Tala
Santa Monica, CA

Senior Backend Engineer

| Santa Monica

Tala is looking for great Software Engineers who want to tackle challenging problems in an innovative and collaborative manner. We pride ourselves on having an ego-free environment. We consider ourselves language agnostic-problem solvers and do not discriminate if you haven’t worked with our exact tech stack.

Engineering is a craft, and at Tala we want the internals of our software to be as elegant as the end user experience we are designing. We spend our days scaling our infrastructure and building new features to meet and exceed our user’s needs and wants. We teach and learn from another and push each other to be at our creative and analytical bests.

As a Senior Backend Engineer You Will:

  • Design and implement complex, distributed platforms for storing data, scaling parallel algorithms, etc.
  • Analyze fault-tolerance and high availability issues, performance and scale challenges, and solve them.
  • Understand trade-offs between consistency, durability and costs to build solutions which can meet the demands of rapidly growing services.
  • Ensure operational readiness of the services and meet the commitments to our customers regarding availability and performance.

Our Ideal Senior Backend Engineer Will Have:

  • Strong Computer Science fundamentals.
  • 5+ years’ experience working on backend software using modern languages and frameworks (Java, Go, Scala, Python, Play, Django).
  • Strong relational database experience (MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, or MS SQL).
  • Working knowledge in API development for mobile/web use.
  • Experience with developing complex software systems scaling to thousands of users with production quality deployment, monitoring and reliability.
  • Ability to decompose complex business problems and lead a team in solving them.

You Can Stand Out by Having:

  • Expert proficiency in Agile development process.
  • Advanced degree in Computer Science and/or Math.
  • Excellent ability to prioritize and communicate in a fast-paced, startup environment.
  • Bonus: Experience in predictive analysis and machine learning.

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. More than 1.3 million people have borrowed through Tala’s smartphone app, which provides instant credit scoring, lending, and other personalized financial services in emerging markets. Tala has raised more than $105 million from leading venture and impact investors including Revolution, IVP, Ribbit Capital, Data Collective, and Lowercase Capital. Tala’s global team is headquartered in Santa Monica, with additional offices in Nairobi, Manila, Dar Es Salaam, Mexico City, Mumbai, 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.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences

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.

Jobs at Tala
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Engineering Manager

Tala
Santa Monica
3 days ago
+17
Tala is looking for a highly motivated Engineering Manager to successfully lead a team of Back End Engineers in building new platform features which will enable us to provide financial services to millions of people worldwide. 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 2+ billion people of the emerging global middle class.

Android Engineer

Tala
Santa Monica
2 weeks ago
+17
We are looking for a Mobile Engineer to produce life-changing financial services applications. In this role, you’ll be helping develop our Android application as well as contributing to the core architecture of the system. Creating a global credit-scoring platform involves solving problems that are both conceptually and technically hard, so you’ll get a mix of experience including engineering and scaling for a high-volume mobile platform. Enthusiasm and drive for crafting a great user experience is a must. If you enjoy taking a complicated idea/process and simplifying it for the user into a beautiful and compelling experience then our team may be the right place for you.

Technical Product Manager

Tala
Santa Monica
2 weeks ago
+17
Deliver and set strategy for technically complex initiatives (e.g. platform distribution, integration of new data sources), that impact global engineering hubs. Lead engineering squads to align, prioritize, and execute roadmap against KPIs. Collaborate with the broader PM community on strategy, dependencies, and creating a center of excellence. Map the interdependencies between multiple services and build roadmaps that incorporate impacts to each. Develop product specs that minimize assumptions and ambiguity for developers. Global travel may be required.

DevOps Engineer

Tala
Santa Monica
2 weeks ago
+17
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.

Staff Accountant

Tala
Santa Monica
3 weeks ago
+17
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!