Senior Software Engineer, Security Data Infrastructure

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time
  • Alternate Location: Toronto, Canada

Company Description

Block is one company built from many blocks, all united by the same purpose of economic empowerment. The blocks that form our foundational teams — People, Finance, Counsel, Hardware, Information Security, Platform Infrastructure Engineering, and more — provide support and guidance at the corporate level. They work across business groups and around the globe, spanning time zones and disciplines to develop inclusive People policies, forecast finances, give legal counsel, safeguard systems, nurture new initiatives, and more. Every challenge creates possibilities, and we need different perspectives to see them all. Bring yours to Block. 

Job Description

Asset management is a core tenet of Information Security, traditionally captured through hardware and software asset management. As the company grows, data increasingly becomes an important asset that requires active tracking and management in order to ensure we are building and maintaining appropriate data protection.

As the technical lead, you will define the broad direction and future of our Data Inventory Platform, which is focused on building out and continuously improving the accuracy of our data cataloging as our systems continue to evolve in number and complexity. You will operate on the critical path of surfacing data risk on all Block products and business units, and will have a direct impact on the success of security and privacy of data at Block. In this role, you will closely work with many teams across Block, including other teams within security, as well as platform engineering, product engineering, data science, and counsel. 


You should expect to:

  • Collaborate with leaders across security, platform, data science, and counsel to translate data visibility requirements into technical solutions

  • Design, develop, and test high-quality services that support long-term data infrastructure and visibility needs across the organization

  • Set broad direction and vision, influence engineering and business strategy, and establish practices to efficiently and effectively address data security and privacy needs across Block's engineering ecosystem

  • Provide mentorship and reviews for engineering teams working with the Data Inventory Platform

  • Work with the engineering manager to oversee the success of the team's projects and deliver quantifiable results


Some qualifications you may have:

  • 8+ years of data infrastructure or backend software development, preferably some combination of both!

  • Excellent software engineering and software architecture knowledge and the ability to provide technical mentorship and guidance

  • Engineering experience in building services for high-throughput data processing and classification (e.g. log processing, schema classification, etc.)

  • Experience with cloud-based data warehouses

  • Ability to cut across services, infrastructure, or frameworks in novel ways to achieve security and privacy goals

  • Strong communication skills. You’re adept at understanding complex technical concepts and helping your team make decisions to move forward, as well as communicating those decisions upwards to security and engineering cross-functional leaders


As a bonus, you might also have experience or interest in:

  • Engineering experience in data inventory, catalog, discovery, lineage and/or classification systems at scale

  • Developing or maintaining services or processes to meet data governance needs

  • Identifying and surfacing data inventory/catalog anomalies to incident response teams

  • Designing novel ways to understand and surface data flow, access control, and risk


Technologies we use and teach:

  • Java, Golang, Python, Javascript

  • Snowflake, BigQuery and MySQL

  • Airflow

  • Kafka, Kinesis, Pubsub

  • Kubernetes, Docker, Terraform, Envoy

  • On-Prem, AWS, GCP

Examples of our work:

Additional Information

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. Square 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.


We want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:

  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD54566975, 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. TBD54566975 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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