Fractional Principal Engineer

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 A
Keywords: Ops, Data
Term: 1-3 months with possibility of extension
Hours per week: 10-20
Timeline: Immediate
Timezone Constraints: 4 hours overlap with ET
Geographic Constraints: None
We’re working with a company using ML to process terabytes of neurological scans they’re getting from a growing number of pharmaceutical clients. They need help improving the performance and throughput of the infrastructure they use to run their ML workloads. They’re currently using S3/athena, postgres, EKS, and argo. They have a five person tech team and are coming off a $30M Series A.
About You
Roughly in order of importance:
  • Have experience building and scaling infrastructure used to run data-intensive workloads
  • Have experience optimizing workflows for both machine and human costs
  • Have experience working in a startup environment
  • Have experience working with large amounts of artifactual data
  • Have 12+ 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.