Software Engineer (Mexico)

Our client is reinventing the $2 trillion dollar freight forwarding industry. They are a digital-first freight forwarder using a mix of technology and exceptional service to help companies seamlessly move products across the Americas, starting with the biggest trade lane in the world: Mexico <-> USA cross-border trucking.

International logistics is the multi-trillion dollar connective tissue of the world economy, but it’s been slow to leverage the power of technology; it’s finally going digital, and our client is playing a big role in driving this historic shift.

They believe that true expertise in logistics cannot be automated and is incredibly valuable; however, they think software and technology can give logistics professionals superpowers to help provide shippers with the best service, and make everyone’s lives easier.

They’re growing quickly, and are backed by some of the world’s best investors from both Silicon Valley and Latin America such as QED (founders of $60B+ Capital One), NFX (Silicon Valley fund with $10bn in exits), the founders of Nubank ($30B+), Loft ($3B+), Ramp ($2B+), and Rappi ($5B+), ALLVP (Leading Mexico & LatAm fund), Y Combinator (~1% acceptance rate, created $300bn worth of startups), and angels who have built, exited, or currently sit on the board of companies worth over $100 billion.

Their DNA is comprised of four very distinct worlds and cultures: Silicon Valley, Logistics, Latin America, and USA. If you are excited about being at the intersection of these worlds and laying the foundations for hyper-growth at one of the most tech-forward 3PL’s in both the US and Mexico, then read on…

The opportunity for you:

As the client’s software engineer, you will work with senior members of the engineering and product organization. You will help architect and implement solutions up and down the stack from our front end apps, to our backend API, to our databases and external services.

You will also be part of the landing team that will kickstart our engineering presence in Mexico City. As part of that team you’ll help set a high quality bar for engineering and help us bring software best-practices from Silicon Valley to Mexico, making a meaningful impact to the startup ecosystem in Latin America.

Together with the rest of the engineering, product, design organization, you will help shape the future of our client’s tech stack and engineering culture.

Their current stack includes a combination of modern tooling and philosophies:

The front end interfaces include React (including Context and Hooks), Next.js and interactive interfaces via the WhatsApp Business API interfaces and emails.

Their React/Jamstack apps are continuously deployed on Netlify and the internal team workflows and interfaces use a mix of low-code and no-code solutions (think: Airtable, Retool and Zapier) for fast iteration combined with custom front ends for usability, precision and control on certain workflows.

The design and styling processes for our frontend interfaces include and a component library hosted in React Styleguidist.

They use Rails API, a Postgres database and API integrations with multiple external services for back end development.

They have a strong culture of building quickly and iteratively, deploying features and releases to staging and production multiple times a day.

The products you build will be used by hundreds of the client’s customers, carriers and users across the client’s internal teams.

Who are you:

You love deploying features. One of your favorite feelings is shipping code and releasing new features to users. You know when to accrue technical debt in order to get a feature live. You strive for simple, readable code and you are averse to over-engineering the task at hand (YAGNI).

You have a track record of building great software in fast-growing companies. You have battle scars and wisdom from many years of building software in ever-changing environments. That wisdom comes both from projects that were incredibly successful and from projects that were abject failures.

You are passionate about making an impact in the Latin American startup ecosystem. You want to have a direct impact in establishing the client’s engineering org as one that bridges the gaps between Silicon Valley startups and the Latin American startup ecosystem.

1 + 1 = 3. You strongly believe that collaboration, pairing, mentoring and raising the bar for everyone on the team makes the team greater than the sum of its parts.

You are a software craftsperson who believes in the journey to mastery. You believe in creating well crafted software, steadily adding value to stakeholders (as well as the engineering team and your future self) and collaborating with others with an open mind and flexible opinions. You believe that the journey of mastering the craft of software never ends, but you love being along for the ride.

You thrive in a low-friction, light-process environment. We are not a meeting-heavy org. You are self-motivated to write great software, release great products, pair with team members all without spending hours deliberating whether something is “3 points” or “5 points”.

You are intellectually curious. You are probably a polyglot when it comes to programming languages (and natural languages), even if you don’t have mastery over those other languages. You are always curious to dabble in a new library or framework or language and you analyze their high level pros and cons without even realizing it.

You are both a great communicator and listener. You are great at synthesizing inputs from different sources; you speak and write clearly, concisely, and with a structure that gets everyone on the same page when things feel messy.

Must haves

Fluent in English.

At least three years of professional experience of developing and deploying production software.

Professional experience in at least one dynamically typed language (JavaScript, Ruby, Python, etc.)

Personally growth minded.

Nice to haves

Professional experience at a software startup.

Expertise in JavaScript and Ruby (React + Rails, even better!)

Experience mentoring people technically.

Experience building APIs.

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