Director of Data Science

Director of Data Science

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About Tala

Tala is a global technology company building the world’s most accessible financial services. With more than $350 million raised from visionary investors, we are serving millions of customers around the world who have been overlooked by traditional financial institutions – and our plan is to serve millions more, and have been named by the Fortune Impact 20 list, CNBC’s Disruptor 50, and Forbes’ Fintech 50 list for four years running. We are expanding across product offerings, countries and crypto and are looking for people who have an entrepreneurial spirit and are passionate about the mission.

By creating a unique platform that enables lending and other financial services around the globe, people in emerging markets are able to start and expand small businesses, manage day-to-day needs, and pursue their financial goals with confidence. Currently, more than 6 million people across Kenya, the Philippines, Mexico, and India have used Tala products. Due to our global team, we have a remote-first approach, and also have offices in Santa Monica, CA (HQ); Nairobi, Kenya; Mexico City, Mexico; Manila, the Philippines; and Bangalore, India. 

Most Talazens join us because they connect with our mission of enabling financial agency for underbanked people around the world. If you are energized by the impact you can make at Tala, we’d love to hear from you!

-Bring a sophisticated leadership practice to data science at Tala, and in data organization and the tech organization more broadly; have an effective POV when it comes to decision-making, communication, performance management, and partnership with the business.

-Work directly with peers in the tech, business, product, and finance organizations to ensure data leads to business impact.

-Create and communicate a technical vision that inspires your team and rallies the business around new investments in data science.

What you'll do

    • Identify, grow, and lead best-in-class talent in data science, experimentation, and machine learning research.
    • Build a strong culture of execution and ownership where impact is paramount.
    • Have passion for the Tala mission and ensure data practices align with the spirit of financial inclusion and robust stewardship of our customer’s data. 
    • Make the right investments in infrastructure the company needs to scale, especially our suite of ML models that power Tala. 


    • Strong track record in hiring and inspiring high-performing technical talent
    • Experience with financial services or consumer internet 
    • Fluency in industry-leading techniques in the data domain, including experimentation and ML 
    • Experience with the full modeling cycle, from scoping and development through deployment, after-sale and monitoring.
    • High level of statistical competency, knowledge of experimental design and analysis.
    • Holistic leader across technical depth, technical breadth, and broad leadership skills
    • Demonstrated ability to cultivate a strong execution and ownership-oriented culture
    • Inclusive leader who fosters an environment of candor, humility and passion 
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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