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General Manager, Kenya

What you’ll do

  • Responsible for the overall P&L of the market, ensuring we are executing across teams to hit our ambitious customer and financial goals
  • Define country strategy and lead a cross-functional business team responsible for customer and financial targets
  • Communicate regularly with the US teams and play an influential role on global strategy, challenges, and opportunities
  • Lead our in-country Leadership team to identify areas of improvement across teams and drive execution 
  • Identify business challenges, propose analytically grounded, well-researched solutions, and drive execution
  • Accountable for all marketing efforts in-country to grow user acquisition and build a healthy book of loyal and financially healthy users
  • Oversee product strategy in close collaboration with Product Managers and Credit teams
  • Accountable for all partner relationships and partner success
  • Responsible for escalation of challenges and communication of new developments to the Tala leadership team in Santa Monica, CA 
  • Track competition, regulatory changes, and leverage external public relations to ensure Tala is at the forefront of the fintech ecosystem in country
  • Hire and lead a high functioning team in-country building an enduring and inspiring culture

What you’ll need

  • 7+ years of startup tech, marketing, or business leadership experience in high-performing, direct-to-consumer businesses
  • Strong data-driven approach to funnel conversion metrics, campaign performance and P&L management with strong attention to detail.
  • Natural ability to work across Credit, Operations, Growth and Leadership teams to propose, persuade, and collaborate with on strategic priorities
  • Experience in hiring and managing a team; you work well cross functionally and bring an energetic, fun, and creative approach to the workplace
  • Excellent communications skills (written & oral) to communicate complex issues and nuanced considerations clearly

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • MBA or related advanced degree
  • Deep network of contacts amongst Internet and financial service providers including mobile money operators, banks, mobile payment providers, and e-commerce companies
  • Proven bias towards building consumer-centric products and solutions
  • Familiarity with tech-enabled credit or payments products and the general fintech landscape
  • Experience working in an international tech startup

Manager, Global Operations Analytics

What you’ll do

  • Create globally consistent, accurate, real-time dashboards for key Collections & Customer Service metrics
  • Set and monitor team and individual performance targets for Collections & Customer Service teams based on historical, market and partner team data
  • Identify anomalous performance in customer service / collections performance, research root causes and propose solutions to optimize team performance
  • Define framework for assessing optimal mix of internal and external resources
  • Oversee non-labor variable expenses

What you are

  • A collaborative self-starter. You’re excited to pursue new initiatives and love to partner with geographical and cross-functional leads to move the business forward
  • You have the ability to translate insights into action. You not only build models, but you’re able to distill key learnings and use those insights to drive strategic planning and initiatives
  • A highly innovative problem-solver. You approach a problem from different perspectives and use your holistic understanding of the business to see new opportunities/risks 
  • Strong communicator and an advocate for your business partners
  • Passionate about social enterprise and find meaning in working to make the world a better place

What you’ll need

  • 5+ years of relevant experience in operations analytics (either sitting in an Operations or Finance organization) 
  • Strong proficiency in Excel required; experience with data analytics languages (e.g. SQL, Python) and/or data visualization tools (e.g. Looker, Amplitude, Tableau) strongly preferred
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to influence in a global, cross-functional environment

Lead Engineer, Markets (Kenya)

What you’ll do

  • Lead and manage a team of Backend Software Engineers and KE Engineering Manager to execute on current roadmap
  • Recruit, mentor, coach and level-up 5 to 10 Engineers
  • Effectively partner with Product and Program management team to achieve Key Results
  • Review design documents, do code reviews and weigh in on tech implementation choices
  • Support and collaborate with cross functional teams (Customer Experience, Product, Program, Data, Credit, and BI) to ship scalable software solutions
  • Work on High Level Technical approach and feasibility review for new key initiatives
  • Effectively manage and drive the engineering team to achieve results while adhering to Engineering principles
  • Provide guidance on squad staffing changes, comfortably handle change management and reduce context switching for the team.
  • Review architectural changes to our platforms and provide guidance on the same 


  • 7+ years of software engineering experience, including hands-on technical management
  • 5+ years coding in one of the following languages: Java, Scala, GoLang and/or PHP
  • 5+ years of experience as an Engineering Manager with People management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit and manage technical teams, including performance management
  • Developed and launched large scale consumer applications on Cloud infrastructure (AWS, Google Cloud, or Azure) using microservices architecture paradigm
  • Experience with designing tables/schemas in relational database (MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, or MS SQL)
  • Working knowledge in REST API development for Mobile/Web use
  • Hold your own in technical discussion, be a subject matter expert, and have strategic influence
  • Expert proficiency in Agile development process
  • Excellent ability to prioritize and communicate in a fast-paced environment
  • BS/BA degree in Computer Science or related fields
  • Bonus: Experience in predictive analysis and machine learning
  • Bonus: NoSQL databases

Senior Backend Engineer, Markets (Kenya)


  • Design and implement features as defined in the Product roadmap
  • Review design documents, perform code reviews, and weigh in on implementation choices from other technical teams
  • Collaborate and support with cross functional teams (Product, Data, Credit, and Business Development) to ship scalable software solutions
  • Continually improve our codebase with clean and efficient code as well as solving problems using the most appropriate technology
  • Contribute to complete migration of legacy codebase to microservices architecture
  • Contribute to the testing infrastructure to increase code coverage for backend modules
  • Advance monitoring and alerting capabilities of backend modules to allow proactive improvements to availability and response times 
  • Technically lead and mentor a team of Backend Engineers to build/extend complex modules


  • 4+ years of backend software engineering experience
  • 4+ years coding in one or more of the following languages: Java, Scala, Kotlin
  • Developed and launched large scale consumer applications with the backend on Cloud infrastructure (AWS, Google Cloud, or Azure) using microservices architecture paradigm
  • Expert knowledge in REST API design and development for mobile/web use
  • Expert proficiency in Agile development process
  • Excellent ability to prioritize and communicate in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong relational database experience (MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, or MS SQL)
  • Strong non-relational database experience (Cassandra, Redshift, DynamoDB, HDFS)
  • BS degree in Computer Science or related fields is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to interview candidates and evaluate technical skills

Technical Recruiter

What you’ll do

  • Be responsible for sourcing and full-cycle recruiting for technical roles and other corporate roles as needed
  • Serve as an internal consultant by conducting training to Hiring Managers and employees, coaching interviewers on best practices and making sure we’re delivering a consistently exceptional candidate experience.
  • Provide all candidates and Hiring Managers with an amazing experience by being open, honest, and friendly throughout the process
  • Strategize different ways to enhance our employer brand by building diverse talent pipelines, attending events, generating referrals, and managing community outreach activities.
  • Carry out Employer Branding activities  such as Digital Career fairs, monthly engagement, Webinars, Alumni networks, job alerts etc.
  • Talent mapping with external talent by identifying the hard to fill roles and critical roles and prepare candidates for future opportunities.
  • Support the business in researching and providing market data and trends that will help in making talent decisions.
  • The Technical Recruiter will identify, recruit, screen, and present good candidates for technology/engineering positions, collaborating with hiring managers to set realistic technical requirements. The successful candidate will also be responsible for employer branding initiatives in KE.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related technical and/or human resources field required.
  • At least three years of related recruiting experience required, with prior experience in technical roles is a must.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Thorough understanding of technology, technical roles and technical skills.
  • Thorough understanding of recruiting methods and best practices, as well as applicable policies 

User Researcher Specialist

What you’ll do

  • Deep market research on landscape of available financial services, under the supervision of our senior research staff
  • Responsible for involved product reviews and teardowns
  • Contribute meaningfully to the development of new and exciting products for Tala Kenya by ensuring a deep shared understanding of our customers’ daily lives, attitudes, behaviors, and needs
  • Generate insights to drive empathy-fueled action across Tala’s strategic efforts in areas such as experimental new product development, competitive analysis, and financial health
  • Implement best practices in human-centered design and mixed research methods
  • Design, execute and analyze research to contribute actionable insights to the strategic goals new business, using human-centered design techniques and mixed research methods
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with team members across Tala through all stages of research to ensure a deep shared understanding of our users and drive empathy-fueled action


  • 2+ years in applied user research inside innovative consumer fintech, financial, mobile or digital companies or design research / market research firms
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Research, Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology), Marketing, Communications, or a similar field
  • Experience working in a dynamic and fast-paced start-up environment
  • Experience working in design research or market research firmIdeally experience working with international teams
  • Familiarity with consumer finance products and services and general fintech landscape in Kenya


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