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In office: San Francisco, CA

  • 🇺🇸 United States

Software Engineer (New Grad)

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

You'll be working on the merchant side of Block's business, supporting SMBs (small/medium businesses) throughout their lifecycle with our Afterpay and Cash brands - from applying to joining to transacting to growing, we cover it all. Our team supports the end-user applications and the microservices behind the scenes. 

The team itself is product-focused and covers the entire web development stack (FE, BE, DevOps) but this role will be especially focused on building and maintaining the BE + DevOps aspects of our systems. You'll work with a smart set of team members who are very motivated to keep learning and continuing to grow with each other in a supportive way. 

Primary technologies you'll be working with:

  • Backend

    • Python (Flask)

    • Kotlin (Spring / Gradle)

    • PostgreSQL

    • Kafka, AWS EventBridge

  • Infra/DevOps

    • Heroku and AWS

    • Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform, and Helm

    • Buildkite for CI/CD

    • Git + Github

Additional technologies you'll be exposed to:

  • Frontend

    • React and Redux (including hooks) in TypeScript

    • React Testing Library and Cypress

    • Material UI and Figma

    • Webpack 5


You Have:

  • Expected graduation between December 2022 and May 2023 and are completing a degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Math, or a related technical field. Bootcamp graduates and engineering training participants are also considered upon completion of program requirements

  • Programming experience in one or more object-oriented languages, including Kotlin, Java, Ruby, Scala, Go, or Python

You'll have a gentle and intentional onboarding experience and will have time to learn and grow comfortable with our systems, processes, and people.

Within 1 month, you'll:

  • Get assigned and set up recurring meetings with your onboarding mentor

  • Learn about the business and dive into the inner workings of our platform and our codebase, all while learning Python, Kotlin, a small bit of TypeScript, and general software engineering best practices

  • Tackle your first ticket by committing changes and deploying your code to production

Within 3 months, you'll:

  • Help maintain both a codebase and a team culture that are a joy to work in

  • Become leveled up on our technical stack, and support a variety of work including building product features, improving our testing suite, and expanding / refactoring APIs  

  • Learn how the business operates and makes decisions as part of Block's culture of ownership, transparency, and collaboration

  • Work closely with your mentor and the rest of your team, receiving feedback through coaching, code reviews, and 1:1 meetings

Within 6 months, you'll:

  • Be equipped to deliver features and improvements with minimal guidance or support from other team members

  • Help the team by performing code reviews and giving/receiving thoughtful feedback from other engineers and teammates in your product/design team

  • Establish strong working relationships with your peers and leaders, practicing transparency and visibility in your progress against assignments

  • Join the on-call rotation and help the team pay down technical debt and improve reliability

  • Gain a more robust understanding of the needs of the product and become more comfortable with diagnosing problems


At Block, we are a growing company that is constantly evolving so this timeline is intended to show you an example of what you can expect from the role. Keep in mind we're always iterating, learning, and growing, we expect these guidelines to continue to evolve as we expand. We're excited for you to join us on the journey!


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 the candidate's work location and may be may be modified in the future.

Zone A: USD $125,000
Zone B: USD $118,800
Zone C: USD $112,500
Zone D: USD $106,300

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.

US and Canada EEOC Statement

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.