Hiring Product Engineer | Forward

Product Engineer


Date listed

1 month ago

Employment Type

Full time





Glassdoor Rating

4/5 (56 reviews)

About Forward Kitchens

Forward is the fastest, easiest, cheapest way for a restaurant to make money online. Forward makes it easy to set up a virtual restaurant and run a restaurant’s online delivery business. Our mission is to become the off-premise (delivery, takeout, drive-thru) operating system for SMB restaurant owners. Off-premise and digital sales are booming and Forward will become the technology backbone for SMB restaurants. Within 19 months of launch, Forward has grown to over 600+ restaurants across the country processing over 1M+ orders.

Forward is rapidly growing and looking for a New Product Engineering team lead to help define and execute on the vision of the company. This is a tremendous opportunity to join a fast growing that is built on a high impact, fast-paced culture. Forward is backed by some of the best early-stage investors: Y CombinatorFloodgateSlow Ventures, and SV Angel. We are also backed by amazing angels: Michael Seibel (Managing Director, Y Combinator), Babak Nivi (Cofounder AngelList), Kyle Vogt (CEO, Cruise), Daniel Kan (Cofounder, Cruise), Ryan Delk (CEO, Primer), Dan Romero (Cofounder, Farcaster), Guillaume Luccisano (Cofounder, Triplebyte), Ram Shriram (Founding Board Member, Google), Jeff Morris Jr. (Managing Director, Chapter One Ventures), Ravi Parikh (CEO, Airplane), Bobby Goodlatte (GP Form Capital) and many more.

Our Values

  • All In Or Nothing: Progress requires hard work. A-players put their best foot forward and invest the time & energy required to reach their goals.
  • Frugality: Do more with less. Aim to be efficient with the given resources and work to exceed outputs with given inputs.
  • Think Big: Look to the future and constantly think of innovative ways we can serve our customers better.
  • Laser Focus: Saying no is more important than saying yes. Focus on a single goal and direct all resources to achieve that goal.
  • Be Bold: Be confident and ready to advocate for your decisions.

Why Forward?

Engineering is at the heart of everything we do at Forward Kitchens. As the New Product Engineering Team Lead at Forward Kitchens, you’ll be the direct lead between leadership and our new product engineering team. Your will lead the architecture, technical execution, and culture of the new product teams that will define the future of Forward Kitchens and SMB restaurants across the country. As the technical lead of this team, you will have a wide overview of all of Forward Kitchens’ business and play an important role in shaping our technology + product strategy.

You’ll be the linchpin of a fast-moving, extremely focused product team that is focused on building our the modern restaurant operating system, including delivery tablet aggregation, automated websites, online ordering, and much more. The engineering stack comprises of primarily a Python backend with React web apps and Kotlin based Android apps. We heavily utilize AWS, Serverless, and Kubernetes-based workflows.

How You’ll Make an Impact

  • Establish Technical Vision + Strategy:
    • Work closely with management to help define new verticals from product ideation to productionization/GTM
    • Help foster innovation within the company and ensure that engineering objectives are in line with business/operations strategy
  • Deliver Impact and Technical Excellence:
    • Ship high quality product quickly and focus on defining robust architectures that power the real time operations of SMB restaurants
    • Define team + product metrics to help maintain quick development cycles
  • Guide Team Growth + Culture:
    • Drive our culture of empowerment, ownership, and impact throughout the team
    • Define the hiring strategy for the team to bring on the best engineers that fit our culture

Skills and Experience

  • 5+ years of software engineering experience (we use Python/Postgres/React/Kotlin and are heavily reliant on serverless frameworks)
  • Crave a fast paced, high impact work environment: we expect to move quickly and ship often
  • Ability to architect and engineer robust solutions amidst ambiguity
  • Proven track record of increasing the effectiveness of your team members

Preferred Experience

  • Experience in the AWS Serverless Stack (Lambda, State Functions, etc)
  • Experience/familiarity with Kubernetes
  • Experience/familiarity with high-scale, distributed systems
  • Experience working in a fast-paced engineering culture

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