Staff Applied Research Scientist at Flexport

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The Opportunity

Flexport is looking for a strong technical leader to lead our strategic/tactical/operations planning initiative. This person is an expert in large-scale optimization methods (exact and heuristics) for general integer and combinatorial optimization, vehicle routing, consolidation and packing, and simulation optimization.   

Data is at the heart of our business, and as a Staff Applied Research Scientist, you will design and create first-in-class science products to make global trade easy and efficient. In collaboration with multidisciplinary product, engineering, user experience, and business/operations teams, you will apply advanced Operations Research (OR)  and Machine Learning (ML) methods to deliver data-driven insights, predictive capabilities, and automated decision solutions in Flexport’s freight forwarding space. 

Our product and engineering teams collaborate closely with our science 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 Staff ARS candidate is: self-motivated, highly analytical, technically excellent at writing code, and passionate about delivering cutting-edge solutions.  

You Will:
  • Lead research, development, and production deployment of large-scale end-to-end planning optimization solutions. The end results will be first-in-class, multi-modal planning systems that support (near) continuous planning across all freight modes at various time scales. 
  • Hands-on, guide the evolution of our core strategic/tactical/operations planning systems while identifying and developing new greenfield opportunities.
  • Establish technical standards and drive the science system architecture, engineering practices, and engineering methodologies.
  • Build high-quality, scalable, and architecturally sound planning systems that support the needs of our freight forwarding team.
  • Mentor a team of talented data, applied research, and machine learning scientists, demonstrate thought leadership and guidance to make the right scientific or technical trade-offs.
  • Create the technical vision for the team on both data foundations and advanced models/algorithms. 
  • Work collaboratively with product, engineering, and business to:
    • find opportunities to improve and enhance planning technology products, 
    • understand Flexport’s business and operations processes to identify impact opportunities, 
    • translate ambiguous business requirements into the right technical solution, and
    • design and build robust and scalable production solutions.
You Should Have:Minimum Qualifications
  • Masters degree in quantitative fields, such as Operations Research, Computer Science, Applied Math, etc. 
  • 8+ years of experience in solving transportation/logistics optimization problems and developing practically efficient solution strategies for large and extreme-scale networks.
  • 5+ years of technical leadership experience.
  • Deep expertise in algorithm design, engineering, and production implementation.
  • Proven object-oriented design and implementation skills (Python, Java, or C++) and strong knowledge of design patterns.
  • Extensive knowledge of software engineering best practices for the complete software development life cycle.
  • Experience developing and deploying OR/ML solutions for high-volume, critical production service environments. 
  • Experience taking research prototypes to production, especially in transportation and logistics (e.g., vehicle routing, scheduling, etc.).
  • Great at system design with strong evidence of capability to design complex solutions at the right level of abstraction.
  • Experience performing and leading the development of complex software systems that have been successfully deployed.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate with business stakeholders to understand requirements and present findings and recommendations that show value.  
Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. (or equivalent research experience) in quantitative fields, such as Computer Science, Operations Research, Applied Math, etc. 
  • Deep hands-on technical expertise in designing, developing, and deploying large-scale transportation routing algorithms and software systems.
  • Deep expertise in large-scale optimization, especially in designing efficient metaheuristics, decomposition, and hybrid algorithms.
  • Deep expertise in designing and implementing optimization models for large-scale discrete/combinatorial problems (e.g., vehicle routing, scheduling, network design, scheduling, and facility location) 
  • Deep expertise working with large data sets and knowledge of tools for big data analytics (e.g., SQL, Python, Perl, or Ruby).
  • Strong research track record (e.g., tier-1 publications and patents).
About Flexport: 

We believe trade can move the human race forward. That’s why it’s our mission to make global trade easy for everyone. Flexport is building the platform for global logistics, empowering buyers, sellers and their logistics partners with the technology and services to grow and innovate. Today, companies of all sizes—from emerging brands to Fortune 500s—use Flexport technology to move more than $10B of merchandise across 112 countries every year. 

Worried about not having any logistics experience?

Don’t be! Our mission is to make global trade easy for everyone. That’s why it’s important to bring people from diverse 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.

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Location

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.

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.

Dylan

Data Operations Associate

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!

Seema

Data Operations Associate

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.

Cayla

Global Operations Manager

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.

Pete

Senior Global Operations Manager

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.

Aaron

Global Operations Associate

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.

Culture
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
Diversity
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
401(K)
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.

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