Senior NLP Engineer


 140k - 200k
 United States  (Bay Area, CA)
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Presto Automation Inc. (NASDAQ: PRST) is a public company in voice recognition AI technology.  It focuses on applying that and other technology in the restaurant drive-through setting, focused on well-known customers such as Del Taco, Checkers, Arby’s and in the sit-down setting such as Red Lobsters, Applebee’s, and Chili’s.  The company foresaw the rise of AI and the value of data analytics in our rapidly advancing technological society and has benefited from early mover advantage.  It was one of the relatively few technology companies able to successfully become public in 2022.  Founded out of MIT in 2008, the company has grown out of its formerly scrappy roots and is now focused on expanding into all household restaurant chains, on the thousands of locations level.
Company product divisions include:
● Voice:  Voice recognition AI that simulates conversational speech and takes food orders from consumers at the drive-through line, used by corporate customers’ staff to handle high volume traffic, improve order accuracy, order speed, with data analytics beneficial to the enterprise customer.
● Vision:  Physical cameras equipped with computer vision that allow corporate customers to measure throughput and order accuracy, identify issues, facilitate the order experience for repeat visitors and implement real-time fixes.
● Touch:  Designed for both drive-thru and dine-in applications, tabletop hardware to make it easier for the corporate customer’s staff to handle orders and service restaurant guests via various solution types, such as pay-at-table, staff handheld, kiosk, or drive-thru line buster—offering wide front-of-house flexibility.
Are you interested in applying modern machine learning and NLP research to tangible real-world problems? Do you enjoy collaborating with an energetic cross-functional team to deliver innovative ML driven experiences to users?  We are looking for a strong NLP Engineer to lead a new team focused on NLP and voice across all Presto products.

Key Characteristics:

    • Proven track record in building NLP application(s) in production.
    • Strong understanding of ML fundamentals.
    • Expertise in using ML toolkits like SageMaker, PyTorch, TensorFlow etc.
    • Ability to take ownership of product specs and drive them from concept to production rollout.
    • Understanding of software design principles, including algorithm implementation, optimization &  performance tuning, and integration with other production systems.
    • Collaborates with multi-functional teams to deliver great product experiences for Presto customers.
    • Excellent written & verbal communication skills in ideating, prototyping, and providing thought leadership.


    • 4+ years of professional experience in leading a team in Natural Language Processing, Deep Learning, or related field.
    • 8+ years overall industry experience in software development.
    • Strong understanding of ML in NLP and the ability to translate them into production-quality code.
    • Expertise in algorithm design and implementation in Python and/or Java.
    • Ability to understand business requirements and translate them into technical requirements.
    • Passion for writing high-quality production code for building and maintaining scalable machine learning systems.
    • Ability to research ML frameworks/technologies and capable of leveraging it in working prototype for adoption recommendations.
    • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git.
    • Familiarity with continuous integration.
$140,000 - $200,000 semi monthly
The U.S. base salary range for this position is $140,000 to $200,000 + equity + benefits.  Our salary ranges are determined by role, level and location.  The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all U.S. locations.  Within the range, individual pay is determined by location and additional factors, including job related skills, experience, and relevant education or training.  At Presto, it is not typical for the individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances for each case.  
Presto is a public company (NASDAQ: PRST) and its compensation strategy aims to reward high performers and rein them for the long term.  Other benefits to U.S.-based employees include medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) program, and paid-time-off (PTO).  To learn more, please visit:
Presto (NASDAQ: PRST) has a compensation strategy that aims to reward high performers and retain them for the long term.  Other benefits to U.S.-based employees include medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) program, and paid-time-off (PTO).  To learn more, please visit:
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