About Forward
Forward is a consulting firm that works with independent consultants to help startups quickly scale the maturity and headcount of their engineering organizations.
We work exclusively with independent consultants because it allows us to match work to humans faster and more effectively than traditional consulting firms.
We typically work with around a dozen startups and a few dozen consultants at a time.
About the Work
Company Stage: Seed
Keywords: PHP, React, AWS
Term: 3-6 months
Hours per week: 40
Rate: $75-125/hr
Timeline: We’re targeting an August 1st start
Timezone Constraints: 3-5 hours overlap with ET
Geographic Constraints: None
We're working with a client that has a saas product that enables e-commerce businesses to offer subscriptions to their end users (think subscribe and save on amazon). They're bootstrapped, profitable, have 100s of clients, and have enabled over a billion dollars in transactions. Their most significant challenges at the moment are a deep feature backlog with many items that cut across infrastructure, backend, and frontend work. The current team is having difficulty getting traction due to experience level and specialization. They're looking for a generalist full stack anchor engineer who can help them to build velocity, shore up infrastructure and tooling, and own feature development from end to end. You'd be working alongside a fractional CTO from Forward as well one other frontend developer.
About You
Roughly in order of importance:
  • Experience as a full stack engineer, developing user-facing features from database to API to frontend
  • Experience developing web applications in PHP
  • Experience with React or similar frontend frameworks
  • Experience designing, building, and maintaining infrastructure like CI/CD pipelines and orchestration tools
  • Experience in e-commerce
  • Experience working at startup
  • 7+ years experience

If this sounds interesting would be great to hear from you at Even if not, we’re always looking to get to know more independent consultants so feel free to reach out and say hey. You can find our other roles here.