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Staff Software Engineer, Customs


Engineering, Data Products



Staff Software Engineer, Customs

Staff Software Engineer, Customs

THE opportunity

Flexport is a freight forwarder and logistics platform and we are using modern software with one mission: Making global trade easier for everyone. We are solving complex problems on a global scale, and disrupting a multi-trillion dollar industry that has remained stubbornly unchanged.

With 20 offices on three continents, we help the world's fastest growing brands manage their international supply chains, providing a fully-managed service for moving goods between any two places on the planet. Our Technology platform handles over $19B worth of merchandise between 112 countries per year. With the recent 2022 news of our $935 million Series E funding round we will accelerate development of our technology platform for global logistics and continue to expand to new geographies worldwide. Above all, we'll support the logistics industry by making the supply chains more efficient, transparent and inclusive - everything they're still not today.

In Amsterdam at the Vijzelstraat office, The tech team more than doubled in size in 2021. For 2022 we have even higher goals and are therefore looking for a Staff Software Engineer to join our Customs team. We are looking for you to join us and further develop these systems that are at the forefront of reshaping the entire logistics & supply chain industries!

Our Customs Clearance products streamline and automate the process of delivering customs services. Our main focus is expanding our in-house customs brokerage services in the US and EU, as well as building the platform to support customs partners anywhere in the worldWHY You’ll want it

Our customs team is responsible for one of the fastest growing products at Flexport. This is your chance for impact and direct influence over the product’s direction. Joining today means first hand experience in our 1 to 1000 journey and experience how a business is built and scaled globally. Due to the success of the customs product, we are expanding both the breadth (more types of filings), and depth of the product. The depth is achieved by moving to a new scalable architecture on next generation infrastructure, that will allow us to grow even further.

This means we are looking to expand the team with technical leadership. Our team is a place known for their mutual trust, diversity, collaboration and deep domain expertise. Come join us and read on to what the role will roughly revolve around:

  • Building new systems that will power our next generation customs clearance products (e.g. workflow management, work allocation, customs milestone systems)
  • Leadership role in the Customs  teams’ transition to Service Oriented Architecture 
  • Mentorship and guidance to the team’s engineers 
  • Improving our development practices & removing obstacles to the team’s productivity

YOUR impact

Joining Flexport means having potential for impact on a large and growing company that is operating in a global market. Working on customs product is critical, as it forms one of the major revenue drivers for Flexport. Another area for impact is around expanding our platform and services towards a SaaS mode. This will enable us to scale rapidly while still delivering an unparalleled service. On top of that we always have a data-first approach. This allows us to seamlessly incorporate other services like trade management, reporting and building other Flexport services.

WHAT excites us

There are three things that get us very excited if you tick these boxes. That is bringing at least 10 years of experience writing software. Besides that we are looking for someone with 2 years in a role as a technical leader, where you’ve led the technical direction of a team or set of teams. On top of that experience in transitions to Service Oriented Architecture.Our ‘nice-to-haves’ are experience with introducing kubernetes, Kafka, JVM Performance management, Kotlin, Ruby, Experience with enterprise data exchange APIs or EDIs

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, MongoDB and Redis. Our stack is hosted on AWS using Docker.

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 fromdiverse 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 canhelp connect the world and break down economic barriers.

We know this industry is complex. That’s why we invest in education starting day one withFlexport 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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