Senior Machine Learning Engineer

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The Opportunity:

Flexport is looking for a creative, technically minded Senior Machine Learning Engineer who is motivated to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.  

Data is at the heart of our business and as a Senior Machine Learning Engineer, you will work to design, build, and productionize Machine Learning (ML) models and solutions on cloud infrastructure. In concert with data scientists and multidisciplinary product and engineering teams, you will be responsible for production model architecture, and integration and interaction with data engineering pipelines. You will need a strong foundation in software development, infrastructure management, data engineering, and distributed systems to facilitate the development of ML powered software products that deliver data-driven insights seamlessly to end users where they need it, and when they need it. You will help to develop high performing individuals and serve as a technical leader and mentor to others. 

Our product and engineering teams collaborate very closely with our Machine Learning Engineers to share domain knowledge, test hypotheses at scale, and develop promising machine intelligence enabled solutions that can be quickly and widely deployed. We are passionate at providing effortless accessible intelligence, and actionable insights to our end users. 

Our ideal candidate is: self-motivated, highly analytical, has a strong experience with cloud infrastructure, technically excellent at writing code, passionate about delivering solutions for end users coping with real-world business problems, and is experienced with mentoring and up-leveling other individuals on the team.  

You Will:

  • Work collaboratively with product, engineering, and business leaders to find opportunities to improve and enhance our technology products, and processes. 
  • Work with large, and complex data sets. Solve difficult data analysis problems by applying advanced analytical methods as needed. 
  • Architect ML software solutions and develop ML models.
  • Design and develop data processing systems.
  • Develop, orchestrate, monitor, maintain, and optimize ML pipelines and solutions.
  • Deliver compelling data-driven solutions that provide users with key insights when they need it, and where they need it.  
  • Communicate findings to technical collaborators, and business stakeholders through storytelling. 
  • Serve as a go-to expert in a data-related sub-domain and provide actionable feedback as part of machine learning experiment peer reviews.  
  • Drive and hands-on contribute to execution of machine learning model development.  
  • Lead collaborative efforts across different functional, and product teams. 
  • Actively reinforce technical strategy and culture. 

You Should Have:

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or related technical field.
  • Strong programming experience in SQL and one or more of the following languages: C/C++, C#, Java, Python. 
  • Strong experience in one or more of the following: Machine Learning, Natural Language Understanding, Computer Vision, Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, Convex Optimization, Data Engineering. 
  • Strong experience developing, deploying, monitoring, and maintaining ML solutions in a cloud based environment.  
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate with business stakeholders to understand requirements, and present findings and recommendations that demonstrate value.  
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Ph.D. in computer science, software engineering, or related technical field.
  • Experience with distributed computing and large-scale software systems design.
  • Contribution to research communities via publications in conferences such as KDD, ICML, NeurIPS, and/or code contributions in open source communities such as scikit-learn, CLTK, NLTK, etc. 

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 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.

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Location

We're located near tons of restaurants and only a 10-minute walk from 3 parks!

An Insider's view of Flexport

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The people in this office are the cream of the crop. They’re down to earth and razor-sharp. You could go up to anyone in the office, ask them a question, and they will stop whatever they were doing and help you out every time.

Victoria

SMB, Account Executive

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We are solving the extreme complexity and opacity of trucking coordination and execution in international supply chains. We bring visibility and control to our customers while also reducing operational overhead.

Uri

Director, Engineering

What makes someone successful on your team?

Ownership. Our company is growing quickly and the surface area of our product is growing quickly as well. The strongest contributors identify important projects and see them through completely. They are proactive from the initial research and design phases to the post-launch productive monitoring. As Flexport grows, they emerge as natural leaders.

Max

Senior Staff Engineer

How does your team reward individual success?

Every team member's accomplishments are integral to their peers' success which, in turn, stimulates each of us to celebrate each others wins and nominate one another for projects and roles that facilitate unparalleled career development.

Ellen

Solutions Consultant

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
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
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
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Flexport's flexible PTO policy allows employees to take as many days off as they need, providing they get manager approval.
Paid Volunteer Time
Flexport encourages employees to give back with paid volunteer time off up to 10 hours per year.
Paid Holidays
Flexport gives all full-time employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Flexport offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all full-time employees.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Flexport provides catered lunches Monday - Friday and stocks our kitchen with breakfast foods for employees to enjoy in the morning.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
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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