Flexport
Chicago, IL

Program Manager, Operations Excellence

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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.

After raising nearly 1B dollars from Andreessen Horowitz, Shopify, and other investors, Flexport is investing heavily into scaling its operations. The Operations Excellence (OE) team are the captains of this rocketship growth and central to Flexport’s success - building the people, processes, and products needed for the future of Flexport. The team's mission is to make Flexport the best freight operator in the world. We define, build, and execute the strategy to improve operations, foster a culture of continuous improvement, shape the metrics that drive our customer experience and our performance, and we partner with our technology team to build the future operating system for global trade. 

We are looking for rockstar operations leaders to reach the next orbit. As a Program Manager in our team, you will lead the highest-impact projects in the company. You will work on issues spanning from understanding what drives value for our customers to fixing operations problems at the root to setting the agenda for our engineering team. You will work on global projects spanning multiple teams and business units, and interact with stakeholders on all levels and across the whole company. In your role, you will design the work experience for Flexporters for the years to come.


You want to:
  • Help Flexport become the best freight operator in the world 
  • Work on some of the most important and difficult challenges the organization faces
  • Be in the place to fix issues you observe and make a real difference for your colleagues in all teams at Flexport; give people the tools and skills to perform better at a fast growing business
  • Work at the intersection of business, technology, and operations, learn how to navigate the trade-offs required, shape Flexport's operating system for the future
  • Get exposure to a variety of topics, geographies, stakeholders to learn what's out there, learn how to build solutions that work, and bring teams together 
  • Grow as a leader: build your set of tools (e.g., continuous improvement), learn new leadership skills (e.g, working with diverse sets of stakeholders, influencing the company's agenda effectively), become a thought leader
  • Build your network in the company
  • Have fun as part of a high-performing team of creative leaders

You will:

  • Manage programs and projects independently from start to finish (define the mission, build a plan, drive execution, manage stakeholders, remove roadblocks, deliver results)
  • Work with global Flexport leaders across multiple teams to develop strategies, break them down into "doable chunks", and execute successfully
  • Analyze complex data sets (e.g. operational metrics) to drive insights; identify key business drivers; prioritize issues to be solved
  • Identify areas where operational teams can improve efficiency and then redesign those processes within or across workstations
  • Quickly become an expert for all topics you own; become a thought leader for Flexport in one or more areas of expertise; guide the leadership team in making decisions
  • Learn, apply, teach, and promote operational excellence principles and tools
  • Work closely with tech product teams to drive the product vision for topics you own
  • Scale yourself through others: engage other Flexporters in problem solving and project execution, build productive relationships, resolve conflicts constructively, mentor teammates
  • Find creative solutions for issues; help other Flexporters use their creativity; drive playful solution of issues
  • Look beyond symptoms; identify root causes; build scalable solutions - to the problem stays fixed
  • Help weave the fabric of Flexport through working across teams, geographies, and topics
  • Work hard, have fun, make history

You bring: 
  • At least 6 years of working experience, of which at least 4 years in consulting, business operations or project management, preferably in the logistics or software development industry or in a fast growing tech startup
  • An obsession with client happiness
  • Curiosity, creativity and great problem solving skills
  • Courage to challenge the status quo when logic and reason require it.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to build strong relationships and to influence without authority
  • Program management skills (set goals, manage delivery, create and measure impact)
  • The ability to prioritize strongly
  • Strong analytical skills, ability to handle data effectively; system-oriented thinking and end-to-end view of processes
  • Strategic vision coupled with ground floor execution; energy, grit, and a little stubbornness to ensure the rubber actually hits the road
  • The ability to lead and motivate a team of highly motivated, high performing individuals
  • Self-starter, tolerance for ambiguity, willingness to go the extra mile
  • Ability to travel
  • Optional
    • Lean, Six Sigma, PMP, Agile, SCRUM, or Continuous Improvement experience
    • Master’s Degree in a technical field (e.g., Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, Supply Chain, Physics) or MBA
    • Experience in translations business requirements into product roadmaps
    • Experience in supply chain or logistics experience
    • Experience in SQL, Python, Looker

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.

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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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.

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

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