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Staff Software Engineer, Bitkey

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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
Bitkey sits within the Proto team. Proto's purpose is to accelerate the world's transition to a more open economy by making products that increase access and independence for everyone. The first two initiatives we've identified that represent the biggest impact to this purpose are in the Bitcoin space with Bitcoin mining and Bitkey, a self custody Bitcoin wallet. While we're starting there, we don't believe the need for tools to increase one's independence is limited to bitcoin or the financial space. One principle across everything we do in Proto is open development - show and tell. We develop products in the open, you can read more about them at bitkey.build and mining.build .
We are looking to hire an engineer to help our team optimize for finding product market fit in a technically complex environment. A successful candidate has worked in a variety of technical lead capacities and is curious to solve problems no matter where they are in the software stack. While Bitcoin or cryptographic expertise is a significant bonus, it is not a requirement of this role. It is a requirement to be passionate about this burgeoning technology and for the candidate to have a history of being successful in ambiguous or zero-to-one environments. This role will be crucial to product development and will collaborate across a variety of disciplines.
The person who takes this role will help us continue to refine our architecture from first principles, help define engineering best practices and will leverage their expertise to help us build new products around Bitcoin. It's just as important that this person help us figure out what not to spend time on - and with this in mind, the wrong hire in this role could be worse than no hire at all. The scope is wide -- nothing is off-limits and whoever is in this role will need to understand the whole product offering. This role is also hands-on -- we need someone who has the breadth to develop strategy and the depth to help realize it in practice.
This role requires heavy collaboration with all of our disciplines including mobile, server, web, firmware, and security and will be critical to improving the success of our engineers and overall product.
You Will

  • Develop primitives that we are able to share across multiple platforms
  • Architect our systems to be adaptive to our core primitives, solving for current problems of the product, while also keeping an eye on the future
  • Help develop the product roadmap in partnership with other stakeholders across business, marketing, product, design and legal
  • Maintain a high quality bar for our engineering team by ensuring we have the right visibility into tracing, metrics, logging, and alerting
  • Work with other Block bitcoin, foundational and security teams to develop strategies for how we leverage existing or build new tooling to support our products.
  • Be a champion for engineering excellence by improving our processes


Qualifications
You Have:

  • 12+ years of experience directly working as an individual contributor
  • Worked with various teams to develop software approaches and aligned partner teams to advance the work
  • Championed and executed on initiatives to uplift engineering organizations
  • Navigated architectural decisions that weigh trade-offs between building your own solution or buying something that suits your needs
  • Identified bottlenecks in systems, quantified their impact, and prioritized effectively
  • Bonus: Experience in security, cryptography, or bitcoin
  • Bonus: Experience building in a zero-to-one environment where you've had to trailblaze your own path


Technologies we use and teach:

  • Kotlin Multiplatform
  • Rust
  • Swift
  • AWS
  • Docker
  • DataDog
  • DynamoDB


Qualifications
You Have:

  • 12+ years of experience directly working as an individual contributor
  • Worked with various teams to develop software approaches and aligned partner teams to advance the work
  • Championed and executed on initiatives to uplift engineering organizations
  • Navigated architectural decisions that weigh trade-offs between building your own solution or buying something that suits your needs
  • Identified bottlenecks in systems, quantified their impact, and prioritized effectively
  • Bonus: Experience in security, cryptography, or bitcoin
  • Bonus: Experience building in a zero-to-one environment where you've had to trailblaze your own path


Technologies we use and teach:

  • Kotlin Multiplatform
  • Rust
  • Swift
  • AWS
  • Docker
  • DataDog
  • DynamoDB
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What are Block Perks + Benefits

Block Benefits Overview

At Block, we want to provide you with benefits, perks, and offerings that empower you to make choices for your life and what matters to you. We understand the importance of having quality care. So, whatever stage of life you’re in, we offer coverage and plans to support total health — physical, mental, and financial — for you and your family.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Hybrid work model
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Diversity
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Diversity recruitment program
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Wellness days
Abortion travel benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
401(K) matching
Company equity
Employee stock purchase plan
Performance bonus
Pay transparency
Child Care & Parental Leave
Childcare benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Fertility benefits
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Flexible time off
Floating holidays
Bereavement leave benefits
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Onsite office parking
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Personal development training
Virtual coaching services
Apprenticeship programs

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