Software Engineer, Compliance Engineering

  • 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 Compliance Engineering team at Square is responsible for policing the behavior of merchants on our platform to guarantee compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering laws, ensure the security of our money transmission licenses, and fulfill financial institution partnership obligations, which are the cornerstone of Square’s ability to do business.

This team:

  • Builds full stack custom software to identify, investigate, and report on suspected money laundering, terrorism financing, sanctioned activity, and other terms of service violations

  • Is responsible for ensuring that merchants using our platform have passed all identity verification requirements required by the laws governing anti-money laundering in each of the countries in which we do business

  • Uses machine learning to improve our ability to identify and act on potential Compliance violations

You will:

  • Work with operational teams to build full stack web applications that optimize the manual review of suspected violations

  • Work on high volume, highly available platforms that are crucial to the onboarding process.

  • Work with machine learning teams to identify merchant violations that threaten our financial institution partnerships and money transmission licenses

  • Work with international teams to assure compliance with all international money movement and privacy regulations to enable international expansion


You have:

  • A strong desire to prevent Square’s platform from being used to facilitate the financing of terrorism, money laundering, or the sale of items that are commonly vectors for fraud

  • Experience developing full stack web applications (Java or Ruby is a bonus but not required)

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent practical experience

  • You must deeply enjoy moving quickly, creating a great team culture, and shipping production software.

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.