Software Development Manager, Developer Platform

  • Seattle, WA
  • 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 Developer Experience team creates tools that external developers use to build apps on Square's platform. We are a small, focused, and rapidly growing team with an abundance of growth and impact opportunities. As the face of Square’s Developer Platform, our team has a primary role in moving Square from a first party product company to a platform company. Our products and responsibilities include:

  • Developer Dashboard that supports onboarding new developers and creating applications that build on Square’s platform

  • Application marketplace that enables merchants to find and use third party applications with their Square account

  • Documentation website and CMS

  • SDK generation for multiple platforms

  • Building higher level abstractions and components that developers can easily incorporate into their apps

  • Rich sample applications that developers can use as building blocks or starting points

As the Engineering Manager for the Developer Experience team, you will be responsible for driving the technical direction, managing product goals, contributing to product strategy, and hiring and scaling your team. You will work with leaders across the company and collaborate with world class product managers and designers. 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:

  • The developer experience is a key part of developer onboarding, education, adoption, and productivity. It is a critical part of Square’s platform strategy

  • The team is a bridge between internal developers building services and what external developers use to build their own applications and services on the Square platform (SDKs and user interfaces)

You will:

  • Help set the broad direction and vision for Square’s developer experience

  • 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 (10+ years preferred)

  • 5+ years managing engineering teams

  • Strong background in building and scaling products

  • Strong sense of ownership and customer-centricity

Technologies we use and teach:

  • Ember, Ruby, Rails, Java

  • React Native, Flutter, and other cross platform development environments

  • Protocol Buffers and REST APIs

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.