machine learning, neural networks, deep learning, representation learning, and statistical modeling

  • 5+ years of experience developing machine learning algorithms and models using C++ or Python and Scikit-learn, PyTorch, Keras, or Tensorflow

  • 3+ years of experience in AWS

Capital One will consider sponsoring a new qualified applicant for employment authorization for this position