Vice President, Machine Learning

Irvine, CA
Technology & Development – Engineering /
Full-time /

This individual will lead the development and implementation of sophisticated machine learning models and algorithms, you'll empower our teams to achieve exceptional ad targeting, optimization, and campaign personalization using a data-centric approach. The Machine Learning Engineering team at Viant is dedicated to building a disruptive proprietary system. Leveraging advanced techniques, we aim to revolutionize historically manual and complex processes in digital ad creation, launch, and measurement into autonomous decision-making systems managing billions of events daily. Your leadership will guide a team of machine learning engineers, driving Viant's next phase of growth with direct responsibility for developing and implementing pivotal and innovative models crucial to our ongoing success.


    • Lead the strategic direction and execution of the company's machine learning initiatives, centered around a data-centric approach and deep learning technologies.
    • Oversee a team of machine learning engineers, holding the team to high standards in engineering and quality practices, speed of delivery, architecture, design, and code quality.
    • Drive the development and deployment of advanced machine learning models ensuring they meet real-time inference demand of millions of requests per second with sub-millisecond latency.
    • Oversee project lifecycles, ensuring timely delivery of high-quality solutions.
    • Foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement, ensuring the implementation of cutting-edge deep learning techniques and technologies.
    • Recruit, mentor, and develop a high-performing engineering team, fostering a collaborative and growth-oriented culture.
    • Partner with Executive Leaders, Engineering and Product to ensure the seamless integration of AI/ML solutions into our Advertising Products.


    • 15+ years of experience, including 5+ years’ building and leading successful Data, ML/AI teams
    • Bachelor’s degree, with a strong academic record, in Computer Science or Engineering, Masters preferred
    • Strong experience building and applying machine learning models for business applications
    • Experience with Python and Deep learning frameworks (Keras, Tensorflow, Pytorch)
    • Proven ability to implement, operate, and deliver results via innovation at large scale
    • Demonstrated track record of cultivating strong working relationships with leadership and driving collaboration across multiple technical and business teams
    • Demonstrated success in delivering complex AI/ML projects in time and within budget
    • Ad tech industry experience is a plus


    • Viant® (NASDAQ: DSP) is a leading advertising software company that enables marketers to plan, execute and measure omnichannel ad campaigns through a cloud-based platform. Viant’s self-service Demand Side Platform, Viant DSP, powers programmatic advertising across Connected TV, Linear TV, mobile, desktop, audio, gaming and digital out-of-home channels. In 2022, Viant was recognized as a Leader in the DSP category, earned Great Place to Work® certification and Co-Founders Tim and Chris Vanderhook were named EY Entrepreneurs of the Year. To learn more, please visit


    • Investing in our employee’s professional growth is important to us, but so is investing in their well-being. That’s why Viant was voted one of the best places to work and some of our favorite employee benefits include fully paid health insurance, paid parental leave and unlimited PTO and more. 
$350,000 - $650,000 a year
Total Annual Compensation $350,000 - $650,000 which includes salary, bonus and equity.

In accordance with California law, the range provided is Viant’s reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. Final title and compensation for the position will be based on several factors including work experience and education.

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About Viant

Viant® (NASDAQ: DSP) is a leading people-based advertising technology company that enables marketers to plan, execute and measure omnichannel ad campaigns through a cloud-based platform. Viant’s self-service demand side platform (“DSP”) powers programmatic advertising across Connected TV, Linear TV, mobile, desktop, audio, gaming and digital out-of-home channels. As an organization committed to sustainability, Viant’s Adricity® carbon reduction program helps clients achieve their sustainability goals. In 2023, Viant was recognized by G2 as a Leader in the DSP category and as the Best Software in Marketing & Advertising, earned Great Place to Work® certification, and became a founding member of Ad Net Zero. Viant’s Co-Founders Tim and Chris Vanderhook were also recently named EY Entrepreneurs of the Year. 
Based in Irvine, CA, Viant has more than 334 employees in 10 offices around the U.S.  To learn more, please visit

Viant is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit.  Viant prohibits unlawful discrimination against employees or applicants based on race (including traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles), religion, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, reproductive health decision making, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, military status, veteran status, uniformed service member status, sexual orientation, transgender identity, citizenship status, pregnancy, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.  Viant also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

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