Design Engineer

Posted 4.10.24
San Francisco, CA
Forward is on a bold mission to make high-quality healthcare available to a billion people across the globe. We’re building the world’s most advanced healthcare platform from the ground up, combining hardware, software, and doctors under one roof. 
Forward was founded in January 2016 by former executives and engineering leaders from Google and Uber. We are funded by some of the world’s best investors and entrepreneurs, including Founder’s Fund, Khosla Ventures, First Round Capital, Eric Schmidt (Google/Alphabet Chairman), Marc Benioff (Salesforce Founder), Joe Lonsdale (Palantir Founder), and Garrett Camp (Uber co-Founder). 
Many industries have successfully cut out the middleman by selling directly to consumers. However, no one has ever accomplished this in healthcare—arguably the most important and personal industry to consumers—until now. We know that at the heart of our success is our team. Become a part of the growth team that is focused on bringing better health, happiness and peace of mind to consumers everywhere
Press and Videos:
Health Moves Forward [CEO Blog Post]
We are growing our hardware engineering team and looking for world-class design engineers with experience developing scalable hardware solutions from concept to production.  As an early member of our engineering team, you’ll play a key role in building the future of healthcare.  Your contributions will directly improve the lives of others.  For real 🙂
What you’ll do:
Apply strong technical knowledge to solve the problems:
• Work closely with Product and Design to assess feasibility of a new design and define product requirements.
• Generate robust 3D models and renderings and fully toleranced 2D drawings based on design intent and design collateral.  
• Perform detailed mechanical analyses of structures, enclosures, mechanisms and assemblies.
• Finalize designs using your broad knowledge of engineering materials and manufacturing processes.
• Fabricate and debug functional prototypes to test and demonstrate your designs.
• Lead user experience reviews and technical feasibility reviews.
• Document and communicate your designs to ensure accurate implementation.
• Manage expectations on deliverables and schedules, identifying risks and communicating these to the team.
• Collaborate with external vendors throughout the development cycle as a technical owner of the vendor’s output.
Own the results:
• Challenge assumptions, identify the critical problems, prioritize those problems, recommend solutions, and implement those solutions.  All of these pieces are needed to develop an innovative product.
• Drive collaborate with diverse expertise (product, design, software, hardware, ops, clinical) to solve full-stack problems with real-world constraints.
Work with diverse people:
• Work with amazing people from IDEO, Amazon, Nvidia, Google X, Airbnb, Uber, and NASA JPL. Everyone is passionate, smart, and hard working, and we bring our whole selves to work.
• As needed, travel to remote offices, test facilities, engineering partners, or manufacturing partners.
What we’re looking for:
A drive for impact:
• You are deeply mission-driven and you believe there’s more to life than software that enables puppy ears to be superimposed on photos, although we concede those are cute.
A team-centered, entrepreneurial spirit:
• You are a self-starter who loves to own things end-to-end. You don’t ask for permission: you’re too busy making things happen.
• You thrive in ambiguity and you see the win-win in situations. Challenges energize you.
• You care for the people, the team, and the business.  People want to work with you because you bring out the best in them and you help the team succeed.
First-principles thinking:
• You make informed decisions by framing and defining the problem, exploring options, and recommending a solution based on trade offs.  This is important because the types of problems Forward is solving are often yet-to-be-known challenges that might be buried deep under current societal norms or industry assumptions.
Required technical skills and experience:
• BS or MS in Mechanical Engineering, Design Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or a related field.
• >5 years of detailed and hands-on experience designing structures, enclosures, mechanisms and assemblies.  Practical experience working through DFM.
• Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) including emails, preparing slide presentations, and presenting technical concepts to multi-disciplinary teams and external vendors.
• Familiarity with (and appreciation for) the product development process (early concept definition through mass production).
• Knowledge of diverse materials (metal, plastic, composites, soft goods) and manufacturing techniques (machining, molding, thermoforming, bending, secondary finishes).
• Strong analytical skills/engineering fundamentals including statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, FEA and statistical tolerances.
• Fluency in 3D CAD (any modeling package), including resolving tolerance stack-ups and interference issues in 3D models.
• Fluency in 2D drawings, including basic GD&T knowledge.
• Proficiency in a variety of processes and hands-on skills to fabricate prototypes.
• Strong problem solving skills, with experience in failure analysis, root cause investigation, and DOE creation.
Bonus technical skills and experience:
• Experience identifying, selecting, and managing vendors for development and/or fabrication activities.
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