Director, Engineering

| Chicago
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At FourKites, we enable a trillion dollar logistics industry to become adaptive with a deep fabric of integrated real time data, predictive analytics and phenomenal customer service. 

We solve big problems - not just because we want to, but because our customers demand that of us. We track millions of assets in over 60 countries globally, we created a highly available born-in-the-cloud platform to support this highly demanding, data driven business.

About the team:

We welcome people from all backgrounds who are driven by a passion of creating great engineering teams and awesome products that users love. We are looking for a passionate, entrepreneurial & hands-on engineering leader to lead our engineering team in Chicago. You should love working with and coaching engineers. We have a distributed team so your ninja-like communication skills will come to good use. We value team cohesion and leaders who are collaborative in their approach.

 What you'll be doing:

  • You will lead a distributed engineering team and serve as the head of engineering in Chicago.
  • Hire, nurture and mentor top engineering talent. Create a team to be proud of!
  • Understand the business working closely with product management, customer service and support to help inform engineering roadmaps, priorities and be responsive to customer needs.
  • Enable your team to innovate and deliver roadmap features with agility and high quality
  • Execute consistently, rapidly, and effectively to take ideas from concept to production and drive delivery excellence.
  • Be a caretaker of the platform. Champion availability, scalability, resiliency, performance, observability and maintainability as part of ongoing development.
  • Represent your team and product line in cross-functional discussions.
  • Support product operations and SRE teams in backstopping production issues and incidents.

Who you are:

  • Overall 12+ years of experience in software development & strong computer science fundamentals with 5+ years managing a team of 10+ software engineers
  • Strong design and architecture exposure in building large scale enterprise SaaS solutions using cloud technologies.
  • Experience in designing, implementing and maintaining high performance, high availability (24x7), large-scale web/mobile based software applications leveraging Node.js, Java, RESTful APIs, etc.
  • Knowledge of popular JS frameworks and libraries (React or Angular, Backbone, Underscore, etc.)
  • Experience with Web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, Webpack, LESS, Bootstrap, Dust
  • Experience with Relational and No-SQL databases, message queues/brokers
  • Exposure to big data technologies including Hadoop, Spark, Kafka and Elasticsearch
  • Strong communication skills and ability to grasp and convey complex product requirements or technical concepts
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, iterative development environment
  • Excellent command of software development life cycle activities including analysis, design, development, unit and system testing, production deployment and post-production support

FourKites is the largest predictive supply chain visibility platform, delivering real-time visibility and predictive analytics for the broadest network of Global 1000 companies and third-party logistics firms. Using a proprietary algorithm to calculate shipment arrival times, FourKites enables customers to lower operating costs, improve on-time performance and strengthen end-customer relationships. With a network of more than four million GPS/ELD devices, FourKites covers all modes, including truckload, LTL, ocean, rail, intermodal, last mile and parcel. The platform is optimized for mobile and equipped with market-leading end-to-end security.

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Location

Modern office space with panoramic views of downtown Chicago. Located in the Ogilvie Transportation Building, that's connected to all of downtown!

An Insider's view of FOURKITES

What are some social events your company does?

I'm part of our Hype Squad that helps plan company events, including happy hours, summer and winter parties, co-ed sports teams, DNI groups, and volunteering in the community to name a few. Anyone can join, and it's fun being a part of strengthening a positive and engaging culture.

Mackenzie

Talent Acquisition Specialist

What projects are you most excited about?

We are working on a project to add functionality to our platform that will increase our customer’s visibility and add flexibility to our integrations. This has required collaboration between multiple departments to ensure that the scoping of the multiple product enhancement tickets are detailed and address the problems of all stakeholders.

Ashley

Director, Carrier Operations-Customer Success

How does the company support your career growth?

Our office is really a tight-knit community; people hang out outside of work, everyone gets along and it's a pleasant, open and collaborative culture. I really enjoy working for FourKites because of the great work-life balance, the fact there is a lot of growth opportunities, and I feel like I am working towards both my personal and company goals.

Georgios

Staff Accountant

What are some social events your company does?

A fun way we like to provide and share recognition is through our quarterly Cheers to Peers, Nice Cream Socials that Kaitlin, our Front Desk and Office Coordinator puts together. It's a great opportunity to provide recognition to others, mingle with different teams, and eat ice cream - what could be better!

Jenny

Talent Acquisition Specialist

What are FOURKITES Perks + Benefits

FOURKITES Benefits Overview

We provide an elite tier of benefits, have a bias for promoting within, and an array of fun office perks, snacks, happy hours, team events, and company outings.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
FourKites has the "Fun Committee" to help create new happy hour ideas, spirit weeks, summer and winter parties, new swag ideas and co-ed sports teams.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
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)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
FourKites provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
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