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Software Engineer I, Marketplace

Team

Engineering, Trade & Financial Services

Location

Amsterdam

Software Engineer I, Marketplace

Do you come from the Finance or FinTech industry but want to apply your skills into something tangible that makes a positive impact on people’s daily lives? Or coming from another industry and considering getting into FinTech? 

Then come help us build our greenfield financial platform for freight forwarding and scale up our business!

The opportunity:

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.

In Amsterdam, Flexport is adding product and engineering teams to our Vijzelstraat office with the initial focus on supporting our continued growth within our Trade and Financial Services group. We build the systems handling customs, accounting & finance reporting and optimization (cost, revenue) insurance and financial lending.

Exceptional software development is integral in allowing us to fulfill our mission of making global trade easier for everyone. At Flexport you’ll develop systems that are at the forefront of reshaping the entire logistics & supply chain industries.

You will:

  • Work closely with business partners and product managers to distill complex business problems into elegant technical solutions.
  • Work on systems that represent the real-world intricacies of logistics entities and the process of moving cargo in and out of countries.
  • Craft the engineering vision, and own the technical landscape, for operational finance in the world of logistics that powers global trade.
  • Build and launch products rapidly and incrementally. We ship to production dozens of times per day.
  • Geek out about shipping, customs regulations and logistics. (We do this often.)

What you’ll build:

  • Build the core operational finance platform that will help run our business and ensure Flexport remains both profitable and compliant.
  • Automatically capture real-world events from the shipment lifecycle and map them into accounting & finance milestones that trigger actions.
  • Design a resilient data pipeline and versioned data storage to facilitate the accounting engine team that monitors financial performance of shipments throughout their lifecycle.
  • Figure out the most efficient way to automate key financial processes to run things on auto-pilot and only involve humans when significant discrepancies arise.
  • Enable cost and profitability insights through data engineering and integration with analytics systems.
  • Create beautiful and efficient domain models for the incredibly complex world of freight forwarding.
  • Bring trade to everyone in the world.

You should have:

  • Experience writing software, and a strong engineering background.
  • A Bachelors or Masters degree in Computer Science/Engineering or Software Engineering with a maximum of 1 year working experience
  • Experience with building software that runs on the Java Virtual Machine
  • Experience with at least one scripting language
  • 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.
  • Optional: experience in Ruby, Rails, PostgreSQL, GraphQL, React, MongoDB, Modern Javascript, Node.js, Clojure, Kubernetes.
  • 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 and introducing services using other languages, such as Java, Kotlin, Scala, Node.js, Go, Clojure. Our data is persisted in mostly Postgres and Redis. Our stack is hosted on AWS using Docker.

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! We’re building the first Operating System for Global Trade. That’s why it’s incredibly important for us to bring people from diverse backgrounds and experiences together with our industry veterans to help move the freight forwarding industry forward.
  • What’s freight forwarding and why does it matter? Freight forwarding is the coordination and shipment of goods from one place to another and it’s 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 and break down economic barriers.
  • 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.

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