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Software Engineer II, SMB

Team

Engineering

Location

Bellevue

Software Engineer II, SMB

Build the applications to fuel Flexport's growth

The opportunity:

Flexport’s mission is to make global trade easy for everyone. SMBs can quickly and easily create a global storefront using ecommerce and marketplace platforms. We aim to build the platform to make shipping from and to anywhere an easy and seamless experience.

Developments in ecommerce and marketplace technology have enabled Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) to source goods and reach consumers globally. Yet, they struggle to participate in global trade as the movement of goods across countries. Freight forwarding comes with a lot of challenges. Because of the smaller volumes that SMBs ship, they aren’t as lucrative in the eyes of legacy freight forwarders and receive subpar service. Also, due to the manual nature of communication with freight forwarders -- primarily via phone and email -- the freight forwarding process itself is perceived as a black box providing limited visibility into where the goods are and how to improve supply chain performance.

We believe entrepreneurs should be focused on growing their business instead of having to worry about the intimate mechanics of global trade.

The SMB market opportunity is massive with millions of businesses in the US alone shipping goods. The Flexport SMB team is focused on taking care of this undifferentiated heavy lifting and leveling the playing field using tech instead of human touch. We want to build simple, seamless experiences across mobile and web to give SMB owners a simple and quick way to move their goods at the best price.

Come distill the complicated world of Global Trade down to make it accessible to everyone. Give entrepreneurs the powers of industry titans. 

You will:

  • Take point on complex product initiatives and run them to completion with minimal supervision.
  • Design flexible, maintainable code.
  • Safeguard code quality on your team, reviewing others’ code with an eye to performance and maintainability.
  • Collaborate with engineering teams to execute against the vision and roadmap.
  • Work closely with designers and 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 and logistics. (We do this often.)

You should have:

  • 2-5 years of experience writing software, and strong engineering background.
  • A love of simple, well-tested code that is easy to extend and hard to break.
  • The ability to convey technical ideas in common terms to business partners, product managers, designers, and engineers alike.
  • A bias for action. When you see a problem, you solve it.
  • 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 and Github. On the frontend, we create our views with React, manage the flow of data with GraphQL/Relay, and test our application with Jest. On the backend, we’re in the process of decoupling our monolithic Rails app. We have introduced a few network isolated services using other languages, such as Java and Clojure. Our data is persisted in Postgres and Redis. Our stack is hosted on AWS using Docker.

Engineering Culture and Values:

Check out our Engineering blog.

About Flexport:

At Flexport, we believe global trade can move the human race forward. That’s why it’s our mission to make it easy and accessible for everyone. We’re shaping the future of a $8.6T industry with solutions powered by innovative technology and exceptional people. Today, companies of all sizes—from emerging brands to Fortune 500s—use Flexport technology to move more than $19B of merchandise across 112 countries a year. 

The recent global supply chain crisis has put Flexport center stage as we continue to play a pivotal role in how goods move around the world. At a valuation of $8 billion, we’re experiencing record growth and are proud to have the support of the best investors in the game who believe in our mission, solutions and people. Ready to tackle global challenges that impact business, society, and the environment? Come join us.

Worried about not having any freight forwarding experience?

Don’t be! Our mission is to make global trade easy for everyone. That’s why it’s important to bring people fromdiverse backgrounds and experiences together with our industry veterans to help move the global logistics industry forward.

We know this industry is complex. That’s 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 and engaged workforce. That is why Flexport is committed to creating and 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 and mental disability, health status, marital and family status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about what our tech teams have been up to, head to the Engineering Blog.

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