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Technical Projects Systems Engineer

Forward Networks

Forward Networks

Software Engineering, IT
Santa Clara, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2023

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, “Enterprise Cloud Computing Software of the Year,” and has been named to Fortune’s 2022 “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, Threshold Ventures, and Goldman Sachs.

Forward Networks is looking for a Technical Projects System Engineer

  • Do want to create a category and help build a special company?
  • Do you want to help sell a platform that solves real networking problems?
  • Join a company that has been in market 5+ years and has some of the top Federal agencies and F500/Global 2000 already buying and referenceable.
  • We are building a special team and hope you consider us if you want to have the experience of changing the networking world as we know it.


  • Forward Networks seeks a Technical Projects Systems Engineer to become a key contributor to our Center of Excellence team.
  • Primary responsibilities include building and configuring enterprise-grade networks using physical and virtual elements, explaining the inner-workings of the network architecture and enabled features to internal stakeholders, and contributing to business needs and objectives of Global Sales organization.
  • Work with pre and post-sales engineering teams to participate as a specialist, provide consultative support,
  • Build base networks leveraged for FVD (Forward Validated Design) and best practices collateral
  • Support a highly matrixed organization to build test-and-trial networks, release training networks, assist in articulating the value messaging for Forward Networks Platform.

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced level in routing and switching technologies (OSPF, IS-IS, BGP, MPLS, VXLAN EVPN)
  • Working knowledge and experience with scripting languages, e.g. Python, Go, etc
  • Experience working with network security appliances (Palo-Alto firewall, Cisco ASA/Firepower, Juniper SRX, etc)
  • Experience working with Application Delivery Controllers and Load-balancers, e.g. F5 LTM, A10, AVI, etc
  • Working knowledge in server virtualization technologies, e.g. VmWare vSphere, Docker/Linux containers, Kubernetes
  • Working knowledge in traffic generation/benchmarking tools
  • Working knowledge of Public Cloud technologies, e.g. AWS, GCP, Azure
  • Computer Science or equivalent educational experience
  • CCNP-level certification required (R&S, DC, Security, etc)

Highly Desired:

  • CCIE (R&S, DC, SP, Security, etc) or JNCIE highly desirable
  • AWS, GCP, Azure certifications are highly desirable

On Target earnings $170 to $220k