Engineering Manager, Embedded Software Platform

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full-time
  • Alternate Location: Toronto, Canada
  • 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

We're seeking an Engineering Manager to lead our Embedded Software Platform team. The team provides the foundational firmware for all of Square's hardware. They work with NFC, digital/analog payments and bluetooth along with exploring any future IC's or custom Square ASIC we would like to incorporate into our products. The team strives to build reusable, well tested, code to be consumed by other embedded teams within hardware and partner teams such as Mobile, Factory or ASIC.

This position will report to the Software Platform Lead within our hardware organization

You Will:

  • Lead a team of Embedded engineers working on complex technical problems, providing guidance on both technical experience and career growth.

  • Plan yearly and quarterly goals to ensure the team is aligned with merchant needs and new features we want to release

  • Forecast future work and plan resourcing accordingly. Having a hand in the hiring process and ensuring good team balance of skills and seniority

  • Promote frequent planning, working with the product and program managers across the Hardware organization

  • Work with teams across hardware, mobile and server to ensure quality products and synchronization of goals

  • Work with product analysts to establish and track metrics used to signal stability as we ship changes

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

  • Relevant BA/BS degree or equivalent industry experience (6+ years).

  • 2+ years experience directly managing engineers (including feedback, performance, hiring, and career guidance).

  • Proven ability to provide technical mentorship and guidance to your team.

  • Experience working with other engineering leaders and cross-functional team members.

  • Experience in the embedded software space, contributing to hardware programs that have shipped.

You may also have (but not required):

  • Experience managing relationships with vendors.

  • Experience working with engineering teams of multiple disciplines (i.e. Electrical Engineering, Mobile, Server).

  • Experience creating reusable platform components and APIs designed for other developers.

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