Financial Crimes Technology Lead

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Square builds common business tools in unconventional ways so more people can start, run, and grow their businesses. When Square started, it was difficult and expensive (or just plain impossible) for some businesses to take credit cards. Square made credit card payments possible for all by turning a mobile phone into a credit card reader. Since then Square has been building an entire business toolkit of both hardware and software products including Square Capital, Square Terminal, Square Payroll, and more. We’re working to find new and better ways to help businesses succeed on their own terms—and we’re looking for people like you to help shape tomorrow at Square.

Job Description

Ever wanted to apply advanced engineering and data science techniques to combat financial crime? Square is continuing to develop new technology to help us quickly find and address illegal financial activities. We are looking for a Financial Crimes Technology Lead to join us and be an essential member of the global compliance leadership team. You will meaningfully contribute to the team’s long-term success and scalability. You will report into Square’s Chief Compliance Officer. 

As the Financial Crimes Technology Lead, you will hire and lead Square’s Financial Crimes Engineering, Data Science, and Model Governance teams. You and your teams will set the long-term roadmap for our Compliance technology solutions. You will determine areas of investment and develop our Financial Crimes technology stack. You will also serve as Square’s compliance technology expert and will represent Square in all manner of regulatory and partnership audits.

You will use your financial crimes experience and technology background to solve challenging problems, explore new ways of engineering, and lead meaningful change through technology enablement and scalability. This position can be based in any of our locations (SF, Oakland, Toronto, ATL or New York) with 20% travel expected.

You will: 

  • Build the Financial Crimes Engineering, Data Science and model governance team by offering technical direction and effective people management
  • Foster a culture of engineering craftsmanship and provide oversight of work in engineering, data analysis, metrics generation, model governance/validation, queue creation and tuning
  • Represent the Compliance team’s tech stack and behavior monitoring model in regulatory and partner audits
  • Support the CCO as Square’s AML/CTF/Sanctions technology expert, identifying areas for technical innovation and M&A, evaluating relevant technologies (products, services, and platforms) and vendors, and guide the creation of new and standardized technical requirements and specifications
  • Oversee and improve the development of Square’s AML/CTF/Sanctions technology products (“tech stack”), including developing a holistic strategic roadmap for the tech stack across products, organizations, and jurisdictions, and maintaining comprehensive and real-time management of the systems
  • Support the development and scaling of new Square products by ensuring that the Compliance tech stack is correctly designed
  • Assess areas of highest technological risk and form a perspective on investment paths in a compliance system or tool’s life cycle
  • Build relationships with and influence engineering and data science teams 
  • Network with compliance technology companies and partners who are important to advancing Square’s mission and global expansion

Qualifications

You Have:

  • 10+ years of technology-related experience in the financial services industry, with a background/expertise in anti money laundering, Financial Crimes, transaction monitoring, AML, and sanctions. 
  • Bachelor or Masters degree in Computer Science or related discipline
  • Applications, data applications, or full stack engineering experience, data science background a plus
  • Deep Financial Crimes/AML regulatory knowledge, implementation experience navigating regulatory expectations of compliance systems
  • Experience in and a desire to improve the latest fields of Fintech, Regtech, Blockchain, artificial intelligence, data science, machine learning, and virtual currencies.
  • Experience building and hiring engineering or data science teams
  • At minimum, 5 years of engineering leadership experience, managing a team of 7 or more

Square Perks

At Square, we want you to be well and thrive. Our 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

Additional Information

At Square, we value diversity and always treat all employees and job applicants based on merit, qualifications, competence, and talent. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of 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)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.