Senior Director, Engineering - Merchant APIs and Integrations

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 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

The Role

Afterpay is looking for an engineering leader to drive our Merchant APIs, products and integrations.. This platform is the core engine that orchestrates billions of dollars/year between Afterpay, our merchants and our consumers. It sits at the intersection of omnichannel retail payments, risk management, and user data. 

This role requires expertise in building out mission-critical systems at scale that can evolve quickly with our rapidly growing business.  Additionally, we are looking for leaders with a proven record of building world-class engineering teams that focus on scalability, flexibility, and most importantly resilience and anti-fragility.   

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to lead the core foundational area that powers one of the world’s largest payment networks and make a direct, tangible impact on Afterpay’s growth and success.

Key Responsibilities

  • Define and lead the technical roadmap for our Merchant engineering teams

  • Architect and own large-scale and complex systems that facilitate consumer orders from our merchants

  • Ensure our platform and infrastructure is scalable, reliable and extensible for both internal and external users.

  • Build and lead engineering teams on multiple continents. Mentor and develop senior engineering talent.

  • Working closely with our cross-functional teams consisting of designers, product managers, and QA in an agile, fast-paced environment



  • 10+ years of Engineering leadership experience

  • Experience architecting and executing large-scale, performant systems that are critical to the business

  • Skilled at working to build alignment, drive decision making, and communicate transparently

  • Able to marry long-term thinking with short-term action

  • Execution mindset and the ability to deliver with cross-functional teams that are globally distributed


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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