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Design Technologist

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

The purpose of the Proto team 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're looking for a design technologist to help bring our products to life through creative, interactive experiences. You will bring an appropriate mix of front-end development,prototyping tools, and have experience with animation and 3D rendering for the web while writing flexible code that can be iterated upon that leverages up-to-date industry best practices. Thriving on exploration and experimentation, you are at the heart of co-creating ideas and bringing them to life with your design and marketing peers. Your skills complement your application of technology, including a precise eye for intelligent UX, great design, and a strategic foundation.

You will report to the Proto engineering lead and be part of our broader engineering team to gain support in writing code and determine how your work fits within our technology stack and engineering team processes. You will also be directly embedded within our design team and have a dotted line relationship with our Head of Design as you will be a key driver of creative decision making with your design peers.

You Will:

  • Work with design and marketing peers to brainstorm creative solutions to achieve team goals and strategy

  • Participate in concept development to create best in class web experiences that make customers say “wow.”

  • Contribute to systems and standards for our marketing platforms across all product lines within Proto (ie: our web CMS, email marketing platforms etc..)

  • Work collaboratively across multiple teams to ship remarkable solutions on a fast paced team that operates like a startup within a larger company

  • Develop ideation prototypes to create custom content experiences (e.g., infographics, interactive tools, and more) and quickly demonstrate what an idea looks and feels like in real life

  • Work creatively through and around perceived limitations and challenges imposed by the delivery platform to create delightful experiences for customers

  • Evaluate and document any creative or engineering standards or patterns that could arise from your work

Qualifications

You Have:

  • BS in Computer Science or a related technical field, and/or 8+ years of relevant work experience

  • Front-end development experience e.g. HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

  • Experience with JavaScript frameworks/libraries e.g. React.js, Three.js, Next.js

  • Backend development experience in a modern development language such as Ruby, Java, or similar

  • A portfolio of work that displays responsive web examples, iconography, typography, color, imagery, and motion

  • An understanding of web standards, browser performance, SEO optimization, and basic UX/UI principles

  • A history of collaboration with non-technical team members

  • Skills to work on complex problems with any audience in verbal, visual, or written formats

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and Figma

Even better:

  • Experience with 3D rendering software, Blender or Cinema 4D

  • Experience with motion graphics and 3D animation

  • Familiarity with AR/VR

  • Familiarity with CMS tools such as Contentful and Sanity

  • For consideration, please submit a link to your portfolio along with necessary passwords***

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. Block is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, based solely on the core competencies required of the role at hand, and without regard to any 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.

We’ve noticed a rise in recruiting impersonations across the industry, where individuals are sending fake job offer emails. Contact from any of our recruiters or employees will always come from an email address ending with @block.xyz, @squareup.com, @tidal.com, or @afterpay.com, @clearpay.co.uk.

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.

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