Global Events Lead

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 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

Square is seeking a Global Events Lead to oversee a team of coordinators who produce both internal and external experiences for our employees, partners, and communities. The Global Events team is responsible for planning, coordinating, and supporting thoughtful and well-­executed events – whether it’s a small executive meeting or a company-­wide gathering for 4,000+ – for a fast-growing, increasingly distributed, global company. In addition to the work we do to help make Square the best place to work, we also provide production and logistics support for community, policy, and corporate events that represent Square’s brand and values in the world. 

This is a player coach role, so beyond leading and developing this team of events professionals, you will have the opportunity to drive your own events (from conception to production) as well.

This role requires creativity, excellent interpersonal skills, a thoughtful leadership approach, and the ability to change course quickly and perform gracefully in high-stress situations. A sense of humor is important, too! As part of the broader Employee Engagement team, this role helps shape our employees’ daily experiences at work, and reflects the company's values, purpose, and culture.

This job can be located in San Francisco, Oakland, New York, Portland, Atlanta or St. Louis.

You Will:

  • Establish the strategic direction of the Global Events team to deliver world class event programming with clear objectives, timelines, and financial goals.

  • Cultivate foundational relationships with outside vendors (and build on existing ones) and negotiate complex vendor contracts, with a keen eye for cost savings.

  • Work closely with Square's executive team and supporting staff to produce strategic gatherings in support of business objectives.

  • Manage budget and roadmap forecasting with the ability to modify programming and plans quarter by quarter as needed.

  • Create and pitch new event projects, ideas, and opportunities to key stakeholders across the company, with a particular focus on our offices outside of the Bay Area as we become increasingly distributed.


You have:

  • 10+ years of experience in event management, preferably in-house.

  • Proven track record of producing large scale events (often with complex requirements and competing priorities).

  • Effective people management skills. You build trust with your team by leading alongside them with fairness and accountability, while communicating transparently and positively. 

  • Demonstrated vendor management experience as well as established relationships with key stakeholders in major cities around the globe. 

  • Acute attention to detail, an enthusiastic attitude, and strong interpersonal communication skills as well as the ability to liaise with executive level staff.

  • Ability to lead through influence and work collaboratively with teams throughout the company.

  • A true passion for fostering an inclusive company culture and helping small businesses grow.

  • Ability and willingness to travel ~25% of the time.

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. Perks At Square, we want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes: Healthcare coverage, Retirement Plans, Employee Stock Purchase Program, Meal reimbursements, Wellness perks, Paid parental leave, Flexible time off, Learning and Development resources