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Linguist for French Voice Experience Localization

Department: Software

Location: Paris

Req#: 5860

Please submit a cover letter with answers to the following questions with your application:
  • Why Sonos?
  • Tell us about a project you loved working on?

At Sonos we're passionate about creating the ultimate listening experience for our customers and connecting them to the content they want, where they want it. This experience is shaped by each of us: our ability to collaborate across different styles and skill sets, and our openness to new ideas. Each member of each team at Sonos offers different aspects of diversity that are embraced and celebrated, and we know that makes us stronger. 

Our Language team is working to develop and execute a new strategy for all things related to the voice experience on Sonos and the linguistic needs of our users. This critical and tough to tackle work will add to our customers’ ease of use and control as we continue to differentiate an end-to-end Voice Experience for our customers. 
About You

More than a candidate that checks every box, we’re looking for people who are excited to work, learn, and grow at Sonos—no matter their background or how they identify. If that’s you, we hope you’ll apply for this role.

You want to be part of a team.

You come with new ideas and a unique point of view. You look forward to collaborating with a diverse team of individuals. You assume everyone’s best intentions, welcome a healthy debate, and embrace differing opinions. You eagerly seek and give help. Transparency tops your list of values, and you proactively contribute to a culture of respect and inclusion.

You enjoy a challenge.

Inquisitive and focused, you see every challenge as an opportunity. You’re ambitious and comfortable making mistakes because you learn from them and bounce back quickly. You would rather create the future than wait for it. You prioritize long-term value over short-term objectives.

You love to listen.

You approach every interaction with curiosity and a desire to understand. You want to make a positive impact in the world. You’re passionate about culture and know the power that music, film, podcasts, games, and stories have to bring people together.

What You’ll Do
First:
  • Understand the use cases related to voice, and implement the voice experience for French (as spoken in France).
  • Create a music catalogue: curation of music data, including phonemic transcription review.
  • Participate in the specification and testing of internal tools dedicated to the language team, and in the definition of the evaluation strategy.
  • Evaluate the quality of linguistic and voice related projects by collaborating with the Machine Learning and other cross functional teams.

Next
  • Update and improve linguistic resources and models to ensure a premium, intuitive and up-to-date voice experience.
  • Design and conduct user research around language with current users to iterate and evolve our models. 
Skills You’ll Need
Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Linguistics or Natural Language Processing
  • Perfect proficiency in French, as spoken in France (native French speaker or equivalent level)
  • Good proficiency in English, both spoken and written
  • Working knowledge of General Linguistics, applied to French (Phonetics, Phonology, Semantics, Syntax and Morphology)
  • Ability to work in close collaboration with different teams, to adapt to their needs, and to convey accurate and relevant information about your language
  • Ability to focus on tasks requiring precision and meticulousness
  • Ability to grasp technical concepts, and to understand simple formal representations

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Passion for music, and extensive knowledge of musicians/artists 
  • Knowledge in Natural Language Processing (formal grammars, regular expressions, etc) and/or in command line (unix-style terminal)
More About Sonos

Sonos is a sound experience company. We pioneered multiroom wireless audio, made it sound amazing, and changed the way people listen, making it effortless for them to enjoy what they want, where they want, how they want.

Today we continue empowering listeners by developing new technologies, thoughtfully designing products, expanding our software platform, and crafting brilliant sound experiences while participating in a culture that values respect, transparency, collaboration, and ownership.

Together we’re working to positively impact the world and inspire everyone to listen better—because listening brings people together, builds understanding, drives change, and makes us happier.

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