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AI Core Team Manager at Element AI
Toronto, CA

The AI Core Group develops reusable and scalable AI components and services that are the backbone of our products. We are a cross-functional group of developers and applied research scientists who push the limits of applied AI and use it to empower the rest of the company to solve difficult but practical problems. 

As the AI Core Team Manager - Toronto, you will:

Contribute in growing a strong AI core presence in Toronto, while fostering continuous connections with AI core teams in other Element AI offices and with the local ecosystem.

You will be responsible for the management and growth of multiple small cross-functional teams of developers and applied research scientists. Your main focus will be to enable these teams to deliver AI components that will form reusable and scalable AI building blocks for our products and solutions while providing mentorship to the individuals in the team and helping them grow and achieve their full potential.

For this specific mandates, the teams will work following a roadmap set by a product manager that may be remote from the physical location of the teams.  Part of your mandate will focus on ensuring that each team develops components that stay aligned with the larger product roadmap. As these teams will cover a large spectrum of AI fields, such as NLP, computer vision and time series, you must be comfortable acting as an AI generalist who will happily learn the language of multiple fields of research. 

  • Efficient product development and innovation

Your customers are internal product teams. You will make sure your teams follow the larger roadmaps set by the product manager and efficiently develop the relevant components. You will help the teams protect some of their capacity for relevant bets that will help them innovate and maximise their impact. You will be continuously in touch with the AI core leadership and manage internal communications with stakeholders such as hiring, marketing and product teams when necessary.

  • Cutting edge research

In collaboration with your team, you will ensure that the AI components developed in your teams remain at the cutting edge of AI research.  You will coordinate and work closely with the product managers assigned to your teams to make this happen. You will embody agile values and mitigate the uncertainty underlying applied research in AI while shielding your team from unnecessary distractions.

  • People management and leadership

You will foster an innovation culture that enables people to contribute at their full potential, take risks and collaborate. You will have regular 1-1 with your team members and do what you can to guide and grow in their career as AI developers and researchers. You will create an environment that will inspire your teams to build innovative AI products, provide continuous feedback, development opportunities, leading to high-performance and retention.

Skills and experience that will help you succeed

You have an R&D background and an AI-first mindset but you also have a strong business acumen. You have experience managing AI project/product within applied research and cross-functional teams. You are an AI generalist who is comfortable with working rapid context switching and handling AI development across multiple fields.

You are comfortable providing continuous feedback and handling performance reviews, and are passionate about finding ways of growing and empowering your people and creating a team culture that fosters innovation. You are an excellent communicator and collaborate with colleagues from all teams, levels and backgrounds. You strongly believe in the value of agility and how it enables creative teams to delivery awesome results. You are deeply motivated into growing the AI core group in Toronto.

What is in it for you

Fully paid for benefits, flexible hours and participation in the employee stock option program.

The chance to work with one of Canada’s most prolific, passionate and dedicated community of ML & AI researchers, developers and scientists.

Lots of food, snacks and coffee.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.