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Senior Principal Data Scientist

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Travel Amount Required:

Up to 25%

Job Type:

Regular-Full Time


Alpharetta - Georgia - United States, Atlanta - Georgia - United States, Lowell - Massachusetts - United States, Montreal - Quebec - Canada, Weston - Florida - United States

Description & Qualifications


Sr. Principal Data Scientist – Technical Lead, Chat AI

At UKG we are at the forefront of innovation leading the next wave of disruption in the Human Capital Management industry. With our unparalleled dataset, that gives the most complete view into our customers most valuable assets---their human assets, we are building groundbreaking artificial intelligence that is changing the way we work. Employing the latest advancements in data science and AI, you will impact millions of UKG customers by unlocking the opportunities to help employers create a more effective and efficient workforce, and employees work and live more satisfied, enriched, and rewarding lives.

A brand new addition to our portfolio, UKG is launching a new communication platform with one simple goal: connect every employee, from HQ to the frontline, over a single platform to communicate, collaborate, coordinate, and share. As a Sr. Principal Data Scientist and Technical Lead for Chat AI, you will get in on the ground floor, lead our new data science practice for this platform, and help drive innovation and redefine how employees communicate.

• Lead our our new efforts in building AI into our communication platform, and help define the overall data science strategy for future investments in AI-based features for the communication platform.
• Support the search experience and build enhancements so that users can easily find the people and content they are looking for.
• Drive engagement through personalization and relevant content recommendations.
• Improve overall user experience by building AI based refinements to the UX e.g. smart response recommendations.
• Apply your NLP expertise to propose and develop models and solutions to build AI-based innovations to our communication platform as well as the rest of our product portfolio.
• Partner with a cross-functional team of data scientists, software engineers, and product managers during all phases of development, from conceptualization all the way to productization and maintenance to deliver innovative features into our communication platform.


• Education and experience in a quantitative field. PhD and 6 years of experience / master’s degree and 8 years of experience, plus substantial experience in a relevant domain, e.g. natural language processing/natural language understanding, or information retrieval.
• An ideal candidate will have several years of experience working on a team supporting some of the widely used messaging platforms.
• An ideal candidate will have experience leading data science in an organization, or in a functional area within an organization, and experience successfully delivering on a research roadmap that had a transformative impact on the product.
• Strong skills with Python and experience with NLTK, spaCy, and other NLP libraries. And experience with distributed frameworks, such as Spark, as well as platforms like Solr, Lucene, or Elasticsearch for large scale analysis of text data.
• Experience with state of the art architectures and techniques in natural language processing, such as BERT, XLNet, and GPT-3, and experience leveraging those techniques using deep learning frameworks, such as PyTorch or TensorFlow.

Company Overview

Here at UKG, our purpose is people™. Our HR, payroll, and workforce management solutions help organizations unlock happier outcomes for all. And our U Krewers, who build those solutions and support our business, are talented, collaborative, and innovative problem-solvers. We strive to create a culture of belonging and an employee experience that empowers our people – both at work and at home. Our benefits show that we care about the whole you, from adoption and surrogacy assistance to tuition reimbursement and wellness programs. Our employee resource groups provide a welcoming place to land, learn, and connect with those who share your passions and interests. What are you waiting for? Learn more at  #WeAreUKG 

EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity Employer

Ultimate Kronos Group is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment. All qualified applicants will receive considerations for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, veteran status, and any other legally protected status under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. 

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