Software Development Manager, Payments

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

We believe the economy is better when everyone has access. When everyone has room to grow. No one should be left out because the cost is too great or the technology too complex. We started with a little white credit card reader but haven’t stopped there. We’re empowering the independent electrician to send invoices, setting up the favorite food truck with a delivery option, helping the ice cream shop pay its employees, and giving the burgeoning coffee chain capital for a second, third, and fourth location. We’re here to help sellers of all sizes start, run, and grow their business—and helping them grow their business is good business for everyone.

Job Description

The Underwriting Platform team is the front door to Square. As a payment aggregator, we are required to verify a seller’s identity before we can let them take payments. Like others in our space, we’ve depended on external vendors to provide identity verification services so that we could manage compliance and activate our sellers for payment processing. However, this system has historically barred underserved populations – so we’re changing it. True to Square’s purpose of Economic Empowerment, it is our mission to let anybody – individual, small/large business, citizen or immigrant – start their business on Square and keep it running. 

As the Engineering Manager for the Underwriting Platform team, you will be responsible for driving the technical directions of the team, managing product goals, contributing to product strategy, and hiring and scaling your team. You will work with leaders across the company, collaborate with world class product managers and designers, and you’ll have direct exposure to the Payments leadership team. Operating with scale and speed, we’re proud to have built an exceptional team of engineers who are just getting started – and as a manager, you guide the way.

Why this position is important:

  • Millions of small businesses depend on Square Payments – the Underwriting Platform team is the front door to Square

  • Square’s purpose is economic empowerment –  this team promotes this purpose by allowing anyone to start their business on Square, regardless of credit checks

  • The identity verification system has historically barred underserved populations – this team is on the front lines to fix that

You will:

  • Help set broad direction and vision for Square’s identity verification and underwriting platform, design and ship RESTful APIs, implement scalable backend services

  • Build a world-class team by hiring exceptional talent, coaching and developing your team, cultivating pragmatic engineering decision-making, and leveraging your technical expertise to constantly raise the bar

  • Lead and participate in critical technical, design, and product discussions with leaders across our product, operations, and investor teams

  • Own the success of your team's product and deliver quantifiable results in a timely manner

  • Build systems, services, and product features across multiple platforms that have immediate impact on customers


You have:

  • The ability to think big, to challenge the status quo

  • A passion for platform services and APIs as a product

  • Curiosity and entrepreneurial drive

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent practical, working experience (7+ years preferred)

  • 3+ year(s) managing engineering teams

  • Strong background in building and scaling products

  • Strong sense of ownership and urgency

Technologies we use and teach:

  • Java, Guava, Ruby,

  • Protocol Buffers and REST APIs

  • MySQL, BigQuery, GCP

Additional Information

At Square, our purpose is to empower – within and outside of our walls. In order to build the best tools for the businesses and customers we support all over the world, we have to start at home with a workforce as diverse and empowered as our sellers. To this end, we take great care to evaluate all employees and job applicants equally, based on merit, competence, and qualifications. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply and always consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to assistance(at) We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible.