Partner Operations Manager

  • 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.

So we expanded into software and started building integrated, omnichannel solutions – to help sellers sell online, manage inventory, offer buy now, pay later functionality through Afterpay, 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

The Industry Relations & Operations (IRO) team manages all the partnerships and operations involved in the payments supply chain for our global footprint. From developing strategy and infrastructure to working with external partners, we find the best ways to move money across different networks and countries in a way that is cost-effective, available, scalable, secure and forward-looking. As the Partner Operations Manager within IRO, you will help adapt and evolve our relationships with card networks and acquirers. Working alongside product, compliance, engineering and other teams, your role will be to support IRO’s agenda and help Square grow and adapt in the dynamic landscape of the industry in which we operate. You will manage payment operations in the U.S. and support key activities, initiatives and priorities as we grow the business. You will work cross-functionally with teams to help resolve technical payment issues, monitor payments activity and performance, ensure proper setup of strategic sellers and provide operational support. 

You will:

  • Support day to day acquiring operations in the US and current partnerships through detailed and proactive account management
  • Conduct research/investigation into specific payment issues and collaborate cross-functionally with internal stakeholders to resolve operational and payment issues Provide operational support for marketing activities 
  • Translate technical changes to internal stakeholders to ensure compliance with upcoming network release requirements 
  • Support the wider payments team to operationalize and solidify strategic partnerships and vendor relationships to put in place new products and infrastructure that will future proof Square's business and ensure resiliency
  • Manage challenging situations with partners to successful resolution while knowing when it is appropriate to escalate a situation 
  • Manage our analysis and monitoring tools to ensure that we drive operational excellence in everything that we do 
  • Support our external program management efforts to drive analysis and problem solve with card networks, banks, and industry partners to maximize benefits to Square and our customers while driving down inefficiencies and cost


  • 4+ years of experience and solid understanding of the payment industry and its current evolution both domestically and abroad. Prior experience at a global payments network or acquirer or issuer strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work cross functionally and interact at all levels with diverse roles including engineers, business partners and executive leadership to achieve strategic results
  • Familiarity with data pertaining to merchant, acquirers, networks and gateways
  • Clear written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to deal with ambiguity; think strategically and analytically about business, product, and technical challenges; as well as earn trust with and influence others. A strong sense of ownership, drive to have an impact, and entrepreneurial spirit are musts
  • Dexterity and appetite to develop your skill set across roles such as relationship manager, problem solver, troubleshooter, and analytics manager, interrogating new payment network rules, pricing and billing changes, contract changes, interchange updates and account managers at our bank and network partners

Even better:

  • Deep analytical skills - ability to query and analyze data sets to support strategy or resolve issues (e.g. SQL skills)
  • Proven track record of success managing programs and projects with cross functional partners across markets 
  • You understand network rules, interchange, the PSP business model, connectivity, data exchange and key performance indicators related to payment processing. You have a high level understanding of technical payment specifications (such as ISO 8583) and the ability to translate business needs into technical requirements

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 $111,700 - USD $167,500
Zone B: USD $103,800 - USD $155,800
Zone C: USD $98,200 - USD $147,400
Zone D: USD $89,400 - USD $134,000                       

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. 

Full-time employee benefits include the following:

  • Healthcare coverage (Medical, Vision and Dental insurance)
  • Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account
  • 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 (including 12 paid holidays)
  • Paid sick leave (1 hour per 26 hours worked (max 80 hours per calendar year to the extent legally permissible) for non-exempt employees and covered by our Flexible Time Off policy for exempt employees) 
  • Learning and Development resources
  • Paid Life insurance, AD&D, and disability benefits 

These benefits are further detailed in Block's policies. 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, 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.


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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.

While there is no specific deadline to apply for this role, on average, U.S. open roles are posted for 70 days before being filled by a successful candidate.

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