Fractional Lead

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: Series B
Keywords: Rails, React
Term: 3 months, possibility of extension
Hours per week: 20
Timeline: Nov 1 start
Timezone Constraints: 5 hours overlap with ET
Geographic Constraints: None
We have a client that's gone from pre-seed to series C levels of revenue in under 2 years. They have about 14 engineers and significantly more work than their current team can handle. They're building a marketplace that connects people that make physical products to online and offline stores that sell them.
We're looking for a fractional lead that can run an autonomous team of Forward engineers and partner with the client's product team to build out a new subscription-based billing model for folks on the demand side of their marketplace. You'd be managing two 40 hour / week engineers and working alongside six other folks from Forward on the engagement.
About You
Roughly in order of importance:
  • Have experience managing engineers
  • Have experience working closely with product
  • Have rails experience
  • Have experience building out payments infrastructure
  • Have react experience
  • Have 15+ years experience

To get in touch ping us at We're always looking to make connections with consultants so feel free to reach out and say hey even if this isn't a fit. You can see what else we're looking for here.