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Staff Software Engineer, Front End Infrastructure

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About the role

Staff Software Engineer, Front End Infra

Build the infrastructure to power global trade

Flexport is a freight forwarder and logistics platform using modern software to make 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 13 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.

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. 

Front End Infrastructure at Flexport

The front-end infrastructure team strives to provide product teams with the tools and capabilities to efficiently build great user experiences. Our work impacts every product team at Flexport. We shape the architecture of the frontend across the company. We make platform-wide changes and upgrade the entire codebase along the way with codemods.

Some of the things we do:

  • Create the infrastructure so teams can start building new front end applications without needing to know how to build and deploy them
  • Manage a federated GraphQL gateway service
  • Make it easy to create new frontend applications at Flexport
  • Build and maintain a flexible but cohesive design system called Latitude
  • Own front end best practices and enforce them with static analysis (Flow) and ESlint rules
  • Provide teams with visibility into their test coverage and frontend performance


Flexport’s design system, Latitude, powers our design and product development processes. As part of the frontend infrastructure team, you’ll have the opportunity to influence the direction for  how every team at Flexport builds UI. You’ll work closely with designers and engineers to implement high quality, performant, and accessible UI as well as ensure our components and patterns are well-documented and maintained. Our team members are evangelists for our best practices—our design system’s success depends on widespread adoption. You’ll work with product teams to ensure our design system can support the next generation of products at Flexport.

What you will do

  • Lead projects to evolve our frontend infrastructure and architecture (GraphQL federation, Next.js, frontend platform services)
  • Implement tooling and drive initiatives to ensure best practices across teams as well as  maximize developer productivity and developer experience
  • Create frontend components to enable all teams at Flexport to quickly build cohesive experiences
  • Collaborate with design, research, and product to build an elegant, performant, and accessible UX

What we would like to see

  • 7+ years of frontend engineering experience
  • Experience designing and leading architectural projects
  • Experience building large, performant javascript apps
  • Deep knowledge of the modern javascript ecosystem (different frameworks and tools and their tradeoffs)
  • Systematic thinker (consider how components can scale across our teams)
  • Strength in cross-functional collaboration with design, product, and business

What you’ve worked with ideally

  • React
  • GraphQL/Relay/Apollo
  • Next.js
  • Flow/Typescript
  • Frontend test frameworks (Jest)
  • CSS-in-JS
  • Design systems
  • Web performance (time-to-interactive, dependencies, wasted renders
  • Frontend build/deployment process (Webpack, Babel)

Culture & Values

About Flexport:

We believe global trade can move the human race forward. That’s why it’s our mission to make global trade easier for everyone. We aim to do this by building the Operating System for Global trade - a strategic model combining advanced technology and data analytics, logistics infrastructure, and supply chain expertise. Flexport today connects almost 10,000 clients and suppliers across 109 countries, including established global brands like Georgia-Pacific as well as emerging innovators like Sonos. Started in 2013, we've raised over $1.3B in funding from SoftBank Vision Fund, Founders Fund, GV, First Round Capital and Y Combinator. We’re excited about the three big ways we’re moving forward after our recent $1B investment from SoftBank Vision Fund in February 2019.

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.

Why you should join Flexport

Flexport's mission is to make global trade easier for everybody. We are connecting humanity in a seamless web of global trade with our unique blend of software, human expertise, and physical infrastructure.

Our platform connects all the roles in the supply chain to improve the user experience and drive down transaction costs of international logistics, while helping companies make more data-driven decisions about where, when and what products to ship.