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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Senior Machine Learning Engineer Manager in Rockville, Maryland


Who is USP?

The U.S. Pharmacopoeia Convention (USP) USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top authorities in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP's fundamental belief that Equity = Excellence manifests in our core value of Passion for Quality through our more than 1,100 hard-working professionals across five global locations to deliver the mission to strengthen the supply of safe, quality medicines and supplements worldwide.

Brief Job Overview

You can’t strengthen something if you don’t know weakness exists. USP’s Medicine Supply Map identifies, characterizes, and quantifies risk in the upstream pharmaceutical supply chain. We want to proactively protect patient access to quality medicines through the implementation of a directed acyclic graph, lots of string matching, and an interactive website. As of November 2022, we have a quarter of a billion data points to play with. If big data, sophisticated machine learning algorithms, and front-end application development in a collaborative startup environment excites you, please reach out!

How will YOU create impact here at USP?

• Deliver and share structured, clean, vectorized Python code

• Set standards, monitor compliance, and mentor technical team on software engineering standard methodologies

• Lead efforts to source, import, and integrate new supply chain data into the Medicine Supply Map

• Rapidly respond to customer requests for supply chain insights

• Perform exploratory data analysis, test working hypotheses, and uncover relationships within the Medicine Supply Map

• Build, maintain, and support machine learning models

• Work with product and technical team members to create requirements, support development, and resolve technical issues

• Partner with IT to drive functionality enhancements to existing platforms

• Build compelling data visualizations, dashboards, and reports for internal and external partners

• Set and lead internal and external partner expectations related to specific deliverables

• Perform other duties as assigned

Who USP is Looking For?

  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently build and productionalize large-scale data science projects from start to finish (defining internal/external stakeholder requirements, sourcing data, integrating data into our tech stack, analyzing downstream modeling implications, building compelling visualizations, and presenting findings to internal/external stakeholders)

  • Experience managing or mentoring junior staff

  • Undergraduate degree. Preferred majors in computer science, data science, or statistics.

  • At least 8 years of professional, technical experience

  • Ability to write scalable, clean, productionable Python and Pyspark code

  • Experience operating/maintaining a structured data engineering pipeline (e.g. Kedro)

  • Expertise in AWS cloud platform and version control software such as git

  • Solid time and project management skills

  • Comfort with task ambiguity and change, we are in a startup environment

Additional Desired Preferences

  • Pharmaceutical industry knowledge

  • Full-stack expertise (MERN or similar) … we are building a website

  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Experience leading direct client interactions

  • Ability to explain highly technical or complex issues to a non-technical audience 

  • STEM Master’s degree

  • Communication skills: we have lots of opportunities to publish blog posts and internal/external presentations

Supervisory Responsibilities



USP provides you with the benefits you need to protect yourself and your family today and tomorrow. From company-paid time off, comprehensive healthcare options to retirement savings, you can have peace of mind that your personal and financial wellbeing is protected.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (will apply to the selected candidate(s) hired:

As a condition of employment with the United States Pharmacopeial Convention's (USP) duty to provide and maintain a workplace free of known hazards, all employees and contingent staff hired after July 1st, 2021, must be fully vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in all aspects of our work—from the standards we make to the partnerships and conversations we cultivate. An environment where every employee feels fully empowered and valued irrespective of, but not limited to, personality, race, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, education, religion, gender identity and expression, life experience, sexual orientation, country of origin, regional differences, work experience, and family status. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

Note: USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Category Information Technology

Job Type Full-Time