Senior Software Engineer- Python

    • Boston, MA

Wayfair is the premier destination to shop for a Zillion Things Home across 5,000 brands. Our supply chain is becoming an increasingly visible component to Wayfair’s core strategy. The Warehouse Management Systems team, which owns the software, systems, and processes running inside our fulfillment centers, is a critical piece of that strategy. We prototype, build, and scale the tools used by our warehouse operations staff to pick, pack, and ship customer orders. We pride ourselves on driving accuracy and on-time delivery as order volume increases and the distribution network evolves to serve the volume. 

We build and support a variety of technologies created in-house, as well as integrations with best-in-breed vendors. Technology in our warehouses is growing by leaps and bounds with the inclusion of automation, supplier self-service, and learning from rapid experimentation. Prototyping is at the heart of our culture and generates the data used in our data-driven decisions. We welcome new ideas from a diverse set of backgrounds and encourage innovation at all levels. 

The warehouse is a key driver in increasing delivery speed, driving down cost in the supply chain, and delighting our customers. WMS started with one single warehouse serving the entire US. We now have a network of fulfillment centers, cross docks, and pool points throughout the US, UK, and EU. We are in the midst of creating new warehouse functionality while increasing availability of items that can be delivered in 2 days or less. Small, medium, and large parcel items are all included in the network and pose exciting challenges when designing the next phase of fulfillment technology. Here are some recent projects that have pushed our global fulfillment network forward in its speed and product availability. 

  • Automated product handling to minimize labor per order
  • Predictive analytics to eliminate damaged items before they enter the supply chain
  • Supplier recall capabilities to enable new product categories in the warehouse
  • Order picking rules engine based on expiration date
  • Small, medium, and large parcel handling in the same facility
  • Customized Android devices to improve warehouse staff efficiency
  • Flexible routing to enable optimal delivery speed and cost

We are never done. Warehousing has an exciting roadmap to continually improve the customer experience, add new capabilities, and minimize cost. We have large ambitions to further enhance our world class supply chain and require the best and brightest to make it happen. The next generation warehouses will have extensive automation, flexible configurations that conform to the consumer demands, and real time feedback on operations.

What will you do? 

Serve as a lead member of a team of high performing engineers that will shape the future of delivering very large items from suppliers to customers.

  • Act as a strong positive example for direct teams and individuals in the broader organization as an embodiment of team and company culture
  • Drive group and enterprise-wide adoption of tools, techniques, and services that benefit software delivery
  • Suggest novel approaches to problems and drive team to continually think outside of the box
  • Contribute to enterprise-wide tools to drive destructive testing, automation, and engineering empowerment
  • Scope and define scalable fault tolerant systems
  • Anticipate future needs and design malleable systems that can be easily updated and integrated to achieve future goals
  • Understand and cultivate buy-in with all stakeholders when technical concerns should be prioritized over product concerns
  • Thoroughly understand and explain the benefits and drawbacks across a variety of technical approaches

Who you are: 

  • Proficient in a modern programming language (preferably PHP)
  • Proficient in a modern web application framework (preferably MVC)
  • Proficient in writing SQL queries against a relational database
  • Experience in practical application of software design patterns
  • Experience with a modern testing framework
  • Experience in query optimization and troubleshooting
  • Experience in relational data modeling

About us

Wayfair is one of the world’s largest online destinations for the home. Whether you work in our global headquarters in Boston or Berlin, or in our warehouses or offices throughout the world, we’re reinventing the way people shop for their homes. Through our commitment to industry-leading technology and creative problem-solving, we are confident that Wayfair will be home to the most rewarding work of your career. If you’re looking for rapid growth, constant learning, and dynamic challenges, then you’ll find that amazing career opportunities are knocking. No matter who you are, Wayfair is a place you can call home. We’re a community of innovators, risk-takers, and trailblazers who celebrate our differences, and know that our unique perspectives make us stronger, smarter, and well-positioned for success. We value and rely on the collective voices of our employees, customers, community, and suppliers to help guide us as we build a better Wayfair – and world – for all. Every voice, every perspective matters. That’s why we’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or genetic information.

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