UX Researcher

San Francisco, CA
Posted on:
July 13, 2022

Company Description

Since we first opened our doors in 2009, the world of commerce has evolved immensely – and so has Square. After enabling anyone to take a payment and never miss a sale, we saw sellers stymied by disparate, outmoded products and tools that wouldn’t work together. So we expanded into software and started building integrated, omnichannel solutions – to help sellers sell online, manage inventory, run a busy kitchen, book appointments, engage loyal buyers, and hire and pay staff. And across it all, we’ve embedded financial services tools at the point of sale, so merchants can access a business loan and manage their cash flow all in one place.

Today, we’re a partner to sellers of all sizes – large, enterprise-scale businesses with complex commerce operations, sellers just starting out, as well as merchants who began selling with Square and have grown larger over time. As our sellers scale, so do our solutions. We all grow together.

There is a massive opportunity in front of us. We’re building a business that is big, meaningful, and lasting. And we are helping sellers around the world do the same.

Job Description

We are looking for an experienced UX Researcher to join Square's growing Appointments team. We know we can only build remarkable products if we have empathy for our customers' lives first and that's where you'll come in. You'll help connect Square with the sellers we serve, learning from their unique stories and challenges as small business owners to ensure our products are relevant, useful and delightful.

The Appointments team within Square focuses on designing simple, yet powerful solutions for our service-based business customers that rely on scheduling and selling their time. This includes designing products for two main industries: Beauty (e.g. salons, spas) and Fitness (e.g. personal training, yoga studios).You'll report to the UX Research Lead for Appointments & Conversations and be a part of a community of researchers where you can grow in your craft.

We're aiming to build a research team that mirrors the inclusivity of our Square seller community. We encourage candidates from all different backgrounds and all over the United States and Canada - from big cities to small towns - to apply. We also welcome you to share any personal life experiences that power your empathy for our sellers and desire for this role. We'd love to hear if you have firsthand experience in the fitness or beauty industry.

You Will

  • You'll be embedded into a collaborative team of Product Managers, Designers, Data Analysts and Marketers as the "voice of our sellers", focused on creating remarkable seller experiences. You'll guide and inspire your team by delivering research that uncovers meaningful insights. You'll know you're successful when you've influenced strategic decisions that alleviate our seller's biggest pain points. Specifically, you'll:
  • Design and execute research projects, choosing the right mix of quant/qual methods to answer complex questions. You'll bring your team members into your research process to grow their understanding of our sellers and the problems we're trying to solve.
  • Shape your team's research roadmap. You'll work with team members, weighing timeline, approaches, and impact to plan and scope research needs from small to large, with guidance from UX Research/Design Leads, and contribute to roadmaps/strategy with your direct cross-functional team.
  • Provide guidance and training on research tools and techniques to enable non-researchers to conduct "self-service" research activities.
  • Contribute to the Square-wide research community, including creating ways to enhance the visibility of our research, learning from other's skills and sharing your own, and developing helpful tools and templates.


  • 5+ years of experience conducting and leading impactful research, ideally with a blend of both user and market research knowledge.
  • Empathy, knowledge and a deep desire to improve the lives of business owners.
  • Experience using research to influence decisions across the whole product development process and marketing and creative strategy, through successful collaboration with product managers, design, marketing, data science, etc.
  • Agile approach to building research plans that support wide-ranging team needs under tight timeframes.
  • Experience designing and leading qualitative fieldwork using a range of techniques (e.g. 1:1 interviews, concept testing, usability testing, ethnographies, focus groups and co-creation workshops) and/or experience conducting survey research end-to-end including questionnaire development, programming, data analysis and reporting (mixed-methods preferred).
  • Project management skills, including planning logistics, coordinating activities with multiple team members and flexibly adapting to changes. A willingness to get hands-on and personally recruit participants.
  • Simple and clear style of communicating findings.
  • Expertise in conducting different types of research, which could include exploratory research, segmentation studies, value proposition, customer satisfaction, new product/feature testing, pricing, and more.

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, 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 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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