Payments technology company Square is expanding its Irish presence, adding 30 new jobs to its Dublin office.
The new roles, which include customer success, software engineering, sales, product management, marketing, legal, finance and accounting, will bring the company’s workforce to 150 people at its European headquarters.
“This is major for us,” said Square’s European executive director Jason Lalor. “Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve quadrupled our team size in Dublin, which is no easy feat.”
The new roles will be distributed across Square’s seller and CashApp business units, and will be a mixture of office-based and remote working roles from elsewhere within Ireland.
The company, which is led by Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey, enables its customers to set up online shops, take card payments in person, access earnings faster and manage inventory. It was established in 2009.
Square officially launched its services to businesses in Ireland in May 2021, but the company has been based here since 2016.
“It’s always nice to sit in your home country and see the business growing in front of you,” Mr Lalor said. “The reasons that we came here and wanted to launch here have been validated and they remain true. It’s down to the fact that this country is so rich in terms of SMEs and micro business who we serve and our aim is continue to grow as they grow.”
The May launch kicked off the company’s expansion into the wider European market, with France following in September 2021 and Spain slated for launch in 2022. Long term, the company expects half its business will be outside the United States. The new jobs will help Square support that growth.
“The leadership team is excited, our colleagues in Dublin are excited,” said Mr Lalor. “It’s really starting to put us on the map as a true European HQ for this business.”
Mr Lalor said he was confident the company would be able to fill the roles. “We see a strong pool of candidates in the market,” he said.
The expansion was welcomed by Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar.
“I’m really happy to see Square expand already, after only officially launching its products here recently. It’s a real vote of confidence in Ireland’s offering,” he said. “Square is a fantastic addition to the payments industry here.”
IDA Ireland’s global head of international financial services Kieran Donoghue said the the Square investment would further enhance Ireland’s reputation as a centre for both digital payments and the commingling of finance and technology.
“Square is a global leader and innovator in the payments space. The functions being expanded in Ireland will enable the company to serve a growing customer base in Europe, ” he said.