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Head of Data Science, Hungary



IT, Data Science
Budapest, Hungary
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2024

Signifyd leads the world in bringing the insights, innovation and compassion required to foster fearless commerce in a time of increasing digital threats. Working with some of retail’s most recognizable brands, we are focused on using technology to increase customer lifetime value and protect eCommerce businesses from fraud so they can focus on selling.

We process billions in ecommerce transactions annually through our Commerce Network of thousands of merchants selling in more than 100 countries. We use machine learning and artificial intelligence in new and creative ways to maximize our customers’ revenue and their security. None of that happens without the right people.

The Data Science organization at Signifyd is responsible for building, maintaining, and monitoring advanced, production grade ML models and risk management tools that are at the core of Signifyd’s products. We make fraud prevention at scale possible. Our models, features, and analysis keep us many steps ahead of fraudsters and their constantly evolving tactics. Our research and experiments develop into new products that improve the merchant payments experience. We are fearless in our approach to advancing company goals. In summary, Data Science enables Signifyd to take on risks that others cannot.

About The Role

We are seeking a Head of Data Science Platforms (HDSP) who loves developing people as much as they love developing models and catching fraud. They should believe quality and velocity are not at odds, that you can build systems which ensure high quality while moving fast.

The responsibilities of the Head of DS fall into three categories:

  1. Attract, hire, and develop great people. To have great ideas, you must have a lot of ideas. To execute on those ideas, you must have a lot of great people. The HDSP is responsible for building a team that generates great ideas and has the skills to execute on them.
  2. Create a culture that rewards curiosity, cooperation, and continuous improvement. We get better through thousands of small experiments and improvements executed over a long period of time by many people.
  3. Remove blockers. We hire motivated people who want to move quickly and produce. Blockers come in the form of technical debt, miscommunication, or skill deficiencies. The HDSP should be relentlessly focused on eliminating blockers that stop people from moving quickly, whether that means prioritizing tech debt, developing consensus, or teaching new skills.

This role reports to the SVP of Data Science.


  • Develop a culture that is comfortable with decentralized decision-making and which builds systems that are optimized for change and adaptability.
  • Establish resourcing and talent plans to deliver against a rapidly changing roadmap.
  • Crisply communicate technical concepts to non-technical internal stakeholders as well as customers.
  • Establish and lead a Budapest team; enable smooth collaboration across offices and time zones.
  • Collaborate with the other VPs in R&D (the VPs of Product and Engineering), as well as other members of the Senior Leadership Team to develop a common roadmap and execution plan.
  • Build and maintain a Feature Engineering and ML Platform to enable faster feature generation, the use of larger training sets, and more frequent model iteration.
  • Support with building, maintaining, and executing our roadmap
  • Close the loop from tagging of MOs, to new feature generation, to model development or rules
  • Establish common hiring and career development standards and oversee their implementation in Budapest.


  • Stock Options
  • Annual Performance Bonus or Commissions
  • Pension matched up to 3%
  • ‘Day one’ access to great health insurance scheme
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave (12 weeks full-pay for mums & dads)
  • Paid team social events
  • Headspace Benefits
  • Dedicated learning budget through Learnerbly