EE Module - Hardware Engineering Program Manager

  • Full-time
  • Alternate Location: New York, United States

Company Description

Since we opened our doors in 2009, the world of commerce has evolved immensely, and so has Square. After enabling anyone to take payments and never miss a sale, we saw sellers stymied by disparate, outmoded products and tools that wouldn’t work together.

To solve this problem, we expanded into software and built integrated solutions to help sellers sell online, manage inventory, book appointments, engage loyal buyers, and hire and pay staff. Across it all, we’ve embedded financial services tools at the point of sale, so merchants can access a business loan and manage their cash flow in one place. Afterpay furthers our goal to provide omnichannel tools that unlock meaningful value and growth, enabling sellers to capture the next generation shopper, increase order sizes, and compete at a larger scale.

Today, we are a partner to sellers of all sizes – large, enterprise-scale businesses with complex operations, sellers just starting, as well as merchants who began selling with Square and have grown larger over time. As our sellers grow, so do our solutions. There is a massive opportunity in front of us. We’re building a significant, meaningful, and lasting business, and we are helping sellers worldwide do the same.

Job Description

As an EE Module - Hardware Engineering Program Manager for Square Hardware, you will drive complex hardware engineering activities on the component and module level involving off-the-shelf and custom solutions. Hardware EPMs have the technical knowledge that enables them to influence and drive cross-functional team projects from successful development to launch and throughout the product lifecycle. You will report to the Lead of Hardware Engineering Program Management and is part of the Engineering Program Management and Coordination team that leads hardware and embedded software execution for all Seller hardware products.

Less than 25% travel is required for this position to visit vendors, manufacturing sites and Square offices.

You will:

  • Drive engineering plans and activities to include IC, module and system work both for custom and off-the-shelf components.

  • Create detailed development plans, schedules and budgets in partnership with engineering managers, other program managers, technical leads, individual contributors and external vendors.

  • Help engineering teams generate, review, cross reference and organize relevant design, test and validation documents

  • Lead design reviews and team approvals for release of various engineering deliverables, including but not limited to: IC (Micro-architecture design docs, foundry forms, package design, tapeout checklists, production test specifications, engineering build instructions, etc.), Hardware Modules (board schematics, layout, placement, manufacturability, OK2FAB), Software (embedded firmware, source and object libraries, scripts, installation packages, etc.)

  • Partner with Square Global Supply Management and Business Operations teams to establish and manage 3rd party vendor relationships including IP cores and technology offerings, software design tools, EDA tools, Lab test & analysis equipment, engineering services, silicon foundries, off-shore assembly and test (OSATs) centers, highly-specialized ASIC design and test houses, contract manufacturers.

  • Identify key technical risk areas and develop actionable mitigation strategies.

  • Communicate key developments, updates, and problems to teams and stakeholders (technical and non-technical).

  • Discern and implement process improvements that facilitate self-organization and enable our engineers to do their best work.


You have: 

  • BS in CS, CE, EE, or equivalent practical experience

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

  • Experience with the common challenges and interdependencies in embedded systems and the cross-functional development of custom hardware.

  • Working understanding of the ASIC design cycle and the silicon fabrication process and/or fab plants/vendors

  • Understanding of silicon test infrastructure and processes

  • Knowledge of silicon packaging processes

  • Experience dealing with Contract Manufacturing (CM) in the electronics industry

  • The ability to understand and deal well with rapid development cycles and to remain flexible in the face of uncertainty.

  • Demonstrated experience managing trade-offs given specific constraints.

  • [Bonus] PMP or other professional certifications

  • [Bonus] Working understanding of hardware security modules and protocols

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, 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, and always assess candidates on an individualized basis.


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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