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The easiest way to hire a Salesforce Architect for any project

FoundHQ is a global community of 3,500+ Salesforce Consultants.
We can match you with the right Expert in a matter of minutes.

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Head of Enterprise Applications
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"Finding Consultants that are of this quality in Salesforce is extremely hard. Let alone being able to hire in a matter of weeks. Finally having a partner I can trust, who can deliver the right talent every time, was a game changer.”
Alexis Devonish
Director, Revenue Systems
"I love that I can scale the GTM Systems team up or down as I need to without having to worry about minimum hours.

It makes it incredibly easy to prioritize our projects without worrying about team bandwidth, which is why we have successfully hired 7 Contractors from FoundHQ in the past 18 months.”
Thomas Rasmussen
Sr. Director, Biz Apps
Coupa Software
"We needed top-notch Salesforce Contractors that could come in and have an immediate impact. FoundHQ delivered a shortlist of 3 Contractors in just a few days, all of whom we could have hired.
Super impressed and happy to be working with them."
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Hire the best Salesforce Architects globally.

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Veteran Salesforce Consultant and Delivery Lead with 15+ years of experience working at top-tier Partners like Accenture and Slalom.

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Enterprise Salesforce Architect with strong cross-platform Salesforce expertise and a history leading mid-market and enterprise transformations.

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Enterprise Salesforce Architect with experience advising and scaling the orgs at Yelp, Google, Twilio, Greenhouse, Adobe, Deel, and dozens of other top companies.

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how to hire

How to Hire a Salesforce Architect with FoundHQ


Kickoff a Project
Tell us about the work you need to get done by listing a project or scheduling a call with FoundHQ.


Evaluate Shortlist
We narrow our community of 3,000 Salesforce Freelancers to the top 3 for your specific project.


Schedule Interviews
Our team facilitates 1:1 interviews for you to meet each Consultant presented and find the best match.


Start Work
We handle all on-boarding, payroll, and compliance so you can start working as soon as you find the right fit.

A Salesforce Architect for every project

Depending on the type of work you need to get done, FoundHQ will hand-select the right Salesforce Contractors to fit the needs of the project, engagement duration, and team fit.


Veteran Consultants to lead end-to-end deployments of new Salesforce products.

Rescue Projects

Specialized Consultants focused on dropping in and turning troubled projects around.

Managed Services

Partner with outside Salesforce Specialists to manage your ongoing product strategy, roadmap, and project execution.

Staff Augmentation

Extend the bandwidth of your internal team by adding experienced Salesforce talent in a full-time capacity.

Ad Hoc

On-demand Salesforce Contractors for break-fixes, small scale enhancements, integrations, and ongoing tasks.


Companies we helped hire Salesforce Architects

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Our Vetting Process


Behavioral and Soft Skills Interview

A 30 minute pre-screen for a full walk through of Consultant's Salesforce work history, prior projects and team structures, core competencies, and an assessment of communication skills.

Technical Assessment

A deep-dive technical interview or live coding exercise to validate core competency within Salesforce.
This interview is conducted by the Top 1% of Consultants in Our Network.

Reference Check

We conduct backchannel references with peers, prior Managers, or previous customers worked with on Salesforce projects.

Not a Consulting Firm. Not a Recruiter. FoundHQ.

Resourcing Strategy

Whether you're hiring Salesforce Admin #1 or building a Center of Excellence from the ground up, we help define the hiring plans.

Talent Network

We provide direct access to a network of 2,500+ global Salesforce Contractors from world-class companies.

Flexible Pricing

Our model is designed to maximize flexibility. Projects are all pay-per-hour, only invoiced after work is delivered each month.

No Commitment

Service contracts have no minimum hourly commitment or duration, so you can cancel or change any time.


Following kickoff with our team, we provide hand-selected Contractor recommendations within 48 hours.

Full Service

We handle any project - from CPQ Architects rescuing a failed implementation to building an entire Salesforce Development team.


Any Questions?

Are there any Recruitment Fees with FoundHQ?

There is NO FEE to List a Project or conduct interviews via FoundHQ.
You don't pay a thing until you find a Salesforce Consultant and start working.
Our service fees are accounted for in the hourly rate you pre-approve before interviewing and hiring the Consultant through us.

Every Consultant's profile will have an hourly rate listed, which is the total cost to you.

-What’s the typical hourly rate for the Consultants?

Average rate depends on the specific type of Consultant you're hiring.
For example, a Salesforce Admin Contractor will be in the range of $85/hour to $115/hour, while a Salesforce Developer Contractor will be around $90/hour to $140/hour.

You can view a complete breakdown of Typical Salesforce Consultant Hourly Rates.

What if my Consultant doesn't work out?

The beauty of working with Salesforce Consultant on FoundHQ is the flexibility it provides.
If you engage a Consultant that doesn't end up being the right fit, we terminate the engagement and replace the Consultant immediately.
Additionally, we will provide a refund for work performed up to the point of termination.

To date, FoundHQ has facilitated 200+ projects with a success rate of 98.5%.

How does payment work?

All Consultants are engaged as subcontractors of FoundHQ.
You don't need to worry about any onboarding, compliance, timesheets, or payment.

The Consultant will track all hours worked on a weekly basis.
FoundHQ will submit an invoice at the end of each month for all approved hours work.
Invoices are payable NET 30.

How does communication with my Consultant work?

FoundHQ Consultants embed directly into your team and fit into your existing processes.
You can add them to the company Slack, create a corporate email and anything else you might need.

The Consultant is a resource for YOUR team, no need to go through FoundHQ for any work related items.

Are there minimum commitments that need to be met?

Absolutely not. You can decide how much work you need done in a give week or month but you aren't locked in to any minimum number of hours or project duration.

It may be 20 hours this week and only 10 hours next week. Everything is flexible.
You pay for actual work delivered.

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Offshore Salesforce Engineers

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Do you need to hire Offshore Salesforce Engineers?

Companies are increasingly turning to a truly global hiring strategy when it comes to building internal Salesforce teams. However, there are questions to ask yourself when determining if hiring a team of offshore Salesforce Engineers is the right fit for your organization.

Let's take a look at the potential benefits for your company; how other companies are hiring offshore Salesforce Development teams; and the best way to start the process.

Benefits of hiring Offshore Salesforce Engineers

Are you thinking of adopting an Offshore Salesforce Support strategy to assist with ongoing project work?

There are a number of ways you can go about it and the different options provide different benefits. For starters, you can partner with an Offshore Development company, which is a vendor that supplies a team of their employees to work on your projects. Alternatively, you can hire a team of Independent Salesforce Consultants directly, which allows you to have more control over team selection and management of the work to be done.

Regardless of which approach you take, here are some of the key benefits that make Offshore Salesforce Development an attractive option for US-based companies.

Increases your Talent Pool

Why limit yourself to hiring only people who live in the same time zone, country, or city as you?

By deciding to hire offshore Salesforce Engineers, you immediately increase the pool of talent in the market, which is especially necessarily when dealing in a highly competitive market like Salesforce. You are more likely to find higher quality Engineers if you are willing to hire people based anywhere in the world.

Hire for Specialized Skill Sets

The challenge with hiring full-time Salesforce Engineers is that you need to identify skill sets that can be used on an ongoing basis, across a wide range of projects.

For example, you might only have 2 months worth of CPQ Cloud projects - what are you going to do with that individual when the CPQ work finishes?

Offshore Salesforce Freelancers are available for short-term project engagements, so you can onboard an Engineer for a specific set of tasks and offboard them when the work is finished.

Allow Your Company And Projects To Scale

Hiring Offshore Salesforce Engineers can help you easily increase your company’s development capacity when projects call for it and decrease it during slower periods of work. Perhaps your in-house team is fully occupied with strategic projects and you need a Salesforce Engineer to focus on inbound requests when they surge.

There is incredible flexibility for companies hiring offshore teams of Consultants.

Save Money

By hiring Offshore Salesforce Engineers, you can save a lot of money.

On average, a Sr. Salesforce Engineer in the United States will charge an hourly rate of $120/hour-$145/hour, while a Sr. Salesforce Engineer in India is typically around $50/hour-$65/hour.

Companies that are willing to invest in onboarding offshore Development teams and building the processes necessary for them to succeed can ultimately benefit from huge cost savings.

Receive The Completed Work Faster

When building a global Salesforce Development team with Engineers scattered across different time zones, you are able to adopt a continuous development process.

That’s because there will always be someone working on the project, essentially 24 hours a day. This is in contrast to hiring Salesforce Engineers based in a single time zone, where you only have work getting done for 8-10 hours per day.

Companies hiring global Salesforce Developers see massive productivity gains and reduction in overall delivery timelines.

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Challenges hiring Offshore Salesforce Engineers

Adopting this strategy may have a ton of benefits but it doesn't come without challenges. This resource model requires proactive decision making from a company, so they can plan and prepare for onboarding a global Salesforce Development team.

Quality Control

Companies are typically hiring the majority of their teams from existing networks - previous colleagues, referrals, friends of friends, professional recommendations etc. However, when companies start hiring in different countries, they are inevitably wading into unknown territory.

It's particularly important to take your time with the vetting process. Conduct multiple rounds of video interviews to meet the Salesforce Engineer and communication at length. Be sure to conduct technical assessments (ideally a live coding exercise, so you can watch how they work) and most definitely check previous references on the individual.

Dev Ops Process

This is perhaps the most important factor when hiring offshore Salesforce Engineers.

Because you will have a continuous development process with multiple individuals working on a code base simultaneously, you need to have proper Dev Ops processes and controls in place. The development org can get messy and delay production timelines if you don't have the proper tools, processes, and QA methodology implemented at the start.

Expectation Setting

At the start of an engagement with Offshore Salesforce Engineers, you want to be clear on what you expect from them.

What is the turnaround time you expect to see on new requests? How often are they attending stand ups? Are they interfacing heavily with other team members and stakeholders?

Set these expectations upfront to ensure everyone is aligned.

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Companies hiring offshore Salesforce Engineers

As US companies become more comfortable with remote work, we are seeing a huge increase in the adoption of offshore Salesforce Development services.

Cargill, a global manufacturing company has a team of 14 based in India, spanning Salesforce Engineers, Administrators, Architects, and Business Analysts. Other companies building offshore Salesforce Development teams include PayPal, Workday, Coupa Software, Uber, Snowflake, MongoDB, and many others.

FoundHQ recently partnered with ACV Auctions to scale an Offshore and Nearshore Salesforce Development team. Over a 6 week period in early 2022, we helped them define the needs and successfully hire a team of 7 Salesforce Engineers, based throughout Latin America and India.

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Where You Can Find Offshore Salesforce Engineers

There are still limited options for reliably hiring Offshore Salesforce Engineers.

There are some Development Partners that exist with HQ locations in various countries and teams dedicated to recruiting, interviewing, and hiring Salesforce Engineers to put on projects with US companies. Some of these can be good options; however, companies that operate locally are paying in that local currency, which means the Engineers they are able to hire tend to be junior.

The most experience Salesforce Engineers are either taking full-time jobs with US companies or they are Freelancing directly with US based companies, both of which offer them a significant increase in earnings compared to joining a company Headquartered in their Region.

For that reason, the best option is to build a direct relationship with these Engineers.

This is where some of the risk comes into play if you don't have an intermediary helping to vet the talent and guarantee reliability.

To save time and be assured that the team you hire is made up of true Salesforce Experts, you might want to consider hiring through a specialized Freelancer platform like FoundHQ.

Our team has spent 10 years focused entirely on Salesforce talent acquisition. We have built a trusted network of 2,500+ Salesforce Freelancers globally and every individual on the platform has been pre-vetted and verified by our team.

These include offshore Salesforce Engineers from companies like Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, Stripe, Uber, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and dozens of other Fortune 500s.

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A Guide to Working with a Salesforce Architect

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Salesforce Architects are one of the most important and highly sought after functions in the Salesforce ecosystem. Given the complexity of the Salesforce platform, there are a variety of different skill sets that fall under the 'Salesforce Architect' umbrella - we help breakdown the difference between each, the job they do, and the Salesforce skills you should be looking for when hiring an Architect.

What does a Salesforce Architect do?

Manages Business Stakeholders

Typically, the Salesforce Architect will lead the strategy across end-to-end implementations and a key piece of that role is managing both Business and Technical stakeholders. The value of a Salesforce Architect comes from the fact that they are able to help optimize business processes, while translating those into technical solutions on the Salesforce platform, and bringing all of your systems & data together in one place.

Designs Technical Solutions on Salesforce

A Salesforce Architect knows the capabilities and limitations of what the platform can do - they are versed in multiple Clouds and understand when to use configuration vs. custom Apex development, how to use out of the box integration tools or work with APIs and custom integrations, and they are able to guide both Technical and Functional Delivery teams.

Architects Integrations

Depending on the Salesforce platforms being deployed and complexity of the broader systems environment, degree of difficulty with integrations will vary. Salesforce offers a 'native' integration platform - Mulesoft - that requires technical expertise but is a simple way to connect Salesforce with other applications being utilized. The methods will vary but Salesforce Architects can identify the right integration / middleware platform and design the integration roadmap.

Builds a Security & Data Model

As part of platform architecture and integration strategy, Salesforce Technical Architects will build a security and data model to ensure company data isn't vulnerable. Particularly when dealing with Health Cloud, Financial Services Cloud, and other industries with compliance requirements, this is a key element to the Architect's skill set.

Oversee Salesforce Project Team

In addition to leading the strategy, a Salesforce Architect will often manage the day-to-day Deliver team. Technical Architects will write technical requirements, lead Scrum meetings, and manage the Salesforce Engineering team while Solution Architect will play a similar role over top of Business Analysts or Administrators.

Different Types of Salesforce Architects

Salesforce Solution Architects

In general, think of a Solution Architect as the Business Strategist that understands Technology but isn't as well versed on the technical limitations of what Salesforce can do. Their knowledge of customization is typically centered around configuration / "point-and-click" but they aren't able to write Apex code from scratch.

Role of a Salesforce Solution Architect

Salesforce Technical Architects

The Technical Architect is a combination of a Solution Architect and a Salesforce Developer. Bringing much of the business savvy you'll get from a Solution Architect, they are able to get hands-on with programming in Apex or building Lightning Web Components, managing Engineers, and leading technical solutions discussions with CTOs or CIOs.

Role of a Salesforce Technical Architect

Application Architect

The term 'Application Architect' is typically used to describe the more functional discipline and concentrates on things like complex configuration and workflow automation, sharing & visibility, and basic platform app development. This side of the Architect pyramid is the less technical aspect and more about the basic concepts and components of a Salesforce implementation like developing and building data architecture tools and applications for enterprises.

The knowledge that serves as the building blocks for an Application Architect, include: Sharing and Visibility Designer (understanding sharing structure, who see what in Salesforce ecosystems etc.); Platform Developer and Platform App Builder – ability to navigate complex configuration and declarative development on the platform; and Data Architecture and Management Designer.

System Architect

The more technical side of the Architect pyramid is someone that can manage the development lifecycle and deployments on Salesforce, while also understanding how to work with outside systems. This is a step beyond just application architecture  and involves data security models, integration architecture, and solutions design on Salesforce.

You will typically see a Identity & Access Management Designer background as well as Integration Architecture Designer accolades with a Certified System Architect.

Integration Architect

While a System Architect focuses on both Salesforce platform architecture and integration strategy, an Integration Architect is more heavily concentrated on the middleware layer used to build enterprise-grade, scalable, highly secure integrations between Salesforce and other applications.

An Integration Architect works with a variety of tools, including Integration Cloud (formerly Mulesoft), Boomi, Jitterbit, and a number of other applications built specifically for creating two way syncs between Salesforce and other enterprise SaaS products.

Salesforce Architect Certifications

Application Architect Certification

As described by Salesforce, the Salesforce Application Architect has a deep understanding of native Salesforce features and functionality, as well as the ability to model a role hierarchy, data model, and appropriate sharing mechanisms.

B2B Solution Architect Certification

The Salesforce B2B Solution Architect is well-versed in working across multiple 'Clouds' and leading functional solutions design that deliver business value for the customer - typical focus will be around core products like Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, CPQ, Marketing Cloud, and others.

B2C Solution Architect Certification

The Salesforce B2C Solution Architect designs multi-cloud solutions on Salesforce that delivered powerful customer experiences - Salesforce Architects focused on B2C digital experiences are typically working with Experience Cloud (formerly Communities) and Lightning Web Components.

B2C Commerce Architect Certification

The Salesforce B2C Commerce Architect has experience designing global eCommerce experiences that support multiple brands and channels using standard design patterns within Commerce Cloud.

Heroku Architecture Designer Certification

The Heroku Architecture Designer credential sits a bit outside the 'core' Salesforce product offering and is reserved for Architects with knowledge architecting scalable solutions, deploying and managing apps, and managing teams and build-workflows on Heroku.

System Architect Certification

System Architects focus on off-platform systems, integration, securing access between systems as well as managing governance and testing capabilities for deployment and ongoing Salesforce modification requirements.

Certified Technical Architect

This is the highest accreditation an Architect can receive in their Salesforce career.

The Salesforce Technical Architect possesses broad knowledge across multiple development platforms and draws on their skills and experience to assess customer requirements and architecture in order to design secure, high-performance technical solutions that maximize the potential of the Salesforce platform.

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