Strategy Analyst


Santa Monica, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Business Intelligence
  • Post Date: 01/11/2021
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  • Company Address: , Santa Monica, CA, 90401

About Tala

Tala is a financial technology company on a mission to build a financial system that works for everyone. Our first product is a lending app that instantly underwrites and delivers credit to customers who have little or no formal borrowing history. Tala has disbursed over $1B to more than 4 million customers across East Africa, the Philippines, Mexico, and India who use Tala loans to start and expand small businesses, pay school fees and bills, and build more stable financial lives.

Job Description

Tala was named one of the top 50 FinTech companies in the world. We are a financial technology company on a mission to make financial services simple, inclusive, and accessible for the doers and dreamers globally. More than 5 million people in emerging markets have borrowed through our smartphone app, which provides instant credit scoring, lending, education, and other personalized financial services. Headquartered in Santa Monica, we support the needs of our customers in Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, and India. 
The Role
At Tala, we are connecting millions of people to the financial services they deserve. The BI team operates in a nimble working style, flexing between a variety of business questions and data needs at the company. We are asked to investigate and solve big questions other companies have yet to find solutions for such as digital identity management and understanding customers fully based on their mobile data. You will be part of an innovative and fast growing team that pushes to provide access, choice, and control to thousands of customers.
As a Strategy Analyst, you will leverage our large, structured and unstructured datasets to help drive our business strategy forward. You will help identify strategic opportunities and lead end-to-end solutioning of problems, from breaking down the problem, determining the best course of action, and ultimately executing the implementation. Your projects could range from applying machine learning models to drive operational efficiencies to leveraging an in-depth understanding of the business to recommend how to invest or prioritize valuable resources. Our social mission requires you to provide quantitatively-driven and socially-conscious decisioning every day.

What you'll do:

    • Work in partnership with our in-country, marketing, product, operations, and risk-management teams with the team to define and execute business strategy globally across diversified financial products
    • Analyze opportunity sizing, and work with key business stakeholders, including Tala’s Leadership Team, to drive new initiatives, prioritization and strategic planning
    • Partner with data teams to determine innovative ways to leverage data to solve business problems and see them to execution
    • Problem solve: break down complex, vague business problems and translate them into specific data-driven solutions
    • Design and implement solutions: go beyond the analysis to manage business initiatives from conception to implementation and monitoring.
    • Analyze results: work with operations, product, and credit teams to quantitatively evaluate performance of different strategies
    • Knowledge share: coach other team members in their work, translate complex data theories into scalable learning opportunities 

What you'll need:

    • 1-3 years experience in consulting, banking, or analytics at a high-growth, financial services, or consulting company (or equivalent experience)
    • Proficiency with Excel and familiarity with Business Intelligence software (ex. Looker or Tableau) 
    • Experience with SQL
    • BA/BS in an analytical field
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Eager to solve complex business problems

Ideal candidates will have:

    • Self starter who is capable of independently researching and designing solutions to a wide range of analytical challenges of a rapidly-scaling business 
    • Comfortable in fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, understanding that week to week priorities may shift as new business challenges emerge
    • Experience in emerging markets in a professional or personal capacity
    • Experience with using at least one analytics language to derive insights from large datasets (ex. Python, R)
    • Able to look beyond the immediate deliverable, find the real business problem, and solve for it
About Tala
Our vision is to build a new financial ecosystem where everyone can participate on equal footing and access the tools they need to be financially healthy. We strongly believe that inclusion fosters innovation and we’re proud to have a diverse global team that represents a multitude of backgrounds, cultures, and experience. We hire talented people regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.