Chief Technology Officer


Santa Monica, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Executive
  • Post Date: 04/23/2021
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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. 
This position will report directly to the Founder & CEO, Shivani Siroya.
Tala is seeking an inspirational global Chief Technology Officer who is an evangelist for technology driven solutions and will attract, develop, and lead Tala’s Technology & Data organizations. You will help us realize the vision of providing financial access, choice, and control for people everywhere via technical innovation and building scalable, intelligent decisioning systems. Tala operates in four countries (Philippines, Kenya, Mexico, India) and has ambitious aspirations for growth both within and beyond these markets. The team will achieve these goals by delivering a differentiated customer experience and product innovation. The engineering mission of Tala is to build a scalable, resilient, and secure platform to serve global customers. The CTO will be tasked with growing Tala’s tech teams through treating engineering as a craft, seeking individuals with unique and diverse skill sets, and encouraging each team to grow with a deep sense of humility.

What you’ll do:

    • Provide leadership as Company’s top technology expert and peer partner on the executive management team. Collaborate closely with CEO and other executive leadership.
    • Lead and develop our global technology team in Santa Monica, Nairobi, and Bangalore. Transform the technology architecture to support the company’s growth ambitions, building scalable and durable platform solutions, as well as buying and customizing best-in-class software products.
    • Own Tala’s technology strategy to support business growth, new country launches, feature development, and economies of scale, in both production and offline environments.
    • Establish engineering processes for software development metrics, DevOps, quantitative techniques and quality control. “Keeping the trains running on time” is a function of good project management that includes transparency, holding people accountable, and looking for problems early.
    • Work closely with the product leadership team to align technology strategy with internal and customer expectations. Furthermore, the CTO will work with stakeholders to develop requirements, ascertain priorities, and report progress.
    • Manage the selection and interdependencies of programming languages, frameworks, operating systems, internet-cloud, web-application servers, databases, and mobile.
    • Manage the software development lifecycle by collaborating across teams to evolve SDLC including functional requirements analysis, design specification, technical code review, project planning, and implementation of applications and systems.
    • Identify organizational gaps within the tech team to achieve company objectives. Plan, recruit, retain, and build capacity accordingly.
    • Ensure 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.
    • 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 the 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.

What you’ll need:

    • Ability to lead and coordinate distinct functions within a global and/or distributed technology organization both onshore and offshore (Managerial experience: 100+ people, 5+ years).
    • Organizational design, capacity planning, recruiting, and proven ability to scale teams 2x+.
    • Strategic planning (building roadmaps, difficult tradeoffs, decision frameworks) to achieve business goals aligned to Tala’s mission and current growth stage.
    • Technical knowledge in scalable distributed systems, data infrastructure, machine learning; proven track record of implementing new systems and products in industry settings.
    • 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 space.
    • Ability to own and manage multiple concurrent projects, including presenting and negotiating with stakeholders on the interdependencies and possibilities of what can realistically be delivered.
    • Understanding and experience building highly scalable, highly available systems.
    • Experience building technology for secure environments that contain sensitive information (e.g., consumer profiles, financial information, regulatory filings, etc.).
    • Responsibility for product delivery and management including development tools and technologies, release and version control, contemporary testing methodologies, and deployment management.
    • Expert at spotting talent and passionate about growing world class engineers on your team. 
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.