People Matter

Financial Communications Lead, Global Communications Team

SquareUp

SquareUp

Marketing & Communications, Accounting & Finance
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Friday, May 24, 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

Block is seeking a Financial Communications Lead to join the Corporate Communications function, which is responsible for protecting and advocating for Block’s brand globally. Our Global Communications team is made up of tough, quick-witted, entrepreneurial, and intellectually-curious people. We communicate to the world Block’s purpose of economic empowerment and our mission to empower businesses and individuals with easy-to-use, elegant tools that give them an advantage where they previously had none.

Reporting to the U.S. Head of Corporate Communications, you will work closely with executives and teams across Block, including finance, investor relations, legal, government relations, corporate development, marketing and our business partners within Square, Cash App, TIDAL and TBD. The role requires creativity, and the ability to change course quickly and perform in high-stress situations.

You will:

  • Lead communications for Block’s quarterly earnings announcements and other important company business and financial-related events and announcements, including M&A, treasury investments, financial filings, Investor Days, etc.

  • Partner directly with members of Block’s executive team, advising on messaging, media engagements, and thought leadership, effectively driving the end-to-end business narrative across external communications.

  • Protect Block’s reputation and address complex, potentially controversial public issues impacting the company, executives and the board.

  • Provide communications support for CFO/COO, in addition to other executives.

  • Manage ongoing media relations for corporate functions; maintain relationships with essential national business, financial and technology press.

  • Work with many teams inside Block, including finance, investor relations, legal, government relations, product, design, internal communications, and others.

  • Develop written materials, including company messaging and statements, press releases, communications plans, FAQs, and other collateral.

  • Be a spokesperson on crucial media interactions, including crisis communications and issues that might affect our business and corporate reputation.

  • Oversee major corporate announcements.

Qualifications

You have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) at least 8-12 years relevant work experience, either at a PR agency or on an in-house communications team.

  • Previous communications experience with a consumer financial technology company and/or publicly-traded companies. Ideally, experience working on earnings and/or in the financial services industry.

  • Experience pitching financial, business and technology publications.

  • An understanding of the bigger-picture and experience advancing company narratives in the down-cycles between corporate announcements.

  • Ability to synthesize complex concepts to create essential messages that are consistent but tailored to multiple partners.

  • Strong writing and editing skills.

  • Skills in shaping and executing simultaneous projects. You can multitask and work effectively in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.

  • Experience working with senior leadership and teams across an organization, including finance, legal, corporate development, investor relations, product, engineering, business, and customer support.

  • Enthusiasm, an exceptional work ethic, assertive, a self-starter attitude, and a belief in the purpose of Block.

  • Curiosity, creative thinking, and a sense of humor.

  • An appreciation of the Oxford comma.

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 $189,000 - USD $283,600
Zone B: USD $189,000 - USD $283,600
Zone C: USD $189,000 - USD $283,600
Zone D: USD $189,000 - USD $283,600

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.