Executive VP of Data at Smarter Sorting

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About Us
Smarter Sorting is a purpose-driven company committed to increasing sustainable options for unsold or damaged products. Our cutting-edge machine learning technology enables cost-effective, compliant decisions for all unsold products, and our process advances our partners’ zero-waste goals.
As a collective group of machine learning experts, successful serial entrepreneurs, data scientists, sustainability experts, and national account program managers, our passion for data-driven sustainability drives us toward a singular goal: to reduce waste through the salvation of unwanted items. Our goal is to take valuable products current being driven hundreds of miles and burned and have them be used for their original purpose in local communities.
At Smarter Sorting: We do what it takes. We are driven to become experts. We are not jerks. We are real. We have grit. A healthy culture is key to our company’s success and more importantly our employees’ happiness. Our core values drive our culture and in turn, we achieve our vision.
Better decisions. Better data. Greener planet. All made possible by the best people. Come join our team!
About You
Smarter Sorting is looking for an Executive VP of Data who has experience leading a variety of data teams and has successfully scaled data products with a clear roadmap and vision. Our EVP of Data will manage our data science, acquisitions and platform teams to strategically own two of our main data projects: ACE (Auto-Classification Engineer and PACE (ACE Human Augmentation). ACE is a complex system that utilizes a combination of parsing, boolean logic, chemical analysis, and machine learning. PACE is the human-in-the-loop component to the algorithmic ACE system. 
The EVP of Data will play a crucial role in spearheading these projects, ensuring their reliability and preparing them for scale. They must think strategically about complex issues and have the ability to organize their team into successfully designing and executing the roadmap. This individual must excel at getting things done, with a practical, nuts-and-bolts approach to building our data systems. In order to be successful in this role, the EVP of Data must be have emotional intelligence as a leader who can garner the respect of their team while navigating the demands of ACE, customers and the Smarter Sorting executive team. 

What You'll Be Doing

  • Lead and manage the Data Science, Data Acquisition and Data Platform teams (both internal and offshore)
  • Work cross-functionally with the Executive team to define strategic initiatives to support the vision and roadmap for data system execution
  • Own the leadership, management and accountabilities for all aspects of the ACE & PACE technologies
  • Identify and develop strategic partnerships with 3rd party data acquisition services and vendors 
  • Coordinate data integration and plumbing
  • Execute urgent data grab missions from retailers and retail product suppliers

Your Experience + Skills

  • BA/BS in Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics or other related technical degree
  • 5+ years experience leading data teams, ideally in a startup environment
  • 5+ years experience of hands-on development and execution of strategic roadmaps, including proven success at building complex data systems from the ground up
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Expert of technical project management
  • Excels in presenting technical concepts to executives and customers
  • Ability to envision and actualize complex data systems
  • Proficient at machine learning modeling, data architecture, Excel & PowerPoint
  • Proficient with agile methodologies, human-in-the-loop (i.e. turking)
  • Working knowledge of Python, cloud architecture and taxonomy methods

Your first month

  • Ramp up on all Smarter Sorting has done to date with respect to data systems
  • Fully understand Smarter Sorting’s business model and product roadmap
  • Create a strategic plan and roadmap for ACE and PACE
  • Become an expert on the rules related to classification on regulated products for transportation and waste management

Your first 3 months

  • Launch the minimum viable product for ACE & PACE
  • Release the Data Technology Roadmap
  • Develop strong working relationships with all team members and build cadence for 1:1’s and team meetings

Your first 6 months

  • Become the subject matter expert and the main point of contact for all things ACE & PACE
  • Continue to manage and evaluate the data teams and data technology roadmap so that it strategically aligned and successful
  • Launch the full-featured ACE & PACE

Your Benefits & Perks
Smarter Sorting offers:
-Competitive Compensation Packages
-Medical, dental & vision insurance
-401k program
-Short-term disability insurance
-Unlimited PTO
-Continuing Education & Lunch N Learns
-Bi-Annual All-Hands
-Volunteering & Special Events (with baby goats in attendance)
-Snacks, drinks, lunches and dinners

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We are in the heart of East Austin right next door to Lustre Pearl and all the best food. Our 2,500 sq ft. office used to be an auto body shop. #ReUse

An Insider's view of Smarter Sorting

What's something quirky about your company?

We always have baby goats, bunnies and chickens attend all of our company events because they've been scientifically proven to sharpen business acumen and bolster synergy.

Jared Robertson

Software Engineer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team is working to develop a product that will bring back of store technology into the 21st century. We are helping clients better manage all of their back of store processes by providing tools that work for them instead of tools that they have to work with. It's fun to be a part of a team that is building out a revolutionary product!

Maya Lozada

Product Manager

What does career growth look like on your team?

Smarter Sorting is extremely supportive of our career growth. One of our values is 'We will become experts.' This year, Smarter Sorting sponsored my professional HR certification exam fees and a class at UT. Our company is always willing to support continuing education.

Valerie Lara

Director of HR & Recruiting

What is your vision for the company?

My vision for Smarter Sorting is to revolutionize the industry with smart technology. I truly want to maximize the salvation of unsold or unwanted items and force people to second guess the word “waste.” Internally, I want to create a culture where genuine, talented people can learn and grow.


VP of Customer Success

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

At our fast-paced startup, idealistic ideation, sales, & product development are largely one in the same process. It has been gratifying to see ideas and observations communicated in 1:1's or team meetings turn into Smarter Sorting products. Now, these products have been implemented across many of the US's largest companies!


VP of Sustainability

What are Smarter Sorting Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to $6500 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications