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Square // credit card processing & point of sale solns
, Full Time       Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020
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Company Description
Square builds common business tools in unconventional ways so more people can start, run, & grow their businesses. When Square started, it was difficult & expensive (or just plain impossible) for some businesses to take credit cards. Square made credit card payments possible for all by turning a mobile phone into a credit card reader. Since then Square has been building an entire business toolkit of both hardware & software products including Square Capital, Square Terminal, Square Payroll, & more. We're working to find new & better ways to help businesses succeed on their own terms-and we're looking for people like you to help shape tomorrow at Square.

Job Description

Ever wanted to apply advanced engineering & data science techniques to combat financial crime? Square is continuing to develop innovative technology to help us quickly identify & mitigate illegal financial activities. We are looking for a strong Financial Crimes Technology Lead to join us & be an integral member of the global compliance leadership team. This position will play a key role in the team's long term success & scalability. The role will report into Square's Chief Compliance Officer.

As the Financial Crimes Technology Lead, you will be responsible for hiring & leading Square's Financial Crimes Engineering, Data Science, & Model Governance teams. You & your teams will set the long term strategy & roadmap for our Compliance technology solutions. You will determine areas of appropriate investment & build, maintain, & innovate on our Financial Crimes technology stack. You will also serve as Square's compliance technology subject matter expert & will represent Square in all manner of regulatory & partnership audits.

In this role you will have the opportunity to use your financial crimes experience & technology background to solve challenging business problems, explore innovative ways of engineering, & lead meaningful change through technology enablement & scalability. This position can be based out of any of our locations (SF, Oakland, Toronto, ATL or New York) with 20% travel expected.

You will:

  • Build & lead the Financial Crimes Engineering, Data Science & model governance team by offering strong technical direction & effective people management

  • Foster a culture of strong engineering craftsmanship & provide oversight of work in engineering, data analysis, metrics generation, model governance/validation, queue creation & tuning

  • Provide accountability & represent the Compliance team's tech stack & behavior monitoring model in regulatory & partner audits

  • Support the CCO as Square's AML/CTF/Sanctions technology subject matter expert, identifying areas for technical innovation & M&A, evaluating relevant technologies (products, services, & platforms) & vendors, & drive the creation of new & standardized technical requirements & specifications

  • Oversee & drive the development of Square's AML/CTF/Sanctions technology products & services (tech stack), including developing a holistic strategic roadmap for the tech stack across products, organizations, & jurisdictions, & maintaining comprehensive & real-time management of the systems

  • Support the development & scaling of new Square products by ensuring that the Compliance tech stack is properly designed & features all required elements to support the products, while also maximizing operational efficiency & effectiveness

  • Assess areas of highest technological risk & form a perspective on investment paths in a compliance system or tool's life cycle

  • Build relationships with & influence cross functional engineering & data science teams

  • Network with compliance technology companies & partners who are critical to advancing Square's mission & global expansion


You Have:

  • 10+ years of technology-related experience in the financial services industry, preferably with a background/expertise in anti money laundering, Financial Crimes, transaction monitoring, AML, & sanctions.

  • Bachelor or Masters degree in Computer Science or related discipline

  • Applications, data applications, or full stack engineering experience, data science background a plus

  • Deep Financial Crimes/AML regulatory knowledge, implementation expertise, & experience navigating regulatory expectations of compliance systems

  • Experience in & a desire to innovate in the emerging fields of Fintech, Regtech, Blockchain, artificial intelligence, data science, machine learning, and/or virtual currencies.

  • Experience building & hiring engineering and/or data science teams

  • At minimum, 5 years of engineering leadership experience, managing a team of 7 or more

Additional Information
At Square, we value diversity & always treat all employees & job applicants based on merit, qualifications, competence, & talent. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to assistance(at) We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name & preferred method of contact, & we will respond as soon as possible.
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