Partner Risk and Compliance Lead

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time
  • Alternate Location: New York, United States
  • Position open to remote: Yes
  • Current Square Employee?: Apply via go/jobs with your Square email.

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

You will lead Square's Partner Risk and Compliance function and report to the Compliance Governance Lead. This function oversees our compliance programs and compliance relationships with payment network partners, acquiring partners, and other third parties. You will lead the team, develop a strategy for the function, drive the programs forward, and complete other compliance projects with significant company-wide impact. You will support Square's compliance vision by working together with other compliance and counsel personnel to guide the compliance program forward, focusing on partner risk and third-party compliance. 

You will:

  • Develop and execute the vision for the partner risk and compliance function

  • Lead a team responsible for ensuring compliance with payment network and acquiring partner rules and reviewing significant third-party relationships

  • Manage projects that span several business functions, stakeholders, and international regions

  • Coordinate your team’s activities with the other functions in Compliance Governance and the broader Compliance organization

  • Research relevant laws, regulations, and payment network rules and work with Compliance Governance, Product Compliance Managers, Legal, and Payment Operations to provide guidance and interpretation

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key contacts at payment networks and acquiring partners

  • Communicate complex legal and regulatory concepts in an audience-appropriate manner

  • Provide expert advice for the design of policies, programs, procedures, and other controls

  • Lead and contribute to special projects with high impact to Square’s compliance program


You have:

  • 4-year undergraduate degree (Bachelor's Degree) or equivalent experience

  • 5 or more years of experience in financial services or payments compliance risk management

  • 3 or more years of people management experience

  • Applied risk management concepts (e.g. COSO, three lines of defense)

  • Expertise in one of the following subject-matter areas: payment network rules (e.g. Visa, MasterCard), merchant acquiring, brand risk management, or vendor risk management

  • Experience with international payments compliance 

  • Demonstrated ability to develop compliance risk management programs

  • Ability to build relationships and establish trust and credibility with business leads, external partners, and regulators through collaborative and independent initiatives

  • Experience in coaching and developing teams

Even better:

  • Relevant industry certifications (e.g. CAMS, CFE)

  • Expertise in more than one of the subject-matter areas listed above

  • Familiarity with data analytics and visualization platforms (e.g. Looker, Tableau)

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) 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