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

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Tala

| Santa Monica
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Engineering Mission: Our mission is to build a scalable, resilient, and secure platform to serve our global customers, to grow our tech teams through treating engineering as a craft, seeking individuals with unique and diverse skill sets, and to encourage each other to grow with a deep sense of humility.

CTO Mission: Attract, develop and lead Tala’s Technology & Data organizations to realize the vision of providing financial access, choice, and control for people everywhere via technical innovation and building scalable, intelligent decisioning systems.

Responsibilities (In this role you will):

  • Lead Engineering and Data teams and execute on company initiatives
  • Identify organizational gaps within tech team to achieve company objectives. Plan, recruit, retain, and build capacity accordingly
    • Facilitate the evolution of a healthy and high performing engineering culture practiced consistently across all offices
    • Establish effective, sustainable development hubs across Santa Monica, Nairobi, and Bangalore, staffed with the necessary technical talent in alignment with product roadmap.
    • Build exceptional recruiting and retention capabilities
    • Coach, mentor and develop Tala’s technical managers on their journey of learning and growth as inspiring and effective people managers.
  • Lead the development of scalable technical platforms to support business growth, new country launches, feature development, and economies of scale, in both production and offline environments
    • Build technical platforms to meet engineering Production metric goals while supporting business growth
    • Optimize the data infrastructure to support model research, development, and deployment (reduce current cycle time by 50%)
    • Build infrastructure and deployment systems to achieve continuous integration / continuous delivery
    • Ensure superior security and data compliance
  • Expand company-wide culture of data-driven thinking
    • Ensure data collection and availability across all dimensions of Tala’s products, internal tools, and business metrics
    • Provide effective tooling and training to company to leverage data day to day thinking and decisioning
    • Enable experimenters to ship safe, informative experiments across the entire Tala product flow in a self-service platform

Requirements (For this role you must have/be):

  • Ability to lead and coordinate distinct functions within a global and/or distributed technology org both onshore and offshore (Managerial experience: 150 people, 5+ years)
  • Organizational design, capacity planning, recruiting, and ability to execute on those in context of 2-3x a team size to 200+
  • Strategic planning (building roadmaps, difficult tradeoffs, decision frameworks) to achieve business goals aligned to Tala’s mission and current growth stage
  • An effective communicator who motivates and drives strong cross-functional leadership (technical and non-technical audiences)
  • Technical knowledge in scalable distributed systems, data infrastructure, machine learning; proven track record of implementing new systems and products in industry setting
  • Experience with cloud technologies including AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and/or Microsoft Azure
  • Familiarity with modern programming languages such as Java, GoLang, Scala or Python
  • Agile driven product development experience
  • A technical evangelist to advance Tala’s reputation as innovative leader in fintech

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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Where we are

1633 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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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.

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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Director, Data Science

Tala
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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

Senior Credit Analyst

Tala
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1 week ago
+33
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. 

DevOps Engineer

Tala
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1 week ago
+33
We’re looking for a SeniorDevOps Engineer to support and maintain the core components of our financial platform and scale it to serve millions of users across the world. The technical scope of the project is broad and leverages a variety of cutting-edge commercial and open source tools to get the job done.

Senior Technical Recruiter

Tala
Santa Monica
1 week ago
+33
The Role At Tala, we are connecting millions of people to the financial services they deserve. We're a small team, growing at a massive rate, and we are looking for a Lead Technical Recruiter. We are looking for someone who leads by serving, is highly collaborative, high-energy, is results-oriented, has a bias towards action, is exceptionally imaginative, is adaptable, and truly excited about Tala’s mission! We’re looking for someone eager to

Director, Global People Operations

Tala
Santa Monica
1 week ago
+33
The Director of Global People Operations will be a member of Tala’s People leadership team and will report directly to the Chief People Officer, and serve as a trusted thought partner to team leaders across the company and around the world. The Tala People team co-creates an environment where teams unlock their infinite potential to accelerate Tala’s global impact. 

Backend Engineer

Tala
Santa Monica
2 weeks ago
+33
The Senior Backend Engineer builds and extends Tala’s backend architecture to support new country launches, new features, and fast growing user base. As a technologist and a leader, the Senior Backend Engineer pushes the team towards building a highly available, scalable, reliable, fault tolerant, and performant microservices platform. The Senior Backend Engineer follows and improves upon Tala’s engineering processes and standards while advancing Tala’s mission and business objectives

Staff Accountant

Tala
Santa Monica
2 weeks ago
+33
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!

Global Controller

Tala
Santa Monica
3 weeks ago
+33
Global Controller We are looking for a Global Controller based in Santa Monica to grow and lead our accounting team across our international markets. As Tala operates in a unique segment of the fintech industry and across emerging markets, this isn’t your typical accounting position. This role will require practical problem-solving skills and a balance between big-picture strategic thinking and a willingness to roll up sleeves and dive into the

Senior SDET

Tala
Santa Monica
3 weeks ago
+33
SDET is responsible for tools, frameworks and automated tests coverage across our entire stack. SDET delivers tools and frameworks to automate and speed up test and release process. By making automation an early and integral part of SDLC, you will enable Tala to move towards CI/CD process. This is an individual contributor role within Tala’s engineering track. You will report to the Release Manager and collaborate cross-functionally with all Tala teams across the globe.