Design Technologist, Ecosystem Discovery Engineering

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time
  • Alternate Location: Toronto, Canada

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

The Ecosystem Discovery Engineering team is responsible for building tools that help accelerate Square’s mission. We build platform tools that have outsized benefits and enable other teams at Square to iterate faster. This team is the face of Square’s marketing and helps host the public facing web site.  This team partners closely with product managers, designers and marketing managers, so that we can meet our customer needs — today and tomorrow.

As a Design Technologist, you’ll partner with design and frontend engineers to create digital experiences that will set the UI/UX directions for the reusable components on our platform. You will be responsible for bringing technology to the creative process, the front-end interactions you bring to life will create remarkable experiences for our existing and prospective sellers.

You are well versed in an appropriate mix of development and prototyping platforms and tools, and know how to select the best and most appropriate platform for the task. You deliver code that is flexible and can be iterated upon and pride yourself on being up to date with the latest proven standards and best practices. Thriving on exploration and experimentation, you are at the heart of co-creating ideas and bringing them to life. You have well rounded skill sets that complement your application of technology including but never limited to: a precise eye for intelligent UX, great design and good foundations in strategy, business acumen and process. 


As a Design Technologist on the team, you will:

  • Actively participate in concept development and design iteration

  • Work independently on projects from ideation and design through implementation

  • Take creative direction and expand on concept ideas for tactics, with solid and active contribution in creative reviews

  • Actively take part in brainstorms, partnering with colleagues across disciplines including Strategy, Design, Digital Production and Copy

  • Execute hands-on technical development of prototypes coming out of ideation

  • Contribute to discussions about the digital aspects of creative campaigns

  • Comfortably present ideas or prototypes to mixed client products / design / engineering

  • Work creatively through and around perceived limitations and/or challenges imposed by the platform to create delightful experiences for customers

  • Evaluate and document any new creative and/or engineering standards or patterns that could arise from your work

  • Execute web experiments for A/B testing using Optimizely.

  • Maintain and contribute new components to the design system


  • BS in Computer Science or a related technical field, or 4 years of relevant work experience

  • Front-end development – HTML, CSS, Javascript, and modern tooling

  • Backend development – Familiarity of Ruby, or other backend languages

  • Portfolio of work that displays design, high-fidelity animation, motion, iconography, typography, color, and imagery

  • Understanding of web standards, browser performance and best practices

  • Passion for digital marketing, advertising, and understanding metrics

  • Excellent communication skills and a desire to collaborate

  • Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to advocate for technology and choosing the right tool for the job

  • Familiarity of modern design tools (Figma, Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D etc)

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.

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Square is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class. 

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible.

Additionally, we consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment on our team, assessing candidates in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.


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

Square, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) builds tools to empower businesses and individuals to participate in the economy. Sellers use Square to reach buyers online and in person, manage their business, and access financing. Individuals use Cash App to spend, send, store, and invest money. And TIDAL is a global music and entertainment platform that expands Square's purpose of economic empowerment to artists. Square, Inc. has offices in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Norway, and the UK.

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