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Senior Software Engineer - Backend

Forward Networks

Forward Networks

Software Engineering
United States · Remote
Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2024

Forward Networks is revolutionizing the way large networks are managed. The Forward Enterprise platform delivers a vendor-agnostic "digital twin" of the network, based on a mathematical model. The platform scales to support hundreds of thousands of network devices, whether cloud, hybrid cloud, or on-prem. It serves as a single source of truth for the network, enabling network operators to instantly verify security posture, accelerate troubleshooting, avoid outages, and modernize network management.

Over the past few years, Forward Networks has received tremendous industry recognition, including “Cool Vendor in Enterprise Networking” by Gartner, “Product of the Year” by Cloud Computing, “Hot Company” by Cyber Defense Magazine, “Enterprise Cloud Computing Software of the Year,” and has been named to Fortune’s “Best Workplaces in the Bay Area” list.

The company was founded by four Stanford PhD graduates who saw a massive opportunity to improve network operations. Investors include Andreessen Horowitz, MSD Capital, Threshold Ventures, and Goldman Sachs.

Forward Networks is currently seeking a Senior Backend Software Engineer to work as part of our Scaling team. The work will involve helping develop our product core by writing clean and solid code that interacts with our other services and components. Responsibilities include:

  • Building a pipeline to ingest data from network devices, analyzing the data, and building a model of network behavior
  • Scaling our computation by making the models more efficient
  • Developing new product features that leverage the network model to answer user queries

Read our blog to know more about the type of work we are doing:


  • BS in Computer Science or related degree; MS preferred
  • Strong object-oriented design and development skills
  • Previous experience working on large scale distributed systems
  • Proficient with algorithms and design for performance and scalability
  • 3+ years of full lifecycle software development experience
  • 3+ years of backend experience with Java, C++ or similar systems languages

Nice to Haves:

  • Database experience
  • Experience with REST APIs, as well as with frameworks such as Spring or Hibernate

NOTE: experience in the networking domain is NOT a requirement for this role but is a plus.

The base pay range for this role is between $155,000 and $190,000. Base pay will depend on your skills, qualifications, experience, and location