People Matter

Staff Frontend Software Engineer, FTL



Software Engineering
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2024

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

FTL is an open-source, next-generation platform that radically reimagines server programming, prioritizing instant feedback, moving beyond microservices and traditional SOA, and integrating AI deeply into its fabric. As a Staff Frontend Engineer you would be responsible for the design and implementation of the FTL Console–the central component of the platform. Including visualizations of the running topology of the system, animations and rich, interactive dashboards, experimental user experiences for AI-driven programming. As an early team member, you would also have a significant role designing of FTL itself. We care about building a carefully curated experience that is responsive, intuitive and delightful to use. Our team consists of veteran open source and infrastructure engineers, led by Block’s CTO and we prize a low-ego, deliver-and-iterate philosophy where everyone's ideas are heard.

As a member of the FTL team, you’ll collaborate with us to:

  • Creatively solve challenging technical problems at scale.
  • Partner closely with the CTO and Senior Engineers to define our roadmap.
  • Have autonomy to research and achieve outcomes with support when you need it.
  • Contributing to the growth of our development capabilities through leading, mentoring and supporting fellow engineers.


You Have:

  • 12+ years of experience delivering quality software and user experiences.
  • Have led front-end projects using some of: TypeScript, JavaScript, React, Docusaurus, NextJS, Tailwind.
  • Experience building highly interactive visualizations and experiences using tools such as D3.js and SVGs.
  • Natural curiosity to learn new technologies, solve interesting problems and build quality software.
  • Desire to perform and grow as an engineer.
  • Technical initiative and leadership on previous projects.
  • Excel at identifying manual processes that can be automated - and figure out how to.
  • Have either done work in public, open source, or chat systems like Discord – or want to!
  • A time zone that overlaps with Australia. Pacific, Hawaii or Australia time zone.

Technologies we use and teach:

  • Java, Kotlin, Go
  • Kubernetes, AWS
  • Jaeger, Prometheus, SignalFx
  • JUnit
  • Hibernate, Guice, GRPC

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 job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These ranges may be modified in the future.

Zone A: USD $239,600 - USD $359,400
Zone B: USD $239,600 - USD $359,400
Zone C: USD $239,600 - USD $359,400
Zone D: USD $239,600 - USD $359,400

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.

Full-time employee benefits include the following:

  • Healthcare coverage (Medical, Vision and Dental insurance)
  • Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account
  • 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 (including 12 paid holidays)
  • Paid sick leave (1 hour per 26 hours worked (max 80 hours per calendar year to the extent legally permissible) for non-exempt employees and covered by our Flexible Time Off policy for exempt employees)
  • Learning and Development resources
  • Paid Life insurance, AD&D, and disability benefits

These benefits are further detailed in Block's policies. 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.

While there is no specific deadline to apply for this role, on average, U.S. open roles are posted for 70 days before being filled by a successful candidate.