Manager, Applied Research

  • Publication date:

    10 May 2024
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  • Contract type:

    Unlimited employment
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Manager, Applied Research

Are you excited about working at the forefront of applied research in an industry setting? Thomson Reuters Labs in Zug is seeking a hands-on people manager to lead a team of high performing applied scientists, with a passion for solving problems using state-of-the-art Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning.

What does Thomson Reuters Labs do? We experiment, we build, we deliver. We support the organization and our customers through applied research in informational retrieval, natural language processing and machine learning. We work closely with product and domain experts to identify compelling solutions at the intersection of user need and technical feasibility. Our team is responsible for designing the next generation of research technology for Legal and Tax Professionals in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. We own AI innovation for Thomson Reuters’ core research products, including Westlaw, Practical Law, and Checkpoint.

The Labs Legal Technology team is seeking an exceptional manager to lead a cross-functional team with significant product scope. This team is responsible for designing, developing, and delivering AI capabilities to Thomson Reuters' Legal Technology product portfolio focusing on contract drafting and review. These products include CoCounsel, CoCounsel Drafting, Document Intelligence, HighQ, Contract Express, and Legal Tracker, among others. As a manager on this team, you will directly influence AI strategy and the feature roadmap through ideation and rapid prototyping in close collaboration with Product and Design counterparts. In addition to research and prototyping, this team also writes functional, scalable, and reliable software that runs in our products. The combined scope requires a highly efficient, agile approach to both research and development. Strong experimental design and evaluation are also essential given the complexity of the domain and the high stakes nature of the work our customers rely on our technology to perform."

As Manager, Applied Research you will:

Lead: You will build a high performing team through servant leadership by setting clear expectations, modeling expected behaviors and actively coaching. You will be a proactive communicator who is excited to share their work and even more excited to highlight the accomplishments of their team. You will be articulate and compelling in describing ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences.

Deliver: With a sense of urgency and the desire to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, you will translate complex business problems into solutions with clearly defined outcomes and break down complex ideas into tractable incremental milestones. You will drive the end-to-end model development lifecycle partnering effectively with a collaborative cross-functional team. Our problems are complex; our solutions are right-sized. You will be accountable for timely, well-managed software deliverables.

Innovate: You will be empowered to try new approaches, learn new technologies, and take informed risks with good judgement. Furthermore, you will encourage and empower your team to do the same. You will foster innovative ideas to solve real-world challenges. You will help lead the way in growing the understanding and adoption of AI, NLP and IR across the enterprise.

You are a fit for the role of Manager, Applied Research if you have:

PhD in a relevant discipline or Master’s plus a comparable level of experience

At least 5 years practical, relevant experience building NLP/IR/ML systems, from ideation to production

The willingness and ability to write clean, production-ready code (in python, mostly)

Experience coaching and developing a team

Demonstrable experience translating complex business problems into solutions with clearly defined scope and executing on that vision with demonstrated success

At least 8 years practical experience building IR, ML or NLP systems. Experience innovating with state-of-the-art research to solve applied, real-world problems successfully

Experience in a fast-paced, agile environment managing uncertainty and ambiguity

Outstanding communication and data-driven decision-making

Experience delivering minimum viable products in a large enterprise environment

Publications at workshops or conferences such as ACL, EMNLP, KDD, ICML, NeurIPS, SIGIR, or similar

What's in it For You?

  • You will join our inclusive culture of world-class talent, where we are committed to your personal and professional growth through:
  • Hybrid Work Model: We’ve adopted a flexible hybrid working environment (2-3 days a week in the office depending on the role) for our office-based roles while delivering a seamless experience that is digitally and physically connected
  • Wellbeing: Comprehensive benefit plans; flexible and supportive benefits for work-life balance: flexible vacation, two company-wide Mental Health Days Off; work from another location for up to a total of 8 weeks in a year, 4 of those weeks can be out of the country and the remaining in the country, Headspace app subscription; retirement, savings, tuition reimbursement, and employee incentive programs; resources for mental, physical, and financial wellbeing.
  • Culture: Globally recognized and award-winning reputation for equality, diversity and inclusion, flexibility, work-life balance, and more.
  • Learning & Development: LinkedIn Learning access; internal Talent Marketplace with opportunities to work on projects cross-company; Ten Thousand Coffees Thomson Reuters café networking.
  • Social Impact: Ten employee-driven Business Resource Groups; two paid volunteer days annually; Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives for local and global impact.
  • Purpose Driven Work: We have a superpower that we’ve never talked about with as much pride as we should – we are one of the only companies on the planet that helps its customers pursue justice, truth and transparency. Together, with the professionals and institutions we serve, we help uphold the rule of law, turn the wheels of commerce, catch bad actors, report the facts, and provide trusted, unbiased information to people all over the world.



The above information in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Do you want to be part of a team helping re-invent the way knowledge professionals work? How about a team that works every day to create a more transparent, just and inclusive future? At Thomson Reuters, we’ve been doing just that for almost 160 years. Our industry-leading products and services include highly specialized information-enabled software and tools for legal, tax, accounting and compliance professionals combined with the world’s most global news services – Reuters. We help these professionals do their jobs better, creating more time for them to focus on the things that matter most: advising, advocating, negotiating, governing and informing.

We are powered by the talents of 25,000 employees across more than 75 countries, where everyone has a chance to contribute and grow professionally in flexible work environments that celebrate diversity and inclusion. At a time when objectivity, accuracy, fairness and transparency are under attack, we consider it our duty to pursue them. Sound exciting? Join us and help shape the industries that move society forward.


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