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Udemy

Senior Machine Learning Engineer Manager, Catalog Search

at Udemy

Ankara, Turkey



About us

At Udemy, we’re on a mission to transform lives through learning. We’re a leading online skills marketplace and learning platform, serving more than 69 million learners and 15,700 organizations globally. Our goal is to provide flexible and effective skill development, empowering individuals and organizations to keep pace with innovation and prepare for the future of work.

We believe that talented people are everywhere, but oftentimes, those dream opportunities are hard to come by. That’s why we’re focused on revolutionizing learning, leveraging the deep expertise of Udemy’s 75,000 instructors and the power of our platform, to help individuals sharpen their skills and harness their full potential.

This hybrid position requires two days per week in the office at the nearest hub. 

About you 

You’re an analytical problem-solver ready to put your skills toward purposeful work that has a global impact. You want to lead the way in innovation, exploring the latest technologies and finding new solutions. You thrive in a collaborative environment and are eager to work with and learn alongside the best in Product, Design, and Engineering.

About this role 

  • Udemy is looking for a Software Engineer Manager to lead its Catalog Search team. The team is responsible for microservices and batch components (e.g. feature and machine learning pipelines) to provide ML-powered in-site search functionality, semantic search capabilities for Generative AI projects, and innovative experiences like Conversational Discovery. 

  • In this role you will be responsible for driving the development of scalable systems, platforms and tools to improve search experience on our platform as well as accelerating Generative AI innovation by building infrastructure for RAG techniques. You will work in a wide technical stack including both backend development and data-related technologies (i.e. big data applications). You will be part of a cross-functional agile team composed of software engineers, data scientists, designers and product managers. Team practices rigorous data-driven decision making strategies based on online experiments and uses machine learning algorithms to deliver the best experience for our users, exposing our extensive catalog of learning content in many languages. 

What you'll be doing

  • Recruit, hire and retain a talented team of engineers
  • Partner with product managers, data scientists, engineers and other stakeholders to build data products and set direction as well as drive the execution
  • Provide hands-on technical guidance and career mentorship for team members
  • Maintain high-quality standards, effective communication processes, and best practices in engineering and data science. 
  • Research or prototype solutions and contribute to the codebase as needed

What you’ll have

  • 5+ years of experience as a software engineer, researcher or data scientist
  • 3+ years of engineering management experience of teams building data driven solutions
  • Appetite and relevant background for learning state-of-the-art AI based search solutions
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal 
  • Strong coding skills with 1+ programming language (e.g. Java, Python)
  • Familiarity with agile practices (e.g., Scrum)
  • Ability to communicate effectively with non-technical stakeholders

We understand that not everyone will match each of the above qualifications. However, we also realize that everyone has unique experiences that can add value to our company. Even if you think your background might not perfectly align, we'd love to hear from you!

Life at Udemy

We aspire to be as vibrant and dynamic as the communities we serve, as inquisitive as those who use our platform, and as revolutionary as the future we strive to open for everyone. Here are some of the things we love about life at Udemy:

  • We’re invested in creating an inclusive environment that welcomes a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. From creating employee resource groups, ensuring we’re a Fair Pay Workplace, and building a flexible work culture, our belonging, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BEDI) initiatives always put our people first. We want you to be able to bring your authentic self to work because when we all do, we’re better for it.

  • Learning is what we do – inside and out. Our Learning & Development team is second to none, helping ensure your journey is one of continuous progression. You’ll also have unlimited access to Udemy courses, monthly UDays (meeting-free professional development days), and a generous annual professional development stipend.

  • Our reason to exist is to revolutionize learning – that calls for taking risks and learning from failures. Whether it’s our hackathons (a company-wide effort to envision new possibilities for our product) or sharing our prototypes, we see experimentation as a crucial step on the path to success.

  • We’re committed to creating world-class employee experiences and are proud of the recognition of this by Great Place to Work. 

Of course, the best thing about being part of Udemy is knowing your work makes a difference for people and organizations around the world. You’ve got the skills; why not use them to help others develop theirs?

At Udemy, we value diversity and inclusion and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, veteran status, medical condition, or disability. 

Our Benefits Start With U

Our benefits package at Udemy “starts with U” and is grounded in mission-driven benefits that intentionally align with our core values. Here’s a sneak peek at just a few highlighted benefits if you’re a full-time Udemate based in the Türkiye:

  • Core Benefits: Comprehensive medical, dental, life and income protection coverage

  • Parental Benefits: Financial assistance for fertility (including egg-freezing), adoption, and surrogacy expenses; twelve weeks of paid family bonding for birth, surrogacy, adoption, and foster placement. 16 weeks paid maternity leave for birthing parents as well as a two-week “ease-back” program that enables parents to return part-time at full pay

  • Whole U: Fully paid memberships for meditation/mindfulness, therapy/coaching visits, financial planning, fertility and family building, maternity and newborn care, parenting and pediatrics, menopause care, breastmilk shipping, and caregiving support

  • Learning: Free access to Udemy and Udemy Business plus a yearly stipend to spend on professional development

  • Charitable Giving: Corporate charitable match for eligible nonprofits and charities

  • Holidays: 15 days of approved leave if the length of service is 2 months in the first year; 21 days of annual leave if the length of term is between 1 and 3 years; 26 days of annual leave if the length of term is more than 3 years (i.e. 26 days for every year after the end of 4 years of service)

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