The role of the SCO Associate is a critical part of making Flexport’s mission to make global trade easy for everyone a reality. Flexport today connects almost 10,000 clients and suppliers across 109 countries. In this role, your direct customers are the partners within your region: our account management and customs teams, subcontractors, carriers, terminals and trucking providers. Your work directly supports Flexport’s end customers in achieving their logistics goals. Most importantly, you will play a pivotal role in building the next operational model at Flexport: allowing us to effectively scale to achieve our mission of making global trade easier for everyone.
This role is designed to problem solve impactful operational challenges as part of our Global team while developing specialized expertise in supply chain operations. As the person who executes service delivery for our clients, you have the unique opportunity to help your regional account team spot opportunities to improve and grow our customers’ business. You will be charged with helping Flexport account management teams and clients solve exceptional challenges in order to move their shipments in less time with lower costs and via improved productivity by your team, unblocking issues and establishing procedures to prevent them in the future.
As a supply chain operator, you are an expert in executing the end-to-end movement of shipments within a regional network including Ocean or Air and LCL imports and exports.
You will personally represent Flexport’s value proposition by leading business implementation and shipment execution for new clients and opportunities.
You will gain specialist expertise within a mode or function and act as the first point of escalation for issue resolution (reactive) or program improvements (proactive, both internally and externally).
You will be the “front line” in ensuring the highest standard of Flexport quality: shipments move “on-time” and exceptions are handled appropriately. You will be responsible for ensuring your work satisfies internal KPIs and SLAs that demonstrate quality delivery.
You will implement and test scalable operational infrastructure and procedures to ensure they are delivering the highest levels of efficiency and productivity for your customers. If they are not, you will look for opportunities to improve them.
In Ocean teams you will:
Be responsible for executing the end-to-end movement of ocean freight shipments within a regional network (both imports and exports), including intermodal movements.
Seamlessly coordinate day-to-day operations with internal and external partners such as ocean, intermodal and drayage vendors, the customs team and the Network Operations team.
In Network teams you will:
Seamlessly coordinate the day-to-day supply operations with Air, LCL, Transload, Trucking, and Warehouse activities within your region.
Analyze data to rate subcontractor performance. Your analysis will inform subcontractor/carrier performance management initiatives.
You will help build and implement operational infrastructure and procedures in the day-to-day workflow, while constantly identifying and executing on opportunities to realize optimal efficiency and productivity.
You will empower Account Management by participating in feedback loops to ensure client needs are met.
You will use metrics to spot opportunities to improve and deliver great performance in your role, including data quality and shipment milestone timeliness.
You will act as a consultant to your regional team, product & engineering and the operations excellence team on ocean supply chain operations.
Scope of Duties:
Point of contact with Shippers
Ready-to-ship gatekeeper; Ensure Core as one source of truth with most up-to-date paperwork and data provided by shipper, following DG, air compliance & export control policy
Shipment life-line creator; Create schedule for all shipments, setting expectation to all stakeholders and define when to report exceptions/discrepancy
Shipment life-line executioner/monitor; Follow up on shipment status as per plan and report actual milestone; Handover & takeover control amongst OCCs when shipment
Fire-fighter; Report any exceptions and activate recovery plan to salvage service commitment if needed
Neurons of the Global Network; 1st escalation point of all operations incident, coordinate and adjust operation plan in case of incident reported from overseas. (likelihood 24x7x365 operations)
What you will need:
Minimum 1-3 years of experience in logistics, freight forwarding, supply chain, ocean carrier operations, or consulting (ocean freight knowledge is a plus)
Desire to “build a better machine” and get irritated when things aren’t optimal
Hands-on, process-oriented, structured thinking with strong problem-solving capabilities
Strategic vision and ground floor execution
Excitement to manage vendor relations and create best-in-class, innovative structures to do so
Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
A client service mindset; you are obsessed with client and squad happiness
Next-level attention to detail
Courage to challenge the status quo when logic and reason require it. See something broken? Fix it!
Flexibility to get the job done when needed. Willing to work outside office hours and occasional weekend or night shifts in certain locations.
Optimizing processes analytically
Pressure testing qualitative and quantitative work
Applying policy, process, and best practices
Problem solving 3b: solving problems through hypothesis-based root cause analysis
Problem Solving 3c: solving problems through theory and experimentation
Generating ideas through data
Building feedback loops for a product or service
Executing complex processes without missing adaptive opportunities
Growth and development:
Skills you can advance in this role:
All of the above +
Investigating and trouble shooting the customer’s problem
Execute complex princesses without missing adaptive opportunities
Problem solving 4: Building consensus among people with strong, differing opinions
Forming hypothesis and developing experiments
Solving problems through hypothesis-based root cause analysis
What you will learn:
You will learn what it takes to lead small teams in the execution of day-to-day tactical tasks.
You will learn how to thrive in an ambiguous environment, research and test operational hypotheses and inform the strategy of a newly built team.
You will gain specialist expertise to become an ocean or network operations and intermodal subject matter expert within the company. You are the leading advisor in this area, someone our clients, partners, and internal teams go to for advice and strategy.
You will gain the ability to continuously improve the client experience through a deep industry understanding. You are singularly positioned to realize how we can both work within and push the logistics industry forward to meet the standards of Flexport’s client-centric service.
Future tracks this role could lead to:
Procurement or other expert roles requiring deep expertise in a specific area of supply chain management. You are the leading advisor in this area, someone our clients, partners, and internal teams go to for advice and strategy. You will have built processes and tools or led webinars, amplifying your knowledge.
Client advisor/ account management. Your deep passion for growing our customers’ business sets you on a path to become their advocate and representative at Flexport.
Team leadership. You learn how to be a player-coach who apprentices team members on skill development.
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.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.