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Flexport // online customs brokerage & freight forwarding
Engineering, Full Time    San Francisco, CA    Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
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Build the platform 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.

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.

App Platform is a cross-functional team that builds key abstractions used across Flexport products. We believe in empowering other maker teams by developing composable pieces that can be leveraged in their applications. Such composable pieces range from collaboration tools for communication & task management to config driven workflow systems to automate business processes. We also develop foundational infrastructure that enables teams to control access to resources & develop real-time experiences. We constantly evaluate new tools & technologies to help us solve problems of scale & complexity. In doing so, we also think hard about build vs buy tradeoffs to ensure that we are focused on novel problems in Flexports areas of innovation. With these values in mind, we are looking for a talented engineer to help accomplish key initiatives on our roadmap.

You will:

  • Deliver tasks in your area of ownership while collaborating with a diverse group of cross-functional team members. We often work on multi-week projects that require phased rollouts & coordination with multiple stakeholders.
  • Contribute to elegant, scalable, & resilient platform system design. As we extract services out of our monolithic codebase, we take pride in untangling legacy code & re-building with composability in mind.
  • Engage in conversations with other maker teams, gathering requirements that inform the roadmap. We believe in delivering quality customer service by being highly responsive on our support channels, listening to feedback, & evangelizing our products. 
  • Implement new technologies & tools that can help accelerate the product development lifecycle. We explore the best tool for the job & ensure that our learnings make it out to the broader community. 
  • Learn best practices for software development, testing, & rollout. We believe in structured onboarding processes that emphasize collaboration to ensure a smooth transition into the team & continued development on the team.

What youll build:

You will work on projects in the following areas:

  • Collaboration - Facilitating communication between operations, clients, carrier, & partners. Products: messaging, inbox, notifications, action log. 
  • Work Management -  Creating the framework to power the way work & tasks get done at Flexport. Products: task & work item queues.
  • Documents - Building the platform for storage, ingestion, digitalization, & organization of trade documents. Products: storage & transcription services.
  • Identity & Access Management - Building identity & authorization systems used across all services at Flexport. Product: authorization service.
  • Workflow & Rules - Empowering developers & users to design, execute, & automate business rules & processes using config-driven systems. Products: workflow engine, rules engine.

You should have:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related technical field, or equivalent experience.
  • 1+ year of professional experience writing software & a strong engineering background.
  • Experience as a generalist working on both the frontend & backend to provide the best solutions for our users.
  • Experience developing applications using Ruby or Java.
  • You love simple, well-tested code that is easy to extend & hard to break.
  • You can convey technical ideas in common terms to business stakeholders, product managers, & engineers alike.

Bonus if you have:

  • Experience working with Postgres, MongoDB or other similar storage technologies.
  • Knowledge of GraphQL, gRPC, & message queues.
  • Experience with AWS or Kubernetes

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. We have introduced a few network isolated services using other languages, such as Java, Scala, & Clojure. Our data is persisted in Postgres & MongoDB. Our stack is hosted on AWS using Docker, but we are currently migrating to Kubernetes.

Engineering Culture & Values:

Check out our Key Values profile.

About Flexport:

We believe trade can move the human race forward. Thats why its our mission to make global trade easy for everyone. Flexport is building the platform for global logistics, empowering buyers, sellers & their logistics partners with the technology & services to grow & innovate. Today, companies of all sizesfrom emerging brands to Fortune 500suse Flexport technology to move more than $10B of merchandise across 112 countries every year. 

Worried about not having any logistics experience?

Dont be! Our mission is to make global trade easy for everyone. Thats why its important to bring people from diverse backgrounds & experiences together with our industry veterans to help move the global logistics industry forward.

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, 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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