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Flexport // online customs brokerage & freight forwarding
 
Engineering, Full Time    Chicago, IL    Posted: Saturday, February 20, 2021
 
   
 
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Build the programs to help Flexport grow

The opportunity:

Flexport is building the first modern logistics platform to make global trade easier for everyone. We are solving complex problems on a global scale, & disrupting a multi-trillion dollar industry that has remained stubbornly unchanged.

Freight Forwarding Engineering

The Freight Forwarding engineering group is responsible for building products & systems that enable us to effectively plan & execute shipments across the various modes: Ocean, Air, Trucking, Rail. We work closely with our product & data team to solve complex optimization problems around container utilization & route planning to make sure we are able to fulfill the promised transit times while utilizing our supply efficiently. The team is also building products to simplify the operations of Flexport & partner teams as they move cargo across the world.

Exceptional software development is integral in allowing us to fulfill our mission of fixing the user experience in global trade.  At Flexport youll develop products that are at the forefront of reshaping the entire logistics & supply chain industries.  Youll work alongside self-starters interested in solving real-world problems & streamlining the inefficiencies in the complex global trade industry.  Youll have the opportunity to reshape an industry by creating the new operating system for global trade.

You will:

  • Be trusted to take point on complex product initiatives & run them to completion with the help & guidance of your team.
  • Design flexible, maintainable code.
  • Safeguard code quality on your team, reviewing others code with an eye to performance & maintainability.
  • Work closely with designers & product managers to distill complex business problems into elegant technical solutions.
  • Be part of a close-knit engineering team that ships new code into production multiple times a day.
  • Geek out about shipping & logistics. (We do this often.)

You should have:

  • A love of simple, well-tested code that is easy to extend & hard to break.
  • The ability to convey technical ideas in common terms to business partners, product managers, designers, & engineers alike.
  • A bias for action. When you see a problem, you solve it.
  • An ability to navigate through difficult software problems.
  • A desire to develop your tooling repertoire. We are tech-agnostic regarding candidate background, but our platform is built with Ruby.
  • Optional: experience in Ruby, Rails, PostgreSQL, GraphQL, React, Modern Javascript, Node.js, Clojure.
  • Non-optional: an aptitude for learning quickly.

Our stack:

Our continuous releases are integrated with Buildkite & Github. On the frontend, we create our views with React, manage the flow of data with GraphQL/Relay, & test our application with Jest. On the backend, were in the process of decoupling our monolithic Rails app & introducing services using other languages, such as Java, Kotlin & Node.js. Our data is persisted in mostly Postgres & Redis. Our stack is hosted on AWS using Docker.

About Flexport:

We believe global trade can move the human race forward. Thats why its our mission to make global trade easier for everyone. We aim to do this by building the Operating System for Global trade - a strategic model combining advanced technology & data analytics, logistics infrastructure, & supply chain expertise. Flexport today connects almost 10,000 clients & suppliers across 109 countries, including established global brands like Georgia-Pacific as well as emerging innovators like Sonos. Started in 2013, we've raised over $1.3B in funding from SoftBank Vision Fund, Founders Fund, GV, First Round Capital & Y Combinator. Were excited about the three big ways were moving forward after our $1B investment from SoftBank Vision Fund in February 2019.

Worried about not having any freight forwarding experience?

  • Dont be! Were building the first Operating System for Global Trade. Thats why its incredibly important for us to bring people from diverse backgrounds & experiences together with our industry veterans to help move the freight forwarding industry forward.
  • Whats freight forwarding & why does it matter? Freight forwarding is the coordination & shipment of goods from one place to another & its what makes global trade possible. Flexport is on a mission to make global trade easier for everyone because we believe it can help connect the world & break down economic barriers.
  • We know this industry is complex. Thats why we invest in education starting day one with Flexport Academy, a one week intensive onboarding program designed specifically to set every new Flexport employee up for success. 

At Flexport, our ability to fulfill our mission of making global trade easy for everyone relies on having a diverse, dedicated, & engaged workforce.  That is why Flexport is committed to creating & nurturing an environment where anyone can be their authentic self.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, creed, national origin, age, physical & mental disability, health status, marital & family status, sexual orientation, gender identity & expression, military & veteran status, & any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

 
 
 
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