Flexport helps make global trade both easy and accessible to everyone.
Seattle, WA

Senior Data Engineer at Flexport (Bellevue, WA)

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The Opportunity

Flexport is looking for a creative, technically-minded senior data engineer motivated to solve some of the world’s most challenging data problems in global trade. Data is at the heart of our business, and as a Senior Data Engineer, you will work in complex data warehouse environments supporting global trade. You will partner with Data Science and Software Engineering teams to develop scalable and innovative analytical solutions, process and store large amounts of low latency structured and unstructured data, and enable the Data Science and Machine Learning team to execute successful, data-driven strategies.

You will be responsible for:

  • designing and implementing a data management and analytical environment using custom and open source tools
  • developing Python or JVM-centric (Java, Kotlin) solutions to automate ETL, analytics, and data platform management
  • designing and implementing complex data models, modeling metadata, building reports and dashboards and creating reporting tools for data science and ML products users. 
  • writing highly tuned, scalable SQL queries running over large-scale, heterogeneous data warehouses
  • designing and deploying data infrastructure needed to drive data-driven decision-making solutions supporting Flexport’s marketplace and freight forwarding initiatives.

You should have deep expertise in designing, building, and managing large datasets across various data platforms. You should also excel at working with various customers/partners to understand data needs and implement scalable and efficient ETL solutions. Our data science, product, and engineering teams collaborate very closely with our data engineering team to share domain knowledge, test hypotheses at scale, and develop promising solutions that can be quickly and widely deployed. In addition, we are passionate about providing effortlessly accessible intelligence and actionable insights to our end users. Thus, the ideal data engineering candidate is: self-motivated, highly analytical, technically excellent at writing code, and passionate about delivering cutting-edge data solutions.  

Locations: San Francisco, Bellevue 

You Will:

  • Design, implement and improve Data Science’s pricing, planning, and ML platforms. 
  • Develop and improve the current data architecture, focusing on improving data security, data quality, latency, scalability, and extensibility.
  • Leverage state-of-the-art technologies to design, pilot, and deploy low latency data architectures supporting pricing, planning, and various ML/AI initiatives.
  • Collaborate closely with data scientists, data analytics, product, engineering, and business/operations teams to:
    • develop, implement, and validate key performance metrics
    • perform statistical analyses and data profiling, and 
    • support production deployment of low-latency machine learning and optimization solutions.
  • Partner with Data Scientists, Data Analytics, and business/operations partners to design and deploy experiments and measure the impact of policy and system changes.
 You Should Have:Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative field, such as computer science, machine learning, or a related field with 5+ years of industry experience.
  • Extensive experience and expertise writing and optimizing complex SQL.
  • Expert knowledge of data warehousing concepts.
  • Extensive experience in data mining, profiling, and analysis.
  • Extensive experience with data modeling, ETL design, and the use of large-scale databases in business environments.
  • Experience programming with languages such as Python, Ruby, Java.
  • Experience working with large data sets and knowledge of tools for big data analytics and manipulation (e.g., dbt).
  • Proven ability and experience to design, develop and deploy innovative data solutions and complex production systems (e.g., supporting pricing, planning, predictions, etc.)
  • Knowledge of engineering and operational excellence using standard methodologies.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Deep experience and expertise in  ETL optimization, designing, coding, and tuning big data processes using dbt or cloud-native solutions (running on kubernetes (k8s))
  • Extensive experience designing, developing, and deploying data pipelines and applications to stream and process data at low latencies needed to support near real-time production pricing, planning, and ML solutions.
  • Demonstrate efficacy in building data solutions that support data lineage tracking, ensuring that data, as it flows from sources to consumptions, can be understood, recorded, and visualized.
  • Knowledge of distributed systems and data architecture and experience in designing and implementing  batch and stream data processing pipelines
  • Knowledge and experience with optimization of the distribution, partitioning, and parallel processing of high-level data structures.


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.

Are you 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 crucial 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 explicitly designed 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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Where we are

Our office is right in the heart of historic Seattle, steps from Pike Place Market and surrounded by food, music, art, and ocean and mountain views.

What are Flexport Perks + Benefits

Flexport Benefits Overview

Flexport is an employee forward company. We know that life comes first and want you to take the time you need with our flexible paid time off program. We offer 100% covered health, vision, and dental insurance, 401K, performance bonuses, stock with a 10-year tax option, commuter benefits, a generous maternity (18 weeks with a phase back program that offers reduced hours and flexible schedule during their first month back) and paternity leave (8 weeks), free lunch and snacks, dog-friendly offices, pay equity, career advancement, and more.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program

Additional Perks + Benefits

We're proud that we collectively speak over 40 languages and live on 3 continents. We strive to create a workplace where candidates, employees, and all community members within Flexport’s ecosystem of connected organizations are encouraged to share their stories, celebrate their cultures, and learn from one another. Joining Flexport means joining a truly global community.

An Insider's view of Flexport

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The Seattle office is incredibly collaborative, fun, and full of energy. Whether it’s spinning a prize wheel for birthday gifts or having offsite events on a boat, our office always finds ways to come together and appreciate one another for the work that we do.


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What projects are you most excited about?

I’m excited to be working on improving the performance of our teams using data-driven analysis. Combining what I already know about data with everything I still have to learn about operations will be a great challenge that I'm ready to take on!


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What makes someone successful on your team?

Knowing how to be a team player. At Flexport, you can't grow the business alone. That means dropping what you’re doing to help the person next to you, dive head first into a problem, and take initiative when you see a gap. The people on our teams come from a diverse pool of work experience, so there's always someone who can offer their expertise.


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How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Flexport is customer-obsessed, and thus our direction must be influenced by the ever-changing needs of our clients. Our teams collaborate closely with our clients to learn what truly impacts their supply chains, and it's our responsibility to unlock and create value by funneling those insights into our own work and throughout the rest of Flexport.


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How does the company support your career growth?

The opportunities to grow your career at Flexport are vast. Expansions globally and domestically provide you the ability to master your work, but also expand your day to day and round out your experience. In addition, weekly meetings with your manager provide you the opportunity to state your career goals and discuss ways to achieve them.


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