Tala
Tala helps the global emerging middle-class use, protect, and grow their money.
Santa Monica, CA

Director, Data Science

| Santa Monica

We are looking for a Director of Data Science interested in solving one of the world's largest problems: financial inclusion. Our team is doing cutting edge work in the field of Data Science and Machine Learning, using unique data to give people in emerging markets access to something that they’ve never had before - credit. Our Data Scientists work directly with Credit, Engineering, and Data Analytics teams to develop and iterate models that promote our vision of financial access for a billion people in emerging markets around the world.

We leverage a unique, diverse, and deep data set, including text, network analysis, and image recognition. You’ll be surprised by the connections between our different data sources! Our Data Scientists are tasked with finding and communicating these connections to the team while integrating them into various models. If you are motivated to change the world through financial freedom and love working with people and data to achieve this mission, we want you here at Tala.

You Will:

  • Lead a team of Data Scientists and structure the team for hyper-growth over the next few years
  • Develop and codify best practices for modeling, testing, and analysis across the team 
  • Lead collaboration with cross functional teams to set a vision for data science and support data driven decision making with analyses and algorithm development
  • Translate highly technical concepts into solutions and deliverables for stakeholders and senior management
  • Continue to grow our Data Science team by recruiting junior data scientists to support the rapid growth of our core business and help deepen the integration of data science across the company 
  • Leverage a unique, diverse, and deep data set to find connections across these data sources. Communicate findings to the team and integrate them into models
  • Own the full-cycle development of a model from ideation and training through deployment into our production environment. This might be a credit model, fraud model, marketing model, or an iteration of an existing model.
  • Lead monitoring framework for model performance once deployed and iterate rapidly if necessary
  • Contribute and share your findings and knowledge of data science and other modeling with all appropriate cross-functional teams
  • Partner with the Engineering to develop, test, and deploy models

You Have:

  • 10+ years of experience in a data science role
  • Masters or PhD in a quantitative field
  • 3+ years of experience hiring and managing data scientists, data analysts, and/or engineers
  • Expert knowledge of modern machine learning algorithms and statistical inference
  • Strong programming skills specifically in Python
  • Proven ability to tackle business problems with data science solutions in production
  • Bonus: Expertise in NLP, network analysis, or geospatial analysis
  • Bonus: Experience in building fraud, credit, or risk models 

You are:

  • Data Science Leader: You like to manage a team of technical people and help them develop to the next level. You give direct timely feedback and can articulate a long term vision which translates to day to day work.
  • Problem Solver: You thrive on finding novel solutions to hard problems. These problems may have ranged from extracting a new dataset from an unexpected source, to building cohorts for customer retention analysis, or the NY Times Saturday crossword.
  • Communicator and Listener: You know your stuff is complicated, but can you communicate complex ideas to others in a manner that is easily understood and digestible? Can you collaborate well with your peers in growth/portfolio/customer experience? There is a large research component to the job, and this research needs to be effectively shared with the rest of the company.
  • Curious: You aren’t content until you understand why the features you have built have the explanatory power they do, and why they aren’t just a spurious correlation.
  • Opinionated (but Open-Minded): We are looking for someone to add diversity of thought to our current ensemble of data scientists.
  • Teammate/Partner: Trust in your team and putting the team and mission above individual highlights (with an understanding that the collection of individual highlights and performance makes the teamwork).

We strongly believe that inclusion fosters innovation and we’re proud to have a diverse team with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We focus on hiring talented people regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

About Tala:

Tala is the leading mobile technology and data science company committed to financial inclusion globally. Millions of people have borrowed through Tala's smartphone app, which provides instant, personalized credit to underserved customers in East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Tala is backed by leading venture and impact investors including PayPal, Revolution Growth, IVP, and Lowercase Capital. Tala is headquartered in Santa Monica with additional offices in Nairobi, Manila, Dar Es Salaam, Mexico City, and Bangalore.

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1633 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Tala Benefits Overview

International Travel - Want to try nyama choma in Kenya, or halo halo in the Philippines, while seeing your work in action? With offices in Mexico City, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Manila and Bangalore, Tala offers Santa Monica-based team members frequent opportunities to travel to our markets to get to know our customers and local team members.

Medical Coverage & Wellness - We believe in people, and empowering each Talazen to be their whole self. With that comes wellness! Tala offers full coverage for health, dental and vision insurance for our team members and their families. We also celebrate wellness days, with opportunities for free massages in the office, and healthy snacks and treats always available onsite. Join one of our intramural sports teams or the running club, and make space for self-care by taking advantage of unlimited PTO and work from home days.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Shuffle Board.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

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! Gender-neutral paid parental leave for 12 weeks.

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Senior Credit Analyst

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Backend Engineer

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Program Manager Contractor

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Tala is looking for a highly motivated Program Manager to Drive high performance of teams by building strong lines of communication across and our global offices. Tala is a world leader in providing direct loans and financial services in emerging markets. We are a global team with diverse backgrounds who are singularly focused on using technology, data, and a customer-centric approach to meet the financial needs of the 3+ billion people of the emerging global middle class. The Program Manager will report to the Program Management Lead and will be responsible for Support the delivery of products and initiatives using Agile practices. Successful candidates will have a deep expertise in Agile methodologies and have a background managing technical programs.

Strategy Analyst

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Empower squads to measure progress towards Tala’s performance goals: Assess whether strategic initiatives are in line with the company’s standards and objectives and stakeholders are aligned. Expedite decision making through analytical frameworks: Develop analytical frameworks to support squads in business decision-making (build business case frameworks and ensure initiatives are positive ROI) help in answering tactical business questions without over-analyzing to get to consensus. Bridge the gap between data and business teams: Identify where we can leverage data and technical expertise (such as Business Intelligence and Data Science) to solve non-technical business problems, and lead the operationalization of the tools they develop. Establish baseline metrics from key projects, apply methods to anticipate and evaluate A/B test results. Improve data capture for analytics needs, including front end tracking requirements, and coordinate basic ETL and aggregate table development with the Business Intelligence Team. Support ad-hoc data and analytical needs of our country and product squads that fall outside the credit team’s mandate. 

Staff Accountant

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Assist with all aspects of Tala’s US accounting function - including, but is not limited to: the company's consolidated financial statements, general ledger, portfolio accounting, accounts payable, reconciliation of balance sheet accounts, budgeting, tax compliance, and various special analyses or projects. Build and maintain adequate and effective processes to improve the close and reporting cycles to ensure timely and accurate reporting. Responsible for handling incoming invoices, obtaining necessary approvals, and facilitating payments to vendors.  Adhere to corporate policies and procedures such as invoice processing, cash management, and expense policies. Ad Hoc projects as they arise, we are a start-up after all!

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Director, Data Science

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We are looking for a Director of Data Science interested in solving one of the world's largest problems: financial inclusion. Our team is doing cutting edge work in the field of Data Science and Machine Learning, using unique data to give people in emerging markets access to something that they’ve never had before - credit. Our Data Scientists work directly with Credit, Engineering, and Data Analytics teams to develop and iterate models that