Principal Software Engineer

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Headquartered in Boston, Forward Financing has been recognized as a Best Place to Work by the Boston Business Journal and Built In Boston and is certified as a Great Place to Work.® At Forward, we believe every business deserves financial opportunity. That’s why we provide fast, flexible capital to small businesses that have often been underserved by traditional financing options. Our mission is to build a world-class fintech company so our customers and people can reach their full potential. We’re investing in our employees, technology, and customer experience – with long-term success in mind every step of the way.

Our Engineering team serves as a key driver of innovation at Forward Financing. We build the software that powers a FinTech product that serves Small Businesses across the country. A key part of our strategy involves leveraging data from dozens of third-party vendors to power our AI/ML initiatives and our analytical capabilities. We’re looking for a seasoned Principal Engineer to guide our third-party data strategy. As a technical leader, you’ll play a crucial part in our growth in this pillar.

In this role, you will:

  • Serve as a scrum team’s technical leader; driving the quality, scalability, reliability, and speed to market of Forward’s third-party integration infrastructure
  • Improve the quality of software applications through technical leadership, mentorship, and sponsorship
  • Lead cross-team planning activities for complex features spanning multiple scrum teams
  • Champion technical excellence within the engineering organization.
  • Maintain a high level of engagement across multiple scrum teams, promptly address bugs and incidents, and consistently be accessible during core hours
  • Improve the efficiency of engineers through technical guidance and mentorship
  • Act as SME on Forward’s software ecosystem

Why you should apply:

Mission-driven company: Forward is a trusted source of fast, flexible funding for small businesses that have often been underserved by traditional financing options. When you join the team, you will help ensure all small businesses have access to the financial support they need to succeed. Flexibility is a top priority: Our employees are empowered to choose where they want to work (whether that’s from home, in the office, or a combination of both) with flexible hours.

Role Requirements:

(Even if you don’t check every box, but see yourself contributing, please apply.)

  • Significant experience in technical leadership, mentorship, and sponsorship
  • Significant expertise in designing and implementing complex systems across multiple software applications and/or languages (typically Golang, Python, Java, etc)
  • Exhibit maturity and ownership in all aspects of work
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Significant ability to influence others
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Demonstrated passion for learning and self-development within the software industry
  • Typically has several years of experience in agile software development, including expertise in a modern programming language (Golang, Python, Java, Typescript)
  • Typically has a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science or related field or additional relevant experience

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Forward Financing Core Values:
  • Drive the Mission - We believe in financial opportunity for underserved small businesses. We say “yes” when others say “no.”
  • Keep It Real - We value direct communication, candid feedback, and authenticity. We are an open book.
  • Act With Kindness - We create an environment where caring is cool and helping is the norm. We do the right thing.
  • Shoot for Extraordinary - We are inspired by innovative thinking and continuous improvement. We never settle for yesterday’s best.

About Us:

Forward Financing is a fintech company headquartered in Boston that provides fast, flexible, and reliable capital to small businesses nationwide. Since 2012, Forward has provided over $2.6 billion in financing to more than 58,000 small businesses. Forward has been consistently named by the Boston Business Journal and Built In Boston (and more!) as one of the best places to work in Massachusetts.

Forward actively promotes a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in all we do. We encourage a workplace where trust and respect are paramount and all employees feel valued, heard, and accepted. By accepting diversity of thought, background, and identity, we will continue to become a stronger team and a better organization.

Our diverse and driven group of 450 people, with more than 200 based in the U.S., and 240 internationally, is a 100% employee-owned company. Our employees come to work (or log on virtually!) knowing they are helping thousands of small businesses while advancing their own careers. If this sounds exciting to you, learn more about our leadership team and our open opportunities.

Perks & Benefits:

At Forward, our team members are at the heart of our company, and we are committed to taking care of them as people, not just employees. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to: medical, dental, vision, and commuter benefits, a flexible time-off policy, 401k match, wellness reimbursement, paid volunteering days, annual professional development budget, and charitable donation match.

At Forward, employee choice means each individual gets to decide where they work. Almost all team members have the choice of where to live and where to work. As a business, we are focused on impact; we are more concerned with your contributions to the success of the company than where you get your work done. If face-to-face time is desired, people managers are empowered to find a cadence that works for their team. 

When we aren’t collaborating to drive business and support our customers, we’re finding virtual and in-person ways to get to know our colleagues, celebrate team wins, and have fun together! 

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
  • People Operations
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ElixirLanguages
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • AWS (Amazon Web Services)Services
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    • MixpanelAnalytics
    • TableauAnalytics
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    • UXPinDesign
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    • JIRAManagement
    • Monday.comManagement
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    • ZoomCollaboration
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    • Google MeetCollaboration
    • Monday.comProject Management

An Insider's view of Forward Financing

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

The work/life balance at Forward Financing is excellent. My projects are challenging, engaging, and require hard work. I am fulfilled knowing the work I do is helping small businesses. I also consider myself lucky that I have the flexibility to manage my time and schedule as needed while raising a family.


Senior Product Manager

What makes someone successful on your team?

Curiosity is key characteristic in being a successful engineer. You're seeking to understand the story behind what the team is building, thinking of new ways to tackle problems, and looking to learn and get feedback from others. This is imperative to a culture of collaboration that will have a meaningful impact on the product and the business


SVP, Engineering

What is your vision for the company?

We are building a world class fintech company to help one million small businesses achieve their full potential. We are doing this by creating a place where our employees love to work and value both personal and professional growth.


Co-founder and CEO

What are Forward Financing Perks + Benefits

Forward Financing Benefits Overview

We’re building a place where our people want to run to work every day. It’s not just the great perks and benefits. It’s our people, our purpose, and our passion for what we do that makes Forward Financing unlike anywhere else you’ve worked. But the perks certainly help!

1. Fun-loving culture. We can promise you one thing: you won’t be bored here. You can look forward to building connections with colleagues, participating in team-building events, and feeling a sense of purpose knowing that your work directly impacts thousands of hardworking small businesses.

2. We've got you covered. In addition to comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans, we make sure you feel your best with a monthly stipend that can be used towards wellness, commuting, or home-office expenses.

3. Work / Life Balance. You've got generous paid time off (that we actually want you to take!) and paid parental leave. And, we don't expect you to be connected 24/7. We know you have a life outside of Forward, and we respect boundaries.

4. Competitive Compensation. Our people work hard, and we make sure they feel appreciated with competitive compensation packages and 401K contribution matching.

5. Learning & Development. This is a place to grow your career. Think individual coaching and development, team training workshops, and an annual allowance towards professional growth.

6. Paying it Forward. We’re not just passionate about supporting our small business customers, but also the world around us. We offer paid volunteer days, company-sponsored volunteer events, and charitable donation matching.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
Forward Financing's 401(k) retirement plan offers a broad selection of stocks, bonds, and international index funds to choose from.
Performance bonus
Forward Financing's performance bonus includes cash rewards and prizes which may vary across departments based on targets and pay structure.
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Fitness stipend
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Onsite gym
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

While we now have team members across the U.S., our culture is still fun-loving and collaborative. We’re always thinking about ways we can engage our dispersed workforce both in-person and virtually. From virtual game nights to small group lunches, we have found ways to keep our team engaged and excited.

For team members who want to come into our downtown Boston office, we have Zoom-equipped conference rooms and host monthly happy hours. And, the kitchen is always stocked with snacks and beverages!

Communication from our leadership team is also a top priority. With bi-weekly all-team huddles for company and department updates, to semi-annual Town Hall meetings for a deeper dive, we value transparency and always Keep It Real.

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