Engineering Program Manager - Bitcoin Mining

  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Full-time

Company Description

Block is one company built from many blocks, all united by the same purpose of economic empowerment. The blocks that form our foundational teams — People, Finance, Counsel, Hardware, Information Security, Platform Infrastructure Engineering, and more — provide support and guidance at the corporate level. They work across business groups and around the globe, spanning time zones and disciplines to develop inclusive People policies, forecast finances, give legal counsel, safeguard systems, nurture new initiatives, and more. Every challenge creates possibilities, and we need different perspectives to see them all. Bring yours to Block.

Job Description

MC1 is the code name for the newly formed team at Block responsible for design, implementation and productization of Block’s state-of-the-art custom bitcoin mining silicon chip (ASIC) and the accompanying software and mining hardware infrastructure (a.k.a. mining rig).

The MC1 functional team is initially organized into Engineering (system, ASIC, hardware, software) and Operation teams. As we build the team, more functional teams will be added to MC1, namely Product Delivery, Product Marketing, Product Design and Industrial Design teams.

This note summarizes the functions performed by the MC1 Technical & Engineering Program Manager as a member of the Engineering Team.


 Technical Program Management

  • Overall engineering program management for various cross-functional activites that will include IC, hardware, software and contract manufacturing for engineering builds

  • Establish and document development plans, project milestones, and progress tracking processes for the internal and external teams

  • Plan and manage program spending and the overall budget at quarterly and annual levels

  • Lead cross-functional programs over various engineering teams to design, develop, validate and productize MC1 chip and the mining platform 

  • Identify, monitor and help resolve cross-functional interdependencies 

Third Party Vendor Management

  • Establish and manage vendor relationships. Vendors include (but not limited to): IP cores, software design tools, EDA tools, system, lab equipment, engineering service, silicon foundries, off-shore assembly and test (OSATs), highly-specialized ASIC design and test houses, contract manufacturers (for early design prototypes and engineering builds) and independent contractors

  • Coordinate external 3rd party activities and track issues with the external partners, vendors and service providers

  • Help with vendor selection through assessment, comparative analysis and review of offerings

  • Prepare, review, discuss and negotiate contract proposals, business terms, project plans, statement of work and deliverables with vendors

  • Facilitate exchanges with Block’s internal teams (legal, procurement, people, finance & strategy) for full execution of 3rd party contracts


  • Onboarding new vendors following the internal Block’s internal processes

  • Create purchase requisitions and issue POs to vendors

  • Regular follow ups with vendors on deliverables and monitor plan execution 

  • Help Finance & Strategy (F&S) team with monthly, quarterly and annual budget planning

  • Help Financial, Procurements and Account Payable teams with vendors payment and invoicing issues 


  • 8+ years of related experience in program management and/or factory operation in the semiconductor/electronic/consumer industries

  • Fair understanding of the ASIC design cycle

  • Fair understanding of the silicon fabrication process and/or fab plants/vendors

  • Understanding of silicon test infrastructure and processes

  • Knowledge of silicon packaging processes. 

  • Ability to work in cross-functional teams and collaborate effectively with people in different functions, time zones

  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment

  • Excellent communication skills, organized and detail-oriented

  • Experience in dealing with OSATs is a plus.

  • Experience in dealing with Contract Manufacturing (CM) is a plus.

Additional Information

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. Block 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. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page

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

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

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