Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

| Santa Monica

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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Location

429 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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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 team member 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.

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