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

UX Designer Contractor

| Santa Monica
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Tala is a financial technology company on a mission to enable and accelerate financial health for all. We use world-class technology to make financial services simple, inclusive, and accessible for the globally underestimated. More than 5 million people have borrowed through Tala’s smartphone app, which provides instant credit scoring, lending, education, and other personalized financial services in emerging markets.

As the UX Designer on our CARE squad, you will be responsible for the end-to-end design process for Tala’s suite of internal web-based applications. These enterprise tools are used daily by hundreds of Tala employees and partners worldwide for business-critical operations.


  • Serves the larger mission of the CARE squad to know our customers and solve customer problems. 
  • Owns the end-to-end design process including ideating, prototyping, and usability testing
  • Seeks to understand goals and outcomes for CARE users to translate user workflows into highly usable, performant solutions
  • Consistently and efficiently creates high-quality solutions that adhere to Tala’s design standards
  • Regularly solicits feedback from Product, Design, and Engineering to inform solutions
  • Proactively makes improvements and additions to the CARE Design System as needed


  • 5+ years industry experience as a UI/UX product designer with 2+ years designing specifically for web-based enterprise applications
  • Expert knowledge of Sketch
  • Portfolio of work including multiple examples of web-based SAAS applications (accounting systems, loan servicing systems, collections systems, CRM tools)
  • Experience with prototyping and usability testing
  • Experience working within a highly-componentized, web-based Design System
  • Fundamental understanding of front-end web technology, including HTML5 and CSS3 
  • Experience working on cross-functional teams within Agile development cycles 
  • Ability to self-manage to meet multiple deadlines, prioritize work, and keep projects moving forward
  • Preferred: Experience working with a global, distributed team
  • Preferred: Experience designing for users of varying technical literacy

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.

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Where we are

1633 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • KotlinLanguages
    • PHPLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • jQuery UILibraries
    • ParseLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • Ember.jsFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • PlayFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • ApexFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • Maria DBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • SnowflakeDatabases
    • DynamoDBDatabases
    • S3Databases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • AmplitudeAnalytics
    • LookerAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • AsanaManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SmartsheetManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SendGridEmail

What are Tala Perks + Benefits

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.

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
Highly diverse management team
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
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
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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UX Designer Contractor

Santa Monica
1 week ago
As the UX Designer on our CARE squad, you will be responsible for the end-to-end design process for Tala’s suite of internal web-based applications. These enterprise tools are used daily by hundreds of Tala employees and partners worldwide for business-critical operations.

Senior Credit Analyst

Santa Monica
1 week ago
We’re looking for a Senior Credit Analyst to help manage credit risk across each of our markets, with a focus on enhancing our relationship with existing customers. In this role, you will analyze data to identify opportunities to optimize our loan product across dimensions including limit, price, term and collections strategy and make recommendations for change. You will also have the opportunity to influence new product development. You will report to a Senior Credit and Risk Manager, and collaborate closely with partner teams including growth, data, collections, and engineering. 

Lead Product Designer

Santa Monica
2 weeks ago
In this role you will build and lead a world-class design team and culture at Tala and drive the execution of a high-quality user experience for our Android-based financial services app. Your responsibilities will include managing a global design team as well as owning the end-to-end design for a key product vertical.

Finance Manager

Santa Monica
2 weeks ago
We are looking for a Finance Manager that is passionate about developing a deep understanding of the business and using data to drive insightful decision-making. This role will lead financial planning and business forecasting across a global organization, as well as partner across departments to drive key business initiatives.