Chicago, IL

Project Manager, Operational Excellence at Flexport (Chicago, IL)

| Chicago
Sorry, this job was removed at 1:01 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Find out who's hiring remotely in Chicago.
See all Remote Developer + Engineer jobs in Chicago
Apply Now
By clicking continue you agree to Built In’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.
The opportunity:

At Flexport, we know global trade can move the human race forward. That’s why it’s our mission to make global trade easier for everyone. Flexport today connects more than 10,000 clients across more than 100 countries. Our role is to help businesses of all sizes find the global trade solutions that will empower their success. This opportunity is part of the Operational Excellence team which is responsible for defining and implementing strategy to build best-in-class operations, fostering a culture of continuous improvement to improve efficiency, defining and monitoring metrics that drive performance and partnering with our technology team to build the platform for global trade. 

The role of the Project Manager in Operations Excellence is a critical part of making Flexport’s mission a reality. Your work will play a pivotal role in building and improving the future operating model at Flexport: allowing us to effectively scale to achieve our mission of making global trade easier for everyone. You will be the champion to implement business strategies via leading and managing complex operational projects across multiple function teams, business lines and locations.

You Will:

  • Be the single-threaded owner responsible for the planning, execution, and delivery of projects part of ongoing initiatives within the Operational Excellence (OE) team. 
  • Understand a broad range of analytics techniques and know how (and when) to use them (e.g. SQL, Python, Looker)
  • Analyze complex data sets to drive insights making it easier for decision makers to see and understand trends, outliers, and patterns
  • Understand key operational metrics of the business and build appropriate driver based models with the team e.g. Business Plan Modeling, Cost Structures and  Forecasting within your project
  • Become an expert on the project you are leading and serve as a trusted advisor  to senior leaders globally across the organization business. 
  • Identify and resolve roadblocks that impede achievement of flexport goals within the project by collaborating with stakeholders and escalating when necessary
  • Learn the business needs and/or workflows involved in your projects (e.g., process and technology requirements, data sources, metrics, mechanisms, risks, key dependencies, any automation/tools, etc.)
  • Identify areas where operational teams can improve efficiency and then redesign those processes within a workstation or workstream.
  • Design business processes and workflows for a project by independently conducting workshops, user interviews and secondary research using process mapping tools (e.g. Lucid charts)
  • Work closely with the product team to drive the product vision for the workstream you are involved in and conduct interviews understand how users interact with product and provide feedback on how to implement technology improvements
  • Measure and monitor each project from inception to delivery, including tracking and communicating status, identifying and tracking cross-functional dependencies, proposing options to mitigate risk and drive issues to resolution
  • Lead via influence by facilitating discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution by collaborating with other stakeholders.

You should have:

  • Experience in business consulting, operational excellence roles or worked in a business operations role in a fast growing tech startup
  • 2+ years of program management experience 
  • Strong project management skills and ability to independently manage and deliver results on workstreams
  • Knowledge or experience in supply chain or logistics experience preferred
  • You have leveraged Lean, Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement Toolkits to drive impact at an organizational level
  • You have the ability to design, develop and implement continuous improvement roadmaps for operating businesses
  • Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain or Business Degree preferred (Master’s degree a plus)
  • You are data driven and have the ability to accurately assess key business metrics and situations (Experience in SQL or tools like Looker a plus)
  • You are an excellent communicator and have the ability to drive program and project management through your team as well as able to influence change 
  • You have demonstrated proficiency in the product development lifecycle and have experience in translating business requirements into product roadmaps 
  • You have the ability to work with all levels in the organization to initiate and drive change, and have strong stakeholder management skills

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.


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.

See More
Apply Now
By clicking continue you agree to Built In’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Where we are

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

Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • PeriscopeAnalytics
    • AsanaManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • MailChimpEmail

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
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
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
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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


Solutions Consultant

More Jobs at Flexport