Head of Finance- Europe

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Full-time

Company Description

Square builds common business tools in unconventional ways so more people can start, run, and grow their businesses. When Square started, it was difficult and 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 and software products including Square Capital, Square Terminal, Square Payroll, and more. We’re working to find new and 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

You will:

  • Leadership and oversight of local financial, tax, internal audit, and corporate governance requirements for the European market.  Maintains, monitors and appropriately communicates status on deadlines, project plan and calendar for all compliance deliverables. 

  • Ownership of all financial regulatory requirements for the company. This will include but is not limited to safeguarding client funds and regulatory capital monitoring. Keeps current on changes to the compliance landscape and fully understands impact to existing processes and business.  Ensures cross functional teams are educated on all changes and risks.

  • Key point of contact for the financial regulator in both Ireland (Central Bank Ireland) and the UK (Financial Conduct Authority), representing Square in any financial matters. 

  • Develop and build out a robust corporate governance framework that can scale with our business.  This includes understanding our business, operating model and processes in relation to local regulations and requirements. 

  • Partner closely cross functionally with business, product, internal tax, counsel, IA and finance teams to enable the launch of new products and initiatives internationally.  

  • Responsible for the preparation and presentation of quarterly board materials to senior stakeholders for each legal entity.  Executive presence and ability to influence and partner with cross functional leaders is a must.

  • With the highest standard of professionalism and integrity, represent the company to external partners, including financial institutions, card networks, auditors, public officials, etc.

  • Responsible for the monthly accounting close for all European legal entities, variance analysis and commentary thereof.  Expert in requirements and changes in US GAAP to local statutory conversion. Maintains and owns secondary ledgers with the ability to speak fluently on adjustments and monthly drivers for fluctuation movements.  

  • Responsible for the submission of statistical & financial returns, as requested, from the financial regulators. 

  • Manage statutory audits of European entities and coordination with local external audit firms and internal stakeholders.

  • Responsible for automation and process improvement for financial processes.  Builds for the future leaving minimal technical and process debt. Takes calculated risks understanding cost benefit ratio.   

  • Liaise with external accounting Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) that is based in Dublin, IRL.

  • Assist with international tax compliance, audits and planning.

  • Partner with the US based Treasury team around cash forecasting and funding requirements, bank and counterparty relationship management, non-US reporting and regulatory requirements.


You have:

  • 13+ years of professional experience, with 5+ in leadership.  Exhibits progression throughout career with a proven track record.  

  • Qualified Accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) with business-related degree. 10 years+ post qualification experience.

  • Excellent executive presence, leadership and communication skills.  Ability to partner and influence cross-functionally.  

  • The successful candidate will hold the PCF-11 role (Head of Finance) with the Central Bank of Ireland, and must pass a fitness and probity test.

  • Some travel will be required to UK and US offices.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • PCF approved in a previous role

  • Experience working in technology industry and/or financial services

  • Experience interacting and representing the company to external financial regulators

  • Strong commercial acumen and experience

Additional Information

At Square, our purpose is to empower – within and outside of our walls. In order to build the best tools for the businesses and customers we support all over the world, we have to start at home with a workforce as diverse and empowered as our sellers. To this end, we take great care to evaluate all employees and job applicants equally, based on merit, competence, and qualifications. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. 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)squareup.com. We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible.