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Our Meet the Hiring Manager series allows you to get to know the people who grow teams at VMware. You will learn about our hiring managers’ career paths and what they look for in candidates during the interview experience. If learning and interview tips from our people interest you, we invite you to read on.

This week allow us to introduce you to Senior Director, Data Science, Kiran R, who has been with VMware for over five years. Kiran leads the Advanced Analytics (AA) and Data Sciences (DS) Centre of Excellence (CoE), which is part of the Enterprise Data and Analytics (EDA) organization headed by Stephen Harris, Vice President of Data and Analytics at VMware.

We asked Kiran to tell us why Data Science professionals should consider joining his team, read what he had to say below.

Kiran R.

Senior Director, Data Science

Bangalore, India 

There are many reasons why Data Science professionals should join our team at VMware here are just some of them.

  • You get to solve “real” business problems using Machine Learning

My team is uniquely positioned with a mandate to solve problems that can result in either incremental revenue, cost savings, or invaluable insights across the enterprise. All the challenges are ‘real’ with real data. We are probably the only group that works on complex issues across all of VMware’s business units including,  R&D, IoT, Sales, Marketing, Finance, Audit, Pricing, Digital, Online Sales, Channel, etc. The breadth of our work is phenomenal.

  • You have the opportunity to create tremendous impact from experimentation

It’s a sad fact that 90% of a Data Science team’s results are not used. They become part of presentations seen only by Executives. Data Scientist’s outputs are useful only when they are consumed by the businesses, either as part of products, tools, or physical actions. Our team drives experimentation to showcase results and drive further adoption of our work. In the companies I previously worked for, I did not see adoption at the level I see here in VMware.  We have several firsts to our credit – The first-ever control-test using machine learning in sales, The CTO award-winning sales prospector, the patent-pending heteMatch tool that generates customer-partner matches. For all of these wins, my team achieved, the adoption within the business units makes it even more satisfying.

  • You will learn from and grow with inspirational people

We have taken care to build a great team. We have people with amazing pedigrees: Kaggle Competition Grandmasters, PhDs from premier institutes, the winners of the Dell-wide AI CoE hackathon across all Dell technology companies and groups, winner of the Innovator of the year award from Michael Dell, etc. The culture in the team is excellent and I am personally invested in hands-on leadership. Programming is highly valued and the core data scientist skills greatly nurtured and I’m proud to say that the team has published at conferences, renowned journals, and internal R&D Conferences.

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