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Careers @ Ten Forward

We're always looking to add good people to our company, and we traditionally hire people instead of roles. We have a history of hiring great people and changing the company to make us all more productive with the new team member.

Perks of Working with Ten Forward

  • Market salary
  • Health insurance
  • 401k, company match
  • Paid holidays
  • Vacation days
  • Friendly, relaxed work environment
  • Pro-telecommuting
  • Upward mobility (seriously, we're looking for future leaders)
  • Working with awesome people

If you love software (or hate it but want to work with it for the rest of your life anyway) you shouldn't ever hesitate to get in touch, even if there's not a listing that fits on this page. 

That being said, we're currently actively seeking people to help fill the following roles:

Junior Operations Analyst

Description/Ideal Candidate*

Ten Forward Consulting is growing and needs help with business administration, research, entry-level management, and more. Our 12-person Software Firm on Madison's west side provides custom software for clients of all sizes across many industries, both locally and nation wide. 

Learn first hand about what it takes to run a business by working side by side with the executive team (President & VP) on a wide variety of internal, client-facing, and employee-facing tasks. This is an entry-level management position that will be challenging but fulfilling, and will provide a clear path for growth. 

Example day-to-day responsibilities include: 

  • Transacting with clients, vendors, and partners on behalf of executives.
  • Planning & running meetings, writing agendas, & taking minutes.
  • Scheduling meetings and calls for members of the executive team. 
  • Assisting with decision making, both internally and externally.
  • Creating and editing presentations, talks, and other communication
  • Researching markets, opportunities, risks, and business plans both for internal and client-facing projects.
  • Preparing research, financial, staffing, and other reports.
  • Writing policies and documenting internal and external processes.
  • Planning and coordinating events.

We operate in a dynamic environment, and have generous remote-work policies as well as flexible hours.  Some of your time will need to be at our office on Madison's west-side. We are looking for approximately 20 hours/week to start, and are open to growing our relationship to full time after graduation via entry-level management position.

A familiarity with the software development industry, startups, and/or entrepreneurship is ideal, but not required. 


  • Paid Time Off
  • Holiday Pay
  • Company Phone & laptop
  • Fun, dynamic team
  • Growth Opportunities

We're looking for an ambitious, organized, self starter.  This would be a great experience for someone considering an entrepreneurial career, as you will see all aspects of what it takes to start and run a thriving, growing small business. 

Reliability is key, we need to be able to count on you to ask questions and raise flags if you need help. If not, we need to trust that you'll meet agreed-upon deadlines. We have a large number of simultaneous projects, ventures, and initiatives, so organization is extremely important so nothing slips through the cracks. 

Communication skills are very important, both written and verbal, as you will be in a position to speak directly to clients, potential clients, vendors, and other partners. 

Software Developer

Description/Ideal Candidate*

We primarily use Ruby on Rails with a huge variety of front-end technologies, usually based in Javascript. We do a lot of mobile work (HTML5 and native) as well, and we write a lot of tests. This is a full-time position (40 hours max.) and while we do frequently telecommute after big snowstorms (and nobody seems to show up on Thursdays), most of the time you'll work out of our office space on Madison's west side that we share with the wonderful folks at Madworks Coworking.

  • You have enough experience to have developed opinions about things like dynamically typed languages, database servers, source control systems, and IDEs.
  • You're the good kind of lazy; you'd rather spend 2 hours writing a script to automate something that can be used over and over than spend 20 minutes doing it manually. You're comfortable in a Linux terminal, and maybe even prefer one to Windows 8.
  • You can write SQL queries and you know what a closure is. You have a favorite programming language (and it's not PHP). You have experience with a language like Ruby or Python even if you were trained on Java or C#. Maybe you’ve heard of Elixir or Scala.
  • You're a whiz with CSS, but you use SASS or LESS nowadays. You're looking forward to not having to support IE8 (9?) ever again.
  • You've written software for mobile devices (responsive web counts!), and you understand the challenges of writing software for many differentplatforms.
  • You’re comfortable using and contributing to open source software, and you think it’s awesome that people give away code that’s so incredibly useful.
  • You pay attention to details, and rarely need to be told anything twice. You love learning new things but you don't automatically assume new == better.
  • You can clearly communicate what you're thinking, and you're not afraid to speak your mind.
  • You're motivated to create the best software you can, and irritated when forced to use software you know you could fix if you could only get under the hood.

** We don't expect any individual to have all of these traits, that would be silly. If the list resonates with you, please don’t let something we’ve listed (or didn't list) prevent you from applying if you're awesome and you think you'd be good for our team.*

Sounds great, what now?

Email careers@tenforward.consulting and include a short cover note, a résumé or CV, salary requirements, and some links to your portfolio/github/arduino project/band's last performace/cat/dog/anything else you're proud to show off. We believe the only way to really evaluate a programmer is to look at code, and you will write code during your interview (on a computer, not on a whiteboard).

Maybe you've been programming in a cubicle since you graduated a few years ago and are wondering if there are better ways to spend your time. Or perhaps you never went to college, but you just love writing code so much that you taught yourself how, and you want to keep your career going. Get in touch today and you can help us continue to write great software at Ten Forward Consulting.