Sr. Project Manager at Tala

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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!

Tala is looking for a highly motivated Project Manager to drive high performance of teams by building strong lines of communication across and our global offices. Tala is a world leader in providing direct loans and financial services in emerging markets. We are a global team with diverse backgrounds who are singularly focused on using technology, data, and a customer-centric approach to meet the financial needs of the 3+ billion people of the emerging global middle class.

The Project Manager will report to the Program Management lead and will be responsible for supporting the delivery of products and initiatives using Agile practices. Successful candidates will have deep expertise in Agile methodologies and have a background managing technical programs. The ideal candidate for this role will be comfortable taking a leadership role. Sound decision making, understanding when and why escalation is needed, and a high level of emotional intelligence are essential capabilities the person that fills this role must possess. 

What you'll do

  • Support the delivery of products and initiatives using Agile practices and by serving as ScrumMaster for assigned teams. 
  • Participate in quarterly planning and bi-weekly reviews for the squad he/she/they supports as well as continuous reporting and unblocking. 
  • Organize timelines and review meetings for broad consumption.
  • Support a culture of continuous learning through the establishment of consistent retros, post-mortems, and team health metrics.
  • Provide input into resource planning and allocation in coordination with the PMO lead. 
  • Develop a strong understanding of context (across markets) of our internal tools to optimize for efficiency, productivity, and team morale.
  • Be the team champion to ensure team alignment, advocate product and be the subject matter expert for internal Program tools.
  • The direct manager for this role is located in Santa Monica

Outcomes

  • Work to improve the performance and sprint predictability of squads based on sprint velocity and cycle time, and use those agile metrics to sanity check roadmap commitments, as needed. 
  • Participate in quarterly roadmapping, bi-weekly check-ins, as well as continuous reporting and unblocking. 
  • Ensure collisions and/or dependencies are identified and planned for across all assigned projects and work with program leads of cross-squad initiatives to ensure roadmap alignment.

Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of Project Management experience with proven expertise in Agile methodologies, concepts, practices, and standards
  • 2+ years experience leveraging software development and team collaboration tools such as JIRA, Confluence, Smartsheet, etc
  • Success at managing technical projects for distributed and remote teams across multiple locations and countries 
  • Experienced in managing mobile app development, full stack software development projects in CICD environment, integration with third party APIs. Experience in managing other technical areas, such as BI, Data Engineering, IT are nice to have. 
  • Practical experience working at start up pace with heavy virtual communications
  • Flexibility to respond to changing requirements and juggle multiple responsibilities
  • Must be comfortable working both as part of a team and independently - includes ability to set priorities which accurately reflect the relative importance of job responsibilities and follow through on assignments with minimal direction
  • Proven ability to coach and mentor others who are learning project management and Agile practices in a replicable, scalable way
  • Checked ego, humble, empathetic, collaborative, service-oriented attitude of “customer first”.
  • Global travel may be required, once it is safe to do so
  • PMP, CSM certification nice to have

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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An Insider's view of Tala

How does your team reward individual success?

Every employee at Tala is responsible for delivering outcomes that improve the financial wellness of our customers and strengthen our business. Some ways we cultivate, recognize, and reward individual success are: Annual 360 reviews, Growth rubrics, Bi-annual promotion cycles, a virtual "Hall of Fame" to recognize fellow Talazens and Global Awards

Punam Brahmbhatt

SVP, People & Programs

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Financial Inclusion. We're building products that will allow anyone who has been underestimated by the financial system to gain a baseline level of access to credit and other core financial services with Tala.

Jori Pearsall

Chief Product Officer

What makes someone successful on your team?

The table stakes are strong technical skills that they have applied in an industry setting. But, in addition, folks who are seeking excellence, passionate about business impact, and innately curious.

Kelly Uphoff

Chief Technology Officer

What is your vision for the company?

Traditional finance leaves more than 2 billion people behind. Tala is building the first financial services platform where anyone can be a customer. We want everyone who comes through our door to be able to access the right set of financial tools for their needs, no matter where they're starting from.

Shivani Siroya

Founder & CEO

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Our employee’s mental and physical well-being is of the utmost importance to us. As we are a global company and work across different time zones, our employees have the flexibility of managing their own calendars, their bandwidth and manager's expectations. We also have perks like unlimited PTO, global “sloth days,” Birthday off, Life event days.

Lisa Fernandez

VP, People

What are Tala Perks + Benefits

Tala Benefits Overview

Remote first: We have adopted a Remote first policy! So you can be based anywhere in the world and work for Tala

Unlimited PTO: Yes you read that right! We recognize hard work and fully encourage our employees to take rest by taking Paid Time Off

Birthday holiday: Tala wants to celebrate your Birthday! You will get a day in the month of your birth off as a Tala sponsored paid day

Global Sloth Days: for mental health and wellness of our employees, we introduced Global Sloth Days last year. It’s a day off across all offices to destress and do things you love, outside of work.

Life Event Days (up to 5 days per calendar year): Sometimes more unexpected things in life happen that require more of your attention. Life Event Days can be used for things like bonding with a newly adopted pet, studying for a big exam, moving, or anything else life throws at you.

Working with people from diverse backgrounds: We have offices in the United States, Kenya, Mexico, the Philippines and India. Get a chance to collaborate with people across these countries – virtually, for now, and in person when it’s safe to do so in the future.

Medical Coverage & Wellness: Tala offers full coverage for health, dental and vision insurance for employees 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

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within

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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