Head of Devices Software Engineering

  • Full-time

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

Square Hardware
The Square Hardware team builds emotion-evoking, commerce-enabling products that deliver Square’s breadth of software products into the hands of our sellers. We have a portfolio of products, from the simple and elegant little white reader to the powerful, integrated products like Square Register and Square Terminal. We design, engineer, develop, manufacture, and distribute products that enable in-person commerce, empower businesses of all sizes, and are synonymous with our brand. See what we offer today and imagine what you can help us build in the future.

The role
Devices Software Engineering team develops and delivers the underlying software that powers our hardware products. As the Head of Devices Software Engineering for Square Hardware, you will lead a team of ~100 engineers that build and maintain our Android-based operating system, firmware, 1st party software release system (QA & release management), 1st party eCommerce shop, and our developer experience team. You will be responsible for leading the development of the software assets for new consumer electronic devices and the sustaining engineering work for our existing portfolio of products (i.e., Readers, Stand, Terminal, or Register), including regular software releases. You will work closely with our product, customer-facing app developer, and hardware engineering teams (EE, Systems, and PD).

You will: 

  • Lead a team of ~100 software engineers and engineering managers
  • Work with your partner teams to effectively build new products and sustain our existing products
  • Build high-quality, effective and enjoyable products
  • Build a team culture of high performance, pride, and accountability


You Have:

  • 10+ years of experience leading world-class software engineering teams
  • Experience building firmware and operating system-level software for consumer electronic devices
  • Experience in developing software platforms, QA, release management, and developer experience
  • Familiarity with Android, Qualcomm SOCs, Bluetooth, Wifi, and cellular
  • Understanding of how to work with manufacturing partners in both CM and JDM models 
  • A passion for building great products and empowering SMB businesses
  • Experience building teams with a performance culture
  • An ability to communicate with executives effectively and navigate highly cross-functional work

Additional Information

Block takes a market-based approach to pay, and pay may vary depending on your location. U.S. locations are categorized into one of four zones based on a cost of labor index for that geographic area. The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These ranges may be modified in the future.

Zone A: USD $326,300 - USD $398,800
Zone B: USD $326,300 - USD $398,800
Zone C: USD $326,300 - USD $398,800
Zone D: USD $326,300 - USD $398,800

To find a location’s zone designation, please refer to this resource. If a location of interest is not listed, please speak with a recruiter for additional information. 

Benefits include the following:

  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans including company match 
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness programs, including access to mental health, 1:1 financial planners, and a monthly wellness allowance 
  • Paid parental and caregiving leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources
  • Paid Life insurance, AD&D. and disability benefits 
  • Perks such as WFH reimbursements and free access to caregiving, legal, and discounted resources 

This role is also eligible to participate in Block's equity plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies, and may be eligible for a sign-on bonus. Sales roles may be eligible to participate in a commission plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies. Pay and benefits are subject to change at any time, consistent with the terms of any applicable compensation or benefit plans.

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.

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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