Forward: Senior Developer

Posted by | September 20, 2010 | Web Pro Job Tips

Location: London, United Kingdom


Forward is a fast-growing internet group with a portfolio of innovative brands.
We specialise in building websites that save consumers money and
driving traffic through search marketing. Our goal is profitable growth
through the launch of home-grown brands and strategic acquisitions.
Portfolio companies include:
  • uSwitch – the UK’s leading energy switching site
  • Omio – the ultimate mobile phone comparison site
  • InvisibleHand – price comparison built into the browser
  • JustShops – a range of specialty eCommerce stores
  • Forward3D – the fastest growing digital agency in Britain
Forward employs over 100 people in our Camden and Victoria offices
and 2009 revenues exceeded £55 million. Having doubled revenues the last
4 years in a row we’ve picked up several accolades including The Sunday
Times Tech Track 100, Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and National Business
Above all else we’re looking for bright, innovative and passionate people who can contribute to our continued success. ??
Responsibilities for this position include:
  • Development: Evolving the architecture of our search software and
    getting your hands dirty writing code (as part of our experienced agile
  • Business: Being a part of a business and working with the non-technical team members to achieve results.
  • Pushing Boundaries: Implementing new solutions in a matter of days from idea to implementation.
  • Scaling: We work at Internet scale. You will help us to build
    systems that can handle millions of requests daily, process billions of
    records and terabytes of data.
Required qualities:
  • Hard Core Programmer: Very strong coding background in Ruby, Java,
    or any other languages you feel are convincing. Ability to work closely
    with the business to achieve results.
  • Scalability: You have experience and a firm understanding of software development concepts,, such as OO and parallelisation.
  • Skills: MapReduce, machine learning and/or algorithms experience a major plus. Web development (HTML/CSS/AJAX) a plus.
  • Entrepreneurial: You love new businesses and ideas, and can’t wait to make them happen.
  • Work Ethic: We are a small company and you will be expected to work hard.
  • Internet: You have a passion for the Internet.
  • Analytical: Attention to detail and the ability to sift through
    huge data sets are essential. You must think logically and be good at
    reverse engineering.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent verbal and written communications
    skills are critical as you will be working across functional teams
    within the company.
  • Method: You will be experienced in Agile and/or comfortable going from idea to implementation in days, not months.
5 great things about working at Forward
  • Fantastic working environment; flexible hours, casual dress-code,
    top spec computer, Aeron chairs, free fruit and treats everyday!
  • Flexible benefits package; a contributory pension scheme and over
    20 options including health insurance, child care support and gym
  • A multi-cultural team; we have team members from over 20 different
    countries. Our ‘pot luck’ evenings where people cook their national dish
    are legendary.
  • A beautiful office; furnished with massage chairs, a pool table, foosball table, PS3, Wii and a draft beer machine.
  • We like to have fun; regular company get-togethers and a
    spectacular Christmas party (we’ve taken the entire company to Las Vegas
    3 times!)?

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