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 B
Keywords: Rails
Term: 2-6 months
Hours per week: 20
Timeline: Immediate
Timezone Constraints: 4 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.
They're looking for an individual contributor who can help guide them through the set of high level decisions they're currently making around their infrastructure and their codebase as they scale, covering everything from reliability and performance to service level architecture and api design. You'd be reporting directly into the VP of Engineering and would functioning as the most senior engineer within the organization.
About You
Roughly in order of importance:
  • Experience functioning as an SRE
  • Experience working at early stage startups, ideally through periods of hypergrowth
  • Ops experience
  • Rails experience
  • 15+ years of 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.