Taxonomist

Job #2226: Chameleon Technologies is searching for a Taxonomist for a 3-month project in Redmond. You will be responsible for preparing the Knowledge Cloud Data Model (within Excel), with a key focus on the ontology work needed to connect related skills and skill domains, which will enable skill clustering. This ontology work is critical to:

  • Talent Profile MVP scenarios including search functionality and skill-based job recommendations
  • Skill tagging to learning assets
  • Enabling AI logic and capabilities

Responsibilities:

  • Develop a comprehensive topic taxonomy for classifying content in a natural, interpretable manner, at multiple granularities.
  • Evangelize the project with internal teams and identify new use ways these teams can leverage the work.
  • Work closely with engineers to prioritize and manage projects/deliverables effectively while adapting to changing business needs, processes and requirements.
  • Provide guidance about ontologies and semantic representations, supporting recommendations with data.
  • Analyze and optimize processes, owning data integrity and taxonomy effectiveness.
  • Coordinate and build alignment with teams and stakeholders across the family of apps and services to optimize for consistency and interoperability.
  • Partner with PMs, engineers, product designers, researchers, and content strategists to oversee the user experience of a product from conception until launch (and then some).
  • Promote taxonomy in the broader community of design and content professionals.
  • Help develop a high level, vision for the team, and identify opportunities that solve business and user needs through the taxonomy.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 5+ years developing and managing product taxonomies
  • Experience using taxonomy management systems to maintain categories, attributes, and other metadata
  • Ontology development and information domain modeling experience
  • Proven ability to present complex technical and metadata information in a clear and concise way to a range of technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experience working with content systems and establishing the relationship between content topics
  • Proven ability to work on ambiguous projects and deliver effectively in customer-focused, cross-functional teams
  • Ability to think at a high level about product strategy and vision
  • Experience in building and shipping taxonomies and related features for content web sites, apps, or software
  • A portfolio or other work samples showing the impact of your content taxonomy work
  • Ability to partner with data science and comfort with data

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years working with and developing content taxonomies
  • Familiarity working across different languages and markets
  • Experience with an international taxonomy, specifically how to internationalize a taxonomy
  • Familiarity with data science and data-driven decision-making
  • Product/UX content strategy experience
  • Experience with social products

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