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Principal Engineer

Forward Networks

Forward Networks

Software Engineering
Santa Clara, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 17, 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, “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.

Responsibilities :

  • Implement backend functionality and APIs for various features in Forward Networks' software platform.
  • Write unit and integration tests to ensure Forward Networks' software correctness and performance.
  • Create efficient, scalable, and reusable logic using industry standard software.
  • Write engineering design documents for new product features and frameworks.
  • Review code written by other developers and provide feedback.
  • Understand, triage, and troubleshoot bugs. Implement frameworks to improve reliability and testing of the Forward Networks platform


  • Master’s degree or foreign equivalent in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field, and 36 months of experience.

Salary: $240,000.00/year to $250,000.00/year

Job code #43699 must be referenced when applying to this position.