Facebook Seeks to Hire over 30 Professionals to Ramp up Its Blockchain Work

Facebook is seeking to hire over 30 employees for its blockchain initiative.

The career website of the social media giant now lists 32 job openings with blockchain expertise as the primary requirement. Six of these roles are for Calibra, the wallet app for Facebook’s Libra. These are positions for data scientists and engineers, who will examine how users interact with Calibra and other Facebook services.

“The wallet will be the delivery vehicle for many financial services starting with personal payments, but expanding to online and offline commerce and eventually lending and personal financial management,” says the job description.

The blockchain team is also hiring legal and regulatory roles such as lead product counsel; lead commercial counsel; lead international blockchain counsel in Singapore who will take care of compliance across several jurisdictions; and public policy manager, who will provide “payments and blockchain regulatory policy development.”

Facebook is also seeking to hire other roles pertaining to blockchain, including an SEC reporting director, a technology communication director, a finance program manager, a director of payments partnerships, a growth product manager, a technology communications manager, a brand strategy manager, a program manager, and a software engineering manager.

The list also includes UX researchers and security engineers.

Last week, Facebook formally revealed its vision for Libra, a price-stable cryptocurrency aimed at bringing billions into the worldwide financial system, with companies like Mastercard, Visa, Lyft, PayPal, and Uber on board.

The reveal irked regulators and politicians across the globe, with the G7 establishing a task force to research on the implications of Libra, the U.S. Congress holding meetings on July 16 and 17, and the Bank of England’s president guaranteeing the initiative would get proper scrutiny.