Tala is a mobile technology and data science company that is opening up financial access for underserved people around the world. Tala’s smartphone app instantly evaluates customers for credit using only the data on their devices and delivers customized loans in minutes.


Tala, formerly known as InVenture, is backed by IVP, Ribbit Capital, Lowercase Capital, Data Collective, Collaborative Fund and other leading venture and impact investors. In 2016, Fast Company ranked Tala, formerly known as InVenture, as one of its top 10 companies in Money, and Forbes named Tala as one of the top 50 FinTech companies in the world.

Product Fellow, Mexico City at Tala

Tala’s mission is to improve the financial lives of millions of people in developing markets by creating new, accessible financial services that are most relevant to their needs. We are quickly growing in new markets and looking for outstanding people to join our team.

As part of launching new markets, Tala runs a Product Fellow program to embed young talent in the local market and help us drive product iterations. As Product Fellow, you will live in the local markets and develop deep local expertise, while plugging back into our Santa Monica home base to translate that into product iterations. In this program, you may move between markets once each assignment is complete. This is a 1-2 year role with potential growth into Product Manager.

We are looking for a whip-smart and self-driven Product Fellow for our efforts in Mexico. The position is based in Mexico City, and is open to American as well as Mexican citizens.

Responsibilities:

  • Be the persistent connection between the Product team and the local markets. Live for months at a time in the new markets
  • ⅓ Associate Product Manager, ⅓ researcher, and ⅓ relationship builder
  • Prior to market launch, help conduct and synthesize market research and user research
  • During launch, evaluate all iterations of the product on-the-ground - validate designs from prototype through high-fidelity stages
  • Contribute to product spec writing and user acceptance testing for new product builds
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with in-country product partners, and bridge the local Tala perspective and Tala Santa Monica

Qualifications:

    • Self-motivated - You have the self-management to drive projects on your own (while working remotely and in a foreign country), and to overcome dead-ends when needed
    • Fast learner - You thirst for and thrive on new learning opportunities, and have demonstrated experience coming up the curve quickly
    • Versatile analyst - You love bringing data to tackling product-market fit questions. You can distill massive amounts of info down to key insights and drive hypothesis formulation. You are as comfortable working with qualitative user research as well as quantitative data sets.
    • Master communicator - You are a storyteller, your verbal communications skills are top-notch, and your presentations are top-notch
    • Collaborator - You can work closely with cross-functional teams and users to translate market inputs into product requirements
    • Detail oriented - You are thorough and have a sense for even the most minute details
    • Relationship builder - You can establish rapport and maintain relationships with local partners
    • Comfortable with ambiguity - You can handle the ambiguities of being in a startup environment and prioritize accordingly

Requirements:

  • At least 1-2 years experience in high-performing environments, e.g. top-tier consulting firm, high-performing startups, your own startup
  • Willingness to live in developing markets for months at a time and travel frequently
  • Fluent bilingual in English and the language of the market (in this case, Spanish)

 Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Familiarity with consumer financial services industry or fintech
  • Product management experience

About Tala: 

Tala is a mobile technology and data science company that is working to deliver financial access, choice and control to underserved people around the world. Tala’s smartphone app instantly evaluates customers for credit using only the data on their devices and delivers customized loans in minutes.

 Tala, formerly known as InVenture, is backed by IVP, Ribbit Capital, Lowercase Capital, Data Collective, Collaborative Fund and other leading venture and impact investors. In 2016, Fast Company ranked Tala, formerly known as InVenture, as one of its top 10 companies in Money, and Forbes named Tala as one of the top 50 FinTech companies in the world. Additionally, Tala’s work has been highlighted by the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, TED, and Wired, among others.

Company Reviews

For someone who loves to build things, Tala provides the platform to innovate product and technology in markets that hunger for them. What better way to wake up to, knowing I’ll have fun and also contribute to helping people?
Johnny L
Chief Technology Officer
at Tala
I joined Tala because I wanted to be at an innovative company that is focused on increasing access to credit to more individuals across the globe. You have the autonomy to make decisions and have a huge impact on the company and our customers. The learning never ends here. There are always new problems to solve, whether it is entering a new country or creating a new product in a country where we already do business. If you want to have an impact on the world and learn something new every day, Tala is the place to be!
Tamara L
VP of Operations
at Tala
I joined Tala for two reasons - the social impact the company is making around the world and the technical challenges of operating in multiple international countries. Most of my career has been for the US market - having the opportunity to serve the world does it for me! What keeps me here - Besides the social impact, the people that I work with here on a daily basis. The culture we have here is we always find the best solution and regroup when things don't work as original planned. What gets me excited about the work that I do - Building and launching into new countries! This is both challenging and exciting at the same time. All of our work is to improve people's life through credit choice. Nothing beats being able to reach more people in a new countries.
Eric L
Director of Engineering
at Tala
I joined Tala because I wanted to make an impact in my career and be a part of a global fintech revolution helping the under/unbanked in emerging markets gain access to credit. I love being part of a smart, savvy and passionate team who cares deeply about making an impact in the world.
Amy S
Expansion Strategist
at Tala
Tala's focus is of global concern and the diversity of our people and backgrounds reflects a commitment to understanding our users. We're not just a tech company, we're a company that changes how two billion people will participate in the global economy.
Alex F
Expansion Strategist
at Tala
I joined Tala for the opportunity to work on a revolutionary product using data in novel way to change lives. There is always something new to learn, the rest of the team are willing to share knowledge and we have more countries to get into. What I value at Tala is the freedom to do my work in friendly, open and challenging environment.
Sam K
Software Developer - Kenya Office
at Tala
I wake up every day excited to work at Tala. I feel incredibly motivated by our social mission, energized to see how our work improves people’s lives, and inspired by my creative, thoughtful and fun-loving teammates. A lot of start-ups talk about changing the world, but we are really are — and we smile and laugh a lot while doing it!
Zach M
Director of Marketing - New Products
at Tala
Nothing beats working on a product that solves real challenges for people within one’s own society, and that is what attracted me to Tala. Coming to work knowing we will impact a life positively each day Tala is out here keeps me motivated. An awesome team, doing awesome stuff!
Kenn M
Software Developer - Kenya Office
at Tala
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We are data scientists, engineers, customer experience designers, marketers, and finance geeks all passionate about extending financial access, choice and control to the billions of underserved people around the world. We’re working hard to make financial services less transactional and more human – and we have fun doing it! We have teams in Santa Monica, Nairobi, and Manila.
Culture
We put people first – around the world, and within our company. We believe in people from every type of background, and think individuals thrive on teams with diverse skill sets and world views.
Perks & Benefits
Traditional and Roth 401(k) plans, so employees can start saving for their futures from day one
Professional development opportunities – from conferences and online classes to weekly lunch & learns
Company-sponsored health and wellness activities, including local sports leagues and at-work massages!
Full Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage - for both employees AND dependents!
Gender-neutral paid parental leave for 12 weeks
Happier hours – food, drinks & games in the office and out, with each other and with our community

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