Embedded Software Engineer, New Grad

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full-time
  • Alternate Location: San Francisco, United States
  • Position open to remote: Yes

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

Square’s Hardware Team builds the tangible connection to Square. We started with a simple and elegant Reader that turns any phone or tablet into a mobile point of sale - and we continue to lead this category with advances in chip card and NFC technology. Next, we introduced the Square Stand, the best way to turn your iPad into a counter-top point of sale. Most recently, we expanded our Hardware portfolio with our first Android-based solution: Square Register, the first fully integrated point of sale that enables people to start selling right out of the box. As we introduce more products, we will meet the needs of more and more sellers with stand-out hardware products, globally. You will develop the platform that powers Square’s hardware products. As part of the team, you’ll lead projects that involve collaboration with teams across Square and will help Square’s Hardware team realize its opportunity for growth.

Role Location: 
We want employees to be able to reside where they feel most creative and productive. You will be part of an org that works across Pacific, Central, and Eastern time zones.  

In this role, you and your direct team will be based in the Pacific and Eastern time zones. This role is open to all people who can be effective partners with this team, including sharing typical working hours.


You will:

  • Learn how to customize the Android Open Source Project for different hardware products

  • Design great code for embedded platforms with the guidance of more senior software engineers

  • Participate in all development phases from requirements gathering to production

  • Collaborate with teammates during the software design process and participate in code reviews

You have:

  • Programming experience in one or more of C, C++, Java, and Python

  • Recent (or upcoming) graduate between 2019-2020, with BS in CS, CE, EE, or equivalent practical experience. Bootcamp graduates and engineering training participants are also eligible upon completion of program requirements.

  • An interest in building and shipping hardware products

Even better:

  • Firmware and embedded software development experience

  • Experience developing Linux Kernel extensions and device drivers

  • Experience developing Android applications

Languages and technologies we teach:

  • Hardware product development

  • API design

  • Software testing with hardware-in-the-loop

  • C, C++, Java, Python

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.


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