Design Director


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
Lead and build a world-class design team and culture at Tala and drive the execution of a high-quality user experience for our Android-based financial services app. In this role, you will manage a global design team as well as own the end-to-end design for a key product vertical.

What you’ll do

    • Manage and develop a global team of product designers through regular 1:1s, performance reviews, and career planning
    • Set and enforce clear goals, expectations, and standards for the Design Guild
    • Deliver and ship features that meaningfully improve the end user experience for Tala’s global audience
    • Partner with cross-functional leads from Product, Insights, Marketing, Program, and Engineering to conduct resource planning, roadmap development, and OKR setting.
    • Continually promote Design Guild work across all levels of the organization to evangelize the value of design
    • Own the development and evolution of the career growth rubric for the Design Guild
    • Own the maintenance and evolution of Tala’s Design System
    • Drive initiatives to improve the Design Guild toolkit, processes, and operations to increase team efficiency and quality of output
    • Partner with the People Operations team to build a talent pipeline and hiring process for Product Design

What you’ll need

    • 3+ years industry experience in a people management role on a Design team
    • 6+ years industry experience as a UI/UX Product Designer
    • Strong background designing B2C mobile products, with substantial Android experience
    • Proven track record of building design teams, especially in growth-stage startups
    • Ability to self-manage and keep projects moving forward against deadlines in a fast paced, dynamic environment
    • Experience building out and maintaining a Design System for complex mobile apps
    • Experience managing distributed & cross-geography international teams
    • Experience working on cross-functional teams within Agile development cycles
    • Deep curiosity and cultural sensitivity, able to engage with User Research to learn about our customers through the end to end design process
    • Nice to have: digital finance experience, especially in context of developing markets

Benefits & Perks

    • Flexi-time to promote a healthy mind body and soul
    • Competitive salary
    • Health, dental, vision, and insurance
    • And much more!
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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