Head of Risk, Europe

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Full-time
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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

Square is seeking a highly seasoned Risk Manager to join our dynamic Risk Operations team in Dublin. In this role, you will drive risk strategy within the European market across multiple products and teams. This position will work closely with senior internal executives and external stakeholders. You will be responsible for delivering insights that inform management strategies and drive payments volume growth within the risk appetite in EMEA. This position relies on sound judgment to plan and accomplish goals to drive risk strategy.

Importantly, this role will represent the team as a member of Squares high impact cross-functional Risk teams that support initiatives for both existing and emerging payment products. This position requires an in-depth understanding of the principles of both account and portfolio level risk management. You must have a strong aptitude for working in partnership at all levels of an organisation and for building strong relationships both internally and externally (including vendors, networks, government agencies, and regulators).

You will:

  • Work closely with senior leadership in the Americas and APAC regions to set, assess, and refine a unified risk strategy, which you will apply in the European market

  • Build and own risk relationships with European payment partners, regulators, government agencies, and vendors, in conjunction with Risk Partnerships stakeholders in San Francisco

  • Partner with business development teams to provide guidance and education for safely growing Squares portfolio of merchants from a credit and fraud risk perspective. Work directly with business partners to onboard complex risk sellers, and ensure adequate processes are in place for ongoing monitoring of risk across the European base of merchants.

  • Serve as the key subject matter expert in European risk across the company and/or with external partners; think through 'big picture' implications for stakeholders and evaluate trade-offs and interests of multiple stakeholders

  • Be persuasive at all levels of communication, including board members and senior-level executives

  • Identify and prioritise gaps in current systems, policies, and strategies and take action to mitigate emerging risk trends

  • Create an environment where Squares are motivated, performing their best and constantly growing and provide direction to multiple teams and foster collaboration between teams


You have:

  • Bachelors Degree (Masters preferred) in Business Administration, Law, Commerce, Finance or a related field and 8+ years risk management experience with traditional and alternative payment methods

  • Experience managing both fraud and credit risk within payments, and a working understanding of chargebacks, collections and investigations within Europe

  • Strong existing relationships in the risk space with proven results in driving down risk loss through innovation, strategic change or methodologies

  • Ability to analyse large transactional datasets, interpret ambiguous situations, and make decisions under pressure

  • Extensive knowledge in card-not-present fraud schemes and risk prevention methods and detection tools for digital, virtual and physical goods

  • Deep understanding of the online payments landscape across all participants issuer, merchant, acquirer and network

  • Strong leadership experience growing and developing high impact teams

  • Excellent written, oral and presentation skills and an ability to synthesise information and make clear, concise recommendations on a course of action

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. 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)squareup.com. 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.

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